Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: (813) 974‑2280
University of South Florida Fax: (813) 974-3539
4202 East Fowler Avenue, ENB 118 E-mail: email@example.com
Tampa, Florida 33620-5350
Indian Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineering B.Tech. 1978
Clemson University Mechanical Engineering, M.S. 1982
Clemson University Mechanical Engineering, Ph.D. 1986
1998 - Present Professor and Chair, University of South Florida
2001 - Present Director, Rehabilitation Engineering & Technology Program
1998 B. Ray Thompsan Professor, University of Tennessee
1995 ‑ 1998 Professor , University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1991 ‑ 1995 Associate Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1986 ‑ 1991 Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1984 ‑ 1986 Instructor, Clemson University
1981 ‑ 1984 Graduate Research Assistant, Clemson University
1980 ‑ 1981 Product Engineer, Voltas Ltd.
1978 ‑ 1980 Design Engineer, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co.
Design, simulation and testing of haptic interfaces and assistive devices for persons with disabilities; rehabilitation engineering; robotic/telerobotic applications in healthcare, space and undersea, nuclear waste management; Smart electro-mechanical systems and mechatronics; Dynamic systems and controls.
Design and manufacturing of press tools, jigs, fixtures, and special purpose machine components. Experience with a wide range of manufacturing processes. Design and marketing of machine tools.
Honors and Awards:
Favorite Professor in the College of Engineering Award from the Student Teacher Education Association, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1987; National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, July 1989; B. Ray Thompsan Professorship Award, University of Tennessee, 1998.
Rajiv V. Dubey, S.E. Everett, K. Manocha and N. Pernalete, “Teleoperation Assistance through Variable Velocity Mapping and its Application to Fitts Task”, IEEE Trans. on Robotics & Automation, June 2001.
 Norali Pernalete, Wentao Yu, Rajiv V. Dubey, Wilfrido A. Moreno, “Augmentation of Manipulation Capabilities of Persons With Disabilities Using Scaled Teleoperation,” 2002 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2002), EPFL, Switzerland, Sep. 30-Oct.4, 2002.
 N. Pernalete, Wentao Yu, R. V. Dubey, W.A. Moreno “Development of an Intelligent Mapping Based TeleRobotic Manipulation System To Assist Persons With Disabilities”. Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2002). Washington DC. U.S.A. May 21-26, 2002.
 N. Pernalete, R. Gottipati, S. Edwards, W. Yu, R. Dubey, “Scaled Teleoperation Approach for Measuring Manipulation Capabilities of Persons with Disabilities”. International Journal of Human-friendly Welfare Robotic Systems, vol. 4, No. 1, April 2003.
 N. Pernalete, R. Gottipati, W. Yu, R. Dubey, “Telerobotic Haptic System to Enhance the Performance of Vocational Tests by Motion-Impaired Users”. Int. Journal of Human-friendly Welfare Robotic Sy.,v4/1, April 2003.
 N. Pernalete, W. Yu, R. Dubey, W. Moreno, “Telerobotic Haptic System to Assist The Performance of Occupational Therapy Tests by Motion-Impaired Users”. Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2003), pp. 1247-1252, September 14-19, 2003, Taipei, Taiwan.
 W. Yu, R. Dubey, N. Pernalete, “Robotic Therapy for Persons with Disabilities Using Hidden Markov Model Based Skill Learning”. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2004), Vol. 2, pp. 2047-2079, April 26- May 1, 2004, New Orleans, LA, USA.
 W. Yu, R. Dubey, N. Pernalete, “Eye-Hand Coordination Assessment Using a Robotic Haptic Interface”. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2004), Vol. 1, pp. 305-310, April 26- May 1, 2004, New Orleans, LA, USA.
 W. Yu, R. Dubey, N. Pernalete, “Telemanipulation Enhancement through User’s Motion Intention Recognition and Fixture Assistance”. Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE/RSJ Int. Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2004), Vol. 3, pp. 2235-2240, September 28- October 2, 2004, Sendai, Japan.
 E. McCaffrey, R. Alqasemi, R. Dubey, “Kinematic Analysis and Evaluation of Wheelchair Mounted Robotic Arms”. Proceedings of the 2004 IMECE International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2004), November 13-19, 2004, Anaheim, CA, USA.
· Participation in Research of Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program since 2000.
· Active involvement in Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program since 2002.
· Involved in tech transfer to the state-based industries in the areas of rehabilitation engineering.
· Editorship: Associate Editor (1989 - 1997), IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation.
· Video Proceedings Committee Chair for IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation: 1993, Atlanta; 1996, Minneapolis; 1999, Detroit; 2000, San Francisco; 2002, Taiwan.
· Session Organizer and/or Chair at Major Conferences: Organized and/or chaired sessions at IEEE ICRA, ASME WAM, ACC, Japan-USA Symp. on Flex. Auto. and other national / international conferences.
· Member, VA Patient Safety Center Advisory Board, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Tampa Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) Advisory Board.
A. Nelson (VA Hospital), Ed Quigley (Shriners Hospital), Sandy Quillen (Physical Therapy, USF), Bill Hamel (Uof Tenn), Robin Murphy (USF), Lonnie Love (ORNL).
J. Y. S. Luh (Clemson University, Retired)
Graduate and Postdoctoral Advisees:
S. Khadem, R. B. Magness (NASA), H. Zghal (Université de Tunis), R. Issa (West Texas A&M), S. March-Leuba, T. F. Chan, B. S. McGhee, H. Kanthraj, J. Sheffield, Brian Domiano (ORNL), L. Driss, A. Shah, A. Das, A. Al-Hababi, A. Gizeler, S. Everett (NASA), A. Barnette, L. Marshall, Y. Isoda, S. Richardson, K. Manocha, N. Pernalete (West Michigan), B. Fritz (USF), S. Zekri, Ed McCaffrey, M. Jurczyk, S. Konda, R. Tammana, K. Barhale, A. Upadhyay, J. Dhanraj, W. Yu, R. Alqasemi, E. Veras, S. Carey, S. Sanford, D. Polzer, J. Lott, L. Altic, K. Edwards, R. Swaminathan.
Recent Grants and Contracts:
 Rehabilitation Engineering & Technology Program”, Florida Dept of Education, $5,326,819, USF Account # 21-05-090-LO, March 2, 2001 to September 30, 2005, PI.
 “Rehabilitation Technology Needs Assessment,” Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, USF Account # 21-05-085-LO, January 5, 2000 to June 30, 2000, $60,000, PI.
 “Technology Development for Patient Safety Research Center ,” James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, USF Account # 21-05-081-LO June 1, 1999 - September 30, 1999, $55,125, PI.
 “Human-Machine Cooperative Telerobotics,” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USF Account # 21-05-080-LO, January 1, 1999-March 31, 2000, $125,000, PI.
 “Human-Machine Cooperative Telerobotics,” National Science Foundation, USF Account # 21-05-079-LO, January 1, 1999-April 30, 1999, $12,000, PI.
 “Human-Machine Cooperative Control of Telerobotic Systems using Dual-Point Impedance Control,” U.S. Department of Energy, August 1, 1997 to July 31, 1999, $583,508, PI.
“Robot Task Space Analyzer,” U.S. Department of Energy, contract # DE-AR26-97FT34314, $802,201, Sept 1997 to Dec 8, 1998, Co-PI with W. R. Hamel, M.A. Abidi, J. Osborn and M. Hebert (CMU).
 “Human-Machine Cooperative Telerobotics for Complex Task Execution,” National Science Foundation, Grant # IRI-9706161, February 1, 1997 to January 31, 1998, $50,000, PI.
 "Design and Development of Robotic and Telerobotic Systems," Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Nov. 1, 1995 to October 30, 1998, # 99732, PA T-30, $300,000, PI with W. R. Hamel.
 "Generalized Theory for Telerobotic Control of Dissimilar Master with Redundant-Joint Slave," Sandia National Lab, # AD-0623 and # AP-2476, September 3, 1992 to October 20, 1996, $428,578, PI.