Short Bio

I have a PhD from Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where I was advised by Siddhartha S. Srinivasa. I have received M.S. from the Robotics Institute at Canegie Mellon University, where I was co-advised by Srinivasa and Matthew T. Mason. I have received my B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science, and Master of Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering at MIT, where I was co-advised by Leslie Pack Kaelbling and Tomas Lozano-Perez.

My primary research interest is to enable robots to act robustly under uncertainty. I am interested in model-based Bayesian reinforcement learning with structural priors for motion prediction. In the past I have worked on a variety of problems in robotics and computer graphics. In robotics, I have worked on multi-contact nonprehensile manipulation, and error-detection and recovery in multi-step planning. For robot vision, I have worked on SLAM-based object pose estimation.

I am a recipient of Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellowship and have previously received CMU School of Computer Science Presidential Fellowship and Samsung Scholarship.

I'm the founder and CEO of Zordi. We aim to innovate indoor agriculture via AI-driven robotics.


  • Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Fellowship (2015 - 2020)
  • CMU School of Computer Science Presidential Fellowship (2016 - 2017)
  • IROS Best Paper Finalist (2015)
  • Samsung Scholarship (2006 – 2010)


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