Clarence Robild, masterstudent.

The tech enthusiast exploring the defence systems of the future

Why would a defence specialist make robots? And how can systems science analysis contribute to a safer society?

– We can uniquely combine technology and human understanding, says Clarence Robild, who is in his third semester of the master’s program in Innovation, Defence and Security.

Developed in close collaboration with government agencies and industry leaders, the programme addresses a crucial need for expertise in development and innovation. Its primary focus areas include technical systems, human interaction, and various threat landscapes, culminating in a degree in systems science.

For a tech enthusiast like Clarence, the Swedish Defence University has been a perfect place to expand his perspectives and apply technical expertise to pragmatic challenges.

Tell us about your experience building a robot during your studies:

"It was my first time trying something like this. I used what I knew about designing products and working with software and hardware to build a robot. This robot could move through obstacles, locate, and mark mines. It was a fun challenge where I could apply what I learned in a practical way. I really enjoyed it!"

What particularly interests you within your studies?

"I have a background in hardware and software. During my studies, I've learned more about technology and the importance of meeting user needs. My education has expanded my knowledge and how I see things, and my classmates' diverse backgrounds have made our discussions more interesting."

Why is it important to have diverse perspectives for Sweden's security?

"Our diverse educational backgrounds, including international students, provide a range of perspectives on how different countries approach issues. Understanding other nations' actions and viewpoints is vital, especially in collaborations with organizations like NATO."

Do your classmates also have technical backgrounds, and how do you collaborate with different perspectives?

"Yes, we have a mix of backgrounds, although not all of us are computer engineers. While we share social science perspectives, our diverse approaches to handling software and technology give us varied problem-solving options, which is very valuable for creating a complete solution."

Clarence Robild. Photo: Carl Carpelan.

Clarence Robild. Photo: Carl Carpelan.

Do you have a dream job in mind?

"I'm figuring out the exact job I want, but my goal is to use what I've learned to make society safer and more secure. I'm open to different opportunities and am willing to work abroad if the opportunity comes up."

How does your education prepare you for your future job?

"Companies are interested in us because we can uniquely combine technology and human understanding, which is needed in many industries where both technical and social perspectives are crucial for success."

Quick Facts about Clarence Robild:

Background: Born in Helsingborg, raised in Kristianstad, Skåne, Sweden.

Occupation: Currently in his third semester, pursuing a master's degree in Innovation, Defence and Security, with a focus on defence systems. He also serves as the class representative.

Hobbies: Enjoys regular climbing sessions, often at the climbing center near Telefonplan.

TV series recommendation: Recommends "Hackad," an SVT series that delves deep into the world of cybersecurity.

Favorite places: You can often find Clarence at "Bullen," a café near his school, or at the scenic viewpoint on Skinnarviksberget near Zinkensdamm.

Dream meeting: Would love to meet David Jacoby, the security expert featured in the series "Hackad."

Personal mottos: "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" and "seize opportunities when they come."

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