Prithviraj (Raj) Dasgupta


I am a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory working in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and game theory. I am with the Distributed Systems Section within the Information Technology Division at NRL.

From 20o1 through 2019 I was a professor at the Computer Science Department at the University of Nebraska, Omaha where I was the founder-director of the C-MANTIC Robotics LabOur lab led multiple, federally-funded research projects totaling over $4 million and have published over 150 research papers in leading conferences and journals in the area of artificial intelligence, multi-agent and multi-robot systems. The lab's Website contains information about research projects in the lab, lab members, publications and video demos. 

My research is focused on the following areas:

  • Machine learning and AI-based decision making
  • Game theory based decision making
  • Multi-agent and multi-robot systems
  • Swarm robotics, modular robotics


Recent News

  • [May 2019] I have moved! I am now a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. working in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning and game theory
  • [May 2019] Anoop Mishra successfully defended his Master's thesis on using deep reinforcement learning for locomotion planning of a modular self-reconfigurable robot. Congrats, Anoop!
  • [July 2018] We are starting a new multi-disciplinary project on using modular self-reconfigurable robots for muscular rehabilitation of astronauts from July 1, 2018, funded by a 3-year $1.1M NASA EPSCoR grant. The project is in collaboration with UNO School of Health and Kinesiology and UNL Mechanical Engineering Department. More information about the project is here.
  • [June 2018] Olimpiya Saha successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on transfer learning using options for improved robot navigation in June 2018. She will be joining as a senior AI-ML research scientist at LG Electronics, Santa Clara, USA. Congrats, Olimpiya!
  • [May 2018] I received the Millard Community Booster Award from the Millard Public Schools Foundation in May 2018. It was a great honor to receive this award for the K-12 robotics outreach efforts our lab has been doing over the past 8 years.
  • [January 2018] I was elevated to a Senior level member of IEEE from January 2018. Senior membership status is held by only 8% of IEEE members.
  • [November 2017] Venkat Garlapati successfully defended his Master's thesis titled A Complete Coverage Algorithm for 3D Structural Inspection using an Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in November 2017. He has joined Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Congrats, Venkat! 
  • [September 2017] Dr. Jose Baca has joined as a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Texas A&M Corpus Christi from Fall 2017. Congrats, Jose and good luck! 
  • [September 2017] Dr. Ayan Dutta joined as a tenure-track, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of North Florida from Fall 2017. Congrats, Ayan and good luck! 
  • [July 2017] We received a 2-year seed grant funding (medium level) from the Nebraska University Systems Science Collaboration Initiative for our collaborative project titled Modular Self-Reconfigurable Robot for Autonomous Rehabilitation Assistance in Daily Living Tasks for Spinal Cord Injury Patients. This is a collaborative project with University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Madonna Rehabilitation Center, Lincoln.
  • [April 2017] I received the UNO-wide best researcher award for 2017 called Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity (ADROCA).

E-mail: pdasgupta-at-ieee-dot-org

Postal mail: 4555 Overlook Avenue SW, Washington D.C. 20375