Dr. Satyajit Ambike

Assistant Professor
Department of Health and Kinesiology


Lambert Fieldhouse, Room 110B
(765) 496-0567


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
MS, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
BE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune

Research Interests

Biomechanics; Motor control; Dynamical systems; Mechanism synthesis; Locomotion; Prehension

Satyajit Ambike

Research description

Dr. Ambike studies movement in biological systems. He currently focuses on human prehension (manual behavior) and locomotion across the adult age span. He is interested in how aging influences stability of various movements, and how stability and maneuverability - two antagonistic movement attributes - are traded off in activities of daily living. His current projects are (a) quantifying manual dexterity, (b) measuring and modeling mechanics at the fingertip-object interface, and (c) quantifying synergistic control of adaptive locomotion. 

Current research projects

  1. Understanding manual dexterity.
  2. Synergies in adaptive gait across the adult lifespan.
Selected Publications

Cui C, Kulkarni A, Rietdyk S, Barbieri F, Ambike S (2020), Synergies in the ground reaction forces and moments during double support in curb negotiation in young and older adults, Journal of  Biomechanics, 106:109837

Naik A, Ambike S (2020), The coordination between digit forces is altered by anticipated changes in prehensile movement patterns, Experimental Brain Research, 238:1145–1156

Tillman M, & Ambike S (2020), The influence of recent actions and anticipated actions on the stability of finger forces during a tracking task, Motor Control, In Press

Tillman M, & Ambike S (2018), Expectation of movement generates contrasting changes in multifinger synergies in young and older adults. Experimental Brain Research, 263:2765-2780

Ambike S, Mattos D, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2018). Systematic, unintended drifts in cyclic force produced with the fingertipsMotor Control, 22:82–99

Tillman M, & Ambike S (2018). Cue-induced changes in the stability of finger-force production tasks revealed by the uncontrolled-manifold analysis. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119:21-32 

Jang S, Stuerzlinger W, Ambike S, & Ramani K (2017). Modeling Cumulative Arm Fatigue in Mid-Air Interaction based on Perceived Exertion and Kinetics of Arm Motion. Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Boulder, CO.

Singh T, & Ambike S (2017). A soft-contact model for computing safety margins in human prehension. Human Movement Science, 55:307-314

Ambike S, Mattos D, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2016). Unsteady steady states: Central causes of unintentional force drifts, Experimental Brain Research, 234:3597-3611 

Parsa B, Ambike S, Terekhov A, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2016). Analytical Inverse Optimization in Two-Hand Prehensile Tasks, Journal of Motor Behavior, 48:424-434

Ambike S, Mattos D, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2016). Synergies in the space of control variables within the equilibrium-point hypothesisNeuroscience, 315:150-161

Singh T, & Ambike S (2015). A soft-contact and wrench-based approach to study grasp planning and executionJournal of Biomechanics, 48:3961-7

Ambike S, Mattos D, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2015). The nature of constant and cyclic force production: Unintentional force-drift characteristicsExperimental Brain Research, 234:197-208

Jo HJ, Ambike S, Lewis MM, Huang X, & Latash ML (2015). Finger force changes in the absence of visual feedback in patients with Parkinson’s diseaseClinical Neurophysiology, 127:684-692

Ambike S, Zhou T, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2015). Moving a hand-held object: Reconstruction of referent coordinate and apparent stiffness trajectoriesNeuroscience, 298:335-356

Ambike S, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2015). Processes underlying unintentional finger force changes in the absence of visual feedbackExperimental Brain Research, 233:711-721

Ambike S, Paclet F, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2014). Factors affecting grip force: Anatomy, mechanics, and referent configurationsExperimental Brain Research, 232:1219-1231

Ambike S, & Schmiedeler JP (2013). The leading joint hypothesis for spatial reaching arm motions, Experimental Brain Research, 224:591-603

Ambike S, Schmiedeler JP, & Stanisic MM (2011). Trajectory Tracking Via Independent Solutions to the Geometric and Temporal Tracking SubproblemsASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 3(2):021008- 1-12

Ambike S, & Schmiedeler JP (2008). A methodology for implementing the curvature theory approach to path tracking with planar robots, Mechanism and Machine Theory, 43:1225-1235

Selected Presentations

Cui C, Muir B, Haddad JM, van Emmerik R, Rietdyk S, & Ambike S (2018). Lower limb joint angle variance as a function of obstacle height during obstacle crossing. American Society of Biomechanics, Rochester, MN, August 8-11

Tillman M, & Ambike S (2018). Mechanisms of preparation for task switching in a finger pressing task. American Society of Biomechanics, Rochester, MN, August 8-11

Tillman M,  & Ambike S (2017). Reduction in stability of manual behavior in uncertain conditions. Poster presented at American Society of Biomechanics, Boulder, CO, USA, August 8-12

Ambike S, Zhou T, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2014). Reconstruction of hand and grip referent trajectories during vertical oscillation of a hand-held object. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, USA, November 15-19

Ambike S, Paclet F, Latash ML, & Zatsiorsky VM (2014). Hand-wrist Action: Control with Referent Configurations Implemented by Complex Anatomy. Poster presented at World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, USA, July 6-11

Ambike S, Schmiedeler JP, & Stanisic MM (2010). Geometric, Spatial Path Tracking Using Non-Redundant Manipulators via Speed-Ratio Control. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2010, Montreal, Canada, August 2010

Ambike S, Schmiedeler JP, & Stanisic MM (2010). Using Redundancy in Serial Planar Mechanisms to Improve Output-Space Tracking Accuracy. 12th International Symposium on Advances in Robot Kinematics, Piran-Portoroz, Slovenia, July 2010

Ambike S, & Schmiedeler JP (2008). Time-invariant strategies in coordination of human reaching. Advances in Robot Kinematics: Analysis and Design, Ed. J. Lenarcic, P. Wenger, Springer, June 2008

Ambike S, & Schmiedeler JP (2007). First-order coordination of the articulated arm sub-assembly using curvature theory. Proceedings of the 2007 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Las Vegas, September 4-7

Current Students

Paige Thompson (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: MS

Anvesh Naik (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Chuyi Cui (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Ashwini Kulkarni (Health and Kinesiology)
Expected Degree: PhD

Past Students

Mitchell Tillman (MS - 2019)

  • Thesis Title: Effects of past and future events on present motor stability, and relationships with motor and cognitive flexibility
  • Current Position (2019): PhD student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

Marissa Munoz-Ruiz (MS - 2019)

  • Thesis Title: Interactions between fingers during rapid force pulse production