Vaibhav Unhelkar

PhD Candidate
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Office: 31-219M
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Homepage: people.csail.mit.edu/unhelkar
unhelkar@mit.edu

Vaibhav Unhelkar (M.Tech. ’12, IIT Bombay) is a PhD candidate with the Interactive Robotics Group. At IRG, he helped develop an autonomous Mobile Robotic Assistant for assembly line environments as part of his Master's thesis. Currently, he is developing communication algorithms for human robot collaboration using tools from decision making and inference. His research interests include inference, decision-making and learning as
applied to both interactive and autonomous systems, such as, human-robot scenarios, aircrafts, space vehicles and other stochastic systems.

Prior to joining IRG, Vaibhav was a researcher with the Dynamics and Controls group at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay, where his work focused on System Identification of miniature aerial vehicles. As a student at IIT Bombay, he worked on spacecraft attitude estimation, and GPS-INS integration for his Master’s and Bachelor’s thesis, respectively. He has also had experience working as an engineer with Pratham (cube-sat team of IIT Bombay) and Turbomeca (leading European manufacturer of helicopter engines). Apart from engineering, he also cherishes interesting conversations, the works of Isaac Asimov, and instrumental music.