Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL)
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, FL 32901
Email: vvenkata [at] my [dot] fit [dot] edu
Web : http://my.fit.edu/~vvenkata/
I am a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL), Florida Institute of Technology. My mentor is Dr. Pierre Larochelle. I am also a member of the POD's Research group a collaborative research initiative between the Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Dayton. My current research is on adjustable spatial mechanisms for rigid body guidance. The research focuses on the design and implementation of a new class of mechanical devises called Reconfigurable Motion Generators (RMGs). My other projects include Panther Peer, a web-based tool for 360 degree feedback for project based learning. For more information on Panther Peer click here.
My research interests are in design of mechanical systems and spatial mechanisms. My current work focuses on development of methodologies for designing low degree-of-freedom mechanisms for performing part orientation tasks. The benefit of the current research is to provide mechanisms with lower complexity and thus resulting in a reduction in cost and maintenance providing an attractive alternative to the traditional robots currently being used in the industry. I am currently working on synthesis and analysis of planar and spherical mechanisms for rigid body guidance. My research also includes defining and implementing distance metrics for rigid body displacements, for more information click here. For more information about my research and publications feel free to browse through my research page. For more information regarding current research on part orienting devices please visit the POD's Research website at the University of Dayton and the RASSL website.
I received my Master's in Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in May, 2007. I conducted my research while at the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Pierre Larochelle. My Master’s research focused on approximate motion synthesis of robotic systems. Before that I was at Clarkson University working under Dr. Piergiovanni Marzocca. I grew up in New Bombay, India and received my Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Mumbai formerly the University of Bombay.
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