Paloma Sodhi

paloma.sodhi at gmail dot com


I am a Research Scientist at ASAPP working on task-oriented dialog and natural language processing for conversational AI systems. I did my Ph.D. in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University where my research was generously supported by Meta AI and CMU Presidential Fellowship.

My research aims to build efficient machine learning and optimization techniques for sequential decision making. I am interested in tasks that involve seamless interactions between human and AI partners.

I am excited about product-driven research and have previously worked across applications like tactile manipulation, underwater exploration, and computational agriculture.


Mar, 2022 Successfully defended my Ph.D. on “Learning and Inference in Factor Graphs with Applications Tactile Perception”!
Jan, 2022 Our work, PatchGraph, on tracking unseen objects during in-hand manipulations accepted to ICRA 2022! Links: paper, code+video.
Jan, 2022 Gave a talk on factor graphs and tactile perception at the GRASP SFI seminar.
Dec, 2021 Check out my ML@CMU blog post on An Energy-based Perspective on Learning Observation Models.
Nov, 2021 Had a lot of fun co-designing a Technights session on Deconstructing robotics!
Nov, 2021 Excited to present our work on learning energy-based models in factor graph optimization at CoRL 2021! Links: paper, code+video.
Sep, 2021 Our work on learned GPR models selected as a best conference paper finalist at IROS 2021. Congratulations Alex! Links: arXiv.
Jul, 2021 Excited to be in the 2021 cohort of RSS Pioneers! Links: poster, statement.