Adnan Munawar

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About Me

I am enthusiastic about the application of robotics in real world problems, surgical robotics being one of them. I believe that surgery can vastly be improved by the use of new technology and innovation and I am happy to be part of the community working towards it. I have finished my M.S in Robotics at WPI and have continued on with my Ph.D. I feel honored to have been a Fulbright fellow during my M.S.

I have also worked at a medical robotics company for two summers (2015 & 2016) which have turned out to be the most valuable experience for myself. There, I have contributed towards the development of a new era of lower abdominal surgical robots and interfaces.



  1. Munawar A, Master's thesis, Robotics Engineering, Implementation of a Surgical Robot Dynamical Simulation and Motion Planning Framework, April 2015. WPI ETD Link

Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Gondokaryono RA, Agrawal A, Munawar A, Nycz CJ, Fischer GS, An Approach to Modeling Closed-Loop Kinematic Chain Mechanisms, applied to Simulations of the da Vinci Surgical System, Special Issue on Platforms for Robotics Research - Acta Polytechnica Hungarica, Vol 16, No 8, pp 29-48, Nov 2019. Journal ToC, PDF
  2. Wang Y, Gondokaryono RA, Munawar A, Fischer GS, A Convex Optimization-based Dynamic Model Identification Package for the da Vinci Research Kit, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), Vol 4, No 4, Oct 2019. IEEE
  3. Munawar A, Fischer GS, A Surgical Robot Teleoperation Framework for Providing Haptic Feedback Incorporating Virtual Environment-Based Guidance, Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Vol 3, No 47, pp 1-15, Aug 2016. Frontiers

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  1. Munawar A, Srishankar B, Fichera L, Fischer GS, A Parametric Grasping Methodology for Multi-Manual Interactions in Real-Time Dynamic Simulations, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - IROS 2020, Paris, France, May 2020. (Accepted) IEEE
  2. Munawar A, Gondokaryono R, Wang Y, Fischer GS, A Real-Time Dynamic Simulator and an Associated Front-End Representation Format for Simulating Complex Robots and Environments, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2019, Macau, China, Nov 2019. (Best Application paper Award Finalist) (In Press) IEEE
  3. Munawar A, Fischer GS, An Asynchronous Multi-Body Simulation Framework for Real-Time Dynamics, Haptics and Learning with Application to Surgical Robots, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2019, Macau, China, Nov 2019. (In Press) IEEE
  4. Munawar A, Fischer GS, Towards a haptic feedback framework for multi-DOF robotic laparoscopic surgery platforms, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems - IROS 2016, Deajeon, Korea, pp 1113-1118, Oct 2016. IEEE

Conference Abstracts, Workshops and Non Peer-Reviewed Papers

  1. Chen Z, Deguet A, Vozar S, Munawar A, Fischer GS, Kazanzides P, Interfacing the da Vinci Research Kit (dVRK) with the Robot Operating System (ROS), Workshop on Shared Frameworks for Medical Robotics Research, International Conference on Robotics and Automation - ICRA 2015, Seattle, WA, USA, May 2015. ICRA
  2. Zhang Z, Munawar A, Fischer GS, Implementation of a Motion Planning Framework for the daVinci Surgical System Research Kit (dVRK), Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics - HSMR 2014, London, United Kingdom, July 2014. PDF

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