Rohan Chandra is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Texas Robotics, advised by Dr. Joydeep Biswas and Dr. Peter Stone, at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on algorithms and systems for enabling robots to navigate safely and efficiently among humans, like humans. Rohan obtained his MS and PhD in 2018 and 2022 from the University of Maryland advised by Dr. Dinesh Manocha, and completed his B.Tech from the Delhi Technological University, New Delhi in 2016. His doctoral thesis focused on autonomous driving in dense, heterogeneous, and unstructured traffic environments.

Rohan is a 2023 Microsoft Future Leader in Robotics and AI, 2023 KAUST Rising Star in AI, 2022 RSS Pioneer, and 2021 UMD Future Faculty Fellow. He is a finalist for the 2022 Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award and a recipient of the UMD 2020 summer research fellowship and the 2023 SNU PhD Award for Autonomous Navigation. His published work appears regularly in top computer vision, AI, and robotics conferences (CVPR, ICRA, IROS) and he is actively involved in participating in workshops and program committees of leading conferences in robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Rohan is serving as an Associate Editor for RA-L.

My research focuses on algorithms and systems for deploying robots among humans, like humans.
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News

Jan 2024  Hybrid Social Navigation accepted to ICRA 2024!
Jan 2024  DO-ICBF paper accepted to ACC 2024 (oral)!
Dec 2023  Invited Speaker at the Symposium on Indian Driving Simulation!
Dec 2023  SocialGym 2.0 accepted to AAAI (demo track) 2024!
Oct 2023  Won the Best Paper/Presentation Award at the IROS 2023 Workshop on Advances in Multi-Agent Learning for iPlan !
Sep 2023  Won the SNU PhD Talk Award!
Sep 2023  iPlan accepted as Oral at CoRL 2023!
Jun 2023  Publicity and Social Media Chair for the International Symposium on Multi-Robot & Multi-Agent Systems 2023!
Apr 2023  Finalist for the Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award!
Apr 2023  Organizing the first workshop on RSS 2023 Workshop on Multi-Agent Planning and Navigation in Challenging Environments !
Mar 2023  We developed SocialGym 2 for simulating multi-agent social navigation in indoor environments!
Mar 2023  SocialMAPF will be published in RA-L and presented at IROS'23!
Feb 2023  Appointed as Associate Editor for RA-L!
Jan 2023  Selected for the 2022-2023 Microsoft Future Leaders in Robotics and AI: Celebrating Diversity and Innovation Seminar Series!
Jan 2023  METEOR accepted to ICRA'23!

Talks


  1. SNU PhD Award Talk at IROS 2023.


  2. Microsoft Future Leaders in Robotics and AI Seminar Series, 2023.


  3. Maryland Robotics Center Student Seminar, 2021.


  4. RSS 2021: Perception and Control for Autonomous Navigation in Crowded, Dynamic Environments Workshop.


  5. WACV 2022: Hazard Perception in Intelligent Vehicles (HPIV) Workshop.

Awards & Honors


Sep 2023  Won the Best Paper/Presentation Award at the IROS 2023 Workshop on Advances in Multi-Agent Learning for iPlan!
Sep 2023  Won the SNU PhD Talk Award!
Jan 2023  Selected for the 2022-2023 Microsoft Future Leaders in Robotics and AI: Celebrating Diversity and Innovation Seminar Series!
Feb 2023  Selected for the Rising Stars in AI Symposium 2023, hosted at KAUST (declined)!
Oct 2022  Selected to participate in the Global Sandpit on Trustworthy Human-Machine Teaming!
May 2022  Selected as part of the 2022 RSS Pioneers Workshop!
2020 - 2021  Selected as part of the 2020-2021 cohort (22 selected out of approximately 5, 000 doctoral students at UMD) of Future Faculty Fellows.
Summer 2020  Awarded the Summer Research Fellowship by The Graduate School, UMD.

Professional Activities


Dec 2023  Invited Speaker at the Symposium on Indian Driving Simulation!
Apr 2023  Organizing the first workshop on RSS 2023 Workshop on Multi-Agent Planning and Navigation in Challenging Environments !
Feb 2023  Appointed as Associate Editor for RA-L!
Apr 2022  Organizing the first workshop on Behavior-driven Autonomous Driving in Unstructured Environments at IROS 2022!
Apr 2022  Invited to co-chair the Intelligent Transportation session at ICRA'22 !
January 2022  Invited speaker at the HPIV Workshop at WACV'22.
October 2021  Invited to serve on the program committee for the ICCV'21 MAIR2 Workshop.
July 2021  Invited speaker at the Perception and Control for Autonomous Navigation in Crowded, Dynamic Environments Workshop at RSS'21. Video

Publications

(Refer to google scholar for recent publications.)

Planning and Navigation in Challenging Environments

Modeling Agent Behavior

Perception for Challenging Environments