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Faculty Scholar Venkat N. Krovi, Ph.D, FASME at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Venkat N. Krovi, Ph.D, FASME

Michelin-Endowed SmartState Chair
Professor of Vehicle Automation Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CUICAR) 
College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

Contact: 864-283-7114 or vkrovi@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Krovi?

Dr. Venkat N. Krovi is currently the Michelin-Endowed Chair Professor of Vehicle Automation at Clemson University. His research interests are in the lifecycle treatment (design, modeling, analysis, control, implementation, and verification) of novel automation, robotic and mechatronic systems, focusing both on theoretical formulation and experimental validation.

Increasingly, his research has focused on the biological and health domains where inherent multi-scale irregularities, inhomogeneities and nonlinearities offer considerable challenges to complete characterization and understanding. In this process, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with various anatomists, physiologists, pathologists, biomechanicians, and surgeons in addition to computational scientists and engineers. His work has been funded by NSF, NIH, DARPA, ARO, as well as numerous state and industrial grants. His work has been published in more than 175 journal/conference articles, book chapters, and patents. He has received multiple awards, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, and several best poster, conference, and journal paper awards.

He has taken significant leadership roles in robotics research and education within multiple professional societies. Within IEEE, he serves on the Conference Activities Board and Industrial Activities Board and coordinates the Distinguished Lecture Series of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. Within ASME he is Segment Leader of the Design Materials and Manufacturing Segment. He has served on multiple journal editorial boards as an Associate Editor including currently the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae or visit the website for the CUICAR Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (ARMLAB). 

How Dr. Krovi's research is transforming health care

Dr. Krovi’s interests lie in the design and development of the mechanical and mechatronic systems for extended physical/kinesthetic interaction between humans and virtual/physical environments. Such systems can range in complexity from simple unidirectional/input-only interfaces such as arrays of switches to bi-directional/haptic interfaces capable of engaging multiple human sensorimotor channels simultaneously. Their principal promise lies in the ability to expand, assist and train human sensorimotor capabilities – by improving physical strength (human extenders), augmenting the manual precision (surgical simulators) and improving the dexterity (rehabilitation aids, robots). The critical requirements on the effective interface and communication of human-user intent to the virtual environment and the display of the results back to the human user can be judged using performance benchmarks such as the fidelity, transparency, stability, accuracy, and real-time interactivity. 

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Health Research Expertise Keywords

Medical and surgical robotics, Haptics, Rehabilitation engineering, Performance assessment