My Experience


  1. Hello Robot Inc | Robotics Engineer Intern

    (May 2023 - Present)

    • Building mobile robots that help make embodied Al and robotic assistance more accessible to people.
    • Serving demands of Al research groups at Meta Al, Allen Institute (AI2), Apple, CMU, MIT, and more, by delivering quality software components.
    • Developing the ROS 2 infrastructure of our flagship product - Stretch 2.

  2. Robotic Caregiving and Human-interaction Lab | Research Assistant

    (October 2022 - Present)

    • Working on autonomous bedding manipulation using graph-based dynamics modeling and mobile manipulator robots.
    • Advised by Prof. Zackory Erickson.
    • Working on a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
    • Published research
      1. Puthuveetil, Kavya, et al. "Robust Body Exposure (RoBE): A Graph-based Dynamics Modeling Approach to Manipulating Blankets over People." arXiv preprint arXiv:2304.04822 (2023). Accepted at IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2023. Project Page: [](

  3. DJS Racing | Technical Lead - Driverless

    (March 2019 - Present)

    • Spearheading a team of 20 members to develop the software for an autonomous Formula Student racecar.
    • Designed the CAD model of the prototype.
    • Designed a data acquisition system using the CAN protocol for automotive-grade safety.
    • Developed a pipeline for 3D object detection using a LiDAR and mono camera.
    • Assisted in developing a redundant state estimation alogrithm.
    • Integrated 2D landmark SLAM, MPC controller and sampling-based path planning.

  4. Open Robotics | Student Developer (Google Summer of Code)

    (May 2021 - Aug 2021)

    • Worked at Open Robotics to add new features to Ignition Gazebo, funded by Google.
    • Added the capability to visualize joints, inertia, and center of mass of robot models in simulation worlds.
    • Developed transparent and wireframe rendering modes to debug 3D models.
    • Engaged with the entire organization in weekly technical meetings to plan the project work.

  5. Mowito | Robotics Engineer Intern

    (Jan 2021 - May 2021)

    • Worked with the development team to deploy autonomous robot software in warehouse environments.
    • Worked on the startup’s maxL robot navigation stack, for smooth trajectory planning.
    • Created a tool to calibrate wheel encoders for a differential-drive robot.
    • Developed an automated testing system to generate synthetic 2D/3D LiDAR measurements.
    • Added the capability to remotely debug deployed robots using AWS Greengrass and SSH tools.

  6. IEEE Student Branch - DJSCE | Chairperson

    (Aug 2020 - Aug 2021)

    • Led a team of 36 members to organize events, webinars, and workshops on the college campus.
    • Implemented Agile project management for smooth operation of the committee.
    • Developed the website of the committee to showcase the blogs, events, and the members of the team.

  7. National Service Scheme | Volunteer

    (June 2019 - June 2020)

    • Organized tree plantation and blood donation drives.