Aniruddh Puranic

University of Southern California (USC)


941 Bloom Walk, SAL 104

Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

I am a Computer Science PhD candidate at USC co-advised by Jyotirmoy Deshmukh of CPS-VIDA and Stefanos Nikolaidis of ICAROS. My research interests include:

  • safe human-robot interactions
  • robot learning from demonstrations/imitation learning
  • (deep) reinforcement learning
  • formal verification of autonomous cyber-physical systems
  • explainable AI

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

Visit this page for an overview of my research and projects, or view my publications here. My resume can be found here.


I am also an electronic music producer under the alias Andy-Ruddh. My sounds consist of raw and hypnotic techno. My music has been supported by Richie Hawtin, a pioneer of this genre.

You can find my discography here.


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

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