Shafeef Omar

Research Fellow @ Dynamic Legged Systems Lab. Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.


I am a research fellow with the Dynamic Legged Systems Group, headed by Claudio Semini at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. Previously, I was a Research Associate at the Indian Institute of Science , working on Continual Learning at the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory. I graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) with a Dual Degree, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, in Engineering Design.

In my current research, I focus on inducing biases using model-based priors to learn safe and robust vision-aided locomotion. I am broadly interested in supervised learning, reinforcement learning and control theory to apply them in robotics for control and planning in ardous scenarios.


Jul 24, 2023 The preprint of our latest paper on Safe Foothold Adaptations for Legged Robots, SafeSteps, is now available. See the publications section.
May 22, 2022 Joined the Dynamic Legged Systems Lab (DLS@IIT).

selected publications


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    SafeSteps: Learning Safer Footstep Planning Policies for Legged Robots via Model-Based Priors
    In Review, 2023