Position and Background
I am a post-doctoral researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Labs. in Kyoto, Japan, since April 2017. I work mainly on perception and control for networked service and social robots in human populated environments. In November 2016, I obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science while working at Inria Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, with the Lagadic Team. I received my doctoral diploma from INSA de Rennes. At Inria Rennes, I was advised by Dr. Marie Babel and also worked in close collaboration with Dr. Anne Spalanzani who is with the Chroma team at Inria Grenoble. My research and funding was part of an Inria large scale initiative named Personally Assisted Living (PAL), and consequently my doctoral thesis was focused on semi-autonomous navigation in intelligent wheelchairs, while investigating the question of "how to share control between the human (user) and the autonomy for providing assistance in fundamental indoor navigation tasks?". In 2013, I received a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida while working at the Center for Intelligent Machines and Robotics (CIMAR), and in 2011, I received a Bachelors's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in India.
I work in the broad field of Robotics, and I am specifically interested in developing algorithms that will allow a robot to naturally interact with/assist us human beings in order to accomplish complicated and tedious tasks. Therefore, my long term research goal, in general, is to develop sensing and control strategies that facilitates seamless and adaptive interaction between humans and robots, and apply the said strategies to current real world robots like intelligent vehicles, assistive robots and rehabilitaion robots, that operate in human populated enviroments. My current research focus is on:
Keywords: Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Human-Robot Collaboration, Robot Vision, Assistive Robots. .
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A recent version of my CV can be found here (April 2017).