About Me

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I am a Ph.D. student in Robotics at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Minnesota Robotics Institute, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a member of IRV LAB advised by Junaed Sattar. My research interests include field robotics, robot vision, computer vision. Thanks to my Electrical Engineering background, I have worked on hardware side of robots not just algorithms. Although I have mainly focused on the problems in the underwater domain, I am interested in solving robotic problems using vision-based approaches. Outside of my research hours, I like to be active (e.g., swim and play tennis). I am also a certified scuba diver. Check out my research projects and publications.


2021.06 I presented our paper Semantically-Aware Strategies for Stereo-Visual Robotic Obstacle Avoidance in ICRA 2021.

2021.02 Semantically-Aware Strategies for Stereo-Visual Robotic Obstacle Avoidance accepted for publication in ICRA 2021. The manuscript will be updated here by the end of March.

2021.01 Updated a new website.

2020.07 We release a TrashCAN dataset. Check

2020.07 We release a Trash-ICRA19 dataset. Check

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Released Datasets

trashcan dataset TrashCAN (2020.07)
An Instance-Segmentation Labeled Dataset of Trash Observations.
trasch-icra19 dataset Trash-ICRA19 (2020.07)
A Bounding Box Labeled Dataset of Underwater Trash.

Invited Talks

  • A Generative Approach Towards Improved Robotic Detection of Marine Litter,
  • Towards the Detection and Localization of Underwater Trash by Autonomous Robotic Platforms, University of Minnesota VCAI Seminar, ICRA presentation, 2020.

Industry Experiences

2020.05-2020.08 Sentera Deep learning intern. Worked on weed identification pipeline.

Professional Services

International Journals/Conferences Reviewer

ICRA 2021, 2020
IROS 2021, 2020, 2019
CRV 2021, 2020, 2019

Faculty Hiring Commitee 2020-2021

  • Student Representative, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Selected Honors and Awards

  • UMII MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship, University of Minnesota MnDrive, $50,000. Awarded in recognition of academic record and potential for future research productivity in Robotics, 2019
  • Summa Cum Laude, South Dakota State University (GPA: 3.96/4.0) (Top in the EE program), Dept. of EE, 2015
  • Power System Protection Scholarship, Schweitzer Engineering Lab. (SEL), $4,000. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievements, 2015.
  • BENNET Fellowship, South Dakota State University, $3,000. First international student recipient. Awarded to one student annually in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievements, 2014.
  • Samsung Full Scholarship, Sung Kyun Kwan University, $40,000. Awarded in recognition of outstanding Korean SAT score and high school GPA, 2007-2015.


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