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Interactive Robotics Laboratory
Yu Gu, Professor

Madhav Rijal

Rijal Portrait

Mechanical Engineering


    BS Mechanical Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University(2016)

    MS Mechanical Engineering, Indian institute of Technology, kanpur(2021)

    PhD Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University (EST 2025)


Madhav Rijal graduated from Indian institute of Technology in 2021 with his MS in Mechanical Engineering. Now he is pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering, studying multi-robot interactions. Outside of academic research he enjoys discovering ancient vedic techniques of mathematical calculations and astronomy, questions like: how people in ancient age could exactly find the time of solar eclipse, what is the significance of 7 days in a week and 365 days in a year, how planning was involved in building mega projects like great wall of china without visualization tools like AutoCad.

He likes to explore new places, as well as learn about different cultures and ways of living. Madhav's hobbies are trekking, hitch-hiking, and swimming. He is avid lover of mountains.


The tasks robots perform these days are not limited to single objectives like pick and place. Rather they are working in dynamic environments like construction, agriculture, and assisting human in different scenarios. Robots are working with other robots and humans so as to make complex tasks easier. To perform such actions they need to have the capacity to make their own decisions while coordinating amongst each other. Unlike centralized decision making strategies, distributed decision making requires individual robot to make suitable decision on their own. Thus, my research is focused in modeling such multiple robot interactions and finding algorithms which allows multi-robot interaction happen in a distributed fashion.


  • trajectory planning
  • optimization
  • distributed decision making
  • manipulation
  • multi-agent collaboration