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I am Nagamanikandan Govindan, working as an assistant professor at Robotics Research Center, IIIT Hyderabad. I have completed my Ph.D. degree in Robotics from Robotics Lab, Department of Engineering Design, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. For my Ph.D. thesis, I worked with Prof. Asokan Thondiyath.
My interest lies broadly in the area of robotics and control. More specifically, designing mechanisms for multimodal capabilities and the development of control strategies for various manipulation and locomotion modes. The central focus is on synergizing locomotion and manipulation at the design level and increasing the functional capabilities of mechanically less-complex robotic systems.
Research interest: Robot design, Mobile manipulation, Hybrid robots, Grasper, Redundant and Underactuated robots, Optimal control, Mechatronic system design
Feb 2021 - Joined as Assistant Professor at RRC, IIIT H
May 2019 - GraspMan hand has featured in the timeline covering 106 years (1912–2018) of Research & Development of robotic hands - Annual Review of Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems - A Century of Robotic Hands.
Aug 2019 - "A robot grasper that can climb pipes" - a research highlight appeared in https://www.nature.com/articles/nindia.2019.113 (doi:10.1038/nindia.2019.113)
Our project "GraspMan" - A multimodal robotic platform for various industrial and service applications has appeared in various news portals: IndiaToday, Livemint, Techiexpert, and many more.