Prof. Deepak Pathak


Dr. Deepak Pathak is a faculty in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a member of the Robotics Institute and is affiliated with the Machine Learning Department.


Dr. Pathak received his bachelor's degree from IIT Kanpur in 2014 with a Gold Medal in Computer Science & Engineering and subsequently went on to receive his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. He has also spent time as a researcher at Facebook AI Research. He is a recipient of faculty awards from several companies including Google, Samsung, Sony, and GoodAI. During his Ph.D.he was awarded graduate fellowships from Facebook, NVIDIA, and Snapchat.

Dr. Pathak's research spans Artificial Intelligence at the intersection of Computer Vision, Machine Learning & Robotics with the goal of building embodied robots that display human-like ability to generalize in real and diverse environments. His pioneering contributions include context encoders for self-supervised learning, curiosity-driven exploration, and rapid motor adaptation among others. His research is often featured in popular press outlets, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Quanta Magazine, Washington Post, CNET, Vox, and MIT Technology Review among others.