Welcome to my webpage !
My name is Nikhil Chavan-Dafle. I am a PhD candidate at Mechanical Engineering department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research assistant at Mechanisms and Manipulation Lab.
I am interested in dexterous robotic manipulation and its applications for assembly automation. I am enabling robots to reason about an effective use of gravity, dynamic arm motions and the environment around them for in-hand manipulation, as we humans often do.
Here are some snippets of my work recently covered by TechCrunch and MIT News.