Kigezi Tom

Kigezi Tom

My advice to potential students? Be prepared to learn advanced control engineering in a year, do spend time out with friends in the city and always carry an umbrella!

 

While part of a robotics group at my previous university, I developed an interest in control systems because I wanted to acquire knowledge of the advanced control design methods that needed to be implemented on some of our projects.

The renowned Control Systems Group at Manchester appealed to me the most for its great researchers who have contributed significantly to control systems theory and for its strong ties with industry. This research component presents great opportunities to a student like me, who is interested in robotic systems.

When I first visited the University I was struck by the receptive and welcoming people. I found my lecturers open to all sorts of intellectual discussions and very accessible indeed. This kind of social dynamic enriches the student experience both academically and interpersonally.

I enjoy the constant analysis and building of sophisticated control systems which we get to simulate and test in the lab every other week. As the course progresses, one gets a clearer picture of how certain research areas evolved and why they are relevant in the field.

I have learnt to consider my work from a global perspective. A lot of research work done at the Control Systems Centre is motivated by current issues in the field and this has allowed me to develop a mindset of actually advancing humanity through technology. Furthermore, I have gathered a lot about current trends from the regular seminars and talks we get from visiting professors. This will certainly shape the nature of my research.

I benefit from personal interaction with brilliant academics and students alike, along with world-class facilities including labs and a very modern campus. I find this type of environment ideal for scholarly engagement.

My advice to potential students? Be prepared to learn advanced control engineering in a year, do spend time out with friends in the city and always carry an umbrella!

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