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Chopra, Nikhil

Associate Professor
2149 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Research Interests 

Control of networked robotic systems, synchronization of dynamical systems, bilateral teleoperation and control of semi-autonomous systems



Nikhil Chopra received his Bachelor of Technology (Honors) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, in 2001 and his Ph.D. degree in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering in 2006 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Coordinated Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006-2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland at College Park.

His research interests are in developing a fundamental understanding of synchronization and control of networked dynamical systems interacting over unreliable communication networks. This work is important in practical applications such as semi-autonomous telerobotic networks, robot networks and unmanned air vehicles.

He was awarded the William A. Chittenden Award for outstanding graduate research and the Vodafone Graduate Fellowship in 2003.  Co-Chair, IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Telerobotics, Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization, Asian Journal of Control and Mechatronics.

Related News 

Maryland Robotics Center launches a new postdoctoral fellowship program
The program will foster multidisciplinary collaborations among Maryland Robotics Center faculty. September 14, 2018

Haptic Safety for Unmanned Vehicles
UMD research advances networked control and virtual reality for added safety.   May 7, 2018

Nikhil Chopra wins $380K NSF award for robotics
Chopra will investigate the resilience of human-controlled robotic networks to cyber attacks. July 28, 2017

Nikhil Chopra is PI for NSF EAGER grant for networked 3D printers
The research will develop a fundamental understanding of optimal job assignment in networked 3D printers. September 1, 2015

Chopra Co-Authors New Book
Associate Professor Nikhil Chopra co-authors Passivity-Based Control and Estimation in Networked Robotics. April 17, 2015

UMD Robot Visits White House
Grad student Bryan Hays and NAO robot volunteer to teach programming to K-12 students. January 22, 2015

UAE students, Northrop Grumman engineers tour robotics laboratories
Visitors were in town for the annual AUVSI conference. August 14, 2013

Nikhil Chopra named to editorial board of leading systems and control journal
Chopra will be an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. June 24, 2013

Nikhil Chopra promoted to associate professor with tenure
ISR-affiliated faculty member specializes in networked dynamical systems. April 1, 2013

Chopra is principal investigator for NSF nonlinear system tracking control grant
The research will enhance the tracking performance of robotic systems under sensor constraints. August 21, 2012

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects. August 10, 2012

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast
Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities. April 30, 2012

Nikhil Chopra receives NSF grant for wireless sensor and robotic networks
Researcher will investigate fundamental issues in control and distributed coordination. September 28, 2009

REU students spending summer in research
The 12 undergraduate students are participating in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. June 3, 2008

Chopra, Cleaveland, Kanold join ISR this fall
Faculty bring expertise in control, neuroscience and concurrent and distributed systems. August 14, 2007