Somil Bansal

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Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and of Computer Science

Education

  • 2020, Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2014, Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2012, Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur

Biography


Somil Bansal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from the University of California at Berkeley in 2020. Before that, he obtained a B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Between August 2020 and August 2021, he spent a year as a Research Scientist at Waymo (formerly known as Google Self-Driving Car project). He has collaborated closely with companies like Skydio, Google, Waymo, Boeing, as well as NASA Ames. Somil has received several awards, most notably the Eli Jury Award at UC Berkeley for his doctoral research, the outstanding graduate student instructor award at UC Berkeley, and the academic excellence award at IIT Kanpur.

Research Summary


Somil is broadly interested in robotics and autonomous systems. Specifically, his research focuses on understanding how machine learning methods can be combined with classical, model-based planning and control methods with the goal of (a) enabling robots to make intelligent decisions in a data-efficient manner, especially when they rely on perception and vision sensors; and, (b) assuring robot safety while it relies on learning for decision-making.

Research keywords: robotics; learning-based control; safe learning; perception-based control; dynamics and control.

Awards


  • 2020 Eli Jury Award, Department of EECS, UC Berkeley
  • 2019 RSS Pioneer
  • 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2011 Academic Excellence Award, IIT Kanpur
Appointments
  • Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Systems
  • Computer Science

Office
  • EEB 228
  • Hughes Aircraft Electrical Engineering Center
  • 3740 McClintock Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information
  • somilban@usc.edu

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