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Brief CV

Dr T Asokan is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Design, and currently the Head of the Department at IIT Madras. He completed his B.Tech. and M.Tech. in mechanical engineering from Calicut University. Dr Asokan received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, in the year 2000. His area of specialization was electro hydraulic controls for robotic applications. He then spent six years as a researcher at the Robotics Research Center, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore working in the area of mechatronic systems and robotics. He was instrumental in developing the Remotely Operated Underwater vehicle and a 7-axis underwater manipulator at NTU, Singapore. Prior to this, he spent 3 years in DRDO as a Scientist. He joined IIT Madras as Assistant Professor in the year 2006 and was promoted as Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2014. He was awarded the Stanford-India biodesign fellowship by the Stanford University, USA in 2009 and has completed a post doctoral fellowship in medical device development at the Stanford University. Dr. Asokan is  a visiting Fellow of the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is currently the national secretary of The Robotics Society. His areas of teaching and research are Robotics, Product design, and Engineering System design. Dr Asokan has published more than 120 papers in International Journals and conferences and has filed 20 patents in India, USA and Singapore. He has supervised 11 Ph.D and 9 MS students and currently supervising 6 Ph.D, 3 MS and 6 dual degree students. He is actively involved in many sponsored research projects with an approximate budget of Rs. 500 lakhs, sponsored by DRDO, ISRO, DST, NRB and other sponsoring agencies.

NEWS and Events

Prof. Asokan has been appointed as the Head of the Department of Engineering Design

IIT Madras to setup a "Centre of Excellence in Autonomous Systems and Technologies" with an investment of 5 crore over the next 5 years

Congratulations to Dr Vijaykumar P for winning the Institute Research Award 2021:

Congratulations to Nagamanikandan for succesfully defending his PhD thesis on 18th January.

Congratulations to Dr Srikar Annamraju for winning the Institute Research Award 2020:

Congratulations to the Following students on their Graduation during the 57th Convocation:

Karthik C (PhD)

Dharbaneswar S J (PhD)

Srikar A (PhD)

Sooraj P (MS)

Kumar Surjdeo Singh (MS)

Vaibhav R (MS)

Congratulations to Mr Adarsh Somayaji (Dual Degree Student), for winning the Innovative Student Project Award 2020, instituted by the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), for his Dual Degree Project titled "Design & Analysis of a Variable Stiffness Adaptive Jaw for Robust Grasping".






VM Thomas Robotics Research and Teaching Laboratory inaugurated on 1st February 2021 (

New paper accepted for publication :Dharbaneswar S J, Asokan T.,(2021) Contact area based modeling of robotic grasps using deformable solid mechanics, International Journal of Applied Mechanics (accepted), IF: 2.499

New paper accepted for publication :Dharbaneswar S J, Asokan T., Sankara J. Subramanian, I-Ming Chen (2020), Finite Element based grasp analysis using contact pressure maps of a robotic gripper, Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering (accepted for publication), Springer, IF: 1.755

New paper accepted for publication:Karthik Chandrasekaran, Suraj Parameswaran, Srikar Annamraju, Sourav Chandra, Manickam R., Asokan Thondiyath (2020),A Practical Approach to the Design and Development of Tele-Operated Surgical Robots for Resource Constrained Environments - A Case Study. ASME Journal of Medical Devices

New paper accepted for publication:Karthik Chandrasekaran, Adarsh Somayaji, Asokan Thondiyath (2020), A Novel Design for a Compliant Mechanism based Variable Stiffness Grasper through Structure Modulation, ASME Journal of Medical Devices.

New paper accepted for publication: Srikar A., Vijaykumar P., Karthik C., Asokan T., (2020), Passivity based Gain Independent Control for Transparent Sensing of Remote Environment," IEEE Sensors Journal, IF: 3.076

New paper accepted for publication: Vijaykumar P., Srikar A., Ananda Rangan N., Asokan T. (2020), Enhancement of high -fidelity haptic feedback through multimodal adaptive robust control for teleoperated systems, Accepted in IEEE Systems Journal (IF 4.463), DOI: 10.1109/JSYST.2020.3032965(accepted for publication).

New paper accepted for publication:Nagamanikandan G., Shashank Ramesh Asokan T., (2020) Design of a Variable Stiffness Joint Module to Quickly Change the Stiffness and to Reduce the Power Consumption, IEEE Access (accepted) (IF 3.75) (accepted for publication).

New paper accepted for publication: S. J. Dharbaneshwer, Asokan Thondiyath, Sankara J. Subramanian, I-Ming Chen (2020), A finite element based simulation framework for robotic grasp analysis, Proceedings of the IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science ( IF : 1.386) (accepted for publication).

New paper accepted for publication: Srikar A., Vijayakumar P., Ananda Rangan, Asokan T., (2020) Enhancement of Stability and Transparency in Teleoperated Robots through Isotropy based Design, IEEE Access, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2966769 (IF 4.08)

New paper accepted for publication in the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, "Design of a Tether Driven Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgical Tool with Decoupled Degree-of-Freedom Wrist, Karthik C., Asokan T., Vol.16 (3),2020 (IF: 1.634)

Paper Published in ASME Journal of Mechanism and Robotics (to appear in Oct. 2019, Vol 11), IF 2.23. Design and Analysis of a Multimodal Grasper Having Shape Conformity and WithinHand Manipulation With Adjustable Contact Forces, Nagamanikandan G., Asokan Thondiyath

Paper Published in IEEE Transactions on System, Man, and Cybernetics, IF 9.13. Muscle Fatigue Induced Hand Tremor Clustering in Dynamic Laparoscopic Manipulation, Sourav Chandra; Mitsuhiro Hayashibe; Asokan Thondiyath (

DD News on Surgical Robotic Trainer developed at IIT Madras

Three papers accepted for publication (IEEE J. of Oceanic Engineering, Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, J. Marine Science and Technology)

Dr Asokan has been invited by Liaoning Technical University, China to deliver a key note address during the First International Symposium on Intelligent Equipment and Robotics to be held at the Liaoning Technical University from 3rd to 5th August 2016


Dr Asokan has been invited (sponsored by Lemelson Foundation) to attend the National Collegiate Innovators and Inventors Alliance (NCIIA) annual conference "OPEN 2014" to be held at San Jose, California  from 20th to 22nd March 2014. Dr Asokan will participate in a round table discussion to be moderated by Prof. Paul Hudnut, Collarado State University, on   building strong educational programs around technology invention and innovation for poverty alleviation and basic human needs.

Indo-Australian Senior Scientist Fellowship: Indian National Science Academy (INSA) has awarded the Indo-Australian Senior Scientist S&T Visiting Fellowship 2012-13 to Dr T. Asokan for conducting advanced research on "Multi-domain robot systems" at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra.

Visiting Fellowship: Dr Asokan has been appointed as a Visiting Fellow of the University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia.



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