Hi there! I am Raunaq and I am a second-year PhD student in the Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University advised by Abhinav Gupta
and Carmel Majidi
. I am broadly interested in machine learning, robotics and
Before I started my PhD, I got a master's degree in Robotics working at the Biorobotics Lab at CMU under the
guidance of Howie Choset and
Matthew Travers. Adding to the list of academic labs,
I have also spent two wonderful summers at the Multiscale Robotics Automation Lab at
Purdue University and the Acoustics and Dynamics Lab at Ohio State University.
A lifetime ago, I spent 4 years as an undergrad at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay dabbling in debate, robotics and a ton of dynamics classes.
Connect with me over email at rbhirang [at] cs [dot] cmu [dot] edu!
I am interested in developing algorithms and hardware to enhance robots’ capability to operate in unstructured physical environments.
To that end, I am currently working on ReSkin, a soft magnetic skin capable of large area tactile sensing. In the past, I have also worked
on a number of exciting projects in legged robotics and modular robotics.
Modular robot design synthesis with deep reinforcement learning
Motion Planning for Handspring Maneuver Using a Two Link Robot
ASME IMECE 2018
During my time at CMU, I have been a Teaching Assistant for two classes, both virtually due to COVID-19.
- 16-748: Underactuated Robotics Fall 2020
- 10-708: Probabilistic Graphical Models Spring 2021
I have also been a Teaching Assistant during my time at IIT Bombay:
- MA 106: Linear Algebra Spring 2017
- ME 310: Microcontrollers and Automatic Control Lab Spring 2018
More About me
Outside of research, I enjoy hiking, reading, cooking and going to museums. I can have long discussions
about history, culture, politics and philosophy with no regard for time, hunger, thirst or the other
person's evident lack of interest.