Balakumar Sundaralingam is a Research Scientist at NVIDIA. He received his Ph.D. in Computing (Robotics) from the University of Utah under the supervision of Prof. Tucker Hermans. His Ph.D. research focused on planning and tactile perception for in-hand manipulation leveraging trajectory optimization, learned models, and structured inference. Previously, he has worked on mobile robots, specifically on mapping with LIDAR and reactive collision avoidance methods. He also has expertise in building robotic systems ranging from mobile robots to dexterous manipulation systems.