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Sidharth Talia

I am an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate with a strong interest in mobile robotics. I am currently working with the MuSHR team at the University of Washington under the guidance of Dr. Siddhartha Srinivasa. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, and I am interested in continuing my journey towards becoming a full-stack robotics engineer and researcher. 

You can find my project blogs here or on the top right corner by clicking on "Project-stories". If you're from a graduate admissions committee, I recommend you to peruse the control systems tutorial I wrote for first and second-year undergrad students. It should give you a hint about how I understand concepts and how I explain them. I prefer the approach where I start right from the basics and work my way up to the more complicated stuff.

 
 
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About me

I’ve had an interest in cars and planes from a very young age; as a kid, I would often go to the library in my school specifically to learn what makes them tick from one of those "how it works" books.

My journey in the field of robotics started with my first internship right after high school. I was given a dare by my mentors to create a flight controller for a quadcopter and a GPS-IMU-based waypoint follower from scratch. These projects marked the beginning of my journey in the field of mobile robotics.​

I have interned at two UAV/UGV related start-ups, worked as a project intern at IIT-Delhi for two different projects, one related to ADAS, and the other related to autonomous driving. I am currently a remote research intern at the University of Washington, working on multi-agent navigation with the MuSHR team. I also started providing technical consultancy to start-ups in the robotics/UAV sector at the beginning of the 2020-pandemic.
You can refer to my CV for more details.

My areas of interest include robust state estimation, trajectory optimization, and control for aggressive maneuvering. I also tinker with computer vision from time to time. The common theme amongst these is that I try to use computationally constrained hardware. I use my UGV platform for testing out ideas in these domains safely in the real world and simulations for testing them for UAVs. I'm also currently working on a simulator for the MuSHR car as well which can be used for testing micro-ground vehicle algorithms.

I also take an interest in teaching and have prepared tutorials/conducted classes for undergrad students in the past.