Rahul Shome


rahul dot shome at anu dot edu dot au

\cite{ task and motion planning, manipulation, multi-robot planning, multi-arm rearrangement, collaborative robotics, human-robot interaction }

curriculum vitae

Ph.D. positions available for research that can span several domains of interest in robotics and AI.

Two seed grants funded through HMI Computing for Social Good.

Appointed as the Associate Editor of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2024.

Commenced as Chief Investigator at ARIAM hub.

Work on robots learning tasks from humans covered on Rice Computer Science News.

Appointed Affiliate Investigator at Humanising Machine Intelligence.

Started an appointment as a tenure track lecturer at the School of Computing of The Australian National University.

Appointed as the Website Chair of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2023.

Work on task and motion planning with failing execution covered on Rice Computer Science News.

Appointed as an Associate Editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

Appointed to the International Program Committee at the 4th IFAC Workshop on Cyber-Physical and Human Systems.

My research focuses on effective planning algorithms that enable robots to use intelligent problem-solving in real environments with and among humans. I want to address real-world robotics applications with practical performance, theoretical guarantees, and human-centric objectives.

My work has touched upon a broad set of cutting edge robotics domains - task and motion planning, manipulation, sampling-based planning algorithmsmulti-robot planning, and multi-robot object rearrangement problems. My ongoing research projects formulate core robotics contributions with connections to technical areas including design and analysis of algorithms, stochastic decision making, topology, combinatorics, optimization, machine learning, control theory, sensing and perception, hardware design, and human-robot interactions.

I am a tenure track lecturer in the School of Computing at The Australian National University. I am a researcher in Robotics & AI and I dream of a future with intelligent robots that are not only useful but good. I have worked with Prof. Lydia E. Kavraki as a postdoctoral research associate and Fellow of the Rice Academy at Rice University. I earned my Ph.D. and M.S. degrees at Rutgers University, advised by Prof. Kostas E. Bekris. I have published one book chapter in the Encyclopedia of Robotics, multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, and refereed international AI and robotics conference publications. My publications have garnered a best paper award at IEEE MRS and a nomination for best paper in automation award at IEEE ICRA among other recognitions. I have served as on the organizing, chairing, and reviewer boards of major international robotics conferences and journals.