About me

Profile PictureI am a PhD candidate in Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am pursuing my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Nitin Vaidya broadly in the field of distributed optimization. I received a dual degree (B. Tech + M.Tech) in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay in 2013.

Research Interests:

  • Distributed Optimization

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  • M.Tech (AE), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2013
  • B.Tech (AE), Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2013

Academic Achievements:

  • Joan and Lalit Bahl Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2017-18. 2018-19.
  • Stillwell Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2014-15.
  • Research Award (URA03) for Master’s Thesis, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. July 2013.
  • National Talent Search Scholarship, (NCERT) Government of India. 2006.


  • Aug. 2017 – Presented my poster on “Private Learning on Networks” at DIMACS Workshop on Distributed Optimization, Information Processing, and Learning.
  • May 2017 – Feb. 2018 – I am serving as the Finance Chair for the 13th CSL Student Conference.
  • May – Aug. 2016 – I interned at Toyota ITC, Mountain View, CA. I worked on developing intelligent and autonomous driving solutions.
  • May 2016 – Feb. 2017 – I am serving as the Poster Session Chair for the 12th CSL Student Conference.
  • Feb. 2016 – I gave a talk on “Robotic Herding of Bird Flocks using UAV’s” at 11th CSL Student Conference.
  • Jan. 2016 – Presented my paper on “Robotic Herding using Wavefront Algorithm: Performance and Stability” at AIAA GNC Conference, San-Diego.
  • Oct. 2015 – Conference Travel Award from the Graduate College, UIUC.
  • Jun. 2015 – I gave a talk at IIT Bombay on Robotic Herding of Birds using UAV’s.
  • Apr. 2015 – I was awarded the H. S. Stillwell Fellowship at AE awards banquet.
  • Apr. 2015 – Poster accepted for Late Breaking Results Poster Session at ICRA 2015.