Monday, September 28, 2009
We all want to work in a way we like and these likes evolve over time based on amount of success (positive feedback) one has in it. Typically in an academic career path one has to build either a combination of consulting + research or teaching + research. Teaching + research is a bit harder path and typically requires shiny background like top schools top thesis etc. Consulting + research is more viable for average PhDs (like mine) and not so ivory background. Good thing is transitioning between the two is possible thanks to interdisciplinary and more importantly applied research. It's always nicer to be able to communicate between seemingly unrelated groups of research as it can save lots of redundant efforts. Having strong bridges between spheres of our knowledge makes the knowledge base only stronger. There is lot of opportunity currently in building bridges in research which in my opinion is another crowning impact of Computer Science in terms of actual machines, software and most importantly complexity theory.