Shushman Choudhury

CS PhD Student, Stanford


Greetings! I am a PhD student in the department of Computer Science at Stanford University , having started in Autumn 2017. I am advised by Prof. Mykel Kochenderfer and work at the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory . I am generally interested in planning and decision-making for robotics. My research project investigates multi-modal route planning under uncertainty in highly dynamic networks. That's a bit of a mouthful, so the more palate-friendly version is planning for drones hitchhiking on autonomous ground vehicles, with applications towards delivery, coordinated exploration and search-and-rescue.

I received an MS degree in Robotics from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. I was a member of the Personal Robotics Lab and was advised by Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa (who is currently at the University of Washington in Seattle). At CMU, I worked primarily on anytime sampling-based geometric motion planning. My work was validated and tested on HERB (the Home Exploring Robotic Butler), our lab's robot and research platform. Additionally, I contributed to several layers of the lab's software stack. Prior to joining CMU, I graduated with a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. I worked with Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti for my undergraduate thesis, which looked at aspects of optimal course allocation.