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You will find more about me and my research in these pages. Have a nice time. Do contact me if you need more info!



Brief CV

Dr T Asokan is a Professor in the Department of Engineering Design at IIT Madras. He was the Head of the Department from 2019 to 2022. Dr Asokan 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 150 papers in International Journals and conferences and has filed 26 patents in India, USA and Singapore. He has supervised 12 Ph.D and 10 MS students and currently supervising 6 Ph.D, and 3 MS students. He is actively involved in many sponsored research projects with an approximate budget of Rs. 700 lakhs, sponsored by DRDO, ISRO, DST, NRB and other sponsoring agencies.

NEWS and Events

Prject Vacancies- There are multiple project positions available. Design engineers in mechanical/ mechatronics/electronics with one or two years of experience in working on robotics projects can contact me with detailed CV. Potential opportunity to register for MS or PhD




Dr Asokan received the "Best Teacher Award 2023 for excellence in Teaching on 5th Sep. 2023

Dr Asokan received the CSR Change Maker Award 2023 for his contributions to CSR activities of IIT Madras

New paper accepted for publication : Siddhant Panigrahi, Prajwal Maski and Asokan Thondiyath (2023),Real-time biodiversity analysis using deep-learning algorithms on mobile robotic platforms.PeerJ Computer Science (accepted)

New paper accepted: Sivasankar Ganesan, Senthil Kumar Natarajan, Asokan Thondiyath (2023), A Novel Goal Oriented Sampling Method for Improving the Convergence Rate of Sampling based Path Planning for Autonomous Mobile Robot Navigation, Defence Science Journal, Vol. 73, No. 3, May 2023, pp. 322-331, DOI : 10.14429/dsj.73.17888

Patent granted: A versatile hybrid robotic system for multimodal locomotion and grasping, Patent No. 432862. Congratulations to Nagamanikandan, Sourya, and Karthik.

Patent granted: Design of a 6-DOF Master Manipulator arm with enhanced gravity compensation and compliantGrasping for Robotic Surgery Patent No. 424737. Congratulations to Karthik ChandraSekharan.

Patent granted: A MULTIROTOR WITH A VERTICALLY OFFSET OVERLAPPING CONFIGURATION AND USES Patent No. 421215. Congratulations to Ganesh Ram and Thiyagarajan.

Prof. Asokan has been invited to deliver key note address at the workshop on Low Cost Medical and Surgical Robotics organised during the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2022 ( ) to be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London from 26th to 29th June

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

New paper accepted for publication : Panigrahi, S., Rohith, S.K. Thondiyath, A. (2022), Characterisation of propulsion for submersible multimedium robotic vehicles, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (IF 2.902) V 37 (12), 14-32 (2022)

New paper accepted for publication : 2. Vijay Kumar Pediredla*, Karthik Chandrasekaran, Srikar Annamraju and Asokan Thondiyath (2022), Design and Realization of a Novel Haptic Graspable Interface for Augmenting Touch Sensations”, Frontiers in Robotics and AI , (2022)


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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