I am a PhD candidate in the Interactive Robotics Group(IRG) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology advised by Prof. Julie A. Shah. My research focuses on developing decision-making and inference algorithms for robots that interact with humans. For developing these algorithms, I use tools from planning under uncertainty, Bayesian nonparametric inference, machine learning, and insights from human factors.
During my academic training, I have worked on several autonomous systems: satellites, aerial vehicles and mobile robots. As part of my M.S. research at MIT, I worked on developing a mobile robotic assistant for automotive final assembly lines. Prior to joining IRG, I was a researcher with the Dynamics and Controls group at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay, where my work focused on System Identification of miniature aerial vehicles.
I obtained my undergraduate education at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay through the integrated B.Tech. + M.Tech. programme in Aerospace Engineering. My Master's and Bachelor's theses focused on spacecraft attitude estimation and GPS-INS integration, respectively. At IIT Bombay, I was a member of the Pratham student satellite team. As a summer intern, I have also worked for Turbomeca on the problem of volcanic ash in helicopter engines.
I am passionate about education and have been involved in educational outreach and mentoring activities. Along with research and education, I cherish interesting conversations, the works of Isaac Asimov, and instrumental music.