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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 Undergraduate Program Ranked No. 10 in U.S.

The Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering's undergraduate program has once again been named one of the nation’s top mechanical engineering programs in the country. In the latest U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, our undergraduate program ranked No. 10.

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Yuanyue Liu Receives the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Yuanyue Liu, assistant professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received the OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.

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Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Lab Construction Permit Application Accepted for Formal Review

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has docketed Abilene Christian University’s Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing (NEXT) Lab construction permit application, placing it under formal regulatory review. The application is the first for a new research reactor in more than 30 years and the first-ever for an advanced university research reactor. This is in collaboration with NEXT Research Alliance which includes The University of Texas at Austin.

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UT Austin EcoCAR Team Participates in the EcoCAR EV Challenge Fall 2022 Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the 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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Centenarian of Energy Innovation

Happy 100th Birthday to John B. Goodenough, professor and Nobel Laureate. On July 22nd, a group of students, colleagues, and friends gathered at UT Austin to celebrate his life and world-changing work.

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