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I am Bharat 

I am a roboticist based in Austin, Texas. Having worked with Medical Robots, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Industrial Manipulators, I bring a diverse spectrum of experiences. However, surgical and medical robotics is what gives me a reason to wake up every morning.

I am a researcher at The University of Texas at Austin where I develop novel robot-assisted technologies for medical imaging and interventions.

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A Bit About Me

In a line: I work as if my life depends on it.

A little more:  I received my bachelor's in Mechatronics Engineering from SRM University, Katlankulathur where my research was focused around civilian and industrial applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). I was a founding member of the university's UAS research team, SRM-UAV, during my freshman year. I worked as a Controls & Embedded Systems engineer and also led the team during my junior and senior years. While in SRM-UAV, I worked on a variety of aerial platforms such as rotary-wings, fixed-wings, tilt-rotors, and hybrids for applications like wind turbine inspection, mapping, surveillance, package delivery etc.


Later, I earned my Master's degree in Robotics from the University of Maryland, College Park where I was graduate researcher in the Medical Robotics & Equipment Lab (MREL) under Dr. Axel Krieger. My research was focused on Human-Robot Interaction and haptics while integrating methodologies from robotics, control theory, artificial intelligence, machine vision, and human psychology to develop intelligent robots for deployment in medical and surgical applications. My primary research project was a semi-autonomous, haptic-enabled robotic system for remote assessment of trauma patients using ultrasonographic techniques.

After graduating from UMD, I worked for Globus Medical Inc. where I led the development of motion control, haptic, and registration algorithms along with their production quality code for the Excelsius3D® Imaging System. Following this, I was a Senior Robotics Researcher for Stryker's Surgical Robotics Innovations Group where I led software, hardware, and algorithmic development from conception to prototyping and clinical testing of computer-assisted surgical robotics technologies.

I believe that the future of medicine will be shaped by accessible diagnostic tools and point-of-care treatment technologies that go beyond traditional healthcare facilities. I am working on turning this vision into reality through my research at the HERo Lab and Texas Innovation Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

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