Rajat Talak is a Research Scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, at MIT, from 2020-2022. He received his Ph.D. from the Laboratory of Information and Decision Systems at MIT, in 2020. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Dept. of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and a B.Tech from the Dept. of Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology - Surathkal, India.

His research interests are in spatial robot perception, safe perception, and networked autonomy.  He is the recipient of ACM MobiHoc 2018 best paper award and Prof. F M Mowdawalla medal (gold medal) for his MSc thesis. His technical skills, interests, and expertise include robot and computer vision, networks and graphs, optimization theory and algorithms, estimation theory and machine learning, geometric deep learning, stochastic control, differentiable optimization, uncertainty quantification, and domain adaptation.