prof.dr. S. Misra (Sarthak)

Full Professor Surgical Robotics

About Me

Sarthak Misra joined the University of Twente in 2009. He is a Professor in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering Technology. He directs the Surgical Robotics Laboratory. He is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen. Sarthak obtained his doctoral degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA.  Prior to commencing his studies at Johns Hopkins, he worked for three years as a dynamics and controls analyst at MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates on the International Space Station Program. Sarthak received his Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is the recipient of the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator, Starting and Proof-of-Concept grants, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) VENI and VIDI awards, Link Foundation fellowship, McGill Major fellowship, and NASA Space Flight Awareness award. He is the co-chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics, and area co-chair of the IFAC Technical Committee on Biological and Medical Systems. Sarthak’s broad research interests are primarily in the area of applied mechanics at both macro and micro scales. He is interested in the modeling and control of electro-mechanical systems with applications to medical robotics. 

Please visit the Surgical Robotics Laboratory website for additional details. 

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Engineering & Materials Science
Fiber Bragg Gratings
Magnetic Fields

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  • UMCG
    Part-time UMCG


Zhang , K., Klingner, A., Le Gars, Y. , Misra, S., Magdanz, V. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (Accepted/In press). Locomotion of bovine spermatozoa during the transition from individual cells to bundles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
de Oliveira, A. J. A., Batista, J. , Misra, S. , & Kalpathy Venkiteswaran, V. (2022). Ultrasound Tracking and Closed-Loop Control of a Magnetically-Actuated Biomimetic Soft Robot. In 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2022) (pp. 3422-3428). https://doi.org/10.1109/IROS47612.2022.9981635
Wang, Z., Klingnert, A., Magdanz, V., Hoppenreijs, M. , Misra, S. , & S.M. Khalil, I. (2022). Flagellar Propulsion of Sperm Cells Against a Time-Periodic Interaction Force. Advanced Biology, [2200210]. https://doi.org/10.1002/adbi.202200210
Kaya, M. (2022). Multicolor fluorescence microscopy for tracking magnetic micro-agents. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036554343
Li, C. , Halfwerk, F. R. , Arens, J. , Misra, S., Warlé, M. C. , & S. M. Khalil, I. (2022). Controlled Helical Propulsion Against the Flow of a Physiological Fluid. Paper presented at 5th Annual International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales, MARSS 2021, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. https://doi.org/10.1109/marss55884.2022.9870248

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