Aniruddh Puranic

University of Maryland, College Park


College Park,

MD 20742, USA

I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Institute for Systems Research (ISR) at the University of Maryland - College Park, working under the mentorship of Prof. John S. Baras and Prof. Calin Belta.

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 received my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Southern California (USC) in 2024. Previously, I received the M.S. degree in Computer Science (Intelligent Robotics specialization) from USC in 2018, and my B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering 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 Ph.D. 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.


  • UMD: puranic[at]umd[dot]edu

  • Personal and USC-related: andyruddh[at]gmail[dot]com