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Pratik Chaudhari

Pratik Chaudhari

Assistant Professor, ESE

Department: Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE), Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)

Pratik is interested in the areas of machine learning, robotics and computer vision. His ambition is to bring the dream of cybernetics closer to reality, towards Embodied Intelligence. The ability to perceive and control the environment is the hallmark of such intelligence and their interplay is the core of my research. In a nutshell, he would like to build embodied autonomous agents that are intelligent not just in the sense of a chess-playing program but also intelligent in the sense of a dog. This research is highly multi-disciplinary: it draws from optimization, statistical physics, partial differential equations and stochastic processes, as also, stochastic control, motion planning and formal verification methods.  It involves both experimental and theoretical work; pushing the envelope of science and achieving broad societal impact requires both. It focuses on applications in home robotics, personal healthcare and autonomous driving.

Research Areas


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Publications

MIDAS: Multi-agent Interaction-aware Decision-making with Adaptive Strategies for Urban Autonomous Navigation

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

A Free-Energy Principle for Representation Learning

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

A Geometric Interpretation of Stochastic Gradient Descent Using Diffusion Metrics

Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)

Rethinking the Hyperparameters of Fine-tuning

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Proximal Deterministic Policy Gradient

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

A Baseline for Few-Shot Image Classification

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

Meta-Q-Learning

Publisher IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

News

Students

Yansong Gao

PhD, AMCS


Ayush Goel

Robotics MSE


Christopher Hsu

PhD, ESE; Robotics MSE '20 - Army Research Lab


Yijie Lu

Robotics MSE - Accelerated Master's


Rahul Maganti

Robotics MSE - Submatric (on Leave of Absence)


Jialin Mao

PhD, AMCS


Sebastian Peralta

Robotics MSE - Submatric


Rahul Ramesh

PhD, CIS


James Springer

Robotics MSE


Rubing Yang

PhD, AMCS


Alumni

Abel Chacko

Robotics MSE '22


Christopher Hsu

PhD, ESE; Robotics MSE '20 - Army Research Lab


Ashish Mehta

Robotics MSE '20 - Qualcomm


Zhijie Qiao

Robotics MSE '22


Wenbo Zhang

Robotics MSE '20


Pratik Chaudhari

Research Areas

  • Computer Vision
  • Perception
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Autonomy
  • Machine Learning
  • Planning