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Bera, Aniket

Bera, Aniket

Assistant Research Professor
Computer Science
Maryland Robotics Center
Brain and Behavior Institute
5144 Iribe Center

Dr. Aniket Bera is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) with appointments with the Department of Computer ScienceMaryland Robotics Center (James Clark School of Engineering) and Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI). Prior to this, he was a Research Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His core research interests are in Robotics, Emotion AI, Computer Graphics (Physically-based Modelling and Simulation, AR/VR), Multi-agent Modeling, Affective Computing, Motion Planning, Autonomous Vehicles, Behavior-based AI, Social Robotics (HRI), Data-Driven Crowd Simulations, Cognitive modeling: Knowledge, reasoning, and planning for intelligent characters. He is with the Geometric Algorithms for Modeling, Motion, and Animation (GAMMA) group.

His current research focuses on the social perception of intelligent agents and robotics. His research involves novel combinations of methods and collaborations in the field of computer graphics, physically-based simulation, statistical analysis, and machine learning to develop real-time computational models to learn human behaviors. Dr. Bera has previously worked in many research labs including Disney Research, Intel and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (Govt. of India).

Dr. Bera's research has been featured in WIREDForbesFastCompanyTimes of India, etc.

  • Robotics
  • Emotion AI
  • Computer Graphics (Physically-based Modelling and Simulation, AR/VR)
  • Multi-agent Modeling
  • Affective Computing
  • Motion Planning
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Behavior-based AI
  • Social Robotics (HRI)
  • Data-Driven Crowd Simulations
  • Cognitive modeling: Knowledge, reasoning, and planning for intelligent characters.

Inventions of the Year: Deepfake Detection Invention Discerns Between Real and Fake Media

Invention of the Year nominee could help prevent spread of deepfake media and misinformation.

UMD Researchers to Have a Strong Showing at ICRA 2021

University of Maryland researchers will present 15 papers at the IEEE International Conference on Robotis and Automation (ICRA 2021) to held on May 30 to June 5, 2021.

UMD GAMMA Group Awarded Best Paper and an Honorable Mention at IEEE VR 2021

The awarded work focuses on improving the efficiency of virtual agents used in areas like virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), online learning, and virtual social interactions.

MRC Faculty and Researchers to Present 16 Papers at International Robotics Conference - IROS 2020

International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - From 25 October 2020 until 29 November 2020

Sci-Fi Social Distancing?

Researchers tackle complexities of autonomous robots as a coronavirus solution.

Bera, Manocha and Shim awarded a BBI Seed Grant to examine the role of age and gender on gait-based emotion recognition

Project by three MRC faculty members was one of six that received BBI seed funding this year.

GAMMA Research Group is Developing Novel COVID-19 Prevention Robots

The NSF EAGER project intends to monitor pedestrian movements, using cameras and other sensors, that will automatically check for vital signs to gather reliable data, and investigate techniques to influence the behaviors of pedestrians to change their social behavior using robots.

MRC Researchers to Present 16 Papers at ICRA 2020

International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020 will be held online from May 31st to August 31st. MRC researchers will be presenting 16 papers at this conference.  

GAMMA Group's Research on Emotional Modeling and Social Robotics Featured in Forbes

Dinesh Manocha and Aniket Bera’s latest development on a socially-intelligent robot known as ProxEmo, has been featured in Forbes.