About Me

My name is Deepak E. Gopinath.  Welcome to my page where you can find my work in robotics, music technology and music.

Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Robotics at Northwestern University in Chicago. I work with Dr. Brenna Argall at the Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics Lab in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).

My current research focuses on utilizing information theoretic principles for characterization of human-robot interaction, development and design of effective shared-control assistive paradigms for assistive robotic manipulators, intent inference mechanisms using dynamic field theory and robot control via potential fields and Learning From Demonstration techniques.

Prior to starting my PhD, I pursued a Masters in Music Technology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I worked with Dr. Gil Weinberg in the Robotic Musicianship Group. At Georgia Tech, I worked on the development of control algorithms and music composition tools for a Wearable Drumming Prosthesis. More specifically, my Masters Thesis focused on enhancing the musical expressivity of robotics drummers using human-inspired physical models for stroke generation.

Before my Masters, I completed a Professional Diploma in Music (majoring in Composition and Performance) from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a B.Tech in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB) in Mumbai, India.

Besides research and music, I love to cook, try out different cuisines and play squash.

I can be reached at deepakgopinath@u.northwestern.edu.

I look forward to hearing from you!