About Me
Hi there! I am Raunaq and I am a second-year PhD student in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Abhinav Gupta and Carmel Majidi. I am broadly interested in machine learning, robotics and tactile sensing.

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.
Raunaq Bhirangi, Tess Hellebrekers, Carmel Majidi, Abhinav Gupta
CoRL 2020 ORAL
Master's thesis

Modular robot design synthesis with deep reinforcement learning

Julian Whitman, Raunaq Bhirangi, Matthew Travers, Howie Choset
AAAI 2020

Motion Planning for Handspring Maneuver Using a Two Link Robot

Raunaq Bhirangi, Vivek Sangwan
During my time at CMU, I have been a Teaching Assistant for two classes, both virtually due to COVID-19. I have also been a Teaching Assistant during my time at IIT Bombay:
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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.