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Dr. Santhakumar Mohan
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Santhakumar Mohan got his PhD (Robotics and Control) from 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 world-class university (WCU) postdoctoral fellow at Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Republic of Korea), in addition to this, he received another prestigious Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Post-doctoral fellowship with the same institute from September 2011 to March 2012. In 2012, he joined the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Indore. He is holding visiting faculty positions at IISc Bangalore, India, RWTH Aachen, Germany and ECN, France. His active research areas include underwater vehicle and underwater manipulator design and control, parallel robotic platforms, assistive robots, field and service robots, intelligent motion control, and, dynamic modelling and control of dynamic systems. 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) and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship (2016–2017). He has published more than 100 articles in various journals and conference proceedings.


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

Swati Mishra (PhD candidate at IIT Indore) - Co-Supervisor: Dr. Santosh Kumar Vishvakarma

Former Students:

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

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

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: 2020-2022
  • 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: 2019-2021
  • Budget: Rs. 30.91 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: 2019-2021
  • 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: 2018-2020
  • Budget: Rs. 25.14 Lacs

Recent Publications

Jagadeesh Kadiyam, Anjali Parashar, Santhakumar Mohan, and Devendra Deshmukh
Ocean Engineering. 197 (Feb 2020) 106929 (2020)
Mohan S., Mohanta J.K., Behera L., Rybak L.A., Malyshev D.I.
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. 1126 (Jan) 161-172 (2020)
Swati Mishra, Santhakumar Mohan, Santosh Kumar Vishvakarma
Defence Science Journal 70 (1) 72-81 (2020)
Nozdracheva A.V., Malyshev D.I., Mohan S., Kholoshevskaya L.R.
IEEE Xplore (accepted (in press)) (2019)
Larisa Rybak, Santhakumar Mohan and Dmitry Malyshev
Latin American Symposium on Industrial and Robotic Systems 2019, October-November (2019)