I am a Ph.D. student at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Byron Boots. I am interested in developing theory and algorithms for scalable and efficient robot learning with a specific focus on the intersection of reinforcement learning, model-predictive control and motion planning.

Before transferring to University of Washington, I spent a year as a Ph.D. Robotics student at School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing at Georgia Tech, prior to which I was a Robotics Engineer at Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. working on motion planning for UAVs. In 2017, I was an Extern at The Air Lab at The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, working with Sanjiban Choudhury and Sebastian Scherer on the applying reinforcement and imitation learning to robot motion planning. I graduated my M.S in Robotic Systems Development from RI in 2016 where I was working on planning for ground vehicles. I completed my B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.

I spent Fall 2020 and Summer 2019 as an intern at NVIDIA Seattle Robotics Lab working with Dieter Fox and Byron Boots. You can view my CV here.

When not busy with research, you'll catch me doing stand-up and improv comedy. I also enjoy live music, theatre and travelling.


Blending MPC & Value Function Approximation for Efficient Reinforcement Learning
M. Bhardwaj, S. Choudhury, B. Boots, 2020

Journal and Conference Publications

Information Theoretic Model Predictive Q-Learning
Learning for Dynamics and Control, 2020

M. Bhardwaj, A. Handa, D.Fox, B.Boots
[Proceedings] [Arxiv] [Webpage]

Differentiable Gaussian Process Motion Planning
International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2020

M. Bhardwaj, B. Boots and M. Mukadam
[Proceedings] [Arxiv] [Webpage]

Leveraging Experience in Lazy Search
Robotics:Science and Systems, 2019

M. Bhardwaj, S. Choudhury, B. Boots and S. Srinivasa
[Proceedings] [Presentation] [Poster]

Data-driven Planning via Imitation Learning
International Journal on Robotics Research, 2017 (Best Paper Finalist)

S. Choudhury, M. Bhardwaj, S.Arora, A. Kapoor, G. Ranade, S. Scherer and D. Dey [Publication] [Arxiv]

Learning Heuristic Search via Imitation
Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL), 2017

M. Bhardwaj, S. Choudhury and S. Scherer
[Proceedings] [Presentation] [Website]

Real-time dynamic singularity avoidance while visual servoing of a dual-arm space robot
Advances in Robotics (AIR), 2015

P. Mithun, V.V. Anurag, M. Bhardwaj, S.V. Shah

Other Projects

Auto-Park for Collaborative Autonomous Cars

Capstone project for Master's of Science in Robotic Systems Development. [Video][Webpage]

Stable Walking of a Quadruped Robot

Final year project at Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi. [Video]