Mandayam A. Srinivasan

Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Martin Buss

Focus Group
Cognitive Technology

Short CV

Mandayam A. Srinivasan received his B.E. from Bangalore University in 1975, the M.E. in aeronautical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in 1977, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Yale University in 1979 and 1984 respectively. He came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1987 as a research fellow in the Newman Laboratory, and joined Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) in 1989 as Research Scientist in RLE’s Sensory Communication Group. In 2002 Srinivasan was promoted to Senior Research Scientist in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Today, Srinivasan directs RLE’s Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics, known worldwide as the Touch Lab. He is a Member of the MIT Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Research Consortium, of the Society for Neuroscience and of the Research Laboratory of Electronics Steering Committee at MIT.

Selected Awards

  • 2005, Fellowship award, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
  • 2001, Class 1 NASA Tech Brief Award
  • 1998,1997, Computers & Graphics, Best paper

Research Interests

Srinivasan conducts research on haptics, a rapidly emerging area concerned with the computation, cognition, and communication underlying touch interactions in humans and machines. To gain a deeper understanding of human haptics, he has conducted multidisciplinary investigations involving skin bionnechanics, neurophysiology, psychophysics, motor control, and computational models.
To develop haptic machines that enable touch and feel in virtual reality, he has directed the design of electromechanical devices and rendering software, and conducted studies on the human perception of virtual objects under purely haptic and multisensory conditions. This work has led to the emergence of a new field of research, "computer haptics" that is concerned with generating and displaying virtual objects tactually to the human user. The results of this research are also beneficial to the rehabilitation of the hand, intelligent prosthesis design, and the development of autonomous robot hands.

Selected Publications

  • Kim, Jung; Choi, Changmok; De, Suvranu; Srinivasan, Mandayam A.: Virtual surgery simulation for medical training using multi-resolution organ models. The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery 3 (2), 2007, 149-158.
  • Cheong, Joono; Niculescu, Silviu-Iulian; Annaswamy, Anuradha; Srinivasan, Mandayam A.: Synchronization control for physics-based collaborative virtual environments with shared haptics. Advanced Robotics 21 (9), 2007, 1001-1029.
  • Bolzmacher C.; Biggs J.; Srinivasan M.A.: Flexible Dielectric Elastomer Actuators for Wearable Human Machine Interfaces. Proceedings of the SPIE, 2006.
  • De, Suvranu; Kim, Jung; Lim, Yi-Je; Srinivasan, Mandayam A.: The point collocation-based method of finite spheres (PCMFS) for real time surgery simulation. Computers & Structures 83 (17-18), 2005, 1515-1525.
  • Kim, Hyun K.; Rattner, David W.; Srinivasan, Mandayam A.: Virtual-reality-based laparoscopic surgical training: The role of simulation fidelity in haptic feedback. Computer Aided Surgery 9 (5), 2004, 227-234.
  • Kim, J.; De, S.; Srinivasan, M.A.: A hybrid modeling scheme for soft tissue simulation in virtual reality based medical trainers. In: Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics 2003. Elsevier BV, 2003.
  • Basdogan, C.; Srinivasan, M.A.: Haptic Rendering in Virtual Environments. Virtual Environment Handbook, 2002.
  • Srinivasan, M. A.; Basdogan, C.; Ho, C.-H.: Haptic Interactions in the Real and Virtual Worlds. In: Eurographics. Springer Science + Business Media, 1999.
  • Srinivasan, Mandayam A.; Basdogan, Cagatay: Haptics in virtual environments: Taxonomy, research status, and challenges. Computers & Graphics 21 (4), 1997, 393-404.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Schmid A.; Yechangunja R.; Thalhammer S.; Srinivasan M.A.: Human-operated 3D micro-manipulator with haptic feedback. Proceedings of the IEEE Haptics Symposium, 2012 more… BibTeX