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Ashish D. Deshpande

Director of the ReNeu Robotics Lab

Ashish D. Deshpande joined the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in 2011 as an assistant professor and he was promoted to associate professor in 207. 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 developed two state-of-the-art robotics exoskeletons, namely, Harmony and Maestro, for powering human movements and an advanced robotic hand, called the ACT Hand, for achieving dexterous manipulation.

Most Recent Publications
  1. B. Kim and Deshpande, A. D.,“An Upper-Body Rehabilitation Exoskeleton Harmony with an Anatomical Shoulder Mechanism: Design, Modeling, Control, and Performance Evaluation”, International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR), vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 414-435, (2017)
  2. P. Agarwal, Yun, Y., Fox, J., Madden, K. E., and Deshpande, A. D., “Design, Control and Testing of a Thumb Exoskeleton with Series Elastic Actuation”, International Journal of Robotics Research, (2017)
  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)

News

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Ranked #10 in the Nation for 2023

The mechanical engineering graduate program in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been ranked No. 10 according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 graduate school rankings.

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Mitch Pryor Among Three UT Austin Faculty Members to Win Fulbright Scholar Awards

Three faculty members of The University of Texas at Austin, including Mitchell Pryor from the Cockrell School of Engineering, have received 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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Guihua Yu Named Finalist in 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists

A pair of professors from The University of Texas at Austin were selected as finalists for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.  

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UT Austin Selected for EcoCAR EV Challenge to Make Next-Gen Vehicle

The University of Texas at Austin is one of 13 university teams in North America set to participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge, a prestigious collegiate competition to re-engineer state-of-the-art vehicles and prepare students for the future.

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Our Nobel Laureate

On December 10, 2019, John B. Goodenough received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of the lithium-ion battery.

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