Vishnu K. Narayanan

I am a Research Scientist at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Labs. in Kyoto, Japan.
I am currently working on end to end perception and navigation for networked service and social robots in operating human populated environments.

Until Dec. 2016, I was a Ph.D. student in Computer Science affiliated with INRIA Rennes - Bretagne Atlantique, while working with the Lagadic Team.
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.
I also spent 3 months at the NTU-iCeiRA Laboratory at National Taiwan University during this period.

In 2013 I received a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida, and in 2011 I received a Bachelors's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in India.

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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 rehabilitation robots, that operate in human populated enviroments.

My present and short-term future work deals with:

  • Integrating communication constraints within autonomous indoor navigation
  • Functional Pedestrian-aware Navigation
  • Exploring the question of how to share control among human users and assistive robots

Interests: Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction/Collaboration, Applied Computer Vison and Machine Learning.

Selected Publications

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ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories
2-2-2 Hikaridai, Keihanna Science City
Kyoto 619-0288, Japan.
Tel : +81 774 95 2626
Fax : +81 774 95 1408