Dr. Ekta Singla

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Dr. Ekta Singla
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
Ekta Singla, is serving as Associate Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at IIT Ropar. With her research interests in Modular Robotics, Service robots, Customized optimal designs, Evolutionary robotics and hybrid morphologies, she has an experience of more than fifteen years in Robotics and in applied Optimization fields. She is a recipient of Institute Gold medal during her Masters program, National doctoral fellowship during her doctoral program at IIT Kanpur, CNRS postdoctoral fellowship for UPMC Paris and a recent National award from Institute of Engineers. Her current research projects are in Maintenance and Service Robotics and in Rehabilitation Robotics, and progressing through industrial partnerships, two UK-India collaborations and active association with the University of Stony-Brook, New York – for the robotic applications is medical and defence field. To enhance the training and learning environment of Industrial Robotics field, she has got signed an MOU between IIT Ropar and TATA Automation Ltd for establishing a robotics research and training centre at IIT Ropar. Her contributions are visible through four completed projects, various journal articles, editorship in reputed journals and contributions for various societies.   At IIT Ropar, she has actively taken up the administrative responsibility at various levels related to student affairs, academic affairs and chairing the event organizations. Dr Ekta founded an interdisciplinary group, PUNJRobotics [www.punjrobotics.com], to focus on academic, professional and innovation-related activities not only at IIT Ropar but to connect many institutes in the regional area.
Areas of Research: 
Assistive devices - Task-based design, motion planning;
Service robots, Modular manipulators, Hybrid manipulators
Unified approaches for Optimal synthesis and Performance analysis of Manipulators
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, IIT Ropar, India, 2010-present
Visiting Professor, SUNY, New York, June-July 2017
Senior Research Engineer, IIT 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
  Convener - BAJA SAEINDIA Ropar 2018