Ruta is a Masters student at The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing her research in legged robotics. She works with Professors Chris Atkeson and Hartmut Geyer on developing controls for automated balance recovery in the presence of large disturbances like trips and pushes. In her research, she seeks to understand the neuromuscular control of the lower limbs in human locomotion in order to design better control for artificial legs and humanoids. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Surat in India. Her Bachelor’s thesis focussed on developing an EEG-based biofeedback gaming interface to improve learning in Dyslexic children. She also carried out research in other fields of Robotics through research internships in her undergraduate years. At Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India she worked on swarm robots for search and surveillance during 2009-2010. Further, she worked on vision-based state estimation for a visually guided home assistant robot at Technische Universitat, Ilmenau, Germany supported by a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship in 2010. She has been awarded Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2012 which recognizes
promising women in Computer Science. Apart from academia, she has been an active member of student chapters of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in India, and in Women at SCS activities of teaching school girls at Carnegie Mellon.