03.01: Submitted a paper to IROS on motion planning with contact using workspace information. Check this preliminary complementary video out.

01.10: Our paper titled Coordination of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Degrees of Freedom in Soft Robotic Grasping with Armin and Oliver has been accepted to ICRA 2018!


10.05: Armin Schröder, a master student who I have been advising, has successfully defended his thesis! :)

04.01: We deployed our grasp planner to Ocado, one of our industrial partners in SOMA. Here is the news article that recently featured our collaboration.

03.05: We recently started investigating bin picking tasks with a soft hand and here's a small excerpt from our human grasping experiments.

01.30: SOMA project review took place in Munich. Presented the human grasping results on behalf of TUB, UNIPI and DLR and got great feedback on our work :) Here are the slides.


10.31: Submitted the latest exciting results on human grasping with robotic hands with the SOMA consortium's deliverable report in collaboration with Centro di Ricerca Enrico Piaggio in University of Pisa!

07.01: First day at Robotics and Biology Laboratory. Delving into the world of soft manipulation and grasping with the EU Horizon 2020 SOMA project

05.07: Graduated with a Ph.D. in Robotics! A sincere thank you for all my advisors and colleagues!

03.21: I have successfully defended my thesis to my committee with Tomas Lozano-Perez, James Kuffner, Aaron Bobick, Frank Dellaert, Henrik Christensen and Magnus Egerstedt.


11.22: To investigate the importance of volume of feasible subspaces in mixed-integer optimization, we have written a paper with Prof. Christensen and submitted to ICAPS 2016.

08.04: I have been revisiting fundamental AI concepts and implementing majority of the algorithms (25+) in the Russell & Norvig book. Check out the code.

06.16: One of my colleagues, Jon Scholz, using our Golem Krang platform demonstrated learning capabilities for a challenging planning domain. See the video.

04.21: Our journal paper with Prof. Stilman titled "Autonomous design of functional structures" is to be published next month!

03.13: Successfully presented my thesis proposal titled: "Planning in Constraint Space for Multi-body Manipulation Tasks"

01.24: Our paper with Ana Huaman, Heni Ben Amor and other colleagues on grasping, "Exploiting symmetries and extrusions for grasping household objects", got accepted to ICRA 2015.


11.07: Presented our collaboration with Prof. Stilman in the memorial symposium.

07.15: Busy month. Presented a paper in Morocco for ISER15, travelled back to Turkey, and then to California for RSS15!

05.17: Our paper, "Incorporating Kinodynamic Constraints in Automated Design of Simple Machines", is accepted to IROS 2014.

05.13: Our submission to RSS 2014 workshop CDMR accepted.

05.06: My advisor and dear friend Professor Mike Stilman passed away. Rest in peace…

04.13: "Autonomous Realization of Simple Machines" got accepted to ISER 2014! Watch the video.

01.15: The video submission, "Robots Using Environment Objects as Tools: The ‘MacGyver’ Paradigm for Mobile Manipulation" got accepted to ICRA 2014!


11.07: Krang team gave a demo to Discovery Channel on the MacGyver project.

05.08: Presented my constraint space work in ICRA, Karlsruhe, Germany!

04.10: Passed Ph.D. quals.

01.07: ICRA 2013 paper, "Planning in Constraint Space: Automated Design of Functional Structures", got accepted!


10.09: Our work with ONR on repurposing tools creatively has been publicized with Golem Krang.

08.20: I will be TA'ing Robot Intelligence - Planning given by Mike Stilman this fall:

05.28: Frank Dellaert is presenting our planar segmentation paper in CRV 2012, Toronto. Here is the link to the slides.

05.15: Started working with Mike Stilman officially.

03.16: CRV paper accepted!

02.12: Submitted "Planar Segmentation of RGBD Images using Fast Linear Fitting and MCMC" to CRV 2012.

01.22: Created this website.

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