Manoj Srinivasan


Associate Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
E507 Scott Laboratory
Ohio State University, Columbus OH 43210


Professor Manoj Srinivasan


B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 2000.

Ph.D. Cornell University, 2006.

Professional Experience

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies and Teaching, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 2022-now.

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2015-now.

Visiting Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016-2017

Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, 2009-2015.

Post-doctoral researcher, Princeton University, 2006-2009.

Lecturer, Princeton University 2007.

Conferences and Workshops organized

Conference on Dynamic Walking (2015). Workshop Website. Conference co-organized with Pranav Bhounsule.

Sensorimotor Control of Animals and Robots (2017). Workshop at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. Co-organized with William Warren. Workshop Website.

Neuroethology of Optimal Movement and Motor Control (2019). Workshop at the Banff International Research Station. Co-organized with Alaa Ahmed, Andy Ruina, Art Kuo. Workshop Website.


Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2022.

Michael J. Moran Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020.

National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2013.

Selected Publications

Geoff Brown, Nidhi Seethapathi, Manoj Srinivasan. A unified energy optimality criterion predicts human navigation paths and speeds. 2021 (accepted, in print). Preprint.

Nidhi Seethapathi, Barrett Clark and Manoj Srinivasan. Exploration-based learning of a step to step controller predicts locomotor adaptation. 2021. Preprint.

Varun Joshi and Manoj Srinivasan. A controller for walking derived from how humans recover from perturbations. Journal of Royal Society Interface, 16, 2019. Webpage for the paper + PDF Downloads.

Nidhi Seethapathi and Manoj Srinivasan. Step-to-step variations in human running reveal how humans run without falling. eLife, 8, e38371, 2019. Webpage for the paper + PDF Downloads.

Matthew L. Handford and Manoj Srinivasan. Energy-optimal human walking with feedback-controlled robotic prostheses: a computational study. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 26, 1773-1782, 2018. Webpage for the paper + PDF Downloads. PDF

Matthew Handford and Manoj Srinivasan. Robotic lower limb prosthesis design through simultaneous computer optimizations of human and prosthesis costs. Article PDF + Supplementary Information, Nature Scientific Reports, 6, 19983, 2016.
A webpage for the paper with videos and more information.

Leroy Long and Manoj Srinivasan. Walking, running and resting under time, distance, and speed constraints: Optimality of walk-run-rest mixtures, J. Royal Society Interface, vol. 10, 2013. Journal Link.
media coverage.

Manoj Srinivasan. Fifteen observations on the structure of energy minimizing gaits in many simple biped models. J. Royal Society Interface, PDF with supplementary information, 8, 74-98, 2011. Journal version.

Please see the publications page for a list of publications.

Research Keywords

Legged Locomotion, Biomechanics, Sensorimotor control, Optimality, Numerical Optimal Control, Walking, Running, Dynamical Systems, Rigid Body Mechanics, Robotics, Muscle Mechanics, Friction Mechanics, Rolling Contact, Learning, Machine Learning.


ME5775: Applied Machine Learning for MAE and Robotics

ME7752: Mechanics and Control of Robots. Course webpage with lecture notes, HW, and code.

ME7230: Advanced Dynamics. Online video lectures on youtube (partial).

ME7385: Advanced Topics in the Dynamics and Control of Human and Animal Movement

ME7250: Vibrations of Discrete Systems

ME8230: Nonlinear Dynamics, 2014, 2016. Course webpage with lecture notes, HW, and code.

ME2030: Dynamics. Online video lectures on youtube. And here is the lecture notes PDF (120 MB).

ME3360: System Integration and Control

ME430: Dynamics.

ME752: Mechanical Design of manipulators and robots.

ME832: Nonlinear Vibrations.

ME894: Advanced Topics in the Dynamics and Control of Human and Animal Movement.

MOL/APC360 : Biological Dynamics (Spring, 2007, Princeton University)

Other online presence/resources

Youtube channel with lecture videos, seminars, research videos, etc.

Blog with expository stuff (very sparse/occasional).