about me


I am a third year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Merced. I am pursuing research in Algorithmic Human Robot Interaction advised by Professor Mukesh Singhal, UC Merced and Professor Anca Dragan, UC Berkeley. I envision interactive learning agents that can learn faster by understanding humans and influencing human states and actions, be it of the surrounding humans or of the human teacher.  In my doctoral research, I am designing novel interactions and algorithms that will enable AI agents or robots to elicit human values and preferences by actively requesting for richer guidance in a non-demonstration setting. Prior to this, I worked as a graduate student researcher at Carnegie Mellon University supervised by Dr. Aaron Steinfeld and Dr. Anind Dey, where I focussed on predicting human mobility and space usage pattern in physical world. During my M.S. research at UC Berkeley, I developed methods for optimal sensing and sensor fusion for daylight harvesting using intelligent lighting systems under the supervision of Professor Alice Agogino. 

Research Interest

Algorithmic Human Robot Interaction, Applied Machine Learning, Human Machine Interaction, Cloud Robotics, Crowd sourcing, Autonomous Vehicles