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I am a mechatronic engineer and pursuing PhD in the field of biorobotics, especially on plant-inspired robot. My competencies are in design, fabrication and simulation of mechanical systems, especially in robotics. Currently, I am working on bioinspired and soft robotic systems. My scientific interests are bio-inspired robotics (especially in morphology & bio actuation mechanisms), design & control of soft robots, multibody & multiphysics simulation. I did Master of Technology in Mechatronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India and My Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, India. During my masters, I had an opportunity to be part of Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, a DRDO Lab, India as visiting research student. I have also worked for short period as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand. My master’s and bachelor’s dissertations was, Design and Development, Modeling and Simulation Quadruped Robot’ and Design and Development of Hand Exoskeleton Suit and a Robotic Arm with Haptic Technology.

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bio-inspired robotics design & control of soft robots multibody & multiphysics simulation Continumm manipulator


CMBR, Italian Institute of Technology                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pisa, Italy

PhD Researcher                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nov. 2014 - Present

  • Plant inspired robot: This project is further work of PLANTOID project (FP7-ICT-2011-C, May 2012 -April 2015). In this project, I am focusing to understand soil penetration mechanisms of plant root, such as root morphology, mucus exudation, sloughing of border cells mechanism, lateral expansion and axial elongation of cells. However, I am building a bioinspired soft probe by considering all these features of the root which makes plant more efficient and better soil explorer.

SIMBA Project                                                                                                             

  • SIMBA Project: (Soft intelligent manipulator for broad applications) is designed for grasping of the unknown objects, arm positioning and door opening tasks. SIMBA, contains a soft reconfigurable gripper, modular flexible arm (3 module) and an arm slider. The manipulator can configure the finger position depending on the object shape, and can manipulate in unstructured environments (each module can bend more than 140 ).

Indian Institute of Technology Patna                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Patna, India

Postgraduate Researcher                                                                                                                                                                                                                              July 2012 - May 2014

  • Alligator-inspired Quadruped robot: The robot was inspired from a reptile animal and designed for terrestrial and aquatic locomotion both. My work was focused to derive the alligator’s anatomy, then design the robot inspired by them, perform simulation (for gait synthesis and stability analysis), perform fabrication and design controller for locomotion
  • Snake inspired robot: Developed a 6 DOF snake robot with has 6 modules and implemented the serpentine gait
  • Unmanned Ground Vehicle: Developed a wheeled robot to follow humans for carrying high pay load and this robot was designed to carry 10 Kg load with 3 ultrasonic, GPS, camera and gyroscope sensor.

CAIR, Defence Research and Development Organization                                                                                                                                                                                 Bangalore, India

Visiting Research Student                                                                                                                                                                                                                            June 2013 - Jan. 2014

Mammal inspired Quadruped: The robot was inspired by mule and my work was focused on design of robot, simulation, gait planning, kinematic, dynamic model of leg and stability analysis of robot and develop single axis motion control for the leg movement

Uttar Pradesh Technical University                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucknow, India
Undergradute Thesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2008 - 2012

Design and Development of Robotic Arm with Haptic Technology’. Designed and developed a robotic arm and exoskeleton suit. Robot can replicate the Human hand movement. Robot had 3 DOF (yaw, roll, pitch). It contains base, manipulator and gripper. Gripper is based on 4bar link and worm and worm wheel mechanism. Used 3 servo motor for 3 DOF. To replicate hand motions, design a haptic suit (Hand exoskeleton). It has 3 joint motions and each joint relates to potentiometer. It sends the input signal (due to hand movement) to controller. Controller sends the signal to the actuator.  For gripping the object used one tactile sensor for force feedback.

Selected Publications

  • Sadeghi, A., Mondini, A., Del Dottore, E., Mishra, A. K., & Mazzolai, B. (2016). Soft Legged Wheel-Based Robot with Terrestrial Locomotion Abilities. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 3, 73.
  •  Mishra, A. K., Kumar, R., & Sarangi, S. (2014). Mathematical Modeling of Electromagnetic Levitation Based Active Suspension using Bond Graph. In Applied Mechanics and Materials (Vol. 575, pp. 785-789). Trans Tech Publications.
  • Shriyam, S., Mishra, A., Nayak, D., & Thakur, A. (2014). Design, Fabrication and Gait Planning of Alligator-inspired Robot. International Journal of Current Engineering and Technology, 567-575.
  • Mishra A.K., Raina R., Yadav S.B., Sarangi S., Mathematical Modeling of Electromagnetic Levitation Ball using Bond graph in 1st international and 16th national conference on machine and mechanism (iNaCoMM-2013), IIT Roorkee, India, 18-21 Dec 2013.
  •  Augustine J., Mishra A.K. and K. Patra, Mathematical Modeling and Trajectory Planning of a 5 Axis Robotic Arm for Welding Applications, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Production and Industrial Engineering (CPIE 2013), NIT Jalandhar, India, 29-31 March, 2013.


Indian Institute of Technology Patna                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Patna, India

  • Institute Silver Medal for Best Academic Performance in master’s program                                                                                                                                                           Aug. 2015
  • Institute Proficiency Prize for Best Postgraduate Thesis in master’s program                                                                                                                                                         Aug. 2015
  • Postgraduate fellowship by Government of India                                                                                                                                                                                     July 2012-May 2014
  • Qualified international level exam (Gate) with 96 & 98 percentile                                                                                                                                                                        2011 & 2012

Uttar Pradesh Technical University                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucknow, India

  • Institute Silver Medal for Best Undergraduate Project Thesis                                                                                                                                                                                 June 2012
  • Undergraduate fellowship by State Government of Uttar Pradesh                                                                                                                                                                          2008-2012

Cultural and Technical Festivals

  • Best Volunteer award in cultural fest                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Feb. 2009
  • Received prizes in International and National Level Technical Events for designing Rescuing, Stair Climbing, Mesh Climbing Robot and Robowar events.


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