Anusha Nagabandi

Anusha Nagabandi

I'm a third year Ph.D. student in EECS at UC Berkeley. I work with Prof. Ron Fearing in the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, and I am also a member of the Berkeley AI Research Lab. My current research interests lie in deep learning for control, to generate autonomous and collaborative behaviors for multi-robot teams. We work toward a team of small, inexpensive, and highly mobile robots that work together to autonomously accomplish complex real-world tasks such as search and rescue, construction, surveillance, exploration, etc. We draw motivation from biology, and we envision enhanced robot mobility through learned cooperative locomotion skills: a robot pushes another robot up a step, a robot helps a flipped robot right itself by pushing it over, a robot pulls another robot with a tether, robots construct ramps out of themselves in order to cross gaps, robots use their collective strength to move large objects, etc.


I completed my undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I was an undergraduate research assistant at the Micro and Nanotechnology Lab and Bretl Research Group. I have previously worked as a robotics instructor at MySTEM Academy, a coach at Campus Middle School for Girls for FIRST Lego League competitions, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, a Product Engineering intern at Texas Instruments, an intern in the Control and Autonomous Systems Engineering group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and a software intern at Carnegie Robotics.

Email:  nagaban2 AT berkeley DOT edu