Kaustubh Sridhar

Hi there! I’m a PhD candidate in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where I’m advised by Insup Lee. I also closely collaborate with Dinesh Jayaraman, James Weimer, and Oleg Sokolsky.

My research interests are in creating scalable, robust, and adaptable decision-making algorithms. Towards this goal, I have worked on generative models and in-context learning, deep reinforcement and imitation learning (particularly from large offline datasets), and robust deep learning.

My current aim is to create embodied foundation models for decision-making that generalize to out-of-distribution tasks and environments via in-context learning. I believe that semi-parametric methods (e.g., retrieval + transformers) will help achieve this goal.

Before starting my PhD, I graduated with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2019.

My CV can be found here. I’m looking for full-time roles starting Jan 2025. Please get in touch if you think I could be a good fit for your team.

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Research Internships


  • Best Paper Award Nomination for CODiT at ICCPS 2023
  • Top Reviewer (top 10%), NeurIPS 2022
  • Outstanding Reviewer (top 10%), ICML 2022
  • NSF Travel Grant, ICCPS, 2023
  • Student Travel Grant, American Control Conference, 2022
  • The Dean’s Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
  • The Howard Broadwell Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
  • SN Bose Scholarship, Gov. of India, 2018
  • KVPY Fellowship, Gov. of India, 2015
  • Dan 1 (black belt), Shotokan Karate Association, 2011


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