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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

4th Int. Conference on Advances in Robotics (AIR 2019) held at IIT Madras from 2nd to 6th July 2019. Visit for more details.






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 5.13. 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)

Congratulations to Thiyagarajan (Ph.D) and Bhanu Chander (M.S) for receiving their degrees in Convocation 2018.

Dr Asokan has been elected as the Chairman, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Madras Chapter

Two papers, authored by Nagamanikandan and Thiyagarajan (Ph.D scholars), have been accepted for presentation at ICRA 2018 to be held at Brisbane, Australia in May 2018.

New paper published in the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems :Theoretical and Experimental Investigations on the Effect of Overlap and Offset on the Design of a Novel Quadrotor Configuration, VOOPS:

Nagamanikandan (Ph.D scholar) will present a paper at the 14th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO) to be held at Spain in July 2017

News articles:

Dr Asokan has been elected as the Secretary of "The Robotics Society", India

Karthik C (Ph.D scholar) will present his paper at the IEEE ICRA 2017 (Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation) to be held in Singapore in May 2017

Thiyagarajan R (Ph.D Scholar) has been selected for the Institute Research Scholar Award 2017

International Conference on Advances in Robotics (AIR 2017) at IIT Delhi from 28th June to 2nd July 2017

Dr Asokan has been invited by SASTRA University to deliver a key note address during the International Conference on Robotics on 19th December 2016

Dr Asokan will be delivering a key note address on 20th December 2016 at Amrita University, Amritpuri, Kollam during the International Conference on Robotics and Automation for Humanitarian Assistance (RAHA 2016)

"2nd SERB School on Robotics", to be held at IIT Madras from 14th to 19th November 2016 .


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 and Thiyagarajan (Ph.D student) will attend the 13th ICINCO conference to be held at Lisbon, Portugal from 29th to 31st July 2016


National Workshop on "Advances in Robotics", to be held at IIT Madras on 18th and 19th July 2016 .


Workshop on "Underwater Mechatronics System Design", sponsored by Naval Research Board, will be held on 1st December 2015 .


Dr Asokan will be delivering Video Lectures on "Manipulator Kinematics" on 11th, 15th and 22nd September (10.00-12.00 hrs) as part of the QEEE (Quality Enhancement in Engineering Education) program. Lectures will be transmitted live to all the participating engineering colleges across the country.


Prof. SP Kothari (MIT-India Director) and Ms Melanie Mala Ghosh (MIT-India Managing Director) visited Robotics Lab. on 7th July

Prof. T Asokan has been nominated as the Indian representative in the Joint working Group (JWG9) of the International Standards Organisation and IEC Sectional Committee on Robots and Robotic Devices(ISO/TC 184/SC 2).

Prof. Richard Voyles, Professor of Robotics and Associate Dean for Research, Purdue University visited Robotics Laboratory on 7th January 2015

Prof. Gerald Seet, Director, Robotics Research Centre, NTU Singapore visited Robotics Laboratory : 15-19 December 2014

Engineering Design OpenHouse 2014: 25th October

Training Program on "Industrial Automation and Mechatronics": 13th Oct. to 18th Oct., IIT Madras

Dr Asokan has been awarded the  J C Bose Patent award 2013 by IIT Madras

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.

Dr Asokan will be delivering a key note address at the National Seminar on Innovations in Robotics at  ITM Universe, Vadodara on 14th March 2014

Dr Asokan will be delivering key note address at the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Robotics, Automation and Manufacturing (IRAM 2013) on 17th December 2013 at IIT Indore.

Dr Asokan has been invited to the academic panel discussion on "Extending Biodesign Education: Sharing Perspectives in India and Internationally" during the Indian MedTech summit on 6-7, December 2013 in New Delhi.

Umesh N., MS scholar,  has won 2nd prize in the student poster competition held during the International workshop on Underwater Technology at NIOT Chennai.

Dr Asokan will be delivering an invited talk on "Mutlipoint Potential Field method for path planning of AUVs" at NIOT, Chennai on 21st October during the International workshop on Underwater Technology.

 Dr Asokan will be delivering an invited talk on " Robotics in Nero-rehabilitation" at the 21st annual conference of Indian academy of Neurology, 24-27 October 2013, Indore.

 "The Hindu" article on AUV development

Stanford-India biodesign commercializes the design of trauma splint  "Relligo"

Dr Asokan will be delivering invited talks at the University of Melbourne, Australia and at the  Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia  on 8th April 2013.

Dr Asokan will be delivering an invited talk on "Robotics for Medical applications" on 22nd February during the thematic workshop on "Challenges in Robotics- Research to Application" at the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

One-day Seminar on "Standardization in the field of Industrial and Production Automation System and Robotics"  on 6th March 2012 at IIT Madras. For registration, contact

Invited Talk at the Indo-German Workshop on Neurobionics in Clinical Neurology, JIPMER, Pondichery. Dr Asokan will be delivering a talk on "Role of Robotics in Nerorehabilitation" on 17th February 2013.

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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