I am currently a Post Doctoral Researcher in the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania working with Dr. Vijay Kumar. I recently received a PhD degree from Georgia Tech where I was part of the GRITS Lab working with Dr. Magnus Egerstedt. My PhD thesis focuses on bio-physics inspired swarm robotics, where I investigate how large teams of robots can use limited local interactions to perform useful tasks like localization, task allocation, and density regulation. I use ideas from statistical mechanics and biology to model the physical encounters occurring among robots in a swarm. These models enable the development of robust algorithms which can be deployed on robots with very limited or no sensing capabilities at all. More information on my current and past projects can be found here.
As a part of my Master’s degree at Georgia Tech, I developed algorithms for robust autonomy in centralized multi-robot systems. My Bachelor’s degree is from the Manipal Institute of Technology in Manipal, India. A more detailed chronology of my westward journey can be found here.
Outside of the lab, I love spending time outdoors, be it hiking, playing tennis or challenging myself to a long run! I am passionate about traveling to new places and engaging in local traditions from different parts of the world.