:: About Me ::

I am a PhD student at IDSIA working under the supervision of Prof. Juergen Schmidhuber. I received my Masters of Science (MS) in informatics with specialization in graphics, vision and robotics from Institut Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France. I carried out my Master's Thesis at PERCEPTION, INRIA - Rhone-Alpes, France under the supervision of Prof. Peter Sturm. I also worked as a research intern at the Honda Research Institute (HRI), Germany and at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.  Thank you for visiting my site.

"Dreams are like stars...you may never touch them, but if you follow them they will lead you to your destiny "  --Anonymous 

::Research Interests::

  • Artificial Intelligence: Unsupervised and Reinforcement learning, curiosity driven learning (Artificial Curiosity), etc.
  • Perception in humanoids robots.
  • Computer vision: Semi-transparency, Object Recognition
  • Mobile Robot Navigation




P1. V. R. Kompella and D. Ghose. "Machine Vision Based Obstacle Avoidance System", Pub. No.: US 2011/0050883 Al, U.S. patents on the following inventions: (a) Vision-based guiding cane (b) Vision-based wheelchair.


J3. M. Luciw*, V. R. Kompella*, S. Kazerounian and J. Schmidhuber. "An intrinsic value system for developing multiple invariant representations with incremental slowness learning", Frontiers in Neurorobotics, Vol. 7 (9), 2013. *Joint first authors.     Link to paper.

J2. V. R. Kompella, M. Luciw and J. Schmidhuber. "Incremental Slow Feature Analysis: Adaptive Low-Complexity Slow Feature Updating from High-Dimensional Input Streams", Neural Computation Journal, Vol. 24 (11), pp. 2994--3024, 2012.      Link to preprint.

J1. V. R. Kompella and P. Sturm. "Collective-Reward Based Approach for Detection of Semi-Transparent Objects in Image", Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Vol. 116 (4), pp. 484--499, 2012.      Link to preprint.


M.S. Thesis. V. R. Kompella "Image-based Detection of Semi-Transparent Objects" . Advisor: Peter Sturm, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble. Defended on June 25 2009.     Link to manuscript.


C8. V. R. Kompella, M. Stollenga, M. Luciw and J. Schmidhuber. "Explore to See, Learn to Perceive, Get the Actions for Free: SKILLABILITY" , To Appear in the Proc. of IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Beijing, 2014.

C7. V. R. Kompella, S. Kazerounian and J. Schmidhuber. "An Anti-Hebbian Learning Rule to Represent Drive Motivations for Reinforcement Learning" , To Appear in the Proc. of International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB), Castellon, 2014.

C6. V. R. Kompella, M. Luciw, M. Stollenga, L. Pape and J. Schmidhuber. "Autonomous Learning of Abstractions using Curiosity-Driven Modular Incremental Slow Feature Analysis. (Curious Dr. MISFA)" , IEEE International Conference on Developmental and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob), San Diego, 2012.      Link to paper.      Link to Video.

C5. V. R. Kompella, L. Pape, J. Masci, M. Frank and J. Schmidhuber. "AutoIncSFA and Vision-based Developmental Learning for Humanoid Robots" , 11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), Bled, Slovenia, 2011.     Link to paper.      Link to Video.

C4. V. R. Kompella, M. Luciw and J. Schmidhuber. "Incremental Slow Feature Analysis", 22nd International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), Barcelona, 2011.      Link to paper.

C3. V. R. Kompella and P. Sturm. "Detection and Avoidance of Semi-Transparent Obstacles using a Collective-Reward Based Approach", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2011), Shangai, 2011.      Link to paper.

C2. V. R. Kompella, B.V. Sharschchandra, K.N. Krishnanand, and D.Ghose. "A Tracked Mobile Robot with Vision-based Obstacle Avoidance", 13thNational Conference on Mechanisms and Machines (NaCoMM07), Bangalore, 2007.      Link to paper.

C1. V. R. Kompella, Kiran Patil, D.V. Kaushik Kariappa, and J. Amit Madhav. "A Beacon-Based Docking System for an Autonomous Mobile Robot", 13th National Conference on Mechanisms and Machines (NaCoMM07), December, 2007.     Link to paper.


W1. M. Luciw, V. R. Kompella and J. Schmidhuber. "Hierarchical Incremental Slow Feature Analysis" , Workshop on Deep Hierarchies in Vision (DHV, Vienna), 2012.     Link to poster.


A1. Received a patent award of 24,000 US$  for the two US patents filed via Intellectual Ventures-ASIA, 2009


::Contact Me::

Email-id: varun [at] idsia [dot] ch

Phone: +41-58-666 6714

Mailing Address: Varun Raj Kompella, Instituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull' Intelligenza Artificiale (IDSIA), Galleria 2, CH-6928 Manno-Lugano, SWITZERLAND.