DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING DESIGN

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CURRICULUM VITAE
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1)         Name                                                   :  Asokan Thondiyath

2)         Designation                                        :  Professor

3)         Date of Birth                                       : 23rd October 1966

4)         Degrees conferred        :      

Degree
Institution conferring the degree
Fields
Year

B.Tech
Calicut University Mechanical 1988
M.Tech
NIT., Calicut Manufacturing Technology 1991
Ph.D
IIT., Madras Electro hydraulic Controls/Robotics 2000

5)     Research / training experience (in chronological order):

Duration
Designation
Institution
Nature of Work done
 July 2014- till date

 Professor

IIT Madras

Teaching and Research

Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2009
Post Doctoral Fellow
Stanford University, USA
Design and development of medical devices
March 2009- July 2014
Associate Professor
IIT Madras
Teaching and Research
May 2006- March 2009
Assistant Professor
IIT Madras
Teaching and Research
Dec. 2000 to May 2006
Post Doctoral/ Research Fellow
Nanayang Technological University, Singapore
Underwater Robotics, Hydraulic controls.
Feb. 1998 to Nov. 2000
Scientist
DRDO
Precision manufacture of Aircraft engine
June 1994- Feb 1998
Assistant Director
Ministry of Industry
Consultancy services for small scale industry

6)     Major scientific fields of interest : Robotics (underwater robots, mobile robots and medical robots), Electro hydraulic Controls, Mechatronics, Medical devices

7)    Patents       :

  1. A magnetically coupled disposable compliant tool tip for robotic surgery, TEMP/E-1/1091/2017- CHE App. No 201741001039, filed in 2017
  2. Anti-Air Column Interaction Mounting (AACIM), a method to reduce the effects of air-column interactions and to increase flight stability in multirotor aerial vehicles with Vertically Offset Overlapped Propulsion System, Filed in 2016
  3. Design of a novel disturbance force measurement and control strategy for efficient station keeping of underwater robots, Filed in 2016
  4. Design of a 6 DOF master manipulator arm with enhanced gravity compensation and compliant grasping for robotic surgery, 6200/CHE/2015 dt. 17th Nov. 2015
  5. Controllable Variable buoyancy system based on actuated flexible members or structures and their uses for precise positioning and manipulation underwater, Application no.4683/CHE/2015 dt.04/09/2015,
  6. A MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL TOOL FOR ROBOTIC SURGERY WITH DISENGAGED DEGREES OF FREEDOM, Application filed on Nov 07, 2014, Application: 5620/CHE/2014.
  7. A MULTIROTOR WITH A VERTICALLY OFFSET OVERLAPPING CONFIGURATION AND USES, Application filed on Nov 07, 2014, Application: 5621/CHE/2014.
  8. A NON-DESTRUCTIVE METHOD TO IDENTIFY USED SYRINGES (filed in Nov. 2012;  4963/CHE/2012)
  9. Combinational scissor-grasper tool for use in laparoscopy (filed 2010; licensed to M/s Intuitive surgicals, USA))
  10. An immobilisation device for medical application (filed, 2009; Licensed to M/s HLL Life Care Limited, Trivandrum)
  11. Automated cleaning system for chemical/oil tankers used in shipping industry (Granted in 2014, Patent Number: 259651, India).
  12. Modulated switching control of ON/OFF poppet valves for proportional flow control (Patent No: P-No. 122827, Application no: 200406701-3, Singapore)

8)     Awards/Scholarships   :    

  1. JC Bose Patent Award 2013, IIT Madras
  2. NCIIA  Travel grant to attend the 18th conference of the NCIIA at San Jose, California (sponsored by Lemelson Foundation, USA).
  3. Indo-Australian Senior Scientist S&T Fellowship 2012-13 (Awarded by Indian National Science Academy)
  4. Visiting Fellowship, University of New South Wales, Australia (Jan -March 2013)
  5. Invention Award by M/s Intellectual Ventures for students' design project (2012)
  6. Student Design Contest-NacoMM 2011, First Prize,  2011.
  7. GE- IITM research Expo Innovation award for student research project 2011 (Second Prize) for “Coconut Harvester Robot"
  8. Stanford-India biodesign post-doctoral fellowship 2009
  9. Research grant from IIT Madras for Innovative Student Design Project 2009.
  10. Visitng Research Fellowship, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2008-2010)
  11. Design Innovation Award, International Design Exhibition, London, UK., for student design project (2007).
  12. Post Doctoral Fellowship, National Science &Technology Board (Now known as A-STAR), Singapore. (2000-2002)Institute Research Scholarship, IIT, Madras(1991-1994)
  13. Fourth Position in University for M.Tech.
  14. Graduate Scholarship (1989-91), Govt. Of India.
  15. School First for SSLC examination and Best student award.
  16. National Merit Scholarship from Govt. of India(1979-1988)
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