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Nikhil Deshpande

Head, VICARIOS Mixed Reality and Simulations Lab
Advanced Robotics
Research center

As a Researcher in Advanced Robotics (ADVR), I lead the VICARIOS Mixed Reality and Simulations research lab, exploring MR concepts for immersive telerobotics, training, and digital twin technologies. The investigation covers a wide range of research fields including virtual / augmented reality, tele-manipulation, deep learning, semantic scene understanding, haptics, 3D perception, reinforcement learning, predictive biomechanical simulations, etc.

I currently lead the "Robot Teleoperativo 2" funded project on advanced collaborative telerobotics systems for operating in hazard-prone industries.

I co-lead the "Caduta dall'Alto" (Falling from Heights) funded project on novel safety and immersive training systems for workers working at heights.

Previously, I was a postdoc in the Biomedical Robotics Lab with Dr. Leonardo Mattos, working on telesurgery, surgeon-robot interfaces, and holistic telesurgical skills assessment.

Check out our research and latest news at https://vicarios.github.io

All Publications
Kim Y., Anastasi S., Deshpande N.
Towards Encountered-type Haptic Interaction for Immersive Bilateral Telemanipulation
HRI 2023 - International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed-Reality for Human-Robot Interactions (VAM-HRI)
Poster Conference
Salatino L., Deshpande N., Demarzi G., Berta R., Zambotti M.D., Boccardo N., Freddolini M., Laffranchi M., Michieli L.D., Barresi G.
Spatial Augmented Respiratory Cardiofeedback Design for Prosthetic Embodiment Training: a Pilot Study
Conference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, vol. 2022-October, pp. 3390-3395
Conference Paper Conference
Tefera Y., Mazzanti D., Anastasi S., Caldwell D. G., Fiorini P., Deshpande N.
Towards Foveated Rendering For Immersive Remote Telerobotics
HRI 2022 - International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed-Reality for Human-Robot Interactions
Poster Conference
Barresi G., Marinelli A., Caserta G., de Zambotti M., Tessadori J., Angioletti L., Boccardo N., Freddolini M., Mazzanti D., Deshpande N., Frigo C.A., Balconi M., Gruppioni E., Laffranchi M., De Michieli L.
Exploring the Embodiment of a Virtual Hand in a Spatially Augmented Respiratory Biofeedback Setting
Frontiers in Neurorobotics, vol. 15
Naceri A., Mazzanti D., Bimbo J., Tefera Y.T., Prattichizzo D., Caldwell D.G., Mattos L.S., Deshpande N.
The Vicarios Virtual Reality Interface for Remote Robotic Teleoperation: Teleporting for Intuitive Tele-manipulation
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems: Theory and Applications, vol. 101, (no. 4)
Awards and Achievements
Deshpande N., Acemoglu A., Peretti G., Mora F., Guastini L., Lee J., Barresi G., Caldwell D.G., Mattos L.S.
Winner of New Surgical Technologies Competition: "CALM - Computer Aided Laser Microsurgery"
Chauhan M., Deshpande N., Mattos L. S.
Best Paper Award Finalist
Deshpande N.
Mentored Teaching Assistantship
Deshpande N.
Alumni Graduate Fellowship Award
Organized Events
Deshpande N., Niemeyer G.
2022 IEEE Future Directions Symposium on Telepresence
Deshpande N., Oleynikova H., Kamezaki M., Atashzar S. F., Szafir D., Kato F., Delmerico J.
Horizons of an Extended Robotics Reality (XR-ROB) - a Converging Future of XR and Robotics
Deshpande N., Ortiz J., Toxiri S., Naceri A., Park D.
Robotics for Occupational Safety & Health in Industrial Environments (ROSHIE)