Saivimal Sridar received his B.Tech in mechanical engineering from SASTRA University, India in 2014, an M.S. in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2016, and a Ph.D in Systems Engineering from Arizona State University in 2020. During his Masters’ and Ph.D, Saivimal has worked on the design of soft actuators and wearable devices utilizing soft actuation schemes for physical assistance and rehabilitation. His doctoral thesis focused on the design of a wearable knee exosuit utilizing inflatables to provide knee extension assistance during walking and other functional activities such as sit to stand transfers.
As a Post-Doctoral researcher at the University of Twente, Netherlands, he is currently working on the development of soft-wearable systems for industrial use with the goal of reducing musculo-skeletal injuries and improve workplace ergonomics as part of the EU-Horizon 2020 SOPHIA project. Saivimal is currently developing soft exosuits to assist leaning and lifting to be controlled via the use of neuromusculoskeletal models. His other research interests involve soft robotics and its medical applications as well as effective sensing methodologies for enabling human in the loop control of soft wearable systems.