Sarthak Ahuja

I am a Research Masters student in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I work with Prof. Aaron Steinfeld and Prof. Henny Admoni as a member of the Human and Robot Partners (HARP) Lab.

Someday I want to build truly adaptive socially intelligent systems which are capable of not just co-existing but co-evolving alongside us humans. While my technical research background has been scattered in statistical machine learning, geometric computer vision, collaborative decision making in multi-agent systems, and NLP for knowledge representation; my philosophical research interests revolve around the mysteries of human cognition and evolution. I am interested in (a) exploring and evaluating research on human cognition and behaviour that gives an insight into how we perceive, think about and interact with our social environment, and (b) developing methods for robotics systems that can take advantage of these insights to enhance their learning and interaction capabilities during collaborative tasks alongside humans.

I see Robotics and AI as evolutionary catalysts, capable of inherently solving fundamental problems beyond automation - even breaking social-constructs that dictate the role an individual plays in society. These ground-breaking offerings rest on the precondition that robots are welcomed into the our personal and public spaces as trust-worthy and productive companions. I am fascinated by the fact that both these requirements of being trust-worthy and productive go beyond conventional robotics, that works really well in isolatation, but is far from functioning autonomously in the real world because it don't account for us!

TL;DR: I want to make socially intelligent robots because isolated intelligence clearly doesn't cut it.

When I am not working, I am open to meeting people for engaging in collaborative aimless wondering about these topics and depending on the time and person, anything but. Find my contact details here.