Nikunj Arunkumar Bhagat

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Biological Sciences and Biosciences (joint appointment)

Research Interests



  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2017
  • M. Tech in Electrical Engineering, Indian Inst. of Tech. Bombay, Mumbai, India, 2011
  • B. E. in Electronics Engineering, Sardar Patel College of Engg., University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India, 2007



  • N. Bhagat, G. Francisco, J. Contreras-Vidal, "A State-Space Control Approach for Tracking Isometric Grip Force during BMI enabled Neuromuscular Stimulation". IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 2023, vol. 53 Issue 6, pages 996 – 1005.

  • N. Bhagat, N. Yozbatiran, J. Sullivan, R. Paranjape, C. Losey, Z. Hernandez, Z. Keser, R. Grossman, G. Francisco, M. O’Malley, J. Contreras-Vidal, "Neural activity modulations and motor recovery following brain-exoskeleton interface mediated stroke rehabilitation," NeuroImage: Clinical, 2020, 28; 102502.

  • N. Bhagat, K. King, R. Ramdeo, A. Stein, C. Bouton, "Determining grasp selection from arm trajectories via deep learning to enable functional hand movement in tetraplegia", Bioelectron Med, 2020, 6; 17.

  • N. Bhagat and M. Ruppa, "Using Object Detection to Select Grasp Type & Control Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for Hand Rehabilitation," 10th Int'l Conf. on Signal Processing and Integrated Networks (SPIN), Noida, Delhi-NCR, India, 2023, pp.538-542.

  • N. Bhagat, A. Venkatakrishnan, B. Abibullaev, E. Artz, N. Yozbatiran, A. Blank, J. French, C. Karmonik, R. Grossman, M. OMalley, G. Francisco, and J. Contreras-Vidal, "Design and optimization of an EEG-based BMI to an upper-limb exoskeleton for stroke survivors," Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2016, vol. 10, no.122.

  • C. Bouton, N. Bhagat, S. Chandrasekaran, J. Herrero, N. Markowitz, E. Espinal, J. Kim, R. Ramdeo, J. Xu, M. Glasser, S. Bickel, A. Mehta, "Decoding Neural Activity in Sulcal and White Matter Areas of the Brain to Accurately Predict Individual Finger Movement and Tactile Stimuli of the Human Hand," Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2021, vol. 15 (August).

  • J. Contreras-Vidal, N. Bhagat, J. Brantley, J. Cruz-Garza, Y. He, Q. Manley, S. Nakagome, K. Nathan, S. Tan, F. Zhu, & J. Pons, "Powered exoskeletons for bipedal locomotion after spinal cord injury," J Neural Eng., 2016, vol. 13, no. 3, p. 031001.



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