Our work AcTExplore that proposed an active method for tactile exploration that can be used for 3D reconstruction and various other applications has been submitted to the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2024.
Our Work - Ajna featured on the cover of Science Robotics
The work demonstrates that utilizing only the uncertainty in optical flow can result towards solving a plethora of real world robotics problem in a minimalist fashion. This work illustrates its finding by showing results of drone dodging dynamic obstacles, navigating through unknown spaces, finding and flying through unknown shaped gaps.
Joined Maryland Robotics Center as a Postdoctoral Associate
I joined Maryland Robotics Center to work him Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Prof. Pratap Tokekar to work on Minimal Perception, Autonomous Drone Swarms and Multimodal Systems.
June 26, 2023
Ph.D. Thesis Defended
I successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation on Minimal Perception at the University of Maryland, College Park. This thesis explores the challenge of developing autonomous systems for smaller robots used in precise tasks like confined space inspections and robot pollination. These robots face limitations in real-time perception due to computing, power, and sensing constraints. To address this, we draw inspiration from small organisms such as insects and hummingbirds, known for their sophisticated perception, navigation, and survival abilities despite their minimalistic sensory and neural systems. This research aims to provide insights into designing compact, efficient, and minimal perception systems for tiny autonomous robots.
Advised by Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos and Dr. Cornelia Fermuller. Thank you Prof. Aloimonos, Pro.f Chopra, Prof. de Croon, Prof. Metzler, Prof. Sanket and Dr. Fermuller for being a part of my committee.