I am a PhD Student at the Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

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  Born, bred and buttered in Mumbai, India. Living in Troy, NY
I graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from University of Mumbai
A Masters in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
And currently pursuing PhD in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
 Researcher - Computer and Cognitive Science
 I love being outdoors and dabble in outdoorsy things
  I am a foodie! (Yes, this deserves a new line)

These days I am

(Spring 17)

Pursuing my PhD with advisors Dr. Hui Su and Prof. James Hendler. (Project Demo)
TeamLead - Competing for Amazon's Alexa prize. Collaborators: Prof. Mei Si and others
Guest Editor for the ACM XRDS Spring 17 issue
Research Assistant at Cognitive Immersive Systems Lab
Taking courses: Parallel Programming and Computing
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divekr at rpi dot edu

More about research

Peer Reviewed Publications

D Allen, RR Divekar, J Drozdal, L Balagyozyan, S Zheng, Z Song, H Zou, J Tyler, X Mou, R Zhao, H Zhou, J Yue, JO Kephart, H Su. The Rensselaer Mandarin Project—a Cognitive and Immersive Language Learning Environment. In AAAI 2019.
RR Divekar, J Drozdal, Y Zhou, D Allen, R Rouhani, R. Zhao, S. Zheng, L. Balagyozyan, H. Su Interaction Challenges in AI Equipped Environments Built to Teach Foreign Languages Through Dialogue and Task-Completion In ACM DIS 2018
RR Divekar, Y Zhou, D Allen, J Drozdal, H Su. Building Human-Scale Intelligent Immersive Spaces for Foreign Language Learning. In Immersive Learning Research Network Conference (iLRN) 2018
RR Divekar, M Peveler, R Rouhani, R Zhao, JO Kephart, D Allen, K Wang, Q Ji, H Su. CIRA—An Architecture for Building Configurable Immersive Smart-rooms. In Conference Proceedings of Intellisys 2018
R Zhao, K Wang, R Divekar, R Rouhani, H Su, Q Ji. An immersive system with multi-modal human-computer interaction. In FG 2018
M Si, R Divekar. Establishing Social Presence With a Voice-only Chatbot. In ACS 2017

Media coverage of the projects I work on

Virtual learning: using AI, immersion to teach Chinese. By Michael Hill, Associated Press
IBM’s Holodeck-style classroom tech makes language-learning apps look primitive . By Luke Dormehl, Digital Trends.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute finds bold new way to teach Mandarin by Lynda Edwards, Times Union