Nitin Sharma

Associate Professor
Dr. Sharma's Research Website @PittSharmaLab Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science


Nitin Sharma received the B.E. degree in Industrial Engineering from Thapar Institue of Engineering and Technology, India, in 2004, and the M.S. degree and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He was an Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Since 2012, he has been an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include the modeling, optimization, and control of functional electrical stimulation-elicited walking. He has won O Hugo Schuck Award for the Best Application Paper from the 2008 American Control Conference. His current research in hybrid exoskeletons is funded by three NSF awards and one NIH R03 Award. He won NSF CAREER Award in 2018.


(2011) Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Fellowship Award.

(2011) MAE Department Best Dissertation Award.

(2010) Best Presentation in Session Award at the American Control Conference, Baltimore, MD.

(2009) Best Student Paper Award in Robotics.

(2009) O. Hugo Schuck Award.

(2008) Finalist for Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, San Antonio, Texas.

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2006 - 2010

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 2006 - 2008

B.E., Industrial Engineering, Thapar University, 2000 - 2004

Alibeji, N.A., Molazadeh, V., Dicianno, B.E., & Sharma, N. (2018). A Control Scheme That Uses Dynamic Postural Synergies to Coordinate a Hybrid Walking Neuroprosthesis: Theory and Experiments. FRONTIERS IN NEUROSCIENCE, 12(APR), 159.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00159.

Kirsch, N.A., Bao, X., Alibeji, N.A., Dicianno, B.E., & Sharma, N. (2018). Model-Based Dynamic Control Allocation in a Hybrid Neuroprosthesis. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, 26(1), 224-232.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2017.2756023.

Alibeji, N., & Sharma, N. (2017). A PID-Type Robust Input Delay Compensation Method for Uncertain Euler-Lagrange Systems. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, 25(6), 2235-2242.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/TCST.2016.2634503.

Alibeji, N., Kirsch, N., & Sharma, N. (2017). An adaptive low-dimensional control to compensate for actuator redundancy and FES-induced muscle fatigue in a hybrid neuroprosthesis. CONTROL ENGINEERING PRACTICE, 59, 204-219.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.conengprac.2016.07.015.

Alibeji, N., Kirsch, N., Farrokhi, S., & Sharma, N. (2015). Further Results on Predictor-Based Control of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, 23(6), 1095-1105.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2015.2418735.

Sharma, N., Gregory, C.M., & Dixon, W.E. (2011). Predictor-Based Compensation for Electromechanical Delay During Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NEURAL SYSTEMS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING, 19(6), 601-611.Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2011.2166405.

Kirsch, N.A., Alibeji, N.A., & Sharma, N. (2015). Nonlinear Model Predictive Control of Functional Electrical Stimulation. In Volume 2: Diagnostics and Detection; Drilling; Dynamics and Control of Wind Energy Systems; Energy Harvesting; Estimation and Identification; Flexible and Smart Structure Control; Fuels Cells/Energy Storage; Human Robot Interaction; HVAC Building Energy Management; Industrial Applications; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Manufacturing; Mechatronics; Modelling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications, 2.American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/dscc2015-9762.

Research interests

Delay Systems
Derivation of robust nonlinear...
Functional Electrical Stimulation
Nonlinear Control Theory
Walking Restoration