Dr. Sujatha Srinivasan
Sujatha Srinivasan is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras. Her research focuses on applying mechanism design and movement biomechanics to develop functional and affordable assistive/rehabilitation devices for people with movement disabilities.
Prof. Sujatha has nearly 30 years of experience in her field including 8 years in the US industry. She is a 1992 alumna of IIT Madras and joined its faculty in 2008. She is also co-founder of NeoMotion, a startup on assistive devices, incubated at IIT Madras. In her free time, she likes tailoring, going for walks and spending time with her family.
Dr. Sourav Rakshit
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras
Dr. Sundararajan Natarajan
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras
Dr. Sivakumar Balasubramanian
Professor, Department of Bioengineering, CMC Vellore
Dr. Manish Anand
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras
Justin Vijay Jesudas
Head of operations/Centre Manager
Head of operations/Centre Manager
Justin Jesudas joins us with over two decades of corporate experience in research and analytics across banking and engineering services industries with companies like UBS, RR Donnelley and Cognizant.
Justin heads the operations and outreach activities of R2D2, apart from guiding the team on user perspectives, prototype refining and device commercialization.
With 11 years of lived experience as a tetraplegic (paralyzed neck downwards), working in the assistive technologies space was a natural calling for Justin.
He is an international swimming champion and has represented India at the World Swimming Championship and Para-Asian Games. He enjoys long drives in his modified hand-operated car, beach surfing and SCUBA diving.
Head, Clinical Training & Research
Head, Clinical Training & Research
Samson has been an occupational therapist by education and a former tutor and clinical occupational therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute, CMC Vellore, for 8 years. At R2D2, Samson oversees the partner dissemination program for Arise Standing Wheelchair and research for TouchFREEDOM, among other projects. He has developed wheelchair cushions, which are now part of IIT Madras and incubated NeoMotion’s product portfolio.
Dr. T M Balaramakrishnan
Besides being a researcher, he is a learning musician and a photographer.
Dr. Ann David
Ann David is a postdoctoral researcher. She completed her PhD in Biomedical Devices and Technology through the joint PhD programme conducted by IIT Madras, CMC Vellore and SCTIMST Trivandrum. Her PhD thesis was on understanding the asymmetry in arm use among stroke patients with one-side weakness. She completed her master's in bioengineering from CMC Vellore and bachelor's in electronics and communication engineering from Govt. Model Engineering College, Kerala.
Currently working as a Senior Engineer at R2D2, Rahul has worked on various projects such as Saathi WalkChair, Gait trainer, Electric Standing Wheelchair, CP chair, customisable back brace, scoliosis correction brace and ankle therapy device.
After completing a Master's in Design Engineering at IIT, Delhi, his search for an opportunity to design and develop innovative products that are useful to society led him to R2D2. His absolute love for the products in the technology field and preference for using customized and personalized products got him interested in assistive technology, where the need for personalization is high.
Having played football in college, he loves following football religiously. He loves to cook and binge-watch, apart from spending time with his family and cats.
Siddharth is currently working as a Product Design and Development Engineer at R2D2, IIT Madras. He has completed his B.E in Automobile Engineering from the Institute of Road and Transport Technology (IRTT), Erode (Now Government Engineering College, Erode) and his M.Des in Product Design & Manufacturing from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.
Dheeraj K Panicker
Dheeraj K Panicker completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Production Engineering from TKM College of Engineering, Kollam, Kerala.
Harish is a mechanical engineer with experience in both the manufacturing and design sectors. He completed his undergraduate degree from Velammal Engineering College. Currently, working as a Design Engineer at R2D2, he is focused on the Thryv Mobility wheelchair project.
Seethapathi is a Senior Machinist at R2D2 and holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked on various projects such as Arise Standing Wheelchair, NeoFly, NeoBolt and EZ-LOK orthotic knee and has been involved in the assembly and associated works of Prosthetic knee and Hip simulators.
He voluntarily trained in Mastercam and has taken responsibility for manufacturing prosthetic knee prototypes at R2D2. With over 5 years of experience, he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge that makes him more productive, easily takes on challenges, and achieves the required output.
He is interested in developing educational games for school children. He likes to play cricket and listen to music.
Clinton completed his B.E. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Kingston engineering college.
Aghil Prakash M
Bowya completed an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Ganapathy Tulsi's Jain engineering college, Vellore and joined as an Apprentice trainee in quality management at Schneider Electric. She worked in the Dept of Physiology, CMC Vellore as a Research fellow on a blood pressure project. She worked on electronic circuit design, assembly and testing, software development and maintenance and Clinical data management.
Likhitha S Das
Prashanna Rangan R
At Best Fab Technical Services, Sridhar K supervised production systems, coordinated design and production stages, analysed manufacturing processes for improvements, and managed a team of mechanical engineers. He also handled material ordering and documentation.
At VBK Fibreo Tech Industries, Sridhar K was involved in designing products based on customer ideas, performing analyses for design competence, and managing the entire process from design to production. He focused on improving product quality, addressing customer feedback, and overseeing employee allocation as a shift in charge. Currently, he is working on a PLUTO project as a product development engineer. He likes to read history books. He listens to music in his free time.
Clinical, Research & NCAHT Team
Dr Hena N N
Kritika is a Physiotherapy alumnus from Christian Medical College, Vellore, and School of Allied Health Sciences (MAHE), Manipal. She is a postgraduate in Neurosciences Physiotherapy and has more than four years of experience in treating patients who have neuromotor disorders with a specific focus on spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
Poornachandran is a Peer Trainer for persons with spinal cord injury with more than two years of experience, earlier with The Ganga Foundation and currently with TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development at IIT Madras. He has immense experience working as a trainer and coordinator for Touch Freedom - a virtual rehabilitation resource for persons with a spinal cord injury. He is also a Wheelchair Marathoner, Wheelchair Basketball player and won a Silver medal during the Tamil Nadu Para Powerlifting Championship 2018.
Lavanya joined R2D2 as a Project Associate in January 2023. She did M.Tech in Embedded Systems from VIT University, Vellore, after which she worked in the IT sector for around 4 years. Her experiences include working as a Technical Consultant at Central Research Laboratory (BEL), Bangalore and JRF in the Department of Bioengineering at CMC, Vellore. She is working on the project Plug and Train Robot (PLUTO).
Jennifer a Peer Trainer for persons with spinal cord injury. Jennifer completed her Bachelor of Science from Queen Mary's College, Chennai. Currently, she works at the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras. In addition to her role as a trainer, Jennifer is an accomplished wheelchair marathoner, wheelchair basketball player, and yoga practitioner. Before her current position, she gained five years of experience as a school physical education teacher.
Ganga Saravanan completed DECE at Sri Balaji Polytechnic College and graduated BE-ECE from Prince Shri Venkateswara Padmavathi Engineering College. She has of experience 10+years, worked in various organizations as an HR and Admin Consultant. Currently, working as a Senior Executive at IIT Madras for the past five years. She joined R2D2 in September 2022 to take care of administrative activities.
Pawan Dadhich is a B.Ed Special Educator in Indian Sign Language. He has four years of experience as an Administrator in the CBSE school, Rajasthan Government.
Aravind is a Ph.D. scholar in a joint program between IIT Madras and CMC Vellore; his research is focused on developing a robot for assessing and training hand functions. He did his undergrad in Mechanical Engineering from VIT University Vellore and Masters in Bioengineering from CMC Vellore. His research interests include rehabilitation engineering, serious games, and neuromechanics.
Having been a high school basketball player and going through multiple ACL reconstruction surgeries has pushed him towards the field of rehabilitation engineering. His personal experiences and professional experiences of working with patients motivate him to develop accessible and affordable tools for rehabilitation. Aravind enjoys his weekend bicycle rides and spends his free time reading non-fiction books and rock tumbling.
Sachin Kumar is a research scholar at IIT Madras with interests in the fields of biomechanics, smart material and vibration isolation.
An alumnus of the National Institute of Technology Agartala and Indian Institute of Technology Madras he did course work along with a project titled Design and development of MR damper for prosthetic knee application, under the guidance of Prof. Sujatha C and with help of Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan. He is presently working in characterization, mathematical modelling and designing of optimized MR damper for ankle application.
Apart from being a researcher, he loves cricket, chess and pets.
Neelakshi is a PhD scholar who joined R2D2 Laboratory through the Three Institute PhD program of IIT Madras in July 2022. Along with our lab, she is collaborating with the Neurorehabilitation lab of Christian Medical College, Vellore.
Preethi is currently pursuing her PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras. Before that, she was working full-time for nearly 7 years at Moviebuff.com as a content writer.
She is the founder of Soulfree, a public charitable trust that is working to improve the quality-of-life of persons living with spinal cord injury in India, with a special focus on women and those living below the line of poverty. Currently, she is working to set up an Integrated Spinal Rehabilitation centre called INSPIRE in a 20,000 ft² facility at Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.
As a person who has spent more than two decades in a body that is paralysed below the neck, she has an experiential understanding of the vital importance of assistive devices in enabling persons with impairments and empowering us by giving us access to improved quality-of-life and independence.
Preethi leads a simple spiritual life at Thiruvannamalai, with her mother. She loves nature, music, sports and food, but most of all, the bliss of just being fully alive in the present moment.
He began his journey at IIT Madras as a M.Tech student and is currently a Ph.D scholar. His interest in robotics and the challenges in physical human-robot interaction was a driving force for him to work in the assistive technologies space. He did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering at Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli.
He is currently working on an Arm Rehabilitation Robot (AREBO). The robot focuses on the rehabilitation of the shoulder joint with intensive game therapy. His research interests include biomechanics and physical Human-Robot Interaction(pHRI).
Prem is an avid reader of storybooks and enjoys traveling.
Alexander Joseph V Paul
Mittappally Sandeep Reddy
S. Vaidyanathan (Advisor to R2D2 and NeoMotion)
S. Sudheesh (joint guidance with Prof. MS Shunmugam), Swing Phase Analysis of Transfemoral Prosthesis Users Walking with Passive Knees, PhD 2021
TM Balaramakrishnan (joint guidance with Prof. Sundararajan Natarajan), A Novel Framework for Design and Analysis of Customised Prosthetic Feet using Non-linear Finite Element Analysis, PhD 2020
N Babu (joint guidance with Prof. S. Narayanan), Kinematic, Dynamic and Stability Study of Track, Leg, and Hybrid Locomotion Robot, PhD 2019
Ganesh Bapat, Development, Analysis And Clinical Evaluation Of Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis With Alternative Knee Joint Designs, PhD 2018
Solomon Seid Kebede, Optimal Design of Magnetorheological Damper for Prosthetic Knee Application (joint guidance with Prof. C. Sujatha, PhD 2017
DS Mohan Varma, Minimal kinematic models for the inverse dynamics analysis of normal and asymmetric gait, PhD 2015
Gunjan Patel (joint guidance with Dr. Rajdeep Ojha and Dr. Judy John, CMC), Development and Clinical Validation of a Portable and Wearable System for Gait Analysis, MS 2019
Sandeep Guguloth, Design and development of robotic mechanisms for upper extremity rehabilitation (joint guidance with Dr. Sivakumar Balasubramanian, CMC Vellore), MS 2018
Nitin Prakash Kamble, Stair Climbing Mechanism for Wheelchair, MS 2016
Kumaraswamy Udugu, Tolerance Analysis in mechanisms (joint guidance with Prof. M. S. Shunmugam), MS 2013
Guhan Narayanan, creating synthetic gait data using a multibody simulator, B.Tech 2021
Subham Swastik Kamal, Cyclic Knee Testing Machine, B.Tech 2020
Akshay Molawade, Design and Spring Balancing of a Manually Operated Pool Lift, B. Tech 2019
Sourya Varenya, Stance Control Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses, B. Tech 2018
Manish Prajapat and Vishwajeet Sikchi, Add-on Device to Assist Stair Climbing of a Wheelchair, B. Tech 2017
Saish Kapadi, Design of an All-Terrain Wheelchair, B. Tech 2014
VVK Harish, Design of a Coconut Tree Climber, B. Tech 2014
Sushant Veer, Spring Balancing of Orthotic and Prosthetic Devices, B. Tech 2013
Girish A, Interactive Technology for Orientation and Mobility training of Blind and Visually Impaired Children, B.Tech 2013
Prashant Poondla, Design of the I-Tilt and Go (i-TAG) device, B.Tech 2012
Madhav Maheshwari, A portable wheelchair attachment for stair-climbing, DD 2022
Praveen Police Patil, Design of a retrofittable ramp to steps, M.Tech 2022
Vishnu Teja, Software simulations of transfemoral prosthesis, M.Tech 2021
Pranjali Manjrekar, Mobility Device Assisted by Functional Electrical Stimulation, DD 2020
G. Manideep, Biomechanics of Standing Wheelchair, M.Tech 2019
Shoudho Das, Development of a sit-to-stand device, M. Tech 2019 (co-guide Prof. Sourav Rakshit)
Venkat Teja, Development of an exercising device using muscle stimulation, DD 2019
Sanjay Hansdah, Wheelchair Bike, DD 2017
Sripriya Kalidoss, Electromechanically Assisted Gait and Lower Body Exercise Device, DD 2016
Ashish Mohan Sharma, Development of motorized assistive device for people with paraplegia, DD 2016
K Narayan Pai, Development of Clutch Adjustment Device, M.Tech 2016
Harsha Vardhan Reddy, Computer aided optimal synthesis of fixed length and adjustable planar mechanisms, DD 2015
Kaushik Naidu, Transfer device for wheelchair users, M. Tech 2015
TS Anand, Synthesis and Design of Polycentric Knee for Transfemoral Prosthesis, M. Tech 2014
Vivek Sarda, Training and Mobility Device for Children with Cerebral Palsy, DD 2014
Swostik Sourav Dash, Swimming Pool Lift for Physically Challenged, DD 2013
Sumit Pethwadajkar, Design of an Improved Standing Wheelchair (co-guide Prof. Shankar Krishnapillai), DD 2013
M. V. Jairaj, Design of a Low Vision Telescope, DD 2013
P. S. Satyanarayana, Development of a novel mechanically variable valve timing (M-VVT) system to improve volumetric efficiency of small engines (co-guide Prof. A. Ramesh), M. Tech 2013
Harshal Chaudhari, Development of a Standing Wheelchair, DD 2012
Varun Joshi, Software for Mechanism Design, DD 2012
K. Aravind Reddy, Design and Analysis of KAFO with improved stance stability, DD 2011
Banugade Nitin Madhukar, Design of gravity-balancing leg orthosis for gait rehabilitation, M.Tech 2011
Ramu Banoth, Design of polycentric knee mechanism for above-knee amputee, M.Tech 2011
T. Praveen, Standing wheelchair (co-guide Prof. Seshadri Shekar), M. Tech 2011
J. Santi Sagar, Manufacturing improvements for the Jaipur foot, M.Tech 2010
G. Veerababu, Mechanical characterization of the Jaipur foot, M.Tech 2010
Mayank Pareek, Development of an adjustable KAFO, DD 2009
Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, Development of a knee mechanism for a KAFO, M.Tech 2009
R Ramaraj, Design, development and performance evaluation of mechanically operated multiplate wet clutch for PTO application (co-guide Prof. M. M. Mayuram), M.Tech 2009