Biography

I graduated with a PhD in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute(WPI) in Feb. 2021. My research interests are to explore areas of multi-robots, swarm-robots, and human-robot interaction. The focus of my research is to design and investigate effective and efficient methods for humans to communicate/interact with robot swarms. I completed Master of Science(M.S.) in Robotics Engineering at WPI (2016) and Bachelors of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electronics and Communication from Gujarat Technological University(GTU), India in May 2012. Along with Robotics, my passion is to teach and nurture future generations to help them create a world where humans and robots co-exist.

I believe in contributing not only to the science community but also to our fellow living beings, so in India, I served as College President for Yuva Unstoppable, an NGO. Together with Yuva, my team and I worked with underprivileged kids at foster homes and with elderly at nursing homes. I am a Reiki and Tarot practitioner.

You are welcome to go through my website and leave me a feedback on pateljayam@gmail.com.

Experience

  • Present2018

    Research Assistant

    Prof. Carlo Pinciroli, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • 20202020

    Course Instructor

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • 20192015

    Teaching Assistant

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • 20162014

    Research Assistant

    Prof. Taskin Padir, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • 20132009

    Research Assistant

    Dr. Ronak Shodhan

  • 20132009

    Trainer & Manager

    Ahmedabad Robot Club, India

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2021

    Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

  • Specialization 2021

    Reinforcement Learning Specialization

    University of Alberta, Coursera Specialization

  • Specialization 2021

    Deep Learning Specialization

    deeplearning.ai, Coursera Specialization

  • Certification 2019

    Certificate in College Teaching

    Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, USA

  • M.S. 2016

    Master of Science in Robotics Engineering

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

  • B.Eng. 2012

    Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication

    Gujarat Technological University, India

Career Highlights

  • April 2021
    Judge at McGill's Design Day
    Got invited to be a judge undergrad senior-year projects.
  • February 2021
    Defended PhD Dissertation
    Successfully defended PhD Dissertation in Robotics Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
  • June 2020
    Paper accepted at RO-MAN 2020
    Paper accepted for RO-MAN 2020 proceedings. You can find more information on my research page.
  • January 2019
    Paper accepted at ICRA 2019
    Paper accepted for ICRA 2019 proceedings. You can find more information on my research page.
  • April 2018
    Nomination: TA of the Year
    Annonymously nominated by faculty, staff, and/or students in your department for the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award. Letters written in support of the nomination describe me as “among the best TAs I’ve worked with in nearly 25 years at WPI.“
  • May 2013
    Patent Filed (File No. 1584/MUM/2013)
    Patent filed in 2013 for an innovative security system and is in scientific evaluation. For more details you can check, Patent status and Publication in Official Journal of The Patent Office.
  • June 2012
    Gujarat Technological University Rank Award
    Award recieved for achieveing 2nd Rank in final semester of Bachelors of Engineering, Gujarat Technological University.
  • August 2011
    Accreditation by Prime Minister of India
    "Technological enhancement is the, need of the hour. Continuous research and development is the bare necessity to stay-tuned with technological advancement around the globe. I appreciate the efforts by Robot Club to raise level of robotics in Gujarat. I congratulate you and your guide Dr. Ronak Shodhan for the event planned and wish you all the best for progressive future." ~Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
  • 2008-2011
    Robotics trainer and mentor
    Taught the basics of robot building to 100+ students, 9-35 years old, in Ahmedabad, India.