Autonomous Systems and Technologies

Design and Development of Autonomous Systems and Technologies for Practical Applications with strong focus on Unmanned Robotics

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Autonomy is at the core of modern man-made engineering systems as these systems need to take decisions on their own to reduce the need for humans to decide on what to do, why to do, when to do and how to do it. Many times, it is infeasible, impossible, and expensive for humans to control such systems.

  • Computationally efficient and robust algorithms for domain specific aspects like environment mapping and localisation, navigation in unstructured environments, decision making with reduced data sets/sensor information, multirobot coordination etc

  • Domain independent technologies for autonomous operation. This will include: Multisensorial generative and descriptive self-awareness models for autonomous systems, event-triggered control laws for multi-agent robotic network, efficient autopilot systems with robust controllers

  • Application of artificial intelligence and data science for efficient cognition systems for autonomous operation

  • Design of novel autonomous robotic systems for domain specific applications like healthcare robotics (rehabilitation/elderly care/surgical robots), off-road vehicles for mining, agriculture etc., and underwater and aerial applications.

  • Design and development of multimedium and multimodal robots for field applications.  

Autonomous Systems and Technologies

Asokan Thondiyath

Principal Investigator


Arun D Mahindrakar

Area of Interest

Arun D Mahindrakar

Co-Principal Investigator

Electrical Engineering

Nirav Patel

Area of Interest

Ravindran Balaraman

Area of Interest

Ravindran Balaraman

Co-Principal Investigator

Computer Science and Engineering
Satadal Ghosh

Area of Interest

Satadal Ghosh

Co-Principal Investigator

Aerospace Engineering

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Shankar Ram C.S

Area of Interest

Shankar Ram C.S

Co-Principal Investigator

Engineering Design
Somashekahar S H

Area of Interest

Somashekahar S H

Co-Principal Investigator

Mechanical Engineering


Autonomy: Applications

Technology Development for Autonomous Systems

  • Design of event-triggered control laws for multi-agent robotic network
  • Motion planning in uncertain / a-priori unknown environments
  • Autonomy in homing / landing and close-range surveillance or monitoring
  • Strategies for resilient attack or interdiction activity in an autonomous system
  • Enhancement in space-systems autonomy in proximity and landing operations
  • Kinematic and dynamic control of differential drive robot for waypoint tracking as well as to develop a control strategy for multi-robot obstacle avoidance
  • Medical/healthcare technologies
  • Optimal resolution of redundancy in collaborative manipulation of objects

Autonomous Systems Design

  • Autonomous off-road vehicles
  • Semi-autonomous mobile manipulator systems
  • Robot assisted minimally invasive surgical system
  • Differential drive robot for waypoint tracking as well as for multi-robot obstacle avoidance
  • Multimedium and Multimodal robotic systems

Proposed Infrastructure and Devices

  • Mobile Manipulators

Mobile dual manipulator

KUKA youBot

Existing/Proposed Infrastructure and Devices

  • Multipurpose Robots

Acutus - multimedium Robot

Multimodal robot

  • Semi-autonomous Vehicles
  • Motion capture
  • Healthcare Systems



  • Prof. Eduardo Nebot, Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Prof. Michel Fisher University of Manchester, UK
  • Prof. Davide Scaramuzza University of Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Prof. Dikai Liu, UTS, Australia
  • Prof. Gammini Dissanayake. UTS, Australia
  • Prof Darwin G. Caldwell, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
  • Dr. Nikhil Deshpande, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Italy
  • Prof. Umesh Vaidya, Clemson University, USA
  • Prof. Rajesh Rajamani, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Dr. Iulian Iordachita , Johns Hopkins University, USA
  • Prof. Ben M Chen Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Oleg Yakimenko Naval ,Postgraduate School, Monterey CA, USA
  • Prof. Tal Shima Technion, Israel
  • Prof. Sivakumar Rathinam, Texas A&M University, USA
  • Prof. Animesh Chakravarthy, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Prof. Dinesh Manocha, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
  • Prof. Rajnikant Sharma ,University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Dr. David Casbeer, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
  • Prof. Kamesh Subbarao, University of Texas at Arlington, USA
  • Prof. Antonios Tsourdos, Cranfield University, UK
  • Prof. Mehmet Ismet Can Dede, Izmir Institute of Technology

Technical/ Scientific Progress

New work done in the project

Mathematical Modelling of tracked vehicles for autonomous operation is under progress. Design and Development of multimedium robotic vehicle for land, water, and aerial applications in progress.

Infrastructure developments


Journal Paper:
  1. Design, analysis, and testing of a hybrid VTOL tilt-rotor UAV for increased endurance. Sensors, (Open access Journal by MDPI, IF: 3.576). Conference Presentation:
  2. Deep Learning based real-time biodiversity analysis using autonomous aerial vehicles, 9th Int. Conference on Robot Intelligence Technology and Applications, Dec. 9-12, South Korea
  3. Multi-robot Decentralized Exploration using Weighted Random Selection, In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics - ICINCO, 523-529, 2021