Achu Wilson

I am a roboticist with both an academic and industrial background. In academia, I focus my research on robot manipulation of flexible materials such as cables, using tactile sensing. On the industrial side, I have co-founded a robotics company, where I built and led R&D and production teams. I have also designed hardware and software which are in current commercial use.

I am currently pursuing a graduate research program at the RoboTouch Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, under Dr.Wenzhen Yuan. My research focuses on using tactile sensing to make robots learn how to manipulate flexible components such as cables.

Previously, I did research at the Robert Bosch Centre for Cyber Physical Systems in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, under Dr.Bharadwaj Amrutur, where I led the joint IISc-MIT team for the Kuka Innovation AI Challenge 2021. Before IISc, I did research under Dr.Edward Adelson on building sensorized robot hands at the Perception Science Group at CSAIL MIT.

My skills include research, programming - real time embedded systems, computer vision, machine learning , Python/C++ application development, ROS, industrial robot programming of UR and Kuka robots. I am also well versed with mechanical design, love iterative prototyping and enjoy getting my hands dirty in the machine shop.

When I am not working on robots, I enjoy reading, biking , cooking or exploring new places or nature.