Shushman Choudhury

CS PhD Student, Stanford


Update: I have graduated from Stanford and joined Lacuna as a research scientist!

I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University (June 2021). My advisors were Prof. Mykel Kochenderfer at the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Prof. Jeannette Bohg at the Interactive Perception and Robot Learning Lab. I am generally interested in computational decision-making for intelligent systems and spaces. In my Ph.D. research, I developed hierarchical algorithms for coordinated multi-robot networks (my thesis). My work is motivated by several current and future technologies, e.g, delivery drone routing with ground-based transit vehicles as temporary modes of transportation. Please refer to this BBC Digital Planet episode (about 14 minutes in) or this VentureBeat article if you are interested.

I received an MS from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. There, I was a member of the Personal Robotics Lab and advised by Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa (currently at the University of Washington). I worked primarily on anytime sampling-based motion planning algorithms that I validated on HERB (the Home Exploring Robotic Butler), the lab's robot and research platform. I also contributed to several aspects 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. My undergraduate thesis looked at optimal course allocation strategies with Prof. Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.

I am the immensely proud younger brother of Sanjiban Choudhury, who has shaped my understanding of research, robotics, and many other more important things.