The focus of my research is to design and investigate effective and efficient methods for human-swarm interaction. Communicating with a robot or a machine has been an intriguing field of research since Nikola Tesla engineered the first remote controlled motorboat. Since then many researchers have been coming up with interaction devices, methods, and schemes. Now imagine, instead of one robot, a human is instructed to interact with a swarm/group of robots; would this be as simple or intuitive as interacting with one robot? Can the traditional interfaces used for interacting with one robot be sufficient enough to interact with a swarm of robots? Is it efficient to interact with each member of a swarm or interact with them as a whole or with some other mode of interaction? To find an answer to these questions, I am investigating and designing interface and methods for interacting with a robot swarm.
During my graduate studies, I have also completed projects on object detection using computer vision, robot navigation, and localization, robot interfaces, and robotic simulation platform. My M.S. thesis involved designing an indoor localization and navigation of a smart wheelchair. You can check out my YouTube Channel for some research videos.