TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
R2D2 is the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development at IIT Madras, headed by Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The group is involved in research related to human movement, and the design and development of rehabilitation and assistive devices for people with movement impairments.
R2D2 engineers affordable products for rehabilitation needs in India and beyond, works with clinical specialists, NGOs, hospitals, etc., to field-test the designs, and fosters a research environment to evaluate assistive device designs from biomechanical and functional standpoints.
Using appropriate technology, scientific methods and innovative translational models, R2D2 aims to enable easy accessibility and affordability of assistive devices and rehabilitation resources. R2D2 has successfully transferred technology to like-minded industrial partners including its startup, NeoMotion.
Chairman of TTK Prestige, Mr. TT Jagannathan has been a pillar of support for R2D2. He recently visited our center and took keen interest in our projects.
The first product from R2D2 was launched on November 05, 2019 in collaboration with industry partner, Phoenix Medical Systems. The Standing Wheelchair, named Arise, was launched at IITM Research Park by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot.
Star Performer of the Quarter
Your ability to translate your research thinking into product development is truly remarkable. The leadership and mentoring of your new team, your overall principle of sharing knowledge with everyone at our center and looking out for your colleagues is highly appreciated. We are glad to have you at R2D2!
January 20, 2022: Wheelchair developed at R2D2, IIT-Madras used for breaking Guinness record. Kamal Kanta Nayak, a youth from Odisha, completed a 213-km run on his manual wheelchair at Bhubaneswar by using NeoFly wheelchair. Read More
August 20, 2021: R2D2 wins the 'Best Assistive Technology Initiative Among Educational Institutes' by Assistech Foundation (ATF). We are very proud of our team and the work they do - well done team!
The third edition of the AT Makeathon was held during Shaastra 2022. Congratulations to the winners - Extent Theory (1st), We Moove (2nd), Team Delight (joint 3rd), Team DHK (joint 3rd), and special mention Trinary Pair! Thanks to all the teams who participated, and we hope to see you back next year!
Indian Patent No. 376689 (September 20, 2021): Easy to Use Portable Standing Wheelchair With Safety Feature and for Outdoor Use (Vivek Sarda, Swostik Dash and Sujatha Srinivasan). Indian Patent Application No. 201741019125 filed 31 May 2017