My name is Saurav Agarwal and I am an entrepreneur and an engineer. I am currently Founder, CEO & CTO at my second startup SIERA.AI. Previously, I got a Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University in the EDP Lab. My research work is within the field of Motion Planning Under Uncertainty and SLAM for mobile robots. In 2013 founded an online travel marketplace for finding local guides called GuideBuddy. I am always happy to meet new people who are interested in Robotics, Music, Travel and Food! This blog is for me to share whatever DIY projects I undertake, my robotics research, entrepreneurship advice or some new recipe I cook up and all the other random stuff!
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Working at Stocked Robotics
My company Stocked Robotics is hiring heavily in software development roles both full-time and internships. Please head on over to the careers page here. We’re very interested in people who have solid C++/Python/ROS/Gazebo experience. Please do not contact me directly for job openings as it will take a long time for me to get back to you. Applying through the website is the fastest way as that puts you into our applicant tracking system which speeds things up.
If you are looking on getting advice on how to get into robotics research or a career in robotics, please read this and this. If you’re looking for advice on starting a company in the US as an immigrant founder, maybe this will help. You can post your questions to this blog.
Due to the volume of incoming emails, I have started to use earn.com, it will charge you $1 if I respond to your message, this money goes to a charity automatically :). Keep your correspondence short and your questions targeted, if its too long or too general I will probably not be able to respond in a timely manner, on the other hand if your needs are specific it is easy for me to respond. Also, I will not be able to help review your CV for you, its just way too tedious and there’s just too many other important things going on.
- January 2019: I discovered some spammers had inserted pharma links into my blog by exploiting a weak wordpress plugin. Blog2social plugin was the culprit. This should be fixed now.
- November 2018: Stocked Robotics organized a major showcase for investors and enterprise customers. The response was completely mind blowing with one company’s reps flying down in the CEO’s private jet to see our tech in action! I was truly humbled by the response we got.
- July 2018: My company Stocked Robotics is hiring for multiple positions (full-time/contract/internships), check out our open positions here. Feel free to apply directly from our website or head on over to Angellist.
- January, 2018: I am now Co-Founder and CTO @ Stocked Robotics. We’re building the next generation of autonomy for industrial machines, come join us if you wanna build cool bots and change the world!
- December, 2017: Defended my Ph.D.!
- September 5, 2017: I have released slam_karto_sesync, a package for pose-graph SLAM in ROS which uses open_karto as the front-end and SE-SYNC for backend.
- September 5, 2017: I have released slam_karto_gtsam, a package for pose-graph SLAM in ROS which uses open_karto as the front-end and gtsam for backend.
- August 14, 2017: I have released slam_karto_g2o a package for pose-graph SLAM in ROS which uses open_karto as the front-end and g2o for backend.
- June 6, 2017: Me and my PhD adviser recently completed the NSF I-Corps program in May 2017 which gave us a $50,000 grant for customer discovery. We are now on track to commercialize our autonomous robotics research!
- June 3, 2017: I presented the RFM-SLAM paper at ICRA 2017 in Singapore to some great reception.
- May 17, 2017: Our work on long-term autonomous navigation won the National Innovation Award at TechConnect World 2017, Washington, DC!
- December 2016: I presented my work on active data association and global localization at WAFR 2016, San Francisco.
- January 2016: Our work at Qualcomm on autonomous vision-based flight was demoed at CES 2016, here’s a video.
- May 2015: I have joined Qualcomm Research Center in San Diego as a robotics intern working on vision-based autonomy for micro aerial vehicles. My work focuses on fusing real-time motion planning with localization and mapping. Here’s a demo video from CES.
- June 2014: I presented our experimental ICRA2014-pdf on FIRM at ICRA 2014.
- January 2013: I joined EDP Lab @ Texas A&M University.