I am a PhD student at the Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, since Fall 2013. I am advised by Sebastian Scherer. I obtained a Master's degree in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 2013. Prior to this, I had obtained a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Control System Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, graduating in 2011.
I am interested in robots that can fly faster and safer than any human operated vehicle. There is an interesting opportunity with air vehicles - they have always been "drones" i.e. not very intelligent. With today's computational and sensory capabilities, they have a chance to fly close to terrain for missions that can't be executed at high altitudes and/or require unmanning. However, to perform such missions, robots must push the limits of their performance as well as guarantee their safety. They must be able to maneuver smoothly at high speeds, and be prepared to react to unexpected obstacles at all times. There is an immediate need for such systems in the area of medical evacuation, search and rescue operations and cargo delivery. In such applications, human lives depend on vehicles to move quickly in dangerous and unpredictable environments. To accomplish such missions, I want to design safe, high performance robots.