Shivakumar Viswanathan


Visuomotor performance

I am currently a postdoc at Scott Grafton's Action Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In progress:


Visual memory

As a postdoc at Robert Sekuler's Vision Lab,

Prior to that

Evolutionary Computation

I got my PhD at the DEMO lab (advised by Jordan Pollack). The focus was on characterizing the role of representation-dependent effects in Evolutionary Computation. Specifically, I sought to understand the impact of having two independent yet interacting representations as is the case in coevolutionary algorithms and the developmental evolutionary algorithms.

Design for Disassembly (for the design of environment-friendly products)

While getting my MS (advised by Venkat Allada), I worked on a class of computational and geometric problems that arise in the context of Environment Conscious Design. Specifically, (a) how can the suitability of a product for post-life disassembly be automatically and meaningfully evaluated in a principled manner? and (b) how can this evaluation be used to improve the design?