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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 the 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.

Currently, he is serving as Technical Editor, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and ASME Letters in Dynamic Systems and Control.


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)


Wheeled Mobile Robots (Jan-Apr, 8 weeks course)

Mechanics and Control of Robotic Manipulators (Jul-Oct, 8 weeks course)

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), Assistant Professor, IIT Jodhpur

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

1.   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

2.   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

3.   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

4.   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

5.   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)

6.   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

    Recent Publications

    Divyansh Khare, Kausadikar Varad Prashant, Santhakumar Mohan
    Advances in Industrial Machines and Mechanisms. Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering. Springer, Singapore. 149-160 (2021)
    Maksat Ahmetzhanov, Larisa Rybak, Dmitry Malyshev, Santhakumar Mohan
    Advances in Mechanism Design III. TMM 2020. Mechanisms and Machine Science 85 193-203 (2021)
    Swati Mishra, Santhakumar Mohan, and Santosh Kumar Vishvakarma
    Defence Science Journal 71 (4, July 2021) 448-455 (2021)
    Jagadeesh Kadiyam, Santhakumar Mohan, Devendra Deshmukh, Taewon Seo
    Ocean Engineering 234 (August) 1-23 (2021)
    Artem Voloshkin, Grigory Dubrovin, Anna Nozdracheva, Larisa Rybak, Santhakumar Mohan, Giuseppe Carbone
    Proceedings of the Seventh International Workshop on Medical and Service Robots (MESROB2021), Switzerland (2021)