Hi! I am Aditya Vamsikrishna Mandalika. Mouthful of a name(!), feel free to refer to me as AVK [a-vee-kay] as do my friends. I am a 2nd-year PhD student at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington. I am advised by Dr. Siddhartha Srinivasa and work at the Personal Robotics Laboratory. I am interested in planning and decision-making for robots. I take joy in designing interesting algorithms (GLS, LRA*) and also in getting them running on real robots (Assistive Feeding).
I was previously at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, pursuing an MS in Robotics and was advised by Dr. Siddhartha Srinivasa. Prior to joining CMU, I graduated with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. I worked with Prof. Arun D. Mahindrakar for my undergraduate thesis.
- May 2019: Our paper on Generalized Lazy Search at ICAPS this year won the Best Student Paper Award!