Dr. Ekta Singla

Assistant Professor
School of Mechanical Materials and Energy Engineering
Dr. Ekta Singla


Dr. Ekta Singla is presently working as Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical, Materials and Energy Engineering at IIT Ropar. Prior to this, she was working as Senior Project Engineer at IIT Kanpur. She has experienced one year post-doctoral research at Institute de Systems Intelligence et de Robotics (ISIR), UPMC, Paris, France, in the area of Evolutionary Design. Her PhD from IIT Kanpur covered the study, analysis and development of customized manipulators for cluttered environments. During her PhD, she visited Technical University, Berlin, Germany, as a visiting research student for a project on rehabilitation.

Areas of Research

Task-based manipulator design, Kinematic redundant manipulators, Evolutionary robotics
Robot motion planning, Obstacle avoidance in constrained environments
Applied optimization methods
Computer Aided Design


PhD., Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 2010
M.Tech., Thapar University, Punjab, India, 2002
B.Tech., Punjab Technical University, India, 2000

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India, 2010-present
Senior Research Engineer (Adhoc), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Sep. - Dec., 2010
Postdoctoral fellow (CNRS), University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, 2009 - 2010
Visiting research student (DFG), TU Berlin, Germany, May - Dec. 2005
Lecturer, Thapar University, Jan. 2002 - July 2004

Selected Publications/Patents

1. E. Singla, S. Singh, S. Gupta, ‘Novel Modular Strategy for the Fabrication of Robotic Manipulators Based Upon Task-Based Designs’, 1st International & 16th National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (iNaCoMM 2013), IIT Roorkee, India, Dec. 18 – 20, 2013, pp 722 - 727.
2. Singh S., Gupta S., Singla E., "Design of Module for Modular Customized Manipulators", ASME Proc. Int. Mech. Engg. Congress and Exposition, Houston Texas, November 9-15, 2012, Vol. 3: Design, Materials and Manufacturings, pp 335 – 339.
3. Rubrecht S., Singla E., Padois V., Bidaud P., Broissia M., "Evolutionary design of a robotic manipulator for a highly constrained environment". New Horizons in Evolutionary Design, Editors: S. Doncieux, J-B. Mouret, N. Bredeche, Springer-Verlag, 2011, pp 109 – 121.
4. Singla E., Tripathi S., Rakesh V., Dasgupta B., “Optimal synthesis of kinematically redundant serial manipulators for cluttered environments”, Vol. 58 (5), 2010, pp 585 — 595.
5. Dasgupta B., Gupta E., Singla E., “A Variational Approach to Path Planning for Hyper-Redundant Manipulators”, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 57 (2), February 2009, pp 194 — 201.