Ask Me Anything with Siddhartha Srinivasa



Siddhartha Srinivasa is the Director of Robotics AI at Amazon, the Boeing Endowed Professor at The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and an IEEE Fellow. Before joining UW, Sidd spent 18 years at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute where he founded the Personal Robotics Lab.

Sidd is a full-stack roboticist, with the goal of enabling robots to perform complex manipulation tasks under uncertainty and clutter, with and around people. At Amazon, Sidd’s team owns autonomous manipulation, autonomous mobility, and human-in-the-loop AI at Fulfillment centers.

In addition to NSF NRI, Sidd has been a PI on the Quality of Life Technologies NSF ERC, DARPA ARM-S and the DARPA Robotics Challenge among others, and has built several robots (HERB, ADA, CHIMP, MuSHR), and written software frameworks (OpenRAVE, DART) and best-paper award winning algorithms (CBiRRT, CHOMP, BIT*, Legibility) used extensively by roboticists around the world.

Sidd received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1999, and a PhD in 2005 from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He played badminton and tennis for IIT Madras, captained the CMU squash team, and lately runs competitively.