Adeel Akhtar

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Eng, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)


  • Ph.D. University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • MASc. University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • B.E. National University of Science and Technologies, Pakistan

I am currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), located in NJ, USA.

I hold a Ph.D. from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, specializing in the exciting field of aerial robotics and controls. Prior to that, I pursued my MASc degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the same esteemed university, focusing on controls and robotics. My academic journey began with a Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).

Before joining NJIT, I gained valuable experience as a postdoctoral research scientist at the University of California at Santa Cruz and KAUST. My postdoctoral research journey also included a position at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Queens University in Canada, where I had the privilege of working under the guidance of Professor Andrew Lewis. Additionally, I was part of SDCN, a state-of-the-art drone lab at York University, Canada.

Open PhD positions

🌟 Exciting Opportunity for PhD Students in Controls and Robotics! 🌟

I am thrilled to announce the opening of positions for 1-2 PhD students to join my newly established lab at NJIT! 🚀 If you have a passion for nonlinear, geometric, and hybrid controls, and are eager to explore their applications in robotics and drones, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

To apply, simply submit your application to NJIT MIE department. Additionally, feel free to reach out to me via email at adeel.uwaterloo [at] gmail [dot] com to express your interest or ask any questions.

Research Interests

  • Mobile Robotics
  • Nonlinear Systems
  • Geometric Controls
  • Hybrid Systems


Apr 15, 2023 :sparkles: Accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at NJIT! :sparkles:
Dec 12, 2022 Presented our work on hybrid geometric control for left-invariant system at CDC, in Cancun, Mexico!
Jan 22, 2022 Two paper, including a single-author paper, got accepted at ACC conference!
May 1, 2021 Started postdoc at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Feb 10, 2020 Our paper at Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC) got accepted!

selected publications

    Global Accelerated Nonconvex Geometric Optimization Methods on SO(3)
    Akhtar, Adeel, and Sanfelice, Ricardo G.
    In 2023 American Control Conference (ACC), 2023
    Hybrid Geometric Controllers for Fully-Actuated Left-invariant Systems on Matrix Lie Groups
    Akhtar, Adeel, and Sanfelice, Ricardo G.
    In 2022 IEEE 61st Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2022
    A Class of Hybrid Geometric Controllers for Robust Global Asymptotic Stabilization on S^1
    Akhtar, A., and Sanfelice, R.
    IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), 2022
    Coordinated Path Following for a Class of Underactuated Multi-agent System using Nested Set Stabilization
    Akhtar, A.
    IEEE American Control Conference (ACC), 2022
    Path Invariant Controllers for a UAV with a Cable-suspended Payload using a Global Parameterization
    A. Akhtar, S. Saleem, and Shan, J.
    IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 2021
    Controller Class for Rigid Body Tracking on SO(3)
    Akhtar, A., and Waslander, S.
    IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 2020