About me

Hello! I am Mahathi, a inquisitive researcher, passionate violinist, and jack of a few more trades. I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Bundeswehr University Munich. My research interests here include optimal path planning, robust and adaptive control, safety algorithms using reachability analysis, and MPC. I completed my MTech and Ph.D. in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. My favoured area of research is applied control theory. My doctoral thesis primarily focussed on control of unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous vision-based navigation and landing, rigid-body attitude control, robust and adaptive control. I have immensely enjoyed working with my thesis supervisors Dr. Soumya Ranjan Sahoo and Dr. Mangal Kothari. I have also worked with Dr. Abhishek on topics such as helicopter control, design and control of novel VTOL UAVs, vision-based localization and landing, cooperative control and swarming. Previously, I have also worked on electronics and instrumentation projects during my undergraduate studies in SJCE, Mysore.

When I am not doing research, I play basketball or keep myself busy with Indian classical music. When I am on vacation, I mostly like to eat south Indian food, have my favourite filter coffee, and go on motorcycle rides. I am a diehard Michael Jordan fan. I have been formally learning carnatic classical music for about 20 years now. Currently, I am under the tutelage of vidwan Kumaresh Rajagopalan, a.k.a. the Fiddling Monk for violin and vidwan Somashekar Jois for konnakkol.