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I'm Saif SIDHIK

Phd Student Machine Learning and Robotics Intelligent Robot Manipulation

sxs1412@bham.ac.uk

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I am a PhD student in the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the University of Birmingham, working on "Machine Learing for Dexterous Robot Manipulation". I am working on the project "Learning Generalisable Policies for Changing-Contact Manipulation" in collaboration with Honda Research Institute (EU), supervised by Mohan Sridharan, Dirk Ruiken, and Akinobu Hayashi.

The main area of my research is applying Machine Learning techniques to develop a framework that can aid robots to perform Dexterous Manipulation tasks involving making and breaking of contacts in dynamic and unknown environments. The final objective of my thesis is to develop an online learning & control framework for a robot performing changing-contact manipulation tasks, by combining methods from dynamics, control theory, and machine learning.

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Work Experience

Software Developer, Product Designer

2017 - Present

Obi Robotics

As one of the founding members of the robotics solutions company, I currently work part-time as a software developer and product designer (3D CAD designing) for Obi Robotics.

Teaching Assistant

Nov 2017 - Present

Tutor

Sept 2018 - Jan 2019

University of Birmingham, UK

Conducted tutorial sessions on Java for undergraduate students for the Software Workshop module.

Chief Technical Officer

March 2015 - May 2016

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell, TKMCE, India (Non-Profit)

Co-founded the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell (TKMCE) to encourage and develop innovative and entrepreneurship spirit in students. Helped in starting the APJ DreamLab, which is a state of the art FabLab for product prototyping. As CTO, I conducted various technical workshops, competitions and seminars, as well as led several projects for developing affordable assistive devices for the differently abled.

Education

PhD in Robotics (Computer Science)

Nov 2017 - Present

University of Birmingham, UK

I am currently working on developing a control and learning framework for enabling a robot to perform changing-contact manipulation tasks, using different machine learning (RL, SL, Deep) techniques and robot dynamics/control strategies.

MSc Robotics

Sept 2016 - Sept 2017

University of Birmingham, UK

Covered intensive courses in Intelligent Robotics, Robot Kinematics, Dynamics & Control, Machine Learning, Neural Computation and Computer Vision.

BTech Mechanical Engineering

Sept 2012 - May 2016

TKM College of Engineering, India

Covered subjects including Mechatronics, Computer-Aided-Designing (Mechanical), Creativity and Product Development, Machine Tools, Fluid Mechanics, IC Engines, Design of Machine Elements, and Thermal Engineering. Mechanics of Machinery.

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