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Pushyam Kaveti works as a computer vision engineer at Alces technology.

What do you do?

Pushyami Kaveti is a PhD student in the Computer Science Program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professors Hanumant Singh and Robert Platt. A native of Anantapur, India, Pushyami earned a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and her master’s degree in computer engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, in India.

Pushyami’s research areas include artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. She is also a member of the Field Robotics Laboratory. Pushyami hopes that her research in robotics and robotic perception will pave the way for self-aware robotic technology breakthroughs.

What did you study?

  • B Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India
  • MS in Computer Engineering, University of Florida

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I am a PhD Student at CCIS with a research focus on robotics, more specifically robot perception.

What are your research interests?

My research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. I would like to research on how to use sensor data from cameras, range sensors, touch sensors etc., to build intelligence into robots and make them more aware of the world around them. My interest in robot perception started when I worked with team ihmc for the Darpa Robotics Challenge. I realized how the state of the art robotic technologies lacked in doing some basic tasks such as opening doors, turning knobs, walking in unstructured spaces etc., which humans do with ease.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

Autonomy in doing tasks is still a big problem in field robotics. I would like to make robots have autonomy in recognizing the environment and doing tasks.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting to you?

The most fascinating aspect of robotics is that it has a potential to make a positive societal impact.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

Going forward, I see myself doing independent research in the field of Robotics. I would love to bring academia and industry together and come up with innovative strategies to solve real world problems.

Where did you spend your most defining years?

I grew up in a small town in southern part of India called Anantapur.

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