Berkeley Institute of Design

Fall 2019 Seminar Series

Tuesdays 12-1pm, BiD Lab Hearst Memorial Mining Building 354/360

The BiD Seminar Series is a weekly graduate-level seminar that probes topics spanning human-computer interaction, mechanical design, education, architecture and art practice.

Invited speakers join us from academia, industry, research, and practice from around the world. The seminar is open to the Berkeley community and the general public.

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Robot Design for Everyone - Computational Tools that Democratize the Design of Robots

19 November, 12-1 PM, BiD Lab

Ruta Desai
Facebook Reality Labs Research Scientist


Ruta Desai is a research scientist at Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) in Redmond. She obtained her PhD at the Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) working with Prof. Stelian Coros and Prof. Jim McCann. She is broadly interested in HCI, Robotics, Computational Design, and Machine Learning. At FRL, she is exploring computational approaches for contextual and adaptive augmented reality. For her PhD thesis, she devised design tools that enable casual users to build robots, towards increasing the accessibility of Robotics. She also holds a Master's degree in Robotics from CMU, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NIT Surat, India. She was a recipient of Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2012 and Siebel Scholarship in 2013.


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