Hi there, and welcome to my personal website! My name’s Nishanth and I’m a researcher and engineer focused on AI and ML applications to robotics. I also moonlight as a writer and entrepreneur.

Presently, I’m a Ph.D. student in the LIS Group within MIT CSAIL. I’m officially advised by Leslie Kaelbling and Tomás Lozano-Pérez, though I frequently collaborate with Dylan Hadfield-Menell and many other wonderful people within CSAIL’s Embodied Intelligence Initiative. I’m extremely grateful for support from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

In the recent past, I graduated from Brown University with honors in Computer Engineering. As an undergrad, I was fortunate to work on exciting AI + Robotics research under Brown’s BigAI initiative advised by Professors Stefanie Tellex, George Konidaris and Michael Littman. I’ve also been a Research Intern at Uber ATG under Prof. Raquel Urtasun and at Vicarious AI, and collaborated with researchers at MERL.

Outside of all this, I like to play basketball, philosophize, cook, and sometimes make progress on various sci-fi novels/short-stories that I’ve been writing for longer than I care to admit.

If you’re interested in learning more about me or reading some of my writing, check out my resume, blog or social links in the website footer. If you’d like to get in contact, check out this page here.

Recent News

  • The first paper of my Ph.D. is out! Check out the Arxiv version here, and stay tuned for more work in this vein!
  • The project I worked on during my internship at Vicarious AI has been released! Check out the blog post and paper!
  • Our paper on ‘Fine-Grained’ Active Learning for Self-Driving Vehicles was accepted to CoRL 2021!
  • I’ve started at MIT and can’t wait for all the new projects and collaborations to come!
  • I completed a Research Internship at Vicarious AI, working with Stannis Zhou and Miguel Lazaro-Gredilla, where I got to work on an exciting project that will be announced soon. Stay tuned!