I am a graduate student at CSAIL, MIT, pursuing my Ph.D in Computer Science under John Leonard. I completed my S.M. in Computer Science from EECS, MIT under the advisorship of Seth Teller. Prior to coming to MIT, I was a computer vision developer at PhaseSpace Motion Capture for 2 years working on real-time computer-vision related technologies. I completed my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in ‘08 at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I’ve also had the opportunity to work as a research intern at some exciting companies like MERL and Segway.

I am particularly interested in developing SLAM-aware robots that can learn persistently in an environment from visual experience. My research attempts to understand the capabilities at the intersection of object and scene understanding and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).

I am actively looking for exciting and high-impact ventures leveraging computer vision, machine learning and perception technologies in autonomous systems (self-driving cars, house-hold robotics, UAVs, AUVs etc). For a more comprehensive overview of my background and previous work, please refer to my CV.

2011 - Present 2014 2009 - 2011 2007 2005 - 2008



SLAMinDB: Centralized graph databases for mobile robotics
D. Fourie, S. Claassens, S. Pillai, R. Mata, J. Leonard
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2017
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High-Performance and Tunable Stereo Reconstruction
S. Pillai, S. Ramalingam and J. Leonard
International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2016
[ pdf, video, bib ]


Monocular SLAM Supported Object Recognition
S. Pillai and J. Leonard
Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2015
[ pdf, bib, video, slides, poster ]


Line-Sweep: Cross-Ratio for Wide-Baseline Matching and 3D Reconstruction
S. Ramalingam, M. Antunes, D. Snow, G. H. Lee, S. Pillai
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2015
[ pdf, bib, video ]


Towards Enabling a Robot to Effectively
Assist People in Human-Occupied Envioronments

S. Hemachandra, R. Finman, S. Pillai, M. Walter, S. Teller
AAAI Spring Symposium: Designing Intelligent Robots, March 2012
[ pdf, bib ]