Curriculum Vitae

General Information

Full Name Nitish Gupta
Date of Birth 16th Dec 1991
Languages English, Hindi, Japanese

Education

  • 2022 - Present
    PhD, Computer Science
    North Carolina State University, NC, USA
    • Research Interests
      • Reinforcement Learning & Optimal Control
      • Real-time & Autonomous Systems
    • Advisor
    • Transfered PhD from University of Central Florida (2021 - 2022)
  • 2016 - 2018
    Master of Science, Computer Engineering
    University of Central Florida, FL, USA
  • 2010 - 2014
    Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Engineering
    University of Mumbai, India
    • Ranked 1st amongst 120 students in the Electronics dept.
    • Creative team head at Annual college festival - Pegasus

Experience

  • Jan 2022 - Present
    Research Assistant
    North Carolina State University, NC, USA
    • Leading the F1tenth-autonomous racing platform development team
    • Ranked 2nd in USA, 4th in time-trial and 5th in head-to-head internationally in the ICRA 2022 F1tenth competition
    • Developement of OpenAI Gym environment and RL algorithms for scheduling
    • Enabled communication & research collaboration of UCF with my previous employer NHK-I
  • May 2021 - Aug 2021
    Research Scientist
    Unknot.id, Florida, USA
    • Development of multi-modal data acquisition and visualization user tool with experiment management features
    • Research and implementation of policy-based deep reinforcement learning algorithms for real-time localization via map-matching
  • Nov 2018 - July 2020
    Research Engineer
    NHK International, Michigan, USA
    • Prototyping and development of factory automation systems based on robotics and SOTA computer vision algorithms for a highly dynamic industrial environment
    • Developed pipeline to acquire point cloud data from sensor, integration with ROS, point cloud segmentation, model fitting using RANSAC and ICP, model perception, robot motion & path planning with MoveIt
  • Aug 2021 - May 2022
    Research Assistant
    University of Central Florida, FL, USA
    • Developed & optimized Model Predictive Contouring Control algorithm for autonomous racing vehicles
    • Collaborated on Stable Baseline 3 based Reinforcement Learning algorithms for autonomous racing
    • Achieved best lap time in simulation race
  • 2020
    Founder and CEO
    HugoPets Pvt. Ltd., Pune, India
  • Feb 2017 - Aug 2018
    Research Assistant
    University of Central Florida, FL, USA
    • Real-Time SIL Emulator for ADAS Testing and Validation - Sponsered by Ford Motor Company
      • Designed and developed a unique and easily configurable emulation/simulation architecture to allow Software-In-Loop testing and validation of connected vehicle applications
    • Small-scale Connected Autonomous Vehicle
      • Mentored a team of 5 undergraduate students to build a fleet of vision sensors equipped small-scale autonomous vehicles to navigate using advanced planning algorithms and thus provide a test-bed for V2X safety applications
    • Vehicle Safety Communications Applications - Sponsered by CAMP
      • Research and development in DSRC based V2V Safety Networks, Model-based Information Networking for situation awareness in Automated vehicles
  • Sep 2014 - July 2016
    Software Engineer
    Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India
    • Business Intelligence Developer

Honors and Awards

  • 2022
    • Selected for Frank M. Hubbard Engineering Scholarship (Didn't accept as moved from UCF to NCSU)
  • 2021
    • Recipient of Graduate Dean's Fellowship
    • Recipient of Hoglund Fellowship
  • 2014
    • Recipient of Dean's Award for Excellence in Academics

Technical Skills

  • Languages
    • Python
    • C/C++
    • MATLAB
  • Libraries
    • PyTorch
    • TensorFlow/Keras
    • OpenAI Gym
    • OpenCV
    • OpenAI Gym
    • Keras
    • Scikit-Learn
    • Pandas
    • Numpy
    • Matplotlib
    • PCL
  • Tools
    • ROS1/ROS2
    • Gazebo
    • MoveIt
    • Git
    • Docker
    • Linux
    • SUMO (Simulation of Urban MObility)
    • Qt
    • VSCode
  • Hardware
    • LIDAR
    • Depth Camera
    • NVIDIA Jetson boards
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Arduino
    • IMU

Other Interests

  • Hobbies: Chess, Reading, Traveling