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 the field of safe robot perception, 3D scene understanding, and networked autonomy. His work includes seminal results on guaranteeing information freshness in a single and multi-hop communication network of autonomous agents; providing a theoretical framework for set-based uncertainty models on graphs; and developing provably expressive graph neural network architecture for 3D scene graphs. He is the recipient of ACM MobiHoc 2018 best paper award and Prof. F M Mowdawalla medal (gold medal) for his MSc thesis.