I wish you a happy Makara sankranthi/Pongal/ Lohri/Bihu to all of you! May this festival season bring happiness, prosperity and joy to you, your family and friends. I’m writing this mail to share my first day experience and my ideas for the Industrial IoT course that I’m offering at the Indian Institute of Science. Thanks for coming here to read — would be nicer if you can share your thoughts as a comment to this post or you can email me.
I was super thrilled when I got to know that all the seats got filled much before the deadline. Considering the fact the course is a hot subject and offered at IISc, I knew that there was a natural traction. When I met the students on the first class, which was last Thursday, I came to know some of them joined after reading my previous post - digital marketing does help! I’m also thankful to the previous batch of students, who recommended the course to many in their friends and family circle. Also, to my surprise the course has been able to attract about ten professionals from Robert Bosch. I later learnt that Bosch has an interesting employee benefit program, where each employee is provided with a training budget for themselves, which can be used for *ANY* training /certification needs of an employee. No manager to approve, no alignment to current work etc, completely an employee’s choice. Fortunately the courses offered by Center for Continuing Education at IISc is under the pre-approved list. In this way I have 40 students, who I could sense, are very eager to learn the nuances of Industrial IoT for this semester, which is going to end with a written exam in mid-May.
As mentioned earlier, last Thursday was my first class of the two credit course that started at sharp 6PM. My collaborator for the course, Dr. Pavan T (Assistant Professor, Electrical department at IISc) and I gave our respective introduction to the students during the first ten minutes to the students. Pavan gave a short introduction to Cyber Physical System and it’s implication to Industries of the future, before splitting from the class at around 6:20. I shared my experiences with the previous batch of students (Class of 2017) and things that we accomplished and also things that we couldn’t accomplish during the course. I requested the students to introduce themselves to the class while sharing their brief background and intent of joining the course.
During the introduction, I was thoroughly impressed by the enthusiasm of the students towards IoT, connected cars, robotics, machine learning, data analytics and Artificial Intelligence. The class has wide spectrum of participants — engineers, managers, scientist and professors from different age groups coming from IT, manufacturing, sales & marketing and academic backgrounds. I could infer most of the participants had come with the intention to learn the practical aspects of Industrial IoT and many wished to transition to roles pertaining to IoT with in their organizations or outside. It was interesting to hear a few of them wanting to startup in the field of IoT — they thought this course could be a good starting point. There were also some of them from a hard core manufacturing background, who came with an intention of building smart features to the machines they are manufacturing, from the ideas learnt through the course — they believe that the IoT based innovation would give them an edge over the competition.
The introductory session was more of a dialogue between the students and me. I was able to get a better clarity on the expectation of the students and at the same time I was able to communicate what I have planned for the course. The class ended with me giving the first assignment. The aim of the assignment is that the students should have a meeting with an employee from an Industry (who will be addressed as customer from now on), operating in manufacturing, production, logistics or maintenance etc, discuss about the problems they are currently facing in their work, such as — what is stopping them from increasing the efficiency or quality of the output? What would satisfy their customer demands and secure a prominent position in the market? How would they achieve success in their current position in their Industrial unit? So on and so forth. In summary the students of my class are IoT vendors/solution providers and the assignment is having a customer meeting to understand the pain problems. Lets see how it goes!
Before I end the post let me share the picture of the class of 2018 — Industrial IoT, CCE, IISc!
Until next time, take care!