Gita Sukthankar

Coming to CMU was an easy decision for me, since I was already living in Pittsburgh at the time. After Princeton, I worked as a research assistant at Brown University in a neuroscience lab. There I ran experiments, wrote papers and did some computer programming. Perl is one of the first languages I learned really well and I'm still a Perl advocate, even though we use Java for most of our work.

I moved to Pittsburgh, got married and after some web design work, started working at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. CNBC is an interdiscplinary, joint program between The University of Pittsburgh and CMU. The team of psychologists, neuroscientists, computer scientists and robotics researchers study how the brain works. After that experience I applied to the Robotics Ph.D. program. I've been impressed with everyone I've met here. The students work hard and play hard and the faculty is very available if you have questions about your research.

This is my second year with the Intelligent Software Agents Group. Software agents pull from a variety of disciplines. That's appealing because I'm not sure what I want to work on in four years. My advisor, Katia Sycara, has a large group and I can change my area of focus but still have the same advisor. I have that freedom here. I see a lot of similarities between multi-agent and multi-robotic systems and I'm thinking about doing research in that direction. This semester I did a multi-robot system in simulation.

- Written by Joy Sykes

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