|I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. I work in the Autonomy Robotics and Cognition (ARC) lab under the guidance of Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Dr. Cornelia Fermuller. My research is in Human Robot Interaction (HRI) which is the focus of my Ph.D. thesis. I co-lead the Drone lab with Nitin J. Sanket and work in the Humanoid lab to build better robots that can work naturally and closely with us.
Today, the interaction between robots and humans is like a chess game – each player waiting for their turns. Robots of the future will need to be better than that if we want them to be prevalent. So they need to be fluid in interaction, predict rather just observe, and take initiatives rather than simply follow commands. My primary research interest is in answering the question of how can we build system for robots so that robots and humans can interact with each other naturally like humans do amongst ourselves.