Anuj Pasricha
Anuj Pasricha
PhD Student

About Me

My research work is focused on robotic manipulation, specifically combining analytical and learned models to achieve human-level dexterity in nonprehensile skills such as poking, tilting, and tossing. I use a combination of machine learning and traditional motion planning along with simulation-based training to achieve this objective. The ultimate goal is to use this hybrid technique to generate a repository of skills that robots can then use to engage in more complex, affordance-informed task planning and manipulation.

I was born in India, grew up in Indonesia, and moved to the US for undergrad (UIUC). I then worked in robotics (San Jose, CA), 3D printing (Cambridge, MA), and mixed reality (Fort Lauderdale, FL) before moving to Boulder for grad school. I enjoy playing snooker, reading non-fiction, and watching Formula 1.

education

Master of Science in Computer Science

Performed research in robotic manipulation in CAIRO Lab with Bradley Hayes.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

For our senior design project, my team and I designed and tested the central PCB for a CubeSat that was launched in May 2015.

experience

Jun 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Graduate Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Performing robotics research in HIRO lab focusing on model-based approaches to dexterous manipulation. Also mentoring undergraduate students.

Nov 2015 - Feb 2017

Dania Beach, FL, United States

Software Developer

Magic Leap
Developed a model-free camera calibration technique in C++.

Feb 2015 - Apr 2015

San Jose, CA, United States

Software Intern

Fetch Robotics
Implemented a recovery behavior plugin for the ROS navigation stack in C++.

May 2013 - Jul 2013

Singapore, Singapore

Research Intern

National University of Singapore
Developed a non-realtime Linux application to generate 3D models of objects using the Microsoft Kinect sensor and the Point Cloud Library.

current projects

Aug 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Automated data collection for camera-to-robot calibration

University of Colorado Boulder
Mentoring Ella Sarder, Junior in CS.

Aug 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Grasping neural network from the TossingBot paper

University of Colorado Boulder
Mentoring Ella Sarder, Junior in CS.

Aug 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Learning-based approach for contour extraction

University of Colorado Boulder
Mentoring Jacob Fiola, Senior in CS.

Aug 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Repurposing IKFast for use with Sawyer and Panda

University of Colorado Boulder
My side project.

Jan 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Analytical pushing model

University of Colorado Boulder
Mentoring Kyle Yamek, Senior in Engineering Physics and CS.

service

Reviewer

  • IROS/IEEE RA-L (2019)

miscellanea

Aug 2019 - Present

Boulder, CO, United States

Teaching Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
I am a teaching assistant for CSCI 1300: Introduction to Computer Science, a class that covers the basics of computer programming using C++.