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Ashish D. Deshpande

Ashish D. Deshpande is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas since 2011. Dr. Deshpande received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2007. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Neurobotics Laboratory at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Deshpande is a recipient of the NSF-CAREER award.

At The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Deshpande directs the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular (ReNeu) Robotics Lab. The Lab focuses on the development of robotic devices, based on biomechanical analyses, to assist in rehabilitation, to improve prostheses design, and to provide fitness opportunities for the severely disabled. The study of underlying mechanisms of human movement control through human subject experiments and mathematical modeling is another major research area in the ReNeu Robotic Lab.

The ReNeu Robotics Lab has a special interest in the study of hands, and is currently developing robotic hands for prosthetic and rehabilitation applications, and conducting human subject studies for an improved understanding of human hand biomechanics and control.

Most Recent Publications

  1. Pei-Hsin Kuo and Ashish D. Deshpande, "Muscle-Tendon Units Provide Limited Contributions to the Passive Stiffness of the Index Finger Metacarpophalangeal Joint," Journal Of Biomechanics, (2012)
  2. Deshpande, A.D.; Gialias, N.; Matsuoka, Y., "Contributions of Intrinsic Visco-Elastic Torques During Planar Index Finger and Wrist Movements," IEEE Transactions On Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 59, (2012), 2, pp. 586 - 594
  3. Ashish D. Deshpande, Zhe Xu, Michael J. Vande Weghe, Benjamin H. Brown, Jonathan Ko, Lillian Y. Chang, David D. Wilkinson, Sean M. Bidic and Yoky Matsuoka, "Mechanisms of the Anatomically Correct Testbed (ACT) Hand," IEEE/ASME Transactions On Mechatronics, (2012)