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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)

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Donald Siegel Named New Chair of the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has named Donald Siegel, a professor at the University of Michigan and an internationally recognized computational materials scientist, as the next chair of UT’s Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering. He will assume his position on Sept. 1, 2021, succeeding the department’s current chair, Rick Neptune.

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Metals Supercharge Promising Method to Bury Harmful Carbon Dioxide Under the Sea

There's a global race to reduce the amount of harmful gases in our atmosphere to slow down the pace of climate change, and one way to do that is through carbon capture and sequestration — sucking carbon out of the air and burying it. At this point, however, we're capturing only a fraction of the carbon needed to make any kind of dent in climate change.

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Arumugam Manthiram Wins the Electrochemical Society’s Battery Division Technology Award

Arumugam Manthiram, Professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Texas Materials Institute at UT Austin, is receiving the 2021 Battery Division Technology Award from The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

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New Red Cross Partnership Will Bolster Humanitarian Engineering Program

The University of Texas at Austin and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have inked a partnership that aims to solve challenges in humanitarian response through engineering innovations.

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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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