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Dr. Santhakumar Mohan
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Santhakumar Mohan got his Ph.D. (Robotics and Control) from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India) in 2010. From June 2010 to March 2011, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Institute of Technology Calicut (NITC), Kerala (India). He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Republic of Korea). In 2012, he joined the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore. He is holding visiting faculty positions at IISc Bangalore, India, BSTU, Belgorod, Russia, KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, RWTH Aachen, Germany, and ECN, France. His active research areas include Service and Field Robots in specific, design & motion control of underwater and wheeled mobile robots, Parallel Robotic Platforms, Assistive and Rehabilitation Robots. Furthermore, he has received the outstanding young Scientist for the year 2014 from Korea Robotics Society, European Master on Advanced Robotics Plus (EMARO+) fellowship (2018-2019), Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship (2016–2017), Satellite across virtual institutes (SAVI) fellowship (2013-2014), World-class university fellowship (2011- 2012) and Brian Korean 21 (BK2) fellowship (2011). He has published more than 100 articles in various journals and conference proceedings. He has edited three books and completed six sponsored projects.


Broadly, I work in the field of Robotics and Control. Specifically, I have research interests as follows:

  • Field Robotics, Mobile Manipulators and Underwater Robotic Systems (Dynamics and Control)
  • Parallel Robotic Platforms (Mechanical Design, Dynamics and Control)
  • Assistive and Rehabilitation Robots (Lower Limb Rehabilitation Robots)

@ IIT Palakkad

Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery (Even Semesters)

Measurements, Instrumentation, and Control (Odd Semesters)

Mechanics and Control of Robotic Manipulators (Odd Semesters)

Wheeled Mobile Robots (Even Semesters)

@ IIT Indore

Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines (Odd Semesters)

Dynamic and Control Systems (Odd Semesters)

Machine Design I and II (Even Semesters)

Robotics (Even Semesters)

Mobile Robotics (Even Semesters)

Robotic Control Systems (PG elective)

Research Group

Current Students:

Arun Krishnan (PhD candidate at IIT Palakkad)

Parvathi S (MS (Research) candidate at IIT Palakkad)

Jagadeesh Kadiyam (PhD candidate at IIT Indore) - Co-Supervisor: Dr. Devendra Deshmukh

Former Students:

Yogesh Singh (PhD, 2016), Assistant Professor, NIT Silchar

Jayant Kumar Mohanta (PhD, 2018), Postdoctoral Researcher, IIT Kanpur

Swati Mishra (PhD, 2020) - Co-Supervisor: Dr. Santosh Kumar Vishvakarma

Research Area
Motion Control
Mechanism Design and Analysis
Service and Field Robots
Underwater Vehicles and Manipulator Systems
Additional Information
Sponsored Research

On-going Funded Projects


  • Project Title: (#22(0829)/19/EMR-II) Design and Development of a new sitting-type lower limb rehabilitation robot
  • Funding Agency: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India
  • Duration: 2020-2023
  • Budget: Rs. 23.21 Lacs


  • Project Title: (CRG/2018/000400) Bio-inspired Hybrid Underwater Vehicle for Ocean Observations
  • Funding Agency: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), India
  • Duration: 2019-2022
  • Budget: Rs. 28.85 Lacs


  • Project Title: (#19-19-00692) Development of a hybrid robotic system based on a passive orthosis and an active parallel manipulator for the lower limb rehabilitation
  • Funding Agency: Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Russia
  • Duration: 2019-2022
  • Budget: 18 Million Russian Rubles (approximately Rs. 190 Lacs)


  • Project Title: (INT/Korea/P-43) Robust motion control design for an underwater robot with tilting thrusters
  • Funding Agency: Department of Science and Technology (DST), India
  • Duration: 2018-2021
  • Budget: Rs. 25.14 Lacs

Recently Approved Funded Projects


  • Project Title: Robotics and Automation in Agriculture
  • Funding Agency: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), India
  • Duration: 2020-2023
  • Budget: Rs. 51.84 Lacs 
  • Project Lead: Prof. L. Behera (IIT Kanpur), Total Budget: Rs. 194.26 Lacs


  • Project Title: Design and Development of an intelligent Underwater Vehicle with a Manipulator for offshore oil/gas and other marine applications
  • Funding Agency: Naval Research Board (NRB), India
  • Duration: 2020-2023
  • Budget: Rs. 45.25 Lacs

Recent Publications

Sen D., Santhakumar Mohan, Ananthasuresh G.
Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering (Edited Book). Springer, Singapore (1st Edition) (2021)
Jayant Kumar Mohanta, Santhakumar Mohan, Phillipe Wenger and Christine Chevallereau
Mechanism and Machine Science. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering 761-771 (2021)
Sarath S. Menon, R. Sakthi Vignesh, Santhakumar Mohan
Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics. RAAD 2020. Mechanisms and Machine Science 84 525-534 (2020)
Dmitry Malyshev, Santhakumar Mohan and L.Rybak
23rd CISM IFToMM Symposium on Robot Design, Dynamics and Control (ROMANSY2020) Accepted (to be presented) (2020)
Santhakumar Mohan, Parvathi Sunilkumar, Larisa Rybak, Dmitry Malyshev, Sergey Khalapyan, Anna Nozdracheva
Advances in Service and Industrial Robotics. RAAD 2020. Mechanisms and Machine Science 84 345-355 (2020)