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Anwesan Pal

Graduate Research Assistant at UC San Diego


I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. I work in the Cognitive Robotics Lab under the supervision of Dr. Henrik I. Christensen. Prior to this, I obtained an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UC San Diego, and a B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) Shibpur.

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  • Education

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering - UC San Diego

    2019 - Present

    Advisor - Dr. Henrik I. Christensen

    Research Interests - Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Robotics

  • M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering - UC San Diego

    2017 - 2019

    Major - Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Control

    Advisors - Dr. Henrik I. Christensen & Dr. Nuno Vasconcelos

  • B.E. in Electrical Engineering - IIEST Shibpur

    2013 - 2017

    Title - Fabrication of Prototype Apparatus for Control System Experiments

    Advisors - Dr. Aparajita Sengupta & Dr. Suvarun Dalapati

  • Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant - Cognitive Robotics @ UCSD

    Jun 2018 - Present

    Description - Object recognition for robot localization and mapping in unknown scenes.

  • Research Fellow - Statistical Visual Computing Lab @ UCSD

    Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

    Description - Studying bias of action-recognition datasets towards representations and algorithms.

  • Summer Research Intern - Paris VIII University @France

    May 2016 - Jul 2016

    Description - Defined perception algorithms for behavior of multiple agents of the NAO Humanoid, and simulated them using CABSL/XABSL.



2. A. Pal, S. Mondal, and H. I. Christensen, ““Looking at the right stuff” - Guided semantic-gaze for autonomous driving,” in Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), Seattle, USA, Jun. 2020. [arXiv][Code][Website]

1. A. Pal, C. Nieto-Granda, and H. I. Christensen, “DEDUCE: Diverse scEne Detection methods in Unseen Challenging Environments,” in Proceedings of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Macau, China, Nov. 2019. [paper][arXiv][Code][Website]


2. Y. Qiu*, A. Pal*, and H. I. Christensen, “Learning hierarchical relationships for object-goal navigation”

1. A. Pal, Z. Ren, Y. Li, N. Vasconcelos and H. I. Christensen, “A Deeper Look at Action Recognition Datasets and Algorithms via Representation Bias”

*Equal Contribution


1. Optical Flow Based Video Classification with Visual Attention using Recurrent Convolutional Neural Network. [Report][Slides]

2. AgeGAN: Age Progression/Regression and Estimation. [Report][Slides]

3. Lyrics Web Scraping and Text Mining Analysis. [Slides][Code]

4. Object Detection in Autonomous Driving Scenario. [Report][Code]