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Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, December 2001

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

5-year Integrated M.Tech., Electrical Engineering, June 1996

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai, India


Robotics, Neuronal Modeling, Nonlinear Control and Identification, and Visual Servoing

Computational Neuronal Networks Lab

Research is focused on building data-true neuronal models that can be utilized to build and predict the behavior of neuronal networks.

Assistive Robotics

Research is focused on the development of novel human-robot interface (HRI) designs to facilitate ADL (activities of daily living) tasks for wheelchair bound subjects in arbitrary unstructured environments.

Current Funding

  • Non-linear Characterization of the Stretch Reflex Arc and its Neuromodulation, NIH (NINDS)
    PI: Aman Behal,   7/2009 – 6/2012
  • NSF: Collaborative Research: A Novel User Interface for Operating an Assistive Robot in Unstructured Environments
    PI: Aman Behal,  9/2006 – 11/20102012


Networks and Systems, Control Systems, Electrical Science, Dynamical Systems

Selected Publications

D.-J. Kim, R. Hazlett, H. Godfrey, G. Rucks, T. Cunningham, D. Portee, J. Bricout, Z. Wang, and A. Behal, “How Autonomy Impacts Performance and Satisfaction: Results from a Study with Spinal Cord Injured Subjects using an Assistive Robot,” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans, accepted, to appear, 2011 (13 pages) ), early access on IEEE Xplore available here.

D.-J. Kim, Z. Wang, and A. Behal, “Motion Segmentation and Control Design for UCF-MANUS – An Intelligent Assistive Robotic Manipulator,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, accepted, to appear, 2011 (13 pages), early access on IEEE Xplore available here.

Z. Wang, A. Behal, and P. Marzocca, “Robust Adaptive Output Feedback Control Design for a MIMO Aeroelastic System,” International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Science, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 157-167, June 2011.

K. Tsui, D.-J. Kim, A. Behal, D. Kontak, and H. Yanco, “”I Want That”: Human-in-the-Loop Control of a Wheelchair-Mounted Robotic Arm,” Applied Bionics and Biomechanics: Special Issue on Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 127-147, 2011.

Z. Wang, A. Behal, and P. Marzocca, “Model-Free Control Design for MIMO Aeroelastic System Subject to External Disturbance,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 446-458, March-April 2011.

Z. Wang, A. Behal, and P. Marzocca, “Adaptive and Robust Aeroelastic Control of Nonlinear Lifting Surfaces with Single/Multiple Control Surfaces: A Review,” International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Science, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 285-302, December 2010.

Choi, H.J., J. Jedlinski, B. Yao, Y.H. Sohn, “Development of Thermally Grown Oxide on beta-NiAl During Initial Stages of Oxidation at 1100°C,” Surface and Coatings Technology, Vol. 205 (2010) pp 1206-1210.

V. Thakore, A. Behal, P. Molnar, D.C. Leistritz, and J.J. Hickman, “Nanoscale Nonlinear Dynamic Characterization of the Neuron-Electrode Junction,” Journal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 2164-2169, November 2008.

A. Behal, J. Chen, and D. Dawson, “A Novel Path Planning and Control Framework for Passive Resistance Therapy with a Robot Manipulator”, International Journal of Systems Science, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 639-653, June 2008.

J. Chen, A. Behal, and D.M. Dawson, “Robust Feedback Control for a Class of Uncertain MIMO Nonlinear Systems”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 591-596, March 2008.

A. Behal, A. K. Jain, and K. Joshi, “Observers for a Special Class of Bilinear Systems: Design and Application”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 51, no. 11, pp. 1854-1858, November 2006.

V.K. Chitrakaran, A. Behal, D.M. Dawson, and I.D. Walker, “Setpoint Regulation of Continuum Robots Using a Fixed Camera”, Robotica, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 581-586, September 2007.

A. Behal, W. Dixon, D.M. Dawson, and Y. Fang, “Tracking and Regulation Control of an Underactuated Surface Vessel with Nonintegrable Dynamics”, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 47, no. 3, pp. 495-500, March 2002.

A. Behal, M. Feemster, D.M. Dawson, and D. Haste, “An Improved Indirect Field Oriented Controller for the Induction Motor”, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 248-252, March 2003.

W. E. Dixon, A. Behal, D. M. Dawson, and B. Xian, Lyapunov-Based Control of Robotic Systems, CRC Press, under contract, to appear, 2007.

W. E. Dixon, A. Behal, D. M. Dawson, and S. Nagarkatti, Nonlinear Control of Engineering Systems, Birkhauser, May 2003, ISBN 0-8176-4265-X.

W. E. Dixon, D. M. Dawson, E. Zergeroglu, and A. Behal, Nonlinear Control of Wheeled Mobile Robots, Prentice-Hall, 2001, ISBN 1-85233-414-2.

Awards, Honors and Societies

Associate Editor, Conference Editorial Board, Control Systems Society Member, IEEE