Rahul Tallamraju

Research Scholar, Kohli Center on Intelligent Systems, International Institute of Information Technology(IIIT-H), Hyderabad, India

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About Me

I am a PhD. Student at International Institute of Information Technology(IIIT-H) Hyderabad, India. Currently working as a guest scientist at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Tuebingen, Germany. I am pursuing my PhD thesis under the guidance of Professor Kamalakar Karlapalem at Agents and Applied Robotics Group(AARG), KCIS. AARG .

Personal Information

  • Name : Rahul Tallamraju
  • Ph.D. Student, Member IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Profile: multirobotsystems.org
  • Email : rahul.t@research.iiit.ac.in
  • Address : IIIT-H, Hyderabad, India

Research Areas and Interests

My primary area of research is "Failure Resilience and Energy Minimization in Multi-Robot Payload Transport Systems". This essentially involves developing a cooperative multi-agent motion planning scheme to minimize total energy usage of a multi-robot system. Research Interests:

  • Multi-Robot Systems
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence

Research, Publications and Projects


Mar 2015 - Present
Python, Matlab, ADAMS
Multi-Agent Systems, Reinforcement Learning,
Distributed Electronic Control
Failure Resilience and Energy Minimization in a Multi-Robot Payload Transport System
Working on a novel distributed control algorithm for a multi-wheel robotic platform. Each wheel with its associated motor are modeled as agents with limited sensing, battery and communication. The robot chassis has a provision to transport a payload. The control algorithm uses the concepts of multi-agent learning, task allocation and scheduling to transport the payload efficiently. The research aims to promote decentralization of multi-robot payload transport systems to achieve reduction in energy consumption and failure resilience behaviors. This work is being pursued under the guidance of Professor Kamalakar Karlapalem, IIIT Hyderabad.

Jan 2015 - Present
Python, Matlab
Multi-Robot Systems, Optimization
Multi-Robot Motion Planning and Energy Minimization for Collaborative Payload Transport through Tight Spaces
Developed a Multi-Robot Payload Motion Planning algortithm for payload transport through highly cluttered environment and an energy minimization scheme for the same system while travelling along the planned trajectory using Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithms. Extended this work to a short paper which was accepted in IEEE IROS 2016. This work is being pursued under the guidance of Suril Vijaykumar Shah, Assistant Professor, IIT Jodhpur.

June 2016 - Present
Multi-Robot Systems, Optimization
Failure Resilience in Multi-Drone Exploration and Mapping
A framework for Failure Resilient, Distributed Exploration and Mapping by Quadrotors. Work accepted as a short paper in IEEE IROS 2016. Work pursued under the guidance of Professor Kamalakar Karlapalem, IIIT Hyderabad.


July 2016
Multi-Agent Sytems, Multi-Robot Systems
Symposium on "International Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robots", Philadelphia, USA
Rahul Tallamraju,Sujit Rajappa, Michael Black, Kamalakar Karlapalem,Aamir Ahmad "Decentralized MPC based Obstacle Avoidance for Multi-Robot Target Tracking Scenarios".

July 2016
Multi-Agent Sytems, Multi-Robot Systems
Symposium on "Robotics in the 21st century: Challenges and Promises(2016)", Volpriehausen, Germany
Rahul Tallamraju, Venkatesh Sripada, Kamalakar Karlapalem, "A Multi-Agent Control Algorithm for Failure Resilience and Energy Reduction in Multi-Wheeled Payload Transport Platforms" was acceptedad an Extended Abstract.

August 2016
Multi-Robot Systems
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2016, Daejeon, Korea
Rahul Tallamraju, Venkatesh Sripada, Suril Vijaykumar Shah,"Optimal Formation of Mobile Robots Transporting a 6-DOF Payload through Tight Spaces",IEEE IROS 2016 accepted as Extended Abstract.

August 2016
Multi-Agent Systems
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2016, Daejeon, Korea
Ayush Datta, Rahul Tallamraju, Kamalakar Karlapalem,"Multiple Drones driven Hexagonally Partitioned Area Exploration using Reverse Nearest Neighbors: Simulation and Evaluation",IEEE IROS 2016 accepted as Extended Abstract.

December 2015
Robotics, Quadrotors,
Control Systems
GIAN Course on Robot Modelling And Control And Applications To Aerial Robots
Attended winter school on "GIAN course on Robotics" at Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur conducted by Prof. Vijay Kumar, University of Pennsylvania.

May 2016
Multi-Agent Systems
AAMAS Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems, SMU, Singapore
Attended Workshop on "Multi-Agent Systems" at Singapore Management University as part of AAMAS conference.

June 2016
Multi-Robot Systems
Attended Workshop on "Multi-Robot Systems" held at National University of Singapore by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Presented Poster on "Optimal Formation and Motion Planning through Tight Spaces on Multi-Robot Payload Transport Systems"

July 2016
Machine Learning, Computer Vision
Summer School on Deep Learning and Computer Vision, IIIT-H, Hyderabad, India
Attended Summer School on Deep Learning held at IIIT Hyderabad. The school was conducted by Prof. CV Jawahar. It provided a thorough overview of theory and practical aspects of state-of-the-art algorithms in Deep Learning including CNN, RNN, LSTM, Auto Encoders.


Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Data Mining, Machine Learning
Combining Language and Vision with a Multi-Modal Skipgram model
Benchmarked the results of the paper: Lazaridou, Angeliki, Nghia The Pham, and Marco Baroni. "Combining language and vision with a multimodal skip-gram model." arXiv preprint arXiv:1501.02598 (2015).

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015
Python(scikit-learn), R
Data Mining, Machine Learning
Forest Cover Type Prediction, Kaggle Competition(Post-Deadline)
The objective is to predict the forest cover type using machine learning/data mining algorithms. A post-deadline score of 0.81567 was achieved, equivalent to a worldwide rank of 57.

Jan 2015 - Apr 2015
Machine Learning, Computer Vision
Face Recognition
Face Recognition on Yale-Face Database using Matlab. Techniques Used:Principal Component Analysis and 1-Nearest neighbors, Multi-Layer Feed Forward Neural Network, Support Vector Machines

Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Python, Octave
Mobile Robotics, Motion Planning
Rapidly Exploring Random Tree with Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance for a Mobile Robot
Simulation of the Rapidly Exploring Random Tree (RRT) Motion Planning Algorithm for a Differential Drive Wheeled Mobile Robot with Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance using a Velocity Cone.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
Mobile Robotics, Localization
Markov localization and EKF Localization
Markov and EKF localization addresses the problem of state estimation of a mobile robot from sensor data.

Nov 2014 - Dec 2014
Image Processing
Object Detection using Shape-Band Approach
The objective was to detect/match a query object in a given image. A shape band, which models an object within a band of its sketch/contour is used to define the query object. The features associated with each point on the sketch are the gradients within the width of the shape band. In the detection stage, the algorithm scans an input image at various locations and scales for good candidates.

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014
Image Processing
Indexing and Retrieval of Compound Color Objects
A system for the retrieval and indexing of images of compound color objects is explored. Co-occurrence histograms of color and wavelet features is used. The images in a database are then indexed on the basis of similarity to a reference image.

Jan 2014 - June 2014
Python, Open-CV
IOT, Computer Vision
Intrusion Detection for Home Automation, Intel Bangalore
Intrusion Detection System for Home Automation is a facial recognition based security system. The system setup has low power consumption and is inexpensive. It can be installed in any indoor environment. This system was developed on a low cost Embedded SoC and uses sensors and cameras to classify an individual as an intruder or non-intruder using machine learning/facial recognition algorithms.


I completed my honors project for Bachelor of Engineering as an Intern at Intel, Bangalore for 6 months, where I developed an Intrusion Detection and Alert System on a SoC for use in Home Automation Security Systems. I then worked at IIIT-Hyderabad as a Research Assistant under the guidance of Prof.Kamalakar Karlapalem in developing specifications for a multi-robot system for heavy payload transport.

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My schooling till engineering was in schools and colleges of Bangalore. I pursued my Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications at PES Institute of Technology(now PES University) which is one of the best colleges in Bangalore. I decided to pursue research in Robotics and Artificial Intellingence after completion of B.E. I am currently in IIIT-Hyderabad pursuing Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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2014 - present

Ph.D.close IIIT Hyderabad

Center for Data Engineering, Computer Science. CGPA 9.04 on a 10 point scale. Not yet graduated

2010 - 2014

Bachelor Of Engineering-

PES Institute of Technology

Bachelor Of Engineeringclose PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore

Telecommunication Engineering,Graduated with CGPA of 8.50 on a 10 point scale

2008 - 2010


SBM Jain College, Bangalore

Pre-Universityclose SBM Jain College, Bangalore

Physics, Chemistry, Math and Electronics. Graduated with 94.25%


Jyothy Kendriya Vidyalayaclose

Graduated with 89.2% CBSE


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