Avnish was born in the city of Bangalore in India. Being born and raised on an air force base nudged him to pursue his bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B). It was there that he realized his interest in robotics and systems engineering. This led him to come to the University of Connecticut (UConn) for his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering. At UConn, he works with Dr. Ashwin Dani in the Robotics & Control Lab. His research involves leveraging machine/deep learning techniques for efficient human-robot collaboration.