I am a Pre-Final (Third) year Undergraduate student from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. I was introduced to robotics in the school-days, after which there was no turning back. In the first year of University itself, I started gaining knowledge of various robotics hardware and applied them for doing multiple hobby robotics projects.
I am currently a Student Researcher at the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Research Group. My primary research interests lie in SLAM, Exploration-Mapping, planning, and control systems. I am also associated with Technology Robotix Society, which aims to spread the culture of robotics in India through various events and workshops.
I am currently interning remotely under Dr. Aamir Ahmad at the Robot Perception Group, Max Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems on Collaborative SLAM. I will be extending this project to Collaborative Active SLAM as a part of my B.Tech. Project.
At the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Research group, I have worked on multiple modules of an autonomous vehicle, especially on lateral and longitudinal vehicle controls, path planning, and sensor fusion. I am currently working on the problem statement of co-ordinated exploration and mapping using Micro-Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Ground Vehicles.
I am currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur. I have been fascinated by the core subjects like Kinematics of machines, Dynamics and Control theory. Academics have always remained my topmost priority. I always search for an opportunity to apply the theoretical learning into practical applications of robotics, the most recent being defining the DH parameters for a robotic arm.
My journey of robotics started with the LEGO Mindstorm NXT. During my freshman year, I started exploring different hardware platforms like Arduino and Raspberry Pi. I have been working on the ROS(Robot Operating System) platform for a couple of years now. I believe that we get to learn a lot more practical things when we test the codes and debug them on real hardware compared to testing on a simulator.
Apart from Robotics, I am a massive fan of Formula One. I am a supporter of Scuderia Ferrari, and Sebastian Vettel is my favourite driver. My favourite circuit is the Azerbaijan GP. I am also a wildlife lover and photographer. I frequently visit National parks and sanctuaries all over India. In my free time, I like playing PC games. I love playing First-person shooters, but Age of Empires 2 is my all-time favourite.