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Aditya A

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of California San Diego (UCSD)


Wireless sensing, robotics, systems engineering.


I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego. My research is mainly focused on developing new avenues for wireless sensing. In a nutshell, I develop new sensors to detect human motion, navigate a robot or even measure the breathing rate of a person using all-pervasive WiFi, cellular, or other wireless signals. I completed my B.S. from U.C Berkeley, with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Physics. During my undergraduate career, I participated in diverse projects ranging from developing blood-glucose sensors to creating 3D maps of indoor spaces. Despite the diversity of these projects, one thing common amongst them is the murky and uncertain path that lays ahead. It is navigating this path that will make you a successful researcher, and it would be my role to help you along the way. I hope the project you choose also has this sense of mystery. Keep in mind you don't need to have all the answers when you begin!

Project ideas

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UWB-based 3D Localization and Tracking

With the increasing popularity of VR/AR, it has become especially important to understand where the user's device is in 3D space accurately to provide a seamless and realistic experience. Nobody likes a glitch where the floor is cutting through you at waist level. To alleviate this problem, Ultrawideband (UWB) based 3D localization and tracking have taken off in recent years. UWB is a specialized type of wireless signal, very similar to WiFi signals, which can provide centimeter-accurate localization of devices interacting with it. This project would involve further developing this technology with a VR/AR use case in mind. Goals: 1. For people who want to delve into the hardware, you could develop PCB's and firmware which would incorporate existing UWB radios 2. For people interested in software design, you could write applications in Unity, Unreal or another game engine to interact with these UWB radios. 3. For people keen on algorithm design and signal processing, developing novel techniques to remove noise and other artifacts for the wireless signals to further improve the 3D localization and tracking performance.

Coding skills

Python, Matlab, Android Studio, C++, Bash

Languages I know

Hindi, Kannada

Teaching experience

I have mentored over 10 undergraduate students over the course of my PhD since 2019. I have also been an teaching assistant for over 2 years during my undergraduate career.


Work experience

University of California, San Diego (2019 - Current)
Graduate student researcher
University of California, Berkeley (2018 - 2019)
Teaching Assistant
University of California, Berkeley (2016 - 2019)
Undergraduate research assistant
Irixi Photonics (2017 - 2017)
Summer Engineering Intern


University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
BS Bachelor of Science (2019)
Engineering Physics; Electrical engineering and Computer Science
University of California, San Diego
MS Master of Science
Intelligent systems, Robotics and Control
University of California San Diego (UCSD)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Controls

Completed Projects

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