About Us and Team

WHO WE ARE

Swaayatt (स्वायत्त) is a Sanskrit word, which means “autonomous”. 

Primarily we are developing Level-4 and Level-5 autonomous driving technology, that works in highly stochastic traffic conditions, on- and off-roads, and in unstructured environmental conditions. We are testing our technology  rigorously in world’s toughest and most adversarial conditions for autonomous driving — the Indian roads and Indian highways.

OUR VISION

Making autonomous driving technology safe, robust, affordable and accessible to everyone, irrespective of the geographic location, by 2024.

Using our autonomous platooning technology, connect vehicles, and make them autonomously communicate, coordinate, and learn from each other by 2025.

Make autonomous transportation 100% safe by 2025.

Sanjeev got his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Roorkee in 2011 and attended University of Alberta for Masters in Computing Science (2012-2014). It was in January 2009 that he learned about the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges, and this video by the Team MIT inspired his research in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous navigation. In June 2009, he co-founded a webportal named “Searching-Eye” through which he started delivering his video lectures/tutorials in AI and optimization. During the Summer of 2010, he interned under Professor Sridhar Mahadevan, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in reinforcement learning. After graduating from IIT Roorkee, he self-initiated various research projects, creating motion planning algorithms with Indian enviroments in mind, which are now playing a key role in solving the self-driving problem at Swaayatt Robots. During September 2011 – April 2012 he interned under Professor Zvi Shiller, at Ariel University in Israel, where he developed a motion planner to help robots navigate in dense environments at high speeds. His Masters thesis adviser was Professor Richard S. Sutton, one of the pioneers of Reinforcement Learning. From August 2011 to September 2013 he also worked remotely under Professsor Matthew Taylor in reinforcement learning and motion planning.

 

In 2014, he returned to India, to finally convert his dream of building a self-driving vehicle, which he had since 2009, for India into a reality. At Swaayatt Robots he is the leading research scientist and leads both (i) business, and (ii) technology development tasks. LinkedIn Profile; His old homepage (at searching-eye.com; maintained from 2010-2014)s: sanjeevs; Download: CV (Note: Last modified in Decembessr 2013)


Advisers

Jan Peters

Full professor (W3) for Intelligent Autonomous Systems at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt; Adjunct senior research scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Sparsh Mittal

Prof. in Computer Science Department at IIT Hyderabad; Post Doc from Oak Ridge National Laboratory; PhD from Iowa State University; B. Tech from IIT Roorkee

Dr. Renard Siew
Cambridge University; UNSW; World Economic Forum; Economists without Borders Australia (Global Advisory Member)