Malika Meghjani

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Assistant Professor

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Website: https://malikameghjani.com
Telephone: +65 6499 7166
Office #: 1.502-13
Pillar / Cluster: Information Systems Technology and Design
Research Areas:Computing Theory, Artificial and Augmented Intelligence, Visual Computing, Data Science

Biography

Dr. Meghjani received her PhD degree in Computer Science from McGill University, Canada in early 2017. Before joining SUTD, she was a Research Scientist and Technical Lead at Autonomous Vehicle Lab within Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). She was awarded SMART Postdoctoral Fellowship for her research proposals on “Multi-Class Autonomous Mobility-on-Demand System” and “Context and Intention Aware Planning under Uncertainty for Self-Driving Cars”. Her work on “Multi-Target Rendezvous Search”, was nominated as the finalist for the best paper award at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). A start-up proposal based on her work, titled, “Multi-Agent Rendezvous on Street Networks”, won her the NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network, Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative Award.

During her graduate studies in Canada, she received several awards for her leadership and academic excellence. For her contributions to IEEE, she was recognized with the IEEE Larry K. Wilson Regional Students Activities Award and the IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Award. She is also the recipient of the McGill Scarlet Key Award for her contributions to the McGill community. She became the first Google Anita Borg Scholar from McGill University, Canada. Malika is also actively involved in international program committees for IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) and International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS).

Education

  • Ph.D., Computer Science, McGill University, Canada
  • MEng., Electrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University, Canada

Awards

  • Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Scholarship for Postdoctoral Research, Singapore, Feb. 2017 – Feb. 2019.
  • NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network, Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative Award for the best robotics start-up proposal and bootstrap funding, Kelowna, Canada, Jun. 2015 – May 2016.
  • McGill Scarlet Key Award for leadership and community service at Scarlet Key Pinning Ceremony, McGill University, Canada, Mar. 2015.
  • AAAI Robotics Fellowship at the AAAI conference, Texas, USA, Jan. 2015.
  • IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Prize for academic excellence and contributions to IEEE women in engineering programme, Nov. 2013.
  • Google Anita Borg Scholar and Finalist for leadership and academic excellence at the Google Scholars’ Retreat, Jul. 2013 and 2012.

Selected Publications

  • M. Meghjani, Y. Luo, Q. H. Ho, P. Cai, S. Verma, D. Rus, and D. Hsu, “Context and Intention Aware Planning for Urban Driving”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2019.
  • H. Guo, Z. Meng, Z. Huang, W. Leong, Z. Chen, M. Meghjani, M. H Ang Jr, D. Rus, “Safe Path Planning with Gaussian Process Regulated Risk Map”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2019.
  • M. Meghjani, H. Guo, Z. Meng, S. Hao, F. Mengdan, W. K. Leong, K. Chaudhary, M. H. Ang Jr., D. Rus, “Mobility-on-Demand using Autonomous Vehicles: Systems, Solutions and Challenges”, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems: Towards High-Level Automated Driving, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), 2019.
  • M. Meghjani, S. D. Pendleton, K. Marczuk, Y. H. Eng, X. Shen, D. Rus and M. H. Ang Jr., “Multiclass Fleet Sizing and Mobility-on-Demand Service”, Complex Systems Design & Management (CSD&M), 2018.
  • M. Meghjani, Y. H. Eng, S. Verma, D. Rus and M. H. Ang Jr., “Context-Aware Intention and Trajectory Prediction for Urban Driving Environment”, International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), 2018.
  • S. Verma, Y. H. Eng, H. X. Kong, H. Andersen, M. Meghjani, W. K. Leong, X. Shen, C. Zhang, M. H. Ang Jr. and D. Rus, “Vehicle Detection, Tracking and Behavior Analysis in Urban Driving Environments using Road Context”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2018.
  • S. D. Pendleton, H. Andersen, X. Du, X. Shen, M. Meghjani, Y. H. Eng, D. Rus, and M. H Ang Jr., “Perception, Planning, Control, and Coordination for Autonomous Vehicles”, in Machines, 2017.
  • M. Meghjani, K. Marczuk, “A Hybrid Approach to Matching Taxis and Customers”, IEEE Region Ten Conference (TENCON) – Technologies for Smart Nation, 2016.
  • M. Meghjani, S. Manjanna and G. Dudek, “Fast and Efficient Rendezvous in Street Networks”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.
  • M. Meghjani, S. Manjanna and G. Dudek, “Multi-Target Search Strategies”, IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), 2016.
  • M. Meghjani, S. Manjanna and G. Dudek, “Multi-Target Rendezvous Search”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016. [Finalist for Best Paper Award on Safety Security and Resue Robotics].
  • S. Manjanna, N. Kakodkar, M. Meghjani and G. Dudek, “Efficient Terrain Driven Coral Mosaic Synthesis Using Gaussian Processes”, 13th Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2016.
  • M. Meghjani and G. Dudek, “Multi-Agent Rendezvous on Street Networks”, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014.
  • M. Meghjani, F. Shkurti, J. C. G. Higuera, A. Kalmbach, D. Whitney and G. Dudek, “Asymmetric Rendezvous Search at Sea”, 11th Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2014.
  • M. Meghjani and G. Dudek, “Multi-Robot Exploration and Rendezvous on Graphs”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012.
  • F. Shkurti, A. Xu, M. Meghjani, J. C. G. Higuera, Y. Girdhar, P. Giguere, B. B. Dey, J. Li, A. Kalmbach, C. Prahacs, K. Turgeon, I. Rekleitis and G. Dudek, “Multi-Domain Monitoring of Marine Environments using a Heterogeneous Robot Team”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2012.
  • Y. Girdhar, A. Xu, B. B. Dey, M. Meghjani, F. Shkurti, I. Rekleitis and G. Dudek. “MARE: Marine Autonomous Robotic Explorer”, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2011.
  • M. Meghjani and G. Dudek, “Combining Multi-Robot Exploration and Rendezvous”, 8th Canadian Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), May 2011.
  • M. Meghjani, F. Ferrie, G. Dudek, “Bimodal Information Analysis for Emotion Recognition”, IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), Dec. 2009.

Research Interests

Mobile Robotics, Multi-Robot Coordination, Multi-Agent Search, Path Planning, Fleet Management, Machine Learning, Algorithm Design, Computer Vision, Image and Signal Processing, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Autonomous Surface Vehicles (ASV), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV).