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Prof. M. Manivannan

Prof. M. Manivannan Founder Chairman

Dr.M.Manivannan, one of the pioneers in haptics - the science of touch, is a professor of Biomedical Engineering in IIT Madras, Department of Applied Mechanics. He was a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) of Harvard Medical School (HMS) in Boston, and a visiting faculty in the Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore. He received post-doctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. Before MIT and Harvard, he received another post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Maryland. He was serving as a chief software architect of Yantric Inc., a spin-off company of MIT Touchlab, in Cambridge MA, before joining IIT Madras in Jun 2005. At IIT Madras Dr.Manivannan has setup the first Touchlab in India, which is also known as Haptics Lab, in 2005. He holds PhD and ME degrees from the Indian Institute of Science(IISc), Bangalore.

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Dr.PadmaPriya PV

Dr.Padma Priya P VManaging Director

Dr.P.V.Padma Priya holds PhD from IIT Madras. Prior to joining Merkel, she has cofounded and and was the CEO of Vital Bioscientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd, an IITM incubated startup. She has worked for US federal government in the Protein Data Bank (PDB) project at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her research expertise includes drug discovery, simulation and molecular modeling.


Raj ArjunanChief Graphic Designer

Raj has over 15 years of experience in animation and design. He has three masters degrees, one in Master of Fine Arts at Advanced Visualization Lab, USA (Center of excellence and beta testing site for Alias Wavefront-now acquired by Autodesk, USA), second MS in Technology from Teenesse State University, and the third MS in Environmental Engineering from University of Kentucky. He has created many award-winning animation and simulation modules for the healthcare industry in both USA and India. His expertise in engineering, architectural, and medical visualization allows for a smooth transition to VR technology and digital interactive content creation. He is currently pursuing his PhD at IIT Madras with focus on Virtual Reality and Haptics technology and how the synergy could be best implemented for skills-training in medicine

Dr.Abhijit Biswas

Dr.Abhijit BiswasChief of R&D,Merkel Haptics

Dr.Abhijit Biswas was a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. He holds PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Haptics) from the IIT Madras, Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering (Rehabilitation Engineering), Jadavpur University, and bachelors in Electronics and Instrumentation, from University of Kalyani. His areas of specializations are Haptics, Medical Simulations with Touch Feedback, Virtual Reality, Biomedical Instrumentation, Embedded System, Power Electronics, Signal Processing, Physiological Modeling, Rehabilitation Engineering.