Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing,
(IIITD&M) Kancheepuram, Chennai - 600 127

(An Institute of National Importance Fully Funded by Govt of India)

Faculty Profile

Dr. Shunmugham R. Pandian

Visiting Faculty

U. G  :  B.E in Electronics & Communication Engineering , Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University.
P. G  :  M.Tech in Electrical Engineering , IIT Kanpur.
Ph.D  :  IIT Delhi.
Email   : srp@iiitdm.ac.in       Phone   : 27476367


  • Robotics, Autonomous systems, Control systems, and Mechatronics.

Research Interests

  • Autonomous underwater robots
  • Robot design
  • Electromechanical systems
  • Intelligent control
  • Rehabilitation
  • Manufacturing systems
  • Renewable energy systems

Awards and Recognitions

  • Inventions on human power conversion featured on SBS Television, South Korea, in March 2008.
  • Invited to give a plenary lecture at 2005 Japanese Hydraulics and Pneumatics Society (JHPS) International Symposium on Fluid Power in Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Selected finalist for the 2004 Louisiana Innovator of the Year Award.
  • Inventions on play-based power generation featured in several leading media, e.g., Rediff.com (interview), India Abroad, Wired.com, ASEE Prism magazine, etc.
  • Invention of human power conversion based on children’s play was selected by the New York Times as an outstanding invention of 2003 (NYT Magazine, Dec. 14, 2003 annual special issue on ideas).
  • Invention of exercise-video gaming power converter featured on Discovery Channel, Canada (2005).
  • Invention of human power conversion from children’s play featured in school text book in Texas State, USA.
  • Short-listed for Best Paper Award at IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation, Nagoya (1995).
  • Awarded Monbusho Research Fellowship of the Japanese Ministry of Education (1992 - 94).
  • Received Young Scientist Research Grant for attending conferences in UK and USA (India; 1988).
  • Prizewinner in National Students Design Competition (India; 1981).
  • Recipient of National Merit Scholarship from the Government of India (1976 - 82).

Other Details

  • Senior Member, IEEE
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)


  • Research Engineer, Center for Robotics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (14-03-1990 –to 08-04-1992)
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan; Fellowship awarded by Japanese Ministry of Education (09-04-1992 to 31-03-1994)
  • Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan (21-04-1994 to 20-09-1994)
  • Research Fellow, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Project on Future Frontiers, Department of Robotics, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan (21-09-1997 to 31-12-2000).
  • Teaching
  • Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Technology, G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pant Nagar, India (10-09-1984 to 31-07-1985).
  • Full-time Lecturer, Coordinated Research Division, College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan (21-09-1994 to 20-09-1997).
  • Assistant Professor, Engineering Science Program, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI (01-09-2001 to 31-08-2003).
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (04-08-2003 to 30-06-2007).
  • Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA (13-08-2007 to 14-05-2012).
  • Professor and Head, Department of Information Technology, Velammal College of Engineering & Technology, Viraganoor, Madurai, TN (02-06-2012 to 01-07-2014).
  • Director-Research, and Professor, Department of Information Technology, Velammal College of Engineering & Technology, Viraganoor, Madurai, TN (02-07-2014 to 15-05-2015).


  • S.R. Pandian, 2006, “Pneumatic human power conversion system based on children’s play”, U.S. Patent No. 7,005, 757.

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