Dr. M. Manivannan


Dr. M. Manivannan

Dept. of. Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras
Email: mani [at] iitm [dot] ac [dot] in, and mani [at] alum [dot] mit [dot] edu

Dr.M.Manivannan is a professor of Biomedical Engineering in IIT Madras, Department of Applied Mechanics. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, and a visiting faculty in the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore. He received post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Before MIT and Harvard, he received another post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Maryland. He was serving as a chief software architect of Yantric Inc., a spin-off company of MIT Touchlab, in Cambridge MA, before joining IIT Madras in Jun 2005. At IIT Madras Dr.Manivannan has setup the first Touchlab in India, which is also known as Haptics Lab, in 2005. He holds PhD and ME degrees from the Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bangalore. More details can be found in this link.

Laboratory Associated: Touch Lab at IIT Madras

Areas of Specialization

  1. Haptics (What is Haptics?)
  2. Biomechanics
  3. Virtual Reality
  4. Computer Graphics
  5. Computational Geometry
  6. Computational Physiology

Research Interest:

  1. Needs of Vision Impaired, Hearing Impaired, and Touch Impaired.
  2. Medical Simulations with Haptics Feedback.
  3. Applications of Haptics in Computer Games.
  4. Science of Touch in Indian Medicine.

Recent Papers (Current and Last Year)

Complete List of Publications


  1. A Simple Catheter Insertion Simulation [Report]
  2. Our Hybrid Haptic Device [Paper]
  3. Tangible Images [Communicated Paper]
  4. Combat Tactile Jacket [Paper]
  5. Laparoscopic Simulator with Haptic Guidance. [M.Tech Thesis]

Courses Teaching at IITM

List of Courses Taught

M.Tech. theses

List of Theses

Promotion of Haptics in India

  1. Short term course on "Introduction to Haptics" in IISc Bangalore as a visiting scientist from MIT during July-August 2004.
  2. Haptics Worskhop, Techfest IIT Bombay, Jan 24-25 2009.
  3. Haptics and Bioedical Engineering, an elective course introduced in IIT Madras, Aug 2009.
  4. Haptics Workshop, IIT Delhi, Jul 9-10 2011.
  5. Haptics Challenges in MEMS, an invited talk in "The XVI International Workshop on the Physics of Semiconductor Devices", IIT Kanpur, Dec 19-22 2011.
  6. Psychophysics, an elective course introduced in IIT Madras, Aug 2015.
  7. Workshop on Haptics, IIT Kanpur, Dec 2015.

Promoting Engineering of Alternative Medicine in India

  1. Two-day workshop on “Varma Naadi Based Clinical Diagnosis: Dasa Naadi - Clinical and Scientific Exploration”, Jul 26,27 2012. [link]
  2. Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with National Insitute of Siddha on 22nd June 2011
  3. One-day workshop on “Varma Naadi Based Clinical Diagnosis”, Dec 2010. [link]
  4. Spin-off research foundation: International Varma Research Foundation
  5. National workshop on "Scientific Approaches in Siddha Drugs for Siddha Doctors” SASDSD­2010 April 22nd - 23rd - 2010.
  6. Two-day workshop on "Alternative Medicine and Biomedical Engineering"; AMBE2006.

Other Workshops/Symposia

  1. Panecea, Biomedical Competition and Business Event, 2007-2008.
  2. Short Term Training Program for Biomedical Engineering Faculty, June 11-22, 2007, IIT Madras. (Jointly with Dr.Ramasubbareddy)
  3. One day-long workshop of GE Imaging systems to encourage Industry interactions of Biomedical Engineering students at IITM, 2006.
  4. An entrepreneurial talk on “Technology commercialization” by Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India - under the banner C-Tides of IITM, 2005.

Office Address

  • MSB 207, Biomedical Engineering
    Department of Applied Mechanics
    IIT Madras, Chennai - 600036. India
    Phone: +91 44 2257 4064
    Email: mani [at] iitm [dot] ac [dot] in or mani [at] alum [dot] mit [dot] edu.


 Last Updated: Dec 3rd 2015