I am currently a Scientist at Honda Research Institute (HRI), USA . Prior to HRI, I worked as Robotics Specialist at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), a part of the Robotics Institute at CMU. I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin where I was a member of the Intelligent Robotics Lab (UT page) under Prof. Benjamin Kuipers.


At HRI, I am working on using computer vision for intelligent automotive safety systems. My focus is on using stereo camera's though I occasionally work with other sensors.

At NREC, I worked on perception systems for large autonomous mining trucks.

At UT Austin, my dissertation research was on building 3D models and semantically annotated 2D grid maps (called local safety maps) to enable mobile robots to navigate safely and autonomously in urban environments. This involved detecting and modeling obstacles, inclines, drop-off edges, and overhangs, using stereo and motion cues. My experimental platform was a wheelchair robot called Vulcan. The following movie shows the local safety map of an environment, consisting of an ramp and a drop-off edge at a downward staircase, being built by Vulcan.

You can find more details in my publications or contact me at: maniket at gmail com