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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 on sabbatical leave at University of Alberta, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Telerobotic and Biorobotic Systems Group. He is Professor and the Director of the Advanced Robotics and Automated System (ARAS), Department of Systems and Control, Faculty of Electrical Engineering,  K. N. Toosi University of Technology, a senior member of IEEE, 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 250 papers in international Journals and conference proceedings.

Department Office:
Location: Seyed Khandan Campus, Room 321.
P.O. Box: 16315-1355, Tehran, Iran.
Phone: (+98 21) 8406 2321
Fax: (+98 21) 8846 2066
O Hours Mondays 18:30 – 19:30  Skype link
On Sabbatical Leave:
Location: University of Alberta
Department: Electrical &Computer Engineering
Lab: Telerobotic and Biorobotic Systems
O Hours: with appointment Skype link
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering 1997
McGill University, Montreal, Canada. hesis 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, Canada. 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 TechnologyTehran, Iran. The second-best student (2/45) in the department, GPA 3.75/4.
Industrial Grants
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$
Gas industry supervisor on the design and implementation of High resolution MFL, TFI and EGP intelligent pig. 310 K$
Design and implementation of a Haptic eye surgery training system 255 K$
Object detection and tracking on ARAS Driver-less Car 175 K$
Control Structure development on ARAS Electric Motorcyle 121 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.
University of Alberta, Visiting Professor 2021-today
K. N. Toosi U. of Tech, University Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies and International Affairs 2018-2021
Concordia University, Montreal, Visiting Professor  Summer 2017
K. N. Toosi U. of Tech., Member of Auditorial Board 2014-current
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Dean 2013-2018
Ministry of SRT, Department of Educational Planning , Head of Multidisciplinary Group 2014-2016
International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics, Member of the steering committee 2013-today
IEEE Control System Group Chair, Iran Section 2013-2019
IEEE Senior member of Control System, and Robotics and Automation Societies 2012-current
Industrial Control Center of Excellence, K. N. Toosi U. of Tech. Member of the board 2011-2019
Robotics Society of Iran, Tehran, Member of the board 2011-2017
International Journal of Robotics, Editorial board 2010-today
ETS University, Control and Robotics Lab, Montreal, Visiting Professor  Summer 2010
Iranian Society of Mechatronics, Tehran, Vice President and member of the board 2007-2011
K.N. Toosi U. of Tech, Tehran, Director of the Office of International Scientific Cooperation (OISC) 2007-2010
McGill University, Center for Intelligent Machines, Montreal, Visiting Professor 2005-2006
Iranian Society of Mechatronics, Tehran, Member of the board 2004-2007
IEEE member, Control System, and Robotics and Automation Societies 1995-2012
K.N. Toosi U. of Tech, Tehran, Director of the Department of Systems and Control 2003-2005
K.N. Toosi U. of Tech, Tehran, Professor. 2010-today
K.N. Toosi U. of Tech, Tehran, Faculty of ECE, Dean of Research. 1999-2001
K.N. Toosi U. of Tech, Tehran, Faculty of ECE, Director of Industrial Control Lab and Robotics Lab 1997- today
Advanced Robotics and Automated Systems (ARAS), Director of Electrical Engineering Dept. 1997- today

I was born on January 1967 in TehranIran. 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 (FerdowsiSaadiHafez 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 (SharifAmirkabir 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.

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