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Improving the Capabilities of Humanoid Robots in Nuclear Facilities

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, in collaboration with Holly Yanco from University of Massachusetts Lowell, was awarded a $400K NSF grant for the “Cooperative Control of Humanoid Robots for Remote Operations in Nuclear Environments”

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Coordinating Object Handovers Between Robots and Humans

Bouve Professor Eugene Tunik (PI) on the project, ECE Professor Deniz Erdogmus, Associate Professor Taskin Padir and Bouve Associate Research Scientist Mathew Yarossi were award a $760K NSF grant for the “Coordination of Dyadic Object Handover for Human-Robot Interactions”.

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Padir Appointed an Editor for IEEE ICRA Robotics Research Conference

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir has been appointed an Editor for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation for a three-year term. ICRA 2020 is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and the premier international forum for robotics researchers to present and discuss their work. Established in 1984 and held annually, the […]

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Padir to Lead $2.5M NSF Grant to Develop Collaborative Robots to Impact the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir to lead a $2.5M NSF grant with Kemi Jona (CPS Assistant Vice Chancellor), Alicia Modestino (CSSH Associate Professor), Kristian Kloeckl (CAMD Associate Professor), and John Basl (CSSH Associate Professor) to create “Co-worker Robots to Impact Seafood Processing (CRISP): Designs, Tools and Methods for Enhanced Worker Experience”.

ECE PhDs Win Best Student Paper Award at PETRA 2019

ECE PhD students Mo Han, PhD’22, Yagmur Gunay, PhD’21, and Ilkay Yildiz, PhD’22, received the best student paper award at PETRA 2019, which took place in Rhodes, Greece, for their paper “From Hand-perspective Visual Information to Grasp Type Probabilities: Deep Learning via Ranking Labels”.

Northeastern Opens State-of-the-Art Radio-Silient Drone Facilty

Northeastern University is collaborating with Hanscom Air Force Base on a $2.8M grant on a first-of-its-kind radio-silent drone testing facilty at Innovation Campus in Burlington.

Hajjar and Padir’s Collaborative Work Highlighted at CRDR Workshop

CEE Chair and CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar and ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir are collaborating on a research project for post-disaster assessment of critical infrastructure such as bridges using small unmanned aircraft systems.

NU Team Announced as Finalist in 2019 Mars Ice Challenge

A group of Northeastern students led by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was selected as one of ten finalists in NASA’s 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge for their project “Northeastern University Prospecting Underground Distilling Liquid Extractor (NU-PUDLE)”.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Mars

After the recent landing of NASA’s InSight lander on Mars, ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir is hoping that its investigation of the interior structure and composition of the planet will provide insight into how Mars was formed.

Robot Revolution

Northeastern's Valkyrie robot was one of the featured robots in the TODAY Show's "Robot Revolution" segment.

Undergraduate Lab Fair Opens Up Possibilities

Starting at the Undergraduate Research Fair where autonomous rovers caught his eye, James found his passion in robotics, spending the next several years conducting research at the Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Lab.

Discovery of Water on Mars Could Make Trips There More Possible

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir is excited that the recent confirmation of water on Mars will make human trips to Mars more feasible.

Robots Could Help Local Fisheries

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir is working with local seafood plants to develop robots to help with processing the fish which would reduce imports and improve the production of local fisheries.

Human Support Robot

ECE students Anas Abou Allaban, BS’20, Tarik Kelestemur, MS’18, and Naoki Yokoyama, BS/MS’18, under the direction of Associate Professor Taskin Padir, recently competed at the RoboCup@Home competition and placed 4th overall (the best of any US team) which landed them a spot to participate in the World Robot Summit in Tokyo.

NU Wins NASA RASC-AL Mars Ice Challenge

Northeastern’s undergraduate engineering team Wins First Place at the 2018 NASA RASC-AL Mars Ice Challenge, competing with 10 finalist teams at NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Northeastern Debuts New Drone Testing Facility

A drone cage was built at the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security which will allow faculty like CEE Chair & CDM Smith Professor Jerome Hajjar and ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir to develop drones to evaluate damage to structures after disasters.

Faculty and Staff Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2017-2018 academic school year.

Cutting Edge: Robot Designed to Make Aging Easier

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was interviewed in WCVB's "Cutting Edge: Robot Designed to Make Aging Easier" about how the robot Frasier could help the elderly in their home.

Robotics Showcase

A variety of robots, such as a prosthetic hand, drones, mobile robots, and an autonomous car and kayak from ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir’s RIVeR Lab and ECE/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh’s robotics research center were on display at the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex as part of National Engineers Week.

Crawling Baby Robot, Tethered Drone, and New Intel RealSense

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir's FRASIER, Northeastern’s Fostering Resilient Aging with Self-Efficacy and Independence Enabling Robot, was featured in the IEEE Spectrum as it is getting ready for RoboCup@Home 2018.

Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and the Valkyrie robot were featured in National Geographic's article "Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet".

COE Team Selected as 2018 NASA RASC-AL Mars Ice Challenge Finalists

A team of undergraduate engineering students have been selected as finalists for the 2018 NASA RASC-AL Mars Ice Challenge for their project on “Northeastern University Planetary Articulating Water Extraction System (NU PAWES)”.

Northeastern Team is a Finalist at the IAEA Robotics Challenge

A Northeastern University team was selected as one of ten finalists in the International Atomic Energy Agency Robotics Challenge for their entry “Small-UGV for Conducting In-Field Inspections (SCIFI) in Nuclear Environments.”

Padir to Give Talk at International Automotive Engineering Conference

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir gave an invited talk entitled “Risk-Aware Compositional Autonomy” at the 2017 International Automotive Engineering Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey. This event coincided with the announcement of a major consortium to make Turkey's first domestically produced car. “

Human-Robot Friendship

Doctoral student Murphy Wonsick envisions a world where humans and robots coexist as friends. She spends her days trying to figure out how astronauts and robots can work together to complete dangerous tasks in space. In fact, she’s working on one of the world’s most advanced humanoid robots to exist—Northeastern’s NASA robot Valkyrie—under the direction […]

New technology giving first responders another tool to help during disasters

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was featured in Fox 25 Boston interview "New technology giving first responders another tool to help during disasters" on how drones can be used by first responders.

Designing Robots to Detect Building Damage

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and CEE Professor & Chair Jerry Hajjar are developing robots that can detect weaknesses in buildings and other infrastructures after a disaster.

Creating Robots That Are More Like Humans

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was featured in R&D's article on "Creating Robots That Are More Like Humans".

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Why are Robots called ‘Robots’?

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir explains the origins of the word "robot" in this week's version of Why is That?

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Geolocation LocATER System for First Responders

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $200K NSF grant to design "LocATER: Localization and Accountability Technology for Emergency Responders".

Meet Valkyrie, NASA’s Space Robot

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and Valkyrie were featured in Sky & Telescope leading up to simulated trials next month as part of NASA's Space Robotics Challenge.

Does your organization need a Chief Robotics Officer?

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was quoted in Cisco’s The Network in the article “Does your organization need a Chief Robotics Officer?“

Making Robots that Can Work with Their Hands

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir’s robotics research, titled, “Making Robots that Can Work with Their Hands,” is featured in The Conversation, highlighting innovations to boost manufacturing competitiveness.

ISEC Grand Opening Marks a New Era of Discovery

The grand opening ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex took place on April 3, 2017.

TechCrunch: Valkyrie robot ‘helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements’

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was featured in TechCrunch in the article "In a Massachusetts warehouse, NASA’s Valkyrie robot helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements"

Robotics industry learns from successes and failures at Fukushima

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was quoted in ComputerWorld.

Humanoid Robots ‘Live’ it up at Northeastern

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir's Valkyrie Robot featured in Assembly Magazine.

Establishing a New Institute to Advance Robotics in Manufacturing

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir has been tapped to help develop a new robotics institute for the Department of Defense. Professor Padir’s research interests include modeling and control of robot systems, human-in-the-loop robot control, and realization of medical cyber-physical systems.

Wanted: Robots for Mars missions—must work well with humans

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir featured in Cisco's The Network.

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Padir to Give Talk at IEEE Wireless Health 2016

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir will be giving a talk on "Human-Centered Design of Internet of Things for Safer Response to Epidemics" at the IEEE Wireless Health 2016 Conference.

Photo of ECE Professor Padir Featured in National Geographic

An image showing ECE Professor Taskin Padir and Valkyrie, the NASA robot he is working on improving, is featured in an issue of National Geographic. The article talks at length about prospects of space travel to mars. Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet

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Enhancing Safety of Ebola Workers

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $54K Rapid Response Research NSF grant for "Realization of a Medical Cyber-Physical System to Enhance Safety of Ebola Workers". Abstract Source: NSF Motivated by the fact that the 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and there is a pressing need to understand how to improve […]

Valkyrie has Successful Meeting with Public

The Valkyrie robot destined for use on Mars had its first interaction with the public during a presentation in East Village at the beginning of June.

Improving Valkyrie’s Mobility

The Associated Press featured ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and his team as they work to improve Valkyrie's movements which will help the robot use tools, climb ladders, and perform high-level tasks once it is shipped to Mars.

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Padir Awarded NSF I-Corps Grant

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $50K NSF I-Corps grant for his "Customer Discovery for Field-Deployable Indoor Localization Technology".

Valkyrie has Arrived

The Valkyrie robot that ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir will be enhancing for its preparation for space travel has arrived at Northeastern.

App to Help Stop Deadly Epidemics

Computer Engineering PhD student Murphy Wonsick was featured in the Boston Herald for her blood sample tracking app that could help stop deadly epidemics in developing countries.

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Building a Better Robotic Astronaut

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and MIT's Russ Tedrake were featured in Boston Magazine for their work with NASA to enable the Valkyrie robot to complete tasks such as climbing ladders, operating tools, and collecting samples.

ECE PhD Student Develops Blood Sample Tracking App

Murphy Wonsick, a first year ECE PhD student, developed a system and app for automated tracking of blood samples from collection facilities to testing facilities in Liberia.  This project was spun off from Taskin Padir's NSF RAPID project on nextgen Ebola Treatment Units. Current practices in Liberia result in loss of 20% of the blood […]

I.Q. Spotlight: Professor Taskin Padir

One of the new faces in the ECE faculty has made a long journey to end up at Northeastern. He has hit the ground running and has immediately had an impact at the university. Taskin Padir joined NU in the fall of 2015 as a key player in a shift to robotics ECE is in the […]

Humanoid Robots in Space

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir has been selected by NASA to work on the development of a humanoid robot that will go to Mars.

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Padir gives Plenary Talk at IEEE Symposium

ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir delivered a plenary talk at the 13th IEEE Symposium on Safety, Security and Rescue Robotics on "Human-Robot Teams for Disaster Response: A Report From the DARPA Robotics Challenge".

Neural Controlled Prosthetics

ECE Associate Professors Denis Erdogmus, Gunar Schirner, & Taskin Padir awarded $603K NSF grant to develop a Hand Augmentation using Nested Decision (HAND) for those with lost limb function.

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New Faculty Spotlight: Taskin Padir

Taskin Padir joins the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in Fall 2015 as an Associate Professor.