Hi! I am Viraj, a Ph.D. student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge advised by Prof. Brian C. Williams in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). I am currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant in Model-Based Embedded and Robotics Systems Group (MERS) which is part of the broader Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and the Embodied Intelligence (EI) community at MIT. My research interest lies in the problem of safe skill-learning for robotic agents which spans diverse areas including robotics, AI planning, reinforcement learning and multi-agent systems.

Before MIT, I obtained my M.Sc. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2021 where I was fortunate to be advised by Prof. Stephen Smith. Prior to that, I earned my B.Tech. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in 2019 where I worked under the mentorship of Prof. Tanmoy Chakraborty and Prof. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru.