Shaunak Dattaprasad Bopardikar

Staff Research Scientist

Systems Department

United Technologies Research Center Inc.

Email: bshaunak [at] gmail [dot] com

               




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I am a Staff Research Scientist working with the Systems Department of United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) Inc.. Presently, I am leading projects in the areas of Cyber-Physical Systems Security and Big-Data computations. Previously, I was working as Senior Research Scientist at UTRC and primarily contributed to autonomous path planning in environments under uncertainty, cyber-physical systems security, and analysis tools for big-data.

I received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Santa Barbara, with emphasis on Pursuit Strategies for Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to that, I completed my Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.) in Mechanical Engineering as well as Master of Technology (M.Tech.) with specialization in Computer-Aided-Design and Automation (CADA) from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Upon completion of my Ph.D., I worked as a Post-doctoral Researcher with the Center for Control Dynamical Systems and Computation, focusing on randomized methods to solve large-dimensional games.

Education and Research Experience

Staff Research Scientist/Engineer, Systems Department, United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley, CA, USA, April 2015 -- Present.

Senior Research Scientist/Engineer, Systems Department, United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley, CA, USA, May 2011 -- March 2015.

Post-doctoral Researcher, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, April 2010 -- May 2011.

Ph.D., Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara, March 2010.

M.Tech., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2004.

B.Tech., Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, 2004.

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Research
My research interests include autonomous path planning in GPS-denied environments under uncertainty, cyber-physical systems security, and analysis tools for big-data. I have also worked briefly on applying techniques from Optimization and Control theory to problems in the domains of resource allocation, filtering and abstraction-based design.

Since my Post-doctoral stint, I have developed keen interest in applying randomization techniques to provide efficient solutions to large dimensional optimization problems. Specific scenarios include partial information, non-cooperative games. Applications of this work are envisioned in providing efficient security solutions to computer networks as well as in problems which demonstrate exponential complexity.

In my doctoral research, I worked on problems belonging to two classes -- Pursuit-evasion and dynamic vehicle routing. I have considered pursuit-evasion games with sensing limitations and motion constraints, for which I have developed provably correct pursuit strategies for one or more pursuers to capture a mobile evader in specified environments. Dynamic vehicle routing scenarios arise when multiple targets arrive randomly in a region and possess known motion profiles. Provably efficient pursuit strategies were designed and the performance was shown to be within constant factor of the optimal. Please visit my
research page for relevant publications.

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Miscellaneous

My favourite pastime is Music - both listening to as well as playing. Among outdoor and sport activities, I take interest in jogging and the game of Cricket. If I am doing neither of these, I like spending time with some recreational math.

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