Siddhartha Srinivasa is the Boeing Endowed Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. He works on robotic manipulation, with the goal of enabling robots to perform complex manipulation tasks under uncertainty and clutter, with and around people. To this end, he founded the Personal Robotics Lab in 2005. Sidd has led several large initiatives including the Quality of Life Technologies NSF ERC, DARPA ARM-S and the CMU CHIMP team on the DARPA DRC.
Sidd's theoretical research focusses on two topics: Physics-based Manipulation and The Mathematics of Human-Robot Interaction. They are heavily intertwined, both born out of the goal of robots performing complex manipulation tasks with and around people.
Sidd is a full-stack roboticist, passionate about building end-to-end systems (HERB, ADA, HRP3, CHIMP, Andy, among others) that integrate perception, planning, and control in the real world. His work has enabled novel motor controllers (the Open WAM Driver), hardware (the Perception Palm for Barrett Technologies), simulation frameworks (OpenRAVE, AIKIDO) and dense 3D modeling (CHISEL, now used by Google Project Tango).
Sidd is also a competitive runner, captained CMU's AB squash team, and played tennis and badminton for IIT Madras.