SMSS Laboratory

Adapting to the technological evolution

The Smart Materials, Structures and Systems (SMSS) Lab is located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the IIT Kanpur and led by Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya.

The SMSS Research Group has been a center of excellence for Smart Materials research, teaching, and practice since its founding in 2001.

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Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya

Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

IIT Kanpur

Principal Investigator

Dr. Bishakh Bhattacharya is a Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kanpur, India. He is currently the HAL Chair for the period of Feb 2021 - Jan 2024, Member (Senate Nominee) of the Board of Governors (BoG) of IIT Kanpur and Coordinator, Centre of Excellence - Telemedicine & Robotics, Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology, IIT Kanpur. He is the former Head of the Design Programme from 2011-2013. He also served as a head of Cognitive Science Programme and coordinated the Space Technology Cell of the Institute. He was a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield, where he researched on Structural Health Monitoring of Complex Autonomous Systems in collaboration with Prof. K. Visakan, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. He was also a visiting Professor at IPS-Waseda University, Japan and jointly developed a series of Pipe Health Monitoring robots with Prof. Harutoshi Ogai. As a DST-JSPS recipient, he is working in collaboration with Prof. Hiroaki Wagatsuma of Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan on a Child Robot Interaction study. He is active in creating Web and Video-based course materials for India’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) initiative.


  • Healthcare Robotics
  • Energy Harvesting System
  • Structural Health Management
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Smart Materials
  • Cognitive Science
  • Child- Robot Interaction
  • Active & Passive Vibration Control
  • Intelligent System Design


  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering, 1998

    Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru

  • ME in Mechanical Engineering, 1991

    Jadavpur University, Kolkata

  • BE in Civil Engineering, 1988

    Jadavpur University, Kolkata



Bioinspired SMA based Actuator

Design and development of a miniature rotary actuator based on Flexinol SMA


Design and Development of Autonomous Robot for Crop-Monitoring and Localized Pest Neutralization

Smart Stick

Development of an Intelligent Sit-to-Stand (STS) and Mobility Support System for the Elderly

Aquatic Autonomous Observatory - NSVS

Real-Time, In-Situ River Health Monitoring Robot

Child-Robot Interaction

Cognitive Robotics based study of Child-Robot Interaction (CRI)

Power Substation Inspection Robot

Design and Developement of Autonomous Power Substation Inspection Robot

Cabin Pressure Control System (CPCS)

Dynamic modeling of a cabin pressure control system for a multirole fighter aircraft

Metastructures & Metamaterials

Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) funded Projects

Pipe Health Monitoring Robot (PHMR)

Design and Development df Pipeline Health Monitoring Robot for Gas Transportation Pipelines

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Dr. Bishakh Bhattacharya