Daniel Seita


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Curriculum Vitae (Dec. 2019)
Research Statement

I am a computer science PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. My current research interests are an eclectic mix of robotics, deep learning, and machine teaching. I am particularly interested in developing robotic systems for deployment in complex, unstructured environments. For applications, I am interested in surgical robotics and assistive home robots. Please see my research statement above for additional details.

I am extremely fortunate to be advised by John Canny and Ken Goldberg. I am generously supported by a National Physical Science Consortium fellowship (from 2015 to 2021), funded through the National Security Agency.

I frequently blog about technical (and non-technical) topics, and publish source code and various notes on my GitHub account. Don't forget to also check out the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research blog.

I am originally from Albany, New York, and came to robotics at UC Berkeley through a long and winding road.

Quixotic though it may sound, I hope to use computer science and robotics to change the world for the better. If you have thoughts on how to do this, feel free to contact me.

News and Updates

Preprints and Publications

If a paper is on arXiv, that's where you can find the latest version. (Google Scholar)

Coursework, Teaching, and Oral Exams

I've taken many graduate courses as part of the PhD program at UC Berkeley. I also write reviews, which might be helpful for those thinking about taking future iterations of these classes. I was also the GSI (i.e., Teaching Assistant) for the Deep Learning class in Fall 2016 and Spring 2019. At the time I took it, UC Berkeley had an oral preliminary exam requirement for PhD students. Here's the transcript of my prelims. Nowadays, things might have changed since the number of AI PhD students has skyrocketed. There is also a second oral exam, called the qualifying exam. Here is the transcript of my qualifying exam.


© Daniel Seita. Last updated: May 5, 2020.