I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Computer Science department at UC San Diego,
advised by Prof. Gary Cottrell.
I completed my undergrad with Honours at IIIT Hyderabad in August 2016.
I spent two wonderful summers (Applied Scientist, 2018 and SDE, 2017) interning at Amazon Lab126 in the Computer Vision team,
and will be spending Spring and Summer 2021 at DeepMind Montreal, working with Prof. Doina Precup!
I recently co-organized ExploreCSR@UCSD,
a Google-funded workshop for promoting Computer Science research among women.
During my Master's at UC San Diego, I was the graduate student mentor of the
Early Research Scholars Program (ERSP),
led by Prof. Christine Alvarado, aimed at promoting research among
undergraduate students, especially students from communities underrepresented in Computer Science.
Other than my work, I love singing (check out my
dancing and reading.
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My area of research is Deep Reinforcement Learning. In particular, I am interested in option discovery in hierarchical
During my undergrad, I worked on projects in Cognitive Science, Programming Languages, and Online Education.
Eye tracking in naturalistic badminton play: comparing visual gaze pattern strategy in world-rank and amateur player
Nithiya Shree Uppara, Aditi Mavalankar, Kavita Vemuri
How Does a Program Run? A Visual Model Based on Annotating Abstract Syntax Trees
Venkatesh Choppella, Garima Ahuja, Aditi Mavalankar
Generation of Quizzes and Solutions Based on Ontologies -- A Case for a Music Problem Generator
Aditi Mavalankar, Tejaswinee Kelkar, Venkatesh Choppella
Decoding (un) Known Opponent's Game Play, a Real-Life Badminton Eye Tracking Study.
Aditi Mavalankar, Snigdha Dagar, Kavita Vemuri
Co-organizer, ExploreCSR@UCSD, 2019-20
Graduate Student Mentor, Early Research Scholars Program, 2017-18
Graduate Student Mentor, Early Research Scholars Program, 2016-17
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSE250A: Principles of AI: Probabilistic Reasoning and Decision-Making, Fall 2020
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSE150B: Introduction to AI, Spring 2020
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSE291: Topics in Search and Reasoning, Spring 2019
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSE190: Introduction to CS Research, Fall 2017
Graduate Teaching Assistant, CSE191: Research Methods in CS, Fall 2016
Teaching Assistant, CSE371: Artificial Intelligence, Spring 2016
Teaching Assistant, IMA201: Mathematics III, Monsoon 2015
Teaching Assistant, IMA102: Mathematics II, Spring 2015
Teaching Assistant, IMA201: Mathematics III, Monsoon 2014
Teaching Volunteer, Ashakiran, 2013-2016
Doctoral Award for Excellence in Contributions to Diversity, UC San Diego, 2020
Master's Award for Excellence in Leadership/Service, UC San Diego, 2018
Research Award, IIIT-H, 2015
Dean's Academic Award, IIIT-H, 2012-2016