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Rohan Chitnis

In May 2016, I graduated with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley, with a BS in EECS. In September 2016, I began my PhD at MIT EECS, within CSAIL's Learning and Intelligent Systems group.

News:
In Summer 2017, I did a research internship with Google Brain Robotics, working on methods for improving exploration in deep reinforcement learning.

In Summer 2016, I interned as a software engineer at Airbnb, doing machine learning with the Search Ranking team.

In March 2016, I was awarded an NSF GRFP Fellowship (accepted) and an NDSEG Fellowship (declined).

In January 2016, I was selected as one of 40 Finalists for the Hertz Fellowship, a highly reputable fellowship for student researchers in the physical, biological, and engineering sciences.

In December 2015, I was selected as the Runner-up for the 2016 Computing Research Association (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award (Male, PhD-granting institution).

Bio:
At MIT, I am in the Learning and Intelligent Systems group.

At UC Berkeley, I conducted research primarily in artificial intelligence for robotics, within Pieter Abbeel's Robot Learning Lab. My work was in hierarchical task and motion planning, which tries to get robots to execute tasks that require a long sequence of steps, like cleaning a room. I also dabbled in natural language processing with John DeNero.

I was a Teaching Assistant for 6 semesters at Berkeley, for courses in machine learning, artificial intelligence, introductory computer science, and computer architecture.



I like MDPs. Many things are MDPs.



Belief space hierarchical planning!