I am supposed to be admitted to a M.A.Sc. graduate program in engineering at a reputable Canadian university. I am now communicating with my potential supervisor about the potential plans for my research... and here is my concern:
My background and enthusiasm have been shaped around applications research and implementation of the acquired control techniques within the realm of robotics, whereas my supervisor has a more theoretical viewpoint. When we had started to communicate, he did assert that we would determine the research theme, according to our common interests and overlapping subjects. But today, I have received an email from him, consisting of an idea for research that is considerably theoretical.
I am not really attracted by that subject, since it does not cover my desired research field, considerably. I might notify my idea, frankly, but I am afraid of confronting him and creating any dissatisfaction from him. He is eager to hear my viewpoint, and I have no idea how to transfer my perspective, efficiently, such that any misunderstanding will be avoided.
Have I right in this case, or have to do whatever my potential supervisor is saying?
I have not yet met him, face to face, but I know that he is, amazingly, kind and able to track what's going in my mind. How should I declare my opinion about the concern, such that he would not consider my clarification as a disobeying?