Yantric (formerly Haptic Technologies) was founded in 2000 as a spin-off from the MIT Touch Lab. We draw on the very best research in human and machine haptics, as well as in simulation and analysis, and convert these technologies into products and services for commercial use.
Dr. Mandayam Srinivasan founded Yantric, Inc. to commercialize the knowledge and technologies generated at the MIT Laboratory for Human and Machine Haptics (also known as the Touch Lab), which he founded and serves as its Director since 1990. Originally from Bangalore, India, Dr. Srinivasan received his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. Through his pioneering research on the science, technology and applications of human and machine touch over the past 20 years at Yale Medical School, MIT and Yantric, Dr. Srinivasan has caused paradigm shifts in multiple disciplines. In particular, his research has helped start the new and exciting field of haptics. He has been recognized as a world leader in all aspects of research on haptics, particularly to enhance human-machine interactions in virtual reality systems. Recently he won a highly competitive NIST-ATP award as the President of Yantric, Inc. to develop virtual reality based minimally invasive surgical trainers.
Dr. Annaswamy received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1985. She was a Post-doctoral Fellow from 1985-87 and subsequently a visiting assistant professor at Yale. During 1988-91, she was at Boston University in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as an Assistant Professor. Since 1992, she has been a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA, where currently she is a Senior Research Scientist, and the director of the Active-Adaptive Control Laboratory.
Mr. Yechangunja has varied experience in establishing a dynamic start-up organization and in working as a part of a large organization at offshore. He has experience on all phases of Software Development Life Cycle - Analysis, Design, Development, Functional/System Studies and Testing efforts. At Yantric, he is responsible for development in multiple fields such as robotics, haptics, and virtual reality, with strength in developing real-time commercial grade software, and in developing systems such as medical simulators that involve haptic interfaces for human users. Prior to Yantric, Mr. Yechangunja worked as a Senior Software Engineer at Quantum Bio Inc., where he was one of the key developers of a multi-platform software application for expediting drug discovery. Mr. Yechangunja received his Master of Science degree majoring in Computer Engineering from Penn State University in 2002. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Bangalore University.