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Robotics and Automation

The 'Robotics & Automation (R&A) Group’ at CSIR-CMERI is executing R&D Projects to address requirements of civilian, industrial, strategic as well as societal sector.  There are Sponsored CSIR funded projects and Bilateral projects ongoing in the division. Group is also providing automated solution for various requirements to relieve human operators from remote, repetitive and hazardous activities.


The research verticals of R&A Group are as follows:-

1. Industrial Robotics (IR)

  • Intelligent Assist Devices (IADs) and collaborative robots for safe material handling, process automation, etc.  in shop floor.
  • Smart Factory concept enabling sensing, measurement, control, and communication for quality and productivity augmentation through applications of Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence and IoT towards Industry 4PI solutions.
  • Automation of repetitive and hazardous process through robotic interventions in Manufacturing, DT/NDT, Condition Monitoring and other allied industrial process.

2. Rehabilitation and Healthcare

  • Interventions through assisted robotic devices for persons seeking to recover their physical, social, communication, or cognitive function.

3. Security and Surveillance

  • Surveillance Class Long endurance Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for inspection, health monitoring and intervention at underwater environment.
  • Aerial and Field Robotic Systems with remote manipulation for exploration and disposal of hazardous materials.

Division Head


  • Dr. Sambhunath NandyPhD

    Chief Scientist

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    Qualification: PhD

    Specialisation: Mechanical Design and Robotics

    Phone: 9434022918

    Email: snandy[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Ranjit RayPhD, ENGINEERING

    Senior Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: PhD, ENGINEERING


    Phone: 0343-6452047 / 0343-2606062

    Email: ranjitray[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Siva Ram Krishna VadaliB.Tech from JNTU Hyderabad; MS (by research) and PhD from IIT, Kharagpur

    Senior Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: B.Tech from JNTU Hyderabad; MS (by research) and PhD from IIT, Kharagpur

    Specialisation: Signal Processing for Wireless Communication

    Phone: 0343-6452010 / 8900245658

    Email: srk_vadali[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Mr. Aman AroraM.Tech

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: M.Tech

    Specialisation: Mechatronics

    Phone: 0343-6452082

    Email: aman[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Arpita MukherjeeM. Tech; Ph.D (Engineering)

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: M. Tech; Ph.D (Engineering)

    Specialisation: Control system and Signal processing

    Phone: +91-343-6510253

    Email: a_mukherjee[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Mr. Dilip Kumar BiswasM.Tech, B.E. (Mech)

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: M.Tech, B.E. (Mech)

    Specialisation: Mechanical System Design & Robotics


    Email: dbiswas[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Saikat Kumar ShomeB. Tech, M. Tech, Ph.D (Engineering)

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: B. Tech, M. Tech, Ph.D (Engineering)

    Specialisation: Mechatronics

    Phone: 0343-6510253

    Email: saikatkshome[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Srinivasan AruchamyB.E , M.E, Ph.D.

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: B.E , M.E, Ph.D.

    Specialisation: Computer Science and Engineering

    Phone: 0343-645228

    Email: a_srinivasan[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Dr. Virendra KumarM.Tech

    Principal Scientist

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    Qualification: M.Tech

    Specialisation: Robotics

    Phone: 0343 6452048

    Email: vkumar[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

  • Mr. Sumit KumarB.Tech (Electronics Engineering), M.Tech (Mechatronics)

    Senior Scientist

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    Qualification: B.Tech (Electronics Engineering), M.Tech (Mechatronics)

    Specialisation: Power electronics, Mechatronics

    Phone: +91-343-6452005

    Email: sumitkumar[at]cmeri[dot]res[dot]in

Technical Staffs


  • Successfully tested India's first indigenous Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV-150) upto a depth of 150 meters at sea (around 25 Kms of Chennai Coast)
  • Successfully tested Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV-500) upto a depth of 500 meters at sea (around 40 Kms of Chennai Coast)
  • Delivered a Mobile Robotic Vehicle to IGCAR, Kalpakkam, DAE, Govt. of India.
  • Delivered Wireless Communication Design to IGCAR, Kalpakkam, DAE, Govt of India.


Organizes Workshop Series on IoT Applications and Robotics

Advances in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence - (Manufacturing, Service and Strategic Sector)

Dates: 11 – 12 February 2020

Venue: M. M. Suri Hall, CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur

Highlights: Invited Lectures from IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIEST Shibpur, NIOT Chennai, Brabo Robotics & Automation Pvt. Ltd. and Demonstration of Robotic activities at Robotics & Automation Group and Design Management & System Engineering Group. Participants included faculties and students from various Engineering institutes and colleges.

Organization Name Address Country
Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) Aeronautical Development Agency Ministry of Defence, PBNo: 1718 Vimanapura Post Bengaluru – 560017, India IN IND
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai - 400 085 India IN IND
DRDO DRDO, Min. of Defence, Govt. of India, DRDP Bhawan, Rajaji Marg, New Delhi IN IND
IIT Kharagpur Mechanical Engg Department, IIT Kharagpur IN IND
Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology - IIEST (formerly BESU), Shibpur, Howrah-711 103 IN IND
Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Department of Atomic Energy, Kalpakkam, Tamilnadu - 603102 IN IND
Jadavpur University Jadavpur, WB, India IN IND
Korea Aerospace University (KAU) 76 Hanggongdaehang-ro, Hwajeon-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea KR KOR
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India India IN IND
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur National Institute of Technology, Durgapur-713209, WB IN IND
NIOT Chennai Chennai IN IND
TATA Steel Jamshedpur 831001 IN IND
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Last updated : 20 Mar, 2023