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My research spans Operations Research, Machine Learning, Robotics and Design, combining theory with experiments. I study the interaction of data-driven Learning for Autonomy and Design for Automation for human skill-augmentation and decision support. I am interested in enabling autonomous systems to learn from imprecise information for performing a range of tasks with independence and flexibility. My work employs and contributes to techniques in non-convex discrete optimization and representation learning.

I grew up in Gwalior, India. I received a B.E. in Manufacturing & Automation from University of Delhi and an M.S. in IE from Georgia Tech.
During my Ph.D. at Berkeley, I have studied algorithmically grounded solutions for:


Education
2016 Committee
Ph.D. Operations Research · University of California, Berkeley
Ken Goldberg, Alper Atamturk, Pieter Abbeel, Laurent El Ghaoui, Jean Pouliot
Thesis: Optimization and Design for Automation of Brachytherapy Delivery and Learning Robot-Assisted Surgical Subtasks
2016
M.S. Computer Science · University of California, Berkeley
Advisors: Ken Goldberg and Pieter Abbeel
Thesis: Autonomous Palpation for Tumor Localization: Design of a Palpation Probe and Gaussian Process Adaptive Sampling
2011
M.S. Industrial Engineering · Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
2010
Bachelor in Engineering, Manufacturing Processes & Automation
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi (India)
Advisors: Pradeep Khanna, Sachin Maheshwari and Satish Chand

Honors and Awards
2015
Hamlyn Surgical Robotics Challenge 2015 Best Video Award
IEEE ICRA Medical Robotics Workshop 2015 Best Poster/Demo Award
IEEE ICRA 2015 Best Medical Robotics Paper Award Finalist
UC Berkeley Ira Abraham Fellowship
2014
UC Regents Fellowship (Summer)
2013
NSF Travel Support for IEEE CASE 2013
S. Tashiera Fellowship, UC Berkeley (Summer)
2012
IEEE CASE 2012 Best Application Paper Award
Berkeley International Office Tuition Award
2012 – 13
Earl C. Anthony Graduate Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2010
Erasmus Mundus Fellowship at TU Munich (full tuition & stipend)
2007 – 10
University of Delhi Academic Merit Scholarship Award (full tuition)
2004 – 10
State Bank of India Meritorious Student Scholarship (stipend)

Invited Talks
Sept-Oct 2016
Closing the Visuo-Motor Loop with Deep Reinforcement Learning
SAIL-Toyota AI Center Annual Review
Stanford CS 331B Representation Learning Guest Lecturer
Mar-Apr 2016
Algorithmic Automation in Medical Robotics
MIT, UC San Diego, Stanford
Uber Marketplace Optimization, Amazon Research, Baidu Research, Drive.ai
Feb 2016
Unsupervised Segmentation of Surgical Subtasks
BEARS Research Symposium, Berkeley, CA
Nov 2015
Unsupervised Task Segmentation For Learning from Demonstrations
Algorithms for HRI Workshop
Nov 2015
Algorithms for 3D Printed Implants for Brachytherapy in Intracavitary Tumors INFORMS 2015
Oct 2015
Transition State Clustering for Unsupervised Task Segmentation
Bay Area Robotics Symposium, Berkeley, CA
Sept 2015
Lecture on Algorithms in Cancer Treatment, Intro to IEOR (IEOR 24)
University of California, Berkeley
Feb 2015
Learning by Observation for Surgical Subtasks
BEARS Research Symposium, Berkeley, CA [Video Talk]
Oct 2014
Custom 3D printed Implants for High Dose Rate Brachytherapy.
Stanford Berkeley Robotics Symposium
Feb 2014
Custom 3D printed Implants for High Dose Rate Brachytherapy.
BEARS Research Symposium, Berkeley, CA [Video Talk] [Slides]
Sept 2011
Lecture on Linear Programming, Introduction to IEOR (IEOR 24)
University of California, Berkeley
Sept 2011
A Robotic System for Needle Steering, IEEE IROS 2011 Demonstrations

Teaching
IEOR 131
Discrete Event Simulation, TA (Sp-16)
Lee Schruben, University of California, Berkeley
IEOR 170
Industrial Design & Human Factors, TA (Sp-15)
Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
IEOR 115
Industrial & Commercial Data Systems, TA (F-11, F-13, F-14, Sp-13)
Ken Goldberg, University of California, Berkeley
IEOR 191
Technology Entrepreneurship, TA (F-12)
Ron Lesniak, University of California, Berkeley
CS 3451
Computer Graphics, Reader (Sp-11)
Greg Turk, Georgia Institute of Technology

Employment
2016 – Present
Stanford University, Post-doctoral Researcher Machine Learning Algorithms for Perception and Control in Robotics
2011 – 2016
UC Berkeley, Graduate Student Researcher
Learning algorithms for greater autonomy in surgical tasks.
Implement autonomy in clinical brachytherapy.
2010 – 11
Georgia Institute of Technology, Graduate Student Researcher
Efficient object segmentation in video using Integer Programming.
2009
Defence Research & Development Org., India, Research Assistant
Design & simulation of a fire-protection system in a vessel emulator.
2009
National Thermal Power Corporation, India, Engineering Intern
Control & Instrumentation in the coal thermal power plant.
2007
JK Tyres India Pvt. Ltd , Engineering Intern
Worked on PLC systems for automatic mixing processes involving composites used alongside rubber in tyre manufacturing.

Student Mentoring
Stanford
PhD
James Harrison (2016-) –
Kuan Fang (2017-) –
Danfei Xu (2017-) –
Kaichun Mo (2017-) –
Ajay Mandlekar (2017-) –
Jim Fan (2017-) –
MS
Boris Ivanovic (2016-) –
Julian Gao (2016-) –
Andrey Kurenkov (2016-) –
Lucio Dery (2016-) –
Orry Despo (2016-) –

UC Berkeley
UG
Heimdall Siao (2011-12) – Grad School (Georgia Tech), Qualcomm
Nikitha Singh (2013-14) – Grad School (MIT)
Zach Mulder (2013-14) – Grad School (Berkeley)
Siddarth Sen (2014-16) – Grad School (Berkeley), Intuitive Surgical
Adithyavairavan Murali (2014-15) – Grad School (CMU)
Yiming Jen (2015-16) – Berkeley, Pinterest
Richard Liaw (2015-2016) – Rising Senior (Berkeley)
Brijen Thananjeyan (2016-2016) – Rising Junior (Berkeley)
M.Eng
Anwaar El-Zireeni (2013-14) – Startup
Jennifer Wong (2013-14) – ZS Associates
Rashmi Ramtani (2013-14)

Service
Workshop Organization
2017
C4 Surgical Robots: Compliant, Continuum, Cognitive, and Collaborative, ICRA
2016
Understanding 3D and Visuo-Motor Learning, International Conference on 3D Vision
Reviewer
IJRR T-ASE, CASE, IROS, ICRA, APES, CVIU, AAAI
2015
Organized Lab Tour for Society of Women Engineers Mini University Event
2013 – 15
Organizer Automation Sciences Lab Annual Open House @ Cal Day
2014
Volunteer for local organization: RSS 2014, INFORMS 2014
2009 – 10
NSIT Alumni Association
Founded an online alumni network and a magazine -Reminisce
2008 – 10
NSIT Placement Team
Assisted in coordinating recruitments for the batch of 2010.

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