Neel Bhatt

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Neel Bhatt is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Autonomy and a part of the Autonomous Systems Group and the VITA Research Group working with Professors Ufuk Topcu and Atlas Wang at the University of Texas at Austin. Neel’s research is centered at the intersection of generative AI, assured active perception, prediction, and trustworthy sequential decision making for autonomous systems. Neel received his PhD in Mechatronics Engineering from University of Waterloo in 2023 where his research was focused at the intersection of perception, state estimation, prediction, and decision making for autonomous driving. During his PhD, he led efforts on the WATonoBus project at MVS Lab working on software and algorithmic development of perception and prediction modules required for Canada’s first autonomous shuttle bus approved via the ministry’s autonomous vehicle pilot. Prior to this, Neel received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Mechatronics and Robotics from University of Toronto in 2018.

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