Brief Bio

Rohan is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Computer Science and AI Laboratory (CSAIL) at the M.I.T. working with Prof. Nicholas Roy. His research focuses on grounding natural language instructions and concept acquisition from language and vision; aimed towards capable service robots that interact seamlessly with humans. His research contributes towards programs funded by the US Army Research Labs, the Toyota Research Institute and the National Science Foundation.

Rohan obtained a D.Phil. at the Oxford University advised by Prof. Paul Newman. His doctoral research focused on models for appearance-based topological mapping, semantic mapping and continual learning through active information acquisition. Rohan obtained his B. Tech. and M.Tech. degrees at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Rohan also contributes to the area of affordable assistive devices for persons with visual impairment, particular aimed towards mobility and education. He is the chief inventor of the SmartCane being adopted by end-users globally and played a lead role in establishing Assistive Technologies Group at IIT Delhi.

He has published at ICRA, RSS, IJRR, AAAI, IJCAI, IROS, MESA, TRANSED, winning Best Paper Awards at RSS 2016, IROS 2013, TRANSED 2012 and 2010, was named Finalist for Best Vision Paper Award at ICRA 2010 and was awarded the Bracken Bequest Research Prize at Oxford. He is a recipient of the National Award for Outstanding Applied Research Improving the Life of Persons with Disabilities, 2015 conferred by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and the National Award by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) in 2008. Rohan was named one of “35 Global Innovators Under 35” by MIT Technology Review and “7 IITians Changing the Country for the Better” by The Better India. His work has been featured in MIT News, Engadget, Wall Street Journal, BBC, Wired, TEDx, Times of India.

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