Aravind Sundaresan

computer scientist : perception
artificial intelligence center
sri international

address : SRI International
EK 252
333 Ravenswood Ave.
Menlo Park, CA 94025 USA
tel : +1 (650) 859 6151
fax : +1 (650) 859 3735
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I am a Computer Scientist in the Perception Group at the SRI International Artificial Intelligence Center. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005 and 2007. My advisor was Prof. Rama Chellappa and I was a graduate research assistant at the Center for Automation Research affiliated with the UM Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. I obtained my B.E. from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 2000 and was an engineer in the Multimedia Group at Sasken Communication Technologies in Bangalore, India between 2000-2001. I have interned at Motorola India Electronics Limited, Bangalore for six months in 2000 and at Honda Research Institute at Mountain View, CA in 2004 for three months.


My research interests lie in the broad area of Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing. Some of the applications I have worked on are human pose estimation (markerless motion capture), stereo sensor based tracking, and perception and scene modeling for robotic navigation and manipulation. My doctoral thesis explored and proposed a complete system for markerless motion capture for humans using computer vision techniques. I'm particularly interested in the application of computer vision algorithms and techniques in real world applications such as surveillance and robotic navigation and manipulation. There is a more detailed description of the research projects in the research page.


I enjoy football (soccer), hiking, world cinema, programming and tinkering with Linux and other free software projects. I also read a bit and dabble in water colors and photography. My University of Maryland page has lots more ramblings of mine, including my movies page, linux page, books and other stuff. You can view some of my photographs on my Picasa page. I'm married to Kalpana.