Vinitha Ranganeni


I am a fifth year PhD student in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington advised by Maya Cakmak. My general research interests lie in human-robot interaction and assistive robots. More specifically, I am interested in building robotic systems that are accessible to people with different abilities and can deployed in real homes in the future.

I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU I was an undergraduate researcher in the Search-Based Planning Lab, where I was advised by Professor Maxim Likhachev. Previously, I was an undergraduate researcher in the Personal Robotics Lab where I was advised by Professor Siddhartha Srinivasa.

In my free time you can find me hiking, dancing, travelling and taking film photos.


Recent News


Jun, 2023

Our paper titled "Evaluating Customization of Remote Tele-operation Interfaces for Assistive Robots" got accepted to RO-MAN 2023.

Jan, 2023

Our paper titled "Exploring Levels of Control for a Navigation Assistant for Blind Travelers" got accepted to HRI 2023.

Nov, 2022

I passed my qualifications exam!

Oct, 2022

I programmed Stretch to hand out candy on halloween! (video)

Oct, 2022

I gave a guest lecture on designing assistive robots for COMP4510 at UMass Lowell.

Jun, 2022

I am interning at Microsoft Research for the summer where I will be working on a mobility aid to guide blind pedestrians.

Jan, 2022

I began working on an accessible teleoperation web interface for the Stretch RE1.