Vikash Kumar - Resume

Detailed CV (pdf)

Vikash Kumar
San Francisco
e-mail: [First name]plus [at],
Phone: 2zero6-734-857zero


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    M.S./Ph.D. Computer Science and Engineering
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
    M.S./B.S. in Mathematics and Computing

Research Interest:

  • Robotics and Bio-mimetic Systems.
  • Optimal Control
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • "Ankik Dhar Memorial", Best All Rounder, IIT Kharagpur '10
  • "Best Project Award", M.Sc. thesis, Dept. of Mathematics and Computing, IIT Kharagpur '10
  • "Spirit Of Nehru Award", Nehru Hall, IIT Kharagpur '10
  • "Best All Rounder", Nehru Hall of residence, IIT Kharagpur'08-09
  • "Budding Spirit", Nehru Hall of residence, IIT Kharagpur'06-07

Scholarships and grants:

  • NSF Student travel grant '14
  • Center for Neuroscience Travel Award, Univ. of Washington ’12 and '14
  • MERIT-CUM-MEANS Scholarship, IIT Kharagpur ’05, ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09, ’10
  • Inter-IIT Sports Scholarship, IIT Kharagpur ’06-07


  • "Viewer's choice award", Affiliates'13, CSE, UW
  • Gold, Open hardware, KSHITIJ’09- Asia’s largest techno-management Fest
  • "Most Industrially feasible", Techkriti’09, IIT Kanpur
  • Silver, Open hardware, KSHITIJ’08, IIT-Kgp
  • Gold, Geobotics, Great Step’08, IIT-Kgp
  • Gold in Inter-hall Hardware modeling’07, IIT-Kgp
  • Silver in Inter-hall Hardware modeling’08, IIT-Kgp
  • Bronze, Robotic Water-polo, KSHITIJ’06, IIT-kgp
  • Gold, Inter-hall Product design’06, IIT-Kgp
  • Bronze, Inter-hall ad-design’09, IIT-Kgp

Positions of Responsibility

  • Vice President, Dept. of Mathematics ’08-09, IIT Kharagpur
  • Chief Editor, AWAAZ – campus monthly newsletter ’06-09
  • General Secretary, Sports and Games, MS Hall ’05-06
  • Secretary, Hockey, Technology Gymkhana, IIT ‘06-07
  • Member of Kharagpur Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Group (KRAIG)


  • This 5-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own. ScienceDaily. May 9th 2016
  • Robot hand learns to twirl objects on its own. Engadget. May 11th 2016
  • UW team creates robotic hand that learns to become more dexterous than yours. GeekWire. May 9th 2016
  • This Robot's Teaching Itself to Twirl a Stick. Gizmodo. May 11th 2016
  • Robot hand gets a human touch. Reuters. May 13th 2016
  • This five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own. UWToday. May 9th 2016
  • UW CSE robot hand teaches itself to manipulate objects. UW CSE News. May 9th 2016
  • The superhuman robot hand that learns from its mistakes. CNN. May 19th 2016
  • Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its own. Tech Insider. May 25th 2016
  • Five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own. Indian Express. May 10th 2016
  • Incredible five-fingered robotic hand has ability to LEARN from its own experiences. UK's Daily Mirror. May 11th 2016
  • Five-fingered robot hand learns to get a grip on its own. Economic Times. May 10th 2016
  • Five-fingered robot hand has a mind of its own. ZDNet. May 11th 2016
  • This five-fingered robot hand is close to human in functionality. Kurzweil. May 10th 2016
  • Robot cheerleader just needs a hand to learn basic tricks. Hackaday. May 13th 2016
  • This five-fingered robot hand is nimbler than your own. Futurism. May 13th 2016
  • Robotic Hands that Teach Themselves to Move. Interesting engineering. May 12th 2016
  • Cool robot hand learns as it goes. Foxnews. May 10th 2016
  • Next-Gen Prosthetic Limbs in Simulation and Reality. IEEE Spectrum. Feb 12th 2015
  • People’s choice award. UW CSE News. Oct 24th 2013
  • A robot with a delicate touch. The New York Times. Sep 18th 2012
  • UW programmers create software for disaster response robot. The Daily. Nov 12th 2012

Students advised:

  • Visak CV, Master's in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington (Mar'15-present)
  • Dylan Holmes, Bachelors in Computer Science, University of Washington (Jul'14-Mar'16)
  • Anselm Nicklas, Visiting student from Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technische Universitat Munich, Germany (Apr'15-Sept'15)
  • Kaiyu Zheng, , Bachelors in Computer Science, University of Washington (Mar'14-Apr'14)

Last Modified on Nov 22th ,2016