The Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) lab at IIT Madras is headed by Prof. Sujatha Srinivasan of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The group is involved in research related to human movement, the influence of orthotic and prosthetic devices on human movement, and the design and development of mechanisms, products and assistive devices for people with impairments.
Since 2015, with support from TTK Prestige, R2D2 is the "TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2)". The Center was inaugurated by Shri. TT Jagannathan, Chairman TTK Prestige and Alumnus of IIT Madras, on January 19, 2015.
The first product from R2D2 was launched on November 05, 2019! The Standing Wheelchair, named Arise, was launched at IITM Research Park by the Hon'ble Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot. With support for commercialization from the Wellcome Trust (a UK foundation), the product was designed and developed at R2D2, and will be manufactured and marketed by Phoenix Medical Systems, a medical devices company founded and run by IITM alumnus, Mr. Sashi Kumar.
Visit of Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot to R2D2
Message from Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO