Prithviraj (Raj) Dasgupta


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

My LinkedIn profile is here. My Google Scholar and DBLP pages are here and here.

From 20o1 through 2019, I was a tenured, full-rank (from 2014) 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 (Last Updated May 2019)

  • [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