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India’s landing on the dark side of the moon is cheered, now comes the hard part of space exploration
After India’s successful moon landing, ECE Professors Hanumant Singh and Taskin Padir are excited to see what the future holds for lunar exploration and what role robots will play.
Serena Lin, computer engineering, participated in the UPLIFT (Undergraduate Program for Leaders in Future Transformation Program) where she started research in her first semester as an undergraduate. With a variety of hands-on research experiences, including an NSF REU and working at the Institute for Experiential Robotics, Lin found her passion in robotics.
Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. Base Camp Awardees Sophia Nguyen COE’26, “Neuromodulation of Motor Cortex’s Response to Different Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Pulse Waveforms” Mentor: Mathew Yarossi, Bouvé, Physical Therapy/Movement/Rehab Science This project seeks to use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive […]
Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2022-2023 academic school year. COE Distinguished Faculty Award Yun Raymond Fu, ECE Auroop Ganguly, CEE Luke Landherr, ChE Sinan Müftü, MIE Mark Niedre, BioE Alison Nogueira, Co-op Nian Sun, ECE Constantinos Mavroidis Translational […]
After competing at the global Mars Society’s University Rover Challenge earlier this year, the Northeastern Mars Rover Team, advised by MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney, is gearing up for next year’s competition.
ECE Professor Taskin Padir and the Institute for Experiential Robotics were featured in the CBS News article and interview “Robot created by Northeastern University allows a person to control, feel from a distance.”
Team Northeastern won $1 million in third place among 17 finalists from around the globe in the ANA Avatar XPrize robotics competition.
Computer Engineering student Joseph Berman has taken advantage of Northeastern’s experiential learning opportunities. After completing a co-op at Amazon Robotics, he worked in the robotics lab of Associate Professor Taskin Padir, who is also director of the Institute of Experiential Robotics. He is now on co-op in Japan working at Mujin, a startup based in Tokyo with additional branches in Georgia and China. Mujin creates software for industrial robots controlled by a central artificial intelligence hub.
Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards. This extraordinary group of students is taking on a range of exciting projects, from exploring axolotl limb regeneration to building a snake-inspired robot to understanding accessibility on Broadway. ASCENT AWARDS Justin Almendral COE’24, “Wearable Art” Mentor: […]
Bioengineering alumna Samantha Johnson, E’21, ME’21, was the first place winner of the 2022 Innovator Awards given out by Northeastern’s Women Who Empower in the young alumnae graduate category, which she will use to develop a robotic arm that can sign in ASL.
ECE PhD student Kyle Lockwood and coauthors received the best student paper award at PETRA 2022 (Corfu, Greece), with their paper titled “Leveraging Submovements for Prediction and Trajectory Planning for Human-Robot Handover”.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was selected as Northeastern University’s first Amazon Scholar and will be bringing his human-centered approach to robotics to the company’s fleet of drivers.
A team of undergraduate engineering students built the PARSEC (Percussive And Rotary Surveying & Extracting Carousel) robot to extract, melt, and purify water buried on the Mars surface. The team placed 2nd in NASA’s Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts–Academic Linkages (RASC-AL) competition in the fall and recently won an Innovation award at this year’s RISE expo.
Congratulations to our engineering students who won awards at the RISE:2022 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo!
Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2021-2022 academic school year.
A Northeastern University student team, advised by Assistant Professor Alireza Ramezani, electrical and computer engineering, was one of seven university teams selected as finalists in the 2022 NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge. The team’s project, titled “COBRA: Crater Observing Bio-inspired Rolling Articulator,” received $174K in funds to further develop and test the technologies over the next 10 months. COBRA is a snake-like design for their robot which will allow it to traverse the extreme terrains on the moon’s surface.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir explains how to help determine if N95 and KN95 masks are counterfeit by checking for certain codes and expiration dates.
Northeastern team advised by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney featured in WCVB article “Northeastern University team working to create robotic avatar in multi-year competition.”
Team Northeastern is one of 15 teams selected as finalists in the ANA Avatar XPRIZE. Finalist teams will equally share a milestone prize purse of $2M and move on to Finals Testing in Fall 2022 for their chance to win part of the $8M Finals prize purse.
Northeastern University won second place and best technical paper at NASA’s 2020-21 RASC-AL Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge for their project “Percussive And Rotary Surveying & Extracting Carousel (PARSEC).”
A group of Northeastern University students led by MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney, has made it to the semifinals of the global Avatar XPrize competition which aims to create an avatar system that can transport human presence to a remote location in real-time.
A Northeastern faculty and student team was awarded a $200K prize as a finalist for Phase 1 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s American-Made Challenges E-ROBOT Prize. In Phase 2, up to four teams (from the 10 finalists) will receive a $500K award. The team’s submission proposed development of a Precise Air-sealing Robot for Inaccessible Spaces (PARIS). The Northeastern team is advised by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane, and ECE Distinguished Professor Carey Rappaport.
MIE Assistant Professor Peter Whitney has been working to design lightweight nimble robotic arms that could be capable of remote surgery or other situations where safety might be a factor. Nimble robotic arms that perform delicate surgery may be one step closer to reality Main photo: Robotics researchers at Northeastern are advancing a technology to […]
Six Northeastern Robotics students are headed to an elite robotics summer school at the University of Southern Denmark with the goal of global collaboration and knowledge-sharing. These engineering students are heading to Europe to grow robotics relationships Main photo: Doctoral candidate Jagatpreet Nir works in the robotics lab located in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering […]
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ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir is hoping that the recent discovery of water on the moon might serve as a stepping stone before eventually reaching Mars.
During the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and his research team, including electrical engineering co-op students, created a method to use robotic technology to assist manufacturers in the testing of surgical masks and gowns, which otherwise would have been shipped to testing facilities that could take months for results.
Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2019-2020 academic school year.
Northeastern researchers comprised of Taskin Padir (ECE), Deniz Erdogmus (ECE), Misha Pavel (Khoury, BCHS), and Carmen Sceppa (BCHS) received a planning grant from the NSF-JST Smart and Connected Communities program to focus on team-building, user-centered design ideation, and community participation activities to develop a tight and sustainable collaboration among U.S.-Japan researchers
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $200k NSF RAPID grant for “Accelerating the Future of Work? Understanding Future Shifts in Technology Adoption in the Seafood Industry in Response to the COVID19 Pandemic.”
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir has been elected for a three-year term to the Executive Committee of the Robotics and Remote Systems Division of the American Nuclear Society.
Congratulations to the Northeastern team that was selected as an awardee of the Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.
Congratulations to the Northeastern team, advised by ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir, who was one of ten teams selected as finalists for the NASA 2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge.
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”
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”.
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 […]
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 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 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.
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.
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)”.
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.
Northeastern's Valkyrie robot was one of the featured robots in the TODAY Show's "Robot Revolution" segment.
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.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir is excited that the recent confirmation of water on Mars will make human trips to Mars more feasible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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)”.
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.”
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. “
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 […]
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.
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.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was featured in R&D's article on "Creating Robots That Are More Like Humans".
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir explains the origins of the word "robot" in this week's version of Why is That?
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $200K NSF grant to design "LocATER: Localization and Accountability Technology for Emergency Responders".
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.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was quoted in Cisco’s The Network in the article “Does your organization need a Chief Robotics Officer?“
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.
The grand opening ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex took place on April 3, 2017.
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"
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was quoted in ComputerWorld.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir's Valkyrie Robot featured in Assembly Magazine.
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.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir featured in Cisco's The Network.
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.
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
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 […]
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.
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.
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir was awarded a $50K NSF I-Corps grant for his "Customer Discovery for Field-Deployable Indoor Localization Technology".
The Valkyrie robot that ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir will be enhancing for its preparation for space travel has arrived at Northeastern.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir has been selected by NASA to work on the development of a humanoid robot that will go to Mars.
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".
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.