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I am an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I am working with Dr. Sidd Srinivasa at the Personal Robotics Lab. I am working on food manipulation in the context of assistive feeding tasks. I also actively collaborate with Dr. Maya Cakmak and Dr. Anat Caspi.

I did my Ph.D in Robotics at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech. I worked with Dr. Charlie Kemp at the Healthcare Robotics Lab. My work also hugely benefited from interactions with Dr. Jim Rehg, Dr. Henrik Christensen, Dr. Karen Liu, and Dr. Lena Ting. My Ph.D dissertation was on rapid haptic perception using force and thermal sensing. During my Ph.D, I did multiple internships with Disney Research, Los Angeles where I worked with Dr. G√ľnter Niemeyer on developing bio-inspired control strategies for effective human-robot interaction.

Before starting my Ph.D, I worked as a Visiting Scientist at the Interaction and Robotics Research Center in Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), in Seoul, South-Korea. My work there focused on control design for human-like reaching movements using redundancy in robot arm-trunk and hand-arm systems. I did my M.S at the Robotics and Simulation Lab in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South-Korea. During my M.S, I worked on the analysis of stability and performance of teleoperation systems in surgical applications.

Before my masters, I worked in TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (A TATA Motors subsidiary) on the design of an industrial pick-and-place robot and on providing robotic and factory-automation solutions for automotive applications. I did my B. Tech at the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India (NIT-Calicut).

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Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering, 
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