Ruddra was in college when he participated in his first manual robotics contest. It was an opportunity for him to create toys similar to what he would play with as a child. Later, as he competed in more contests, he realised that more advanced forms of robots could also move unassisted, as if they had a mind of their own.
There is a vast computer science field dedicated to helping computers ‘think’ for themselves called artificial intelligence (AI). Combined with robotics, AI delivers truly amazing results. For a brief while, Ruddra had to put his passion for robotics on hold since there weren’t attractive robotics-related career options in India at the time. Then in 2018, he interviewed for TCS Research and has been working with them since.