Aniruddh Puranic

University of Southern California (USC)


941 Bloom Walk, SAL 104

Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

I will receive my PhD in Computer Science at USC in May 2024. I will then be joining the University of Maryland, College Park as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Institute for Systems Research (ISR), where I will be working under the mentorship of Prof. Calin Belta and Prof. John Baras.

My research interests include:

  • neuro-symbolic learning for safe autonomy
  • robot learning from demonstrations/imitation learning
  • deep reinforcement learning
  • formal verification of autonomous cyber-physical systems
  • explainable AI for human-robot interactions

I graduated with a masters in Computer Science (Intelligent Robotics specialization) from USC in 2018 and received my bachelors from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) - B.M.S College of Engineering, India in 2016.

I was a research intern during Summer 2022 at SRI International’s Center for Vision Technologies (CVT), working on lifelong learning. Prior to joining the PhD program, I was a Researcher in the Intelligent Connected Systems (ICS) Division at Toyota North America - InfoTech Labs (formerly, Toyota InfoTechnology Center) where I worked on data-driven formal specification for connected vehicle applications using edge computing.


I am also an electronic music producer under the alias Andy-Ruddh and my sounds consist of raw and hypnotic techno. My music has been supported by Richie Hawtin, a pioneer of this genre. My label-debut EP reached its highest ranking of #31 on the Beatport Global Techno charts in February 2023.

You can find my discography here.


  • USC (Academic only): puranic[at]usc[dot]edu

  • Personal: andyruddh[at]gmail[dot]com

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