FAQ - Please consult before you contact me

  1. I want to do my PhD studies in Robotics, how do I enroll?
    • UCSD has an annual call for new PhD students. See application procedures for graduate students.You can find details here
  2. I would like to have some assistance to perform a project on robotics. I am building a gadget X, could you please help me?
    • Sorry, unfortunately I do not have time to help people with different kinds of projects. There are several mailing lists available on the net, try them for assistance.
  3. We are a small company that would like to know how we do ...?
    • In general we do not offer free consulting services. The Qualcomm Institute might be a more suitable point of contact for assistance, but again it will not be free.
  4. I would like to have a copy of your paper entitled "...".
  5. I would you to write a letter of recommendation for me
    • In general I do not write letters of recommendations for people I do not know well. Even if you send me a CV I am not in a good position to write an authoritative letter, consequently I will not be able to write a letter unless I am well acquainted with your work. I will in general not write an unsolicited letter of recommendation.
  6. Why am I not getting an answer to my question on ...
    • I receive 100+ unsolicited emails everyday. I am not able to respond to all such letters. Sorry.
  7. I would like to do an summer internship with you.
    • Without a prior agreement and having met with you personally I do not take on summer students. UCSD students are more than welcome to stop by my office for a discussion of potential projects. Unfortunately, I do not have funds to take on students from outside of UCSD.
  8. I would like to interview you regarding XX.
    • Press contacts are handled by the School office for External Affairs please contact Ioana Patringenaru - you may reach her at ipatrin@ucsd.edu
  9. I am taking one of your classes and I would like to suggest ....
    • I am always eager to learn and reflect on how thing can be done or improved so please send me email. I promise to read any such letters with great care. You are also most welcome to stop by during my office hours.