Chopra, Nikhil

Nikhil Chopra
Associate Professor
Institute for Systems Research
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2149 Glenn L. Martin Hall Building 088, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
Research Interests 
Developing a fundamental understanding of synchronization and control of networked dynamical systems interacting over unreliable communication networks; important in practical applications such as sensor networks, unmanned air vehicles, and robot networks.
Fundamental Advances in Control of Wireless Sensor and Robotic Networks
Semiautonomous Teleoperation
Scaled Bilateral Teleoperation and Characterization of Biological Specimens—From Tissues to Cells
Background Info 

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 

Clark School student teams sweep MAV competition
FIRE freshmen, AE undergrads and MEng Robotics students take first place in both categories at VFS Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge.May 20, 2019

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

To the Stars: UMD Alumna to Be First African-American Crew Member on the International Space Station
UMD alumna and NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps makes history as first African-American ISS crew member.January 17, 2017

Maryland Robotics Center demonstrates robots at Maryland Day 2016
Visitors could interact with a wide variety of robots, and learn how they were made and programmed.April 28, 2016

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

UMD President Loh hosts robotics demonstrations at University House
Maryland Robotics Center shows a variety of robotic platforms.November 16, 2014

Five Aerospace Engineering Students Win Honors at AIAA Conference
Student researchers won top spots in the both the graduate paper and space robotics categories.January 8, 2014

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

Dean's Master's Student Research Awards Announced
Research on flapping wing vehicles and food-service byproducts recognized.May 5, 2011

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

Gupta, Ghodssi, Shapiro part of $3 million micro air vehicles MURI
April 2004—ISR faculty will be working on "Micro Hovering Air Vehicles: Revolutionary Concepts and Navigation Advancements"April 11, 2004