Chitra R. Karanam [Email]   [LinkedIn]   [Google Scholar]


Ph.D. Candidate
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California Santa Barbara
Email: ckaranam [at] ece.ucsb.edu
Updates

July 2018: Our paper Adaptive Near-Field Imaging with Robotic Arrays appeared in the proceedings of IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop.

April 2018: Presented our paper Magnitude-Based Angle-of-Arrival Estimation, Localization, and Target Tracking at IPSN 2018 in Porto, Portugal. [slides]

March 2018: Awarded the CCDC fellowship by the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation at UCSB.

Jan. 2018: Our paper Magnitude-Based Angle-of-Arrival Estimation, Localization, and Target Tracking is accepted to appear in IPSN 2018.

Oct. 2017: Check out our new paper Robotic Through-Wall Imaging: Radio-Frequency Imaging Possibilities with Unmanned Vehicles published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Special issue on Electromagnetic Inverse Problems for Sensing and Imaging.

June 2017: Released video and project page for X-Ray Eyes in Sky: Drones and WiFi for 3D Through-Wall Imaging.

June 2017: Our work on 3D Through-Wall Imaging with Drones and WiFi is in the News: BBC Click, Engadget, TechCrunch, Mashable, TechRadar, PC Mag, Digital Trends, IFLScience, The Register, New Atlas, UCSB press release, IEEE Spectrum, ACM News, and other outlets.

April 2017: Presented our paper 3D Through-Wall Imaging with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using WiFi at IPSN 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. [slides]

Jan. 2017: Our paper 3D Through-Wall Imaging with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using WiFi is accepted to appear in IPSN 2017.

Dec. 2016: Passed my Ph.D. qualification exam.


Hi there! I'm a fifth year Ph.D. student in Prof. Yasamin Mostofi's lab at the ECE department in UCSB. My research is mainly focused in the field of RF sensing, where I explore the various possibilities of using ubiquitous wireless signals to extract information about our surroundings. Specifically, I work on using off-the-shelf WiFi devices for imaging static objects behind walls, for localization, and for tracking various moving targets, even when they do not carry any device. My research also lies at the intersection of robotics and RF sensing, exploring how we can utilize the mobility of ground robots and unmanned aerial vehicles to sense various attributes of our environment.

You can contact me at: ckaranam [at] ece.ucsb.edu


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In my spare time, I like to read books and listen to rock music. I'm fascinated by evolutionary biology, space-time fundamentals, and the universe.