Robin Thandiackal

Short Bio

Robin Thandiackal received his BSc/MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH). During his studies he focused on topics of Robotics, Control, Image Analysis and Computer Vision. 

He joined the Biorobotics Laboratory at EPFL in September 2012 and obained his PhD in May 2017. His main research interest is in undulatory locomotion and includes especially swimming and amphibious robotics. His focus is on aspects of sensory feedback mechanisms that can shape emergent locomotion patterns in various environments. 

 

 

Publications

R. Thandiackal; K. Melo; L. Paez; T. Kano; A. Ishiguro et al. : Undulatory swimming control with local exteroceptive sensory feedback. 2019-03-01. Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), Tampa, FL, Jan 03-07, 2019. p. E230-E230.
B. Haghighat; R. Thandiackal; M. Mordig; A. Martinoli : Probabilistic Modeling of Programmable Stochastic Self-Assembly of Robotic Modules. 2017. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Vancouver, Canada, September 24–28, 2017.
R. Thandiackal / A. Ijspeert (Dir.) : Investigating Sensorimotor Control in Locomotion using Robots and Mathematical Models. Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. DOI : 10.5075/epfl-thesis-7679.
P. Ramdya; R. Thandiackal; R. Cherney; T. Asselborn; R. Benton et al. : Climbing favours the tripod gait over alternative faster insect gaits; Nature Communications. 2017. DOI : 10.1038/ncomms14494.
D. Ryczko; R. Thandiackal; A. Ijspeert : Interfacing a salamander brain with a salamander-like robot: Control of speed and direction with calcium signals from brainstem reticulospinal neurons. 2016. 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), Singapore, Singapore, 26-29 June 2016. p. 1140-1147. DOI : 10.1109/BIOROB.2016.7523785.
K. Karakasiliotis; R. Thandiackal; K. Melo; T. Horvat; N. K. Mahabadi et al. : From cineradiography to biorobots: an approach for designing robots to emulate and study animal locomotion; Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 2016. DOI : 10.1098/rsif.2015.1089.
T. Horvat; K. Karakasiliotis; K. Melo; L. Fleury; R. Thandiackal et al. : Inverse kinematics and reflex based controller for body-limb coordination of a salamander-like robot walking on uneven terrain. 2015. 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, Germany, 28 September - 2 October 2015. p. 195-201. DOI : 10.1109/IROS.2015.7353374.
R. Thandiackal; C. Brandle; D. Leach; A. Jafari; F. Iida : Exploiting passive dynamics for robot throwing task. 2012. 2012 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2012), Vilamoura-Algarve, Portugal, 7-12 October 2012. p. 2443-2448. DOI : 10.1109/IROS.2012.6386000.
R. Thandiackal : Deformable shape models for 2D object segmentation ; 2011.