Hamid D. Taghirad has received his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1989, his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering in 1993, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1997, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is currently a Professor and the dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, and the Director of the Advanced Robotics and Automated System (ARAS) at K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He is a senior member of IEEE, the chairman of IEEE control system chapter in Iran section, member of the board of Industrial Control Center of Excellence (ICCE), at K.N. Toosi University of Technology, editor in chief of Mechatronics Magazine, and Editorial board of International Journal of Robotics: Theory and Application, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. His research interest is robust and nonlinear control applied to robotic systems. His publications include five books, and more than 200 papers in international Journals and conference proceedings.
|●||Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering||1997|
|McGill University, Montreal.|
|Thesis title: Robust torque control of harmonic drive systems, Supervisor: Dr. P.R. Belanger and Dr. G. Zames, GPA 4/4, among top 5%.|
|●||M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics)||1993|
|McGill University, Montreal.|
|Thesis title: Analysis, design, implementation and control of a hopping robot, GPA 4/4, among top 5%.|
|●||B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering||1989|
|Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran.|
|The second-best student (2/45) in the department, GPA 3.75/4.|
|►||Design and implementation of a 4DOF piston-casting industrial robot (D&A 101).||22 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of an automatic radial welding robot for pipes (D&A 110).||150 K$|
|►||Design of climbing robot for automatic washing of road lights (D&A 120).||25 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of an automatic casting machine (D&A 201).||320 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of a semi-automatic light guided assembly table for electronic boards. (D&A 301)||110 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of an automated quality control system for piston pins (D&A 310);||205 K$|
|►||Development of Statistical Process Control (SPC) software (D&A 320).||75 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of an automatic robotic cell: (D&A 401);||115 K$|
|►||· Analysis and design of Nekka Power Plant control logic (D&A 410).||138 K$|
|►||Design and Implementation of a planar cable-driven parallel redundant manipulator||102 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of Visual servoing system on an industrial robot||25 K$|
|►||Gas industry supervisor on the project of the design and implementation of High resolution MFL, TFI and EGP intelligent pigs.||310 K$|
|►||Design and implementation of a Haptic eye surgery training system.||255 K$|
|►||Best University Teaching Professor Award||2016|
|►||Best University Research Award for Published books||2014|
|►||Best University Teaching Professor Award||2013|
|►||Best University Teaching Professor Award||2010|
|►||PBEEE Quebec Visiting Scientist Award||2005|
|►||Best University Researcher Award||2001|
|►||Best University Teaching Professor Award||2002|
|►||J.C. McConnell Memorial McGill Major Fellowship||1995-1997|
|The most prestigious and competitive award which is offered only to top 5% of the students in the university. Awarded a three-year fellowship|
|►||David Stewart Memorial McGill Major Fellowship||1993|
|►||John Bonsal Porter Graduate Scholarship||1992|
|►||Faculty of Graduate Studies, McGill University||1992-94|
|►||Ministry of Culture and Higher Education Scholarship||1991|
|The third-best student in the competitive examination for continuing education abroad among 600 students. Awarded a six-year scholarship toward Ph.D. studies.|
I was born on January 1967 in Tehran, Iran. I am married and have tasted the smell of heaven through my daughter, named Matineh. Iran (Known as Persia) is well known for its fine persian carpets, famous Poets (Ferdowsi, Saadi, Hafez and Rumi, ancient Perspolis) and unique Caviar abroad. However, what make me more delighted in Iran, is her nice and friendly people. People who live while possessing their family values, talented people with hospitality. I have enjoyed teaching students from many different origins, and I found the Iranian students, talented, with well prepared background, and usually respective with friendly behavior.
I have finished my elementary school, in Tehran, stared my secondary in German School in Tehran (Deutsche Schule Teheran), and obtained my high school diploma from Shariati High school, Tehran in 1984. I have obtained my B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 1989. During my studies, I was ranked always the first or the second top student among my peers, although I had to work while I am studying, and I always enjoyed, learning new things. The most gracious thing I learned during my studies in Tehran, was the ability of analytical thinking, and the self confidence that: “I can do it, and do it right!”.
After two years experience in different sector of industries, and with my background part time jobs during studies, I planned to continue my education toward Ph.D. in the field of systems and control. Therefore, I applied to McGill University, and started my Master’s in Center of Intelligent Machines (CIM). My thesis was to design and build a one-legged hopping robot, and to implement energy-based control algorithms on it. This thesis provides me with a valuable mechatronics experience, and a good taste of electro-mechanical design, and software programming. I decided to continue my Ph.D. at McGill, and in Electrical Engineering, with the major in Robust control, the favorite topic of interest of Late Prof. Zames. I enjoyed the teachings of Prof. Belanger, and Prof. Zames during my four year Ph.D. studies, and I graduated from McGill, in 1997. My postgraduate studies, enforced my previous valuable asset of analytical thinking, and self confidence, in a more detail manner.
I returned to Iran, and started my career as an assistant professors, in the Department of Systems and Control of the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at K.N. Toosi University of Technology. I have enjoyed teaching more than 15 courses, supervising about 200 thesis, writing five books and more than 200 papers from my research and teaching till now. I had the pleasure to meet many Professors and students, and the pleasure working with many research teams, in my university, and other universities in Tehran (Sharif, Amirkabir and Petroleum Universities of Technology). After eight years of teaching and research in Iran, I spent my one year Sabbatical leave at McGill University, and enjoyed working with a group of researchers at CIM. In the summer of 2010 I visited ETS University in Montreal, and had the pleasure of working with Prof. I. Bonev. In the summer of 2017, I had the chance to visit Concordia University, and work with Prof. Wen-Fang Xie.
One of my best and most valuable chances in my career was initiation and the formation of a research center of excellence named Advanced Robotics and Automated Systems (ARAS), whose name fully describes the field of activity, while its acronym (ARAS) is the name of a river in Iran. Today, the scientific research developed in ARAS is well observed and followed by our national and international partners. The main asset of the research group is its human resources devoted all their time and effort to the advancement of science and technology. This includes the internationally-recognized faculty members, staff, and talented and motivated students enrolled at different undergraduate and graduate levels.