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Ritwik Gupta

Research Fellow


Ritwik Gupta is a Research Fellow with the Human Rights Center. He is an artificial intelligence researcher focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster response. His work focuses on reducing the amount of time, effort, and danger first responders face when heading into chaotic, unpredictable events such as natural disasters and wars. His research on topics such as automated building damage assessment and detection of illegal fishing vessels have been deployed worldwide for numerous events such as the Australian bushfires, the 2023 Turkey-Syria earthquake, and at task forces to curb IUU fishing. Ritwik is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley in Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy where he leads Berkeley’s AI Research Climate Initiative and also serves as the Deputy Technical Director for Autonomy at the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit. He has been detailed as an Advisor for AI Policy to the Department of Justice and previously led a research lab at Carnegie Mellon University on AI for disaster response.