I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin. I am fortunate to be advised by Prof. Scott Niekum as part of the Personal Autonomous Robotics Lab (PeARL). My interests lie at the intersection of Learning from Demonstrations and Human-Robot Interaction. Specifically, my research models intentions of human demonstrators using social signals, such as eye gaze and audio, for improved robot learning from demonstrations.


Before coming to UT Austin, I worked for a short while as a Research Associate at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Prior to that, I completed my MS in Robotics from CMU under the guidance of Prof. Aisling Kelliher, Prof. Thanassis Rikakis and Prof. Kris Kitani. During my time at CMU, along with a team of computer vision, medical and design experts, I worked on developing a prototype for a home-based stroke rehabilitation system. Before pursuing graduate studies, I completed my undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur in India.

Recent News

  • October 2020: I was recognized among the top 10% reviewers for NeurIPS 2020.
  • October 2020: I am once again co-organizing the HRI Pioneers workshop, this time as a Program Chair. Pioneers is organized as part of HRI 2021.
  • September 2020: I passed my PhD dissertation proposal and advanced to candidacy!
  • August 2020: I was invited to present my work at the HRI Summer Speaker Series organized by the Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab.
  • July 2020: Presentations and discussions from our RSS Workshop on the Advances and Challenges of Imitation Learning for Robotics are available here.
  • June 2020: I was awarded a scholarship by UT Austin's International Student Office.
  • April 2020: Our survey paper Human Gaze Assisted Artificial Intelligence: A Review has been accepted to IJCAI 2020.
  • March 2020: Our RSS Workshop proposal on Advances and Challenges of Imitation Learning for Robotics was accepted! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be held virtually.
  • March 2020: I was awarded the Women in Engineering Leadership Scholarship by the WEP at UT Austin!
  • March 2020: Our research on guiding Imitation Learning algorithms with Human Gaze was covered in a Tech Xplore article.