Shivani Kamtikar


Ph.D. Student

Computer Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I am a Research Assistant at Distributed Autonomous Systems Laboratory (DASLab) where I work with Prof. Girish Chowdhary. I graduated with a MSCS degree from UIUC in 2022. My master's thesis was on "Visual Servoing for Pose Control of Soft Continuum Arms." Previously, I was a research intern at the University of Notre Dame where I was advised by Prof. Zhiyong Zhang.

My research lies at the intersection of Computer Vision and Robotics. I work on developing learning-based solutions for manipulation and control of soft robots in cluttered environments. This work finds use in many applications such as autonomous harvesting, human assistive devices, medical imaging, underwater exploration and many more.

I am actively seeking internships in Computer Vision and Robotics for summer 2024!

I am the acting treasurer of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) at UIUC. I am a strong advocate for women in STEM and enjoy working towards this cause.

Alongside my interest in research, my hobbies include oil painting, travelling, hiking, and reading.

Contact me if you want to discuss any interesting research idea, or collaborate on something!