"Building Adaptive Robots Capable of Creative Reasoning"

I'm currently a Robotics PhD candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, minoring in Brain and Cognition. I'm also a video game enthusiast and much of my inspiration and creativity comes from the video games I play.  

My current research focuses on creative problem solving by robots, i.e., enabling robots to creatively utilize objects available in the environment to accomplish a task. This form of creative reasoning is often referred to as "Macgyvering". Similar capabilities are currently beyond the scope of robots today, and my research seeks to enable robots to adapt to unforeseen circumstances where the required tools are inaccessible.

Prior to joining Georgia Tech, I completed my Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India. I was introduced to Robotics during my undergrad and was drawn closer to it as I worked on more projects. Apart from Robotics, I also love discovering more about how humans think and learn. While this is an extremely vast area with a huge body of literature, I try to read as much as I can, and a lot of my work is inspired by research in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience. Simply put, I'm fascinated by the human brain (and mind) and the inter-disciplinary nature of Robotics allows me to work at the intersection of these different areas. 

Following are some of my ongoing and past projects: