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Desai, Jaydev

Jaydev Desai
Director, Robotics Automation, Manipulation and Sensing Laboratory
2125 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Cell manipulation, surgical simulation (needle insertion and soft tissue modeling), surgical robotics (breast biopsy and brain tumor) and compliant grasping.



Prior to joining University of Maryland, College Park, Dr. Jaydev P. Desai was an Associate Professor at Drexel University. He completed his undergraduate studies from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, in 1993. He received his M.A. in Mathematics in 1997, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in 1995 and 1998 respectively, all from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Drexel University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. He is a recipient of several NIH R01 awards, NSF CAREER award, and was also the lead inventor on the “Outstanding Invention of 2007 in Physical Science Category” at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the recipient of the Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. His research interests include image-guided surgical robotics, reality-based soft-tissue modeling for surgical simulation, grasping, haptics, and micro-scale cell and tissue characterization. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME) and the Co-Chair of Surgical Robotics Technical Committee of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is a Fellow of ASME and a member of IEEE.

He has been involved in a number of projects, such as:
MINIR-II: Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot
Robotic Haptic Feedback System for Bx/RFA of Breast Tumor under Continuous MRI
Developing Reality-Based Soft-Tissue Models for Real-Time Surgical Simulation
Scaled Bilateral Teleoperation and Characterization of Biological Specimens—From Tissues to Cells
Compliant Grasping Using Self-Sealing Suction Cup Arrays
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Honors and Awards 

Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2015

Related News 

Desai Named ASME Fellow
Mechanical Engineering Professor Jaydev Desai named ASME Fellow. May 28, 2015

UMD Hosts 3D Maryland Expert Group Meeting
Event Highlights 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing Technologies at UMD February 6, 2015

UMD President Loh hosts robotics demonstrations at University House
Maryland Robotics Center shows a variety of robotic platforms. November 16, 2014

ENES 489P holds undergraduate systems design competition
Distinguished panel of industry and government experts judges students. May 9, 2014

Desai's Neurosurgical Robot Designed for Brain Surgery Featured on NPR
University of Maryland's Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot research collaboration highlighted. September 29, 2013

Desai's Neurosurgical Robotics Technology Featured in NIH Story
Mechanical Engineering Professor Jaydev Desai was featured in an NIH article on robotics in neurosurgery. September 9, 2013

Desai, Fermuller, Westlake awarded MPower seed grant for 'GraspVis'
The robotic grasping and vision system will one day help stroke victims. September 1, 2013

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference. August 14, 2013

Jaydev Desai promoted to full professor
Desai is one of the developers of the Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot. May 13, 2013

NIH awards $2M grant to Desai, Gullapalli and Simard for surgical robot
MINIR project could improve outcomes for brain cancer patients. October 16, 2012

University of Maryland and The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Partner on $1.6 M NIH Grant
Dr. Jaydev P. Desai  (UMD) and Dr. David J. Foran (CINJ) Principal Investigators on study to improve understanding and management of breast cancer April 2, 2012

Desai to Attend Frontiers in Engineering Symposium
Mechanical engineering professor selected by National Academy of Engineering as "emerging leader." June 28, 2011

Jaydev Desai wins seed grant for diagnostic robotic system
Research will aid in prevention and treatment of atrial fibrillation. May 2, 2011

Ph.D. student Kevin Lister wins Link Foundation Fellowship
Award will support medical simulation and modeling dissertation research. April 3, 2011

Desai to speak at National Academy of Sciences seminar
Professor will talk about robot-assisted neurosurgery. January 3, 2011

Six Clark School faculty become affiliates of ISR
ISR welcomes Desai, Humbert, Jacob, Paley, Qu and Smela. April 20, 2010

S.K. Gupta and teammates win 2007 'Invention of the Year' physical science award
Gupta also finalist in information science category; Gary Rubloff finalist in physical science. April 24, 2008

Minimally Invasive Neurosurgical Intracranial Robot (ISR IP)
This IP is available to license. June 23, 2007