Satyajit Ambike

Research Interests

Dr. Ambike’s general research interest is in studying movement in biological systems and in robots. He currently focuses on human prehensile behavior and on human locomotion. He is particularly interested in understanding the biomechanics and control of human behavior during cooperative tasks such as the manual sharing of an object’s weight with another individual. Another active research interest is the development of computational tools and computer simulations of human prehension and the transient aspects of human locomotion.


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

PhD Position(s) available

PhD position(s) are available for Fall 2016. The work culture in the motor-behavior group is highly interactive, and students have opportunities to contribute to various ongoing projects. The successful candidate for the current position will focus on prehensile mechanics. Candidates with strong computational skills (calculus, differential equations, linear algebra etc.; physics; Matlab or similar programming experience) are encouraged to apply. Prior experience in analysis of human movement data and/or associated fields such as robotics, neuroscience etc. is desirable, but not required.

If interested, please email Dr. Ambike with (1) a letter of interest, (2) a detailed CV, (3) contact information of three references, and (4) GRE and TOEFL scores (if applicable).

Purdue University offers several funding mechanisms for deserving graduate students. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch early to receive full consideration for these opportunities.

Selected Journal Publications

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

Parsa B, Ambike S, Terekhov A, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2015). Analytical Inverse Optimization in Two-Hand Prehensile Tasks, To Appear, Journal of Motor Behavior

Singh T, & Ambike S (2015). A soft-contact and wrench-based approach to study grasp planning and execution, Journal of Biomechanics, Avaiable online, doi:10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.09.019

Ambike S, Mattos D, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2015). The nature of constant and cyclic force production: Unintentional force-drift characteristics, Experimental Brain Research, Avaiable online, doi:10.1007/s00221-015-4453-z

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 disease, Clinical Neurophysiology, Available Online, doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2015.05.023

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

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

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

Paclet F, Ambike S, Zatsiorsky VM, & Latash ML (2013). Enslaving in a serial chain: interactions between grip force and hand force in isometric tasks, Experimental Brain Research, 232:775-787

Ambike S, Paclet F, Latash ML, & Zatsiorsky VM (2013). Grip-force modulation in multi-finger prehension during wrist flexion and extension, Experimental Brain Research, 227:509-22

Ambike S, & Schmiedeler JP (2013). Invariant geometric characteristics of spatial arm motion,Experimental Brain Research, 229:113-24

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 Subproblems, ASME 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

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

Solnik S, Ambike S, Wu Y-H, Reschechtko S, & Latash ML (2014). Performance-stabilizing synergies in motor tasks involving two actors. 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, Paclet F, Latash ML, & Zatsiorsky VM (2013). Grip Force Modulation with Wrist Flexion and Extension. Poster presented at Progress in Motor Control, Montreal, Canada, July 13-16

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 (2008). A time-invariant model for human arm motion. Poster presented at Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines, Cleveland, OH, June 1-6

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

Satyajit Ambike

Assistant Professor

Lambert, Room 110B
Phone: (765) 496-0567
Fax: (765) 496-1239

The Motor Behavior Group

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