Rahul R. Ramakrishnan

Rahul R. Ramakrishnan

Robotics Engineer

The National Robotarium

About Me

I am a robotics engineer and freelance robotics educator. I enjoy conducting user case studies and finding better solutions for existing problems in the robotics field. I’m also passionate about building end-to-end systems that integrates learning algorithms, perception, planning, and control for real-world applications.

I am an aspiring full-stack roboticist. Since my undergraduate studies, I have been exploring the world of robotics. With a B.Tech in mechatronics engineering and MSc by research (MRes) in robotics, I had worked in different areas of robotics research namely aerial robotics, unmanned surface vehicles, continuum robotics and more recently in human-robot interaction.

During my free time, I like reading murder-mystery novels, playing chess and bike riding.

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  • Distributed Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Machine Teaming
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Dynamics, Control and Motion Planning
  • MSc by Research in Robotics, Jan. 2019 – Sep. 2020

    University of the West of England Bristol, United Kingdom

  • Visiting Research Student in Robotics (Semester Abroad Program), Oct. 2017 – Feb. 2018

    Tokai University, Shonan Campus, Hiratsuka, Japan

  • B.Tech in Mechatronics Engineering, July 2014 – June 2018

    SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai, India


Recent Work Experience

Robotics Engineer
Sep 2022 – Present Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
R&D Engineer - Robotics and Autonomous Systems
VEDA Aeronautics Pvt. Ltd.
May 2021 – Aug 2022 Delhi NCR, India

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design and development of system level architecture for hard real-time integrated embedded systems.
  • Implementation of Real-time object detection and recognition using deep neural networks.
  • Vision and GPS based Motion planning and control, development of simulation environment for the same and testing in various scenarios.
  • Research new methodologies, suggest changes, develop software packages and execution of prototype development and tests.
  • Literature study on monocular visual-inertial SLAM.
Mechatronics Engineer
Jul 2019 – Mar 2020 Future Space, Bristol, UK

Responsibilities include:

  • I was the Technical Lead for the project THUNDERBIRD, an innovative patented modular unmanned aerial system for use in a multitude of environments including defence, first response and construction.
  • Redesign of the existing Thunderbird CAD drawings using SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Delivered a more modular system design.
  • Rapid prototyping using 3D printer.
  • Requirements management: sourcing and procurement of electrical/electronic components.
  • Calibration of the main sensors (compass,gyro/IMU,camera,etc.) and safety features setup.
  • Configuration of the airframe, RC control systems and Telemetry system.
  • System integration, verification activities and initial formal testing.


Human’s Social Signals during Error Situations in Human-Robot Interaction
Research dissertation completed as part of my postgraduate degree.
Human's Social Signals during Error Situations in Human-Robot Interaction
Effectiveness of verbal communication with conjunction of gestures and facial expression in human-robot interaction
A HRI case study was conducted as part of the human-robot interaction course during my postgraduate.
Effectiveness of verbal communication with conjunction of gestures and facial expression in human-robot interaction