I am currently working as Senior Director of Technology and Strategy at SAIC USA, which is part of SAIC Motors, the largest automobile manufacturer in China selling 7M+ vehicles annually. I built the US autonomous driving department from scratch to 35+. I led the L4 AD stack development, public road testing, and deployment of our L4 shuttle in UC, Davis campus. I have a strategic role working with partners, and startups. I am also a member of the SAIC Capital investment decision committee.
Previously I worked at Honda Research Institute USA, Inc. on automotive products and the ASIMO humanoid robot. I led the autonomous driving software team, and the wheelchair robot project with a focus on spoken dialog, motion planning, and SLAM. Before that, I worked at Schlumberger Engineering on GeoFrame Software on Geometric Modeling and managed an offshore software team. I have initiated and funded collaborations with CS Departments at Stanford (Andrew Ng, Mykel Kochenderfer), MIT (Trevor Darrell), UIUC (Dan Roth), and the University of Maryland. My areas of interest also include AI, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Computer Vision, Localization and Mapping, and Venture Capital.
I received my Ph.D. from MIT in September 1995. My advisor was Thomas Sheridan and my research was on Multimodal Virtual Environments incorporating visual, haptics with force feedback, and auditory modes. At MIT, I also managed the software design and implementation for Officer of the Deck Project for training Navy pilots. Previously, I did my B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India followed by MS at MIT.View My Projects