Prof. P Vivekananda Shanmuganathan

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  1. Robotics and Multibody Dynamics
  2. Mechatronics and Automation



Government College of Engineering, Turunelveli,


PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore,


Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,


  • July 2020–June 2021 - Dean – School of Technology, Woxsen University, Hyderabad.
  • July 2017–June 2020 - Professor, Dayananda Sagar University, Bangalore.
  • Jan 2009-June 2017 - Professor, VIT University, Vellore.
  • 2013-2017 - Local Coordinator, Erasmus Mundus Partnerships (India-Europe and Asia-Europe) and Erasmus+ (Riga Technical University, Latvia)
  • 2010-2007 - Coordinator – International Relations (School of Mechanical Engineering), VIT University, Vellore.
  • 2009-2011 - Chair – Mechatronics Division, VIT University, Vellore.
  • 2005-2007 - Coordinator-Post-Graduate Programmes (Mechanical and Building Sciences), VIT University, Vellore.
  • Feb 2004–Dec 2008 - Associate Professor, VIT University, Vellore.
  • Dec 2004 - Technical Chair, 21st AIMTDR Conference, Vellore.
  • June 2003–Feb 2004 - Senior Assistant Professor, Vellore Institute of Technology.
  • 1996–2002 - Institute Research Scholar, IIT Bombay.
  • 1994-1996 - Teaching Assistant, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.
  • Sept 1993–July 1994 - Research Associate - PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Research Interest

  • Modelling and simulation of various Legged robots and exoskeletal devices
  • Robot Vision and Visual Servoing
  • Rehabilitation robotics

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2013-2016 - Erasmus Mundus Academic Staff Fellow, Politechnico di Milano, Italy
  • 1996-2000 - Institute Research Scholarship, IIT Bombay
  • 1994-1996 - GATE Scholarship, PSG College of Technology


  • Association of Machines and Mechanisms
  • IEEE Robotics & Automation Society
  • Institution of Engineers (India)
  • Indian Society of Technical Education


  • Innovating the future through manufacturing. Narosa Publishing House, New Delhi. P.V. Shanmuganathan, K. Raja and P. Kuppan, Eds. (2005; 21st AIMTDR Conference)
  • Fast responsive soft bio-mimetic robotic actuators, R. Goyal, P.L. Madhuri, S.K. Prasad, G. Hegde, and P.V. Shanmuganathan, Materials Today: Proceedings, 15(2), 300-308 (2019)
  • Flexible Threshold Visual Odometry Algorithm Using Fuzzy Logics, R. Mahajan, P.V. Shanmuganathan, V. Karar, and S. Poddar, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing , 703, 289-302 (2018)
  • Tribology of Silicon Surfaces: A review, K.M. Kumar, P.V. Shanmuganathan, and A. Sethuramiah, Materials Today: Proceedings, 5(11), 24809-24819 (2018)
  • Modeling and control of collaborative robot system using haptic feedback, P.V. Shanmuganathan, P. Lad, and M. Pawar, Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems Journal, 3(2), 1549-1555 (2017)
  • Simulation and modeling of 6-dof biped mechanism, Indian Journal of Science and Technology, 8(S2), 185-188 (2015)
  • Exoskeleton robot manipulator for gait refinement, A.S. Abraham, N.A. Nambiraj, and P.V. Shanmuganathan, ARPN Journal for Engineering and Applied Sciences, 8(10), 846-848 (2013)
  • Development of a prototype sensor for measuring ground reaction force on a walking robot, K. Divakaran and P.V. Shanmuganathan, International Journal of Current Research, 3(11), 119-122 (2011)
  • Search for Initial Conditions for Sustained Hopping of Passive Springy-Leg Offset-Mass Hopping Robot, B. Seth, P. Seshu, P.V. Shanmuganathan, V.V. Vichare, and P. Raj, ASME Journal of Dynamics Systems, Measurements & Control (2007)
  • Passive Dynamics of Kangaroo-like Hopping Robot, B. Seth, P. Seshu, P.V. Shanmuganathan, Journal of Institution of Engineers (India), 87, 39-45 (2006)
  • An Algorithm for Splitting a Box by a Loop and Its Applications in Manufacturing, K.P. Karunakaran, A. Kheerwal, P.V. Shanmuganathan, and R. Shringi, International Journal of CAD/CAM, 3(2), 85-95 (2003)
  • Design and development of soft actuators for surgical application, S. Ghate, G. Kulikovskis and P.V. Shanmuganathan, International Conference on Data Management, Analytics and Innovation (ICDMAI) (2017)
  • Actuation of Prosthetic Drive using EMG Signal, P. Geethanjali, P.V. Shanmuganathan, and K.K. Ray, IEEE TENCON (2009).
  • Modular Testrig For Underactuated Legged Locomotion, P.V. Shanmuganathan and A.A. Reddy, 22nd International Conference on CAD/CAM, Robotics, and Factories of the Future (2006)
  • Single-link springy leg in passive hopping, P.V. Shanmuganathan, B. Seth and P. Seshu , National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (1999).
  • 3-D Camera calibration for machine vision applications, P.V. Shanmuganathan, P. Radhakrishnan, A.I. Edinbarough and K. Natarajan, 18th National Systems Conference (1995)
  • Closed form inverse kinematics solution for a 5-axis articulated robot manipulator, P. V. Shanmuganathan, P. Radhakrishnan, A.I. Edinbarough and K. Natarajan, 18th National Systems Conference (1995)
  • Development of digital twin interface for a collborative robot, P. V. Shanmuganathan, Springer book chapter (2022)

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