Taskin Padir

Director,  Institute for Experiential Robotics
Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Roux Institute
Affiliated Faculty,  Institute for Experiential AI
Affiliated Faculty,  Global Resilience Institute

Contact

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Office

  • 511 ISEC
  • 617.373.8114

Research Focus

Experiential robotics, human-robot teaming at the extremes, embodied artificial intelligence

Education

  • PhD (2004), Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • MS (1997), Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • BS (1993), Middle East Technical University, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Honors & Awards

Leadership Positions

  • Executive Committee of the Robotics and Remote Systems Division of the American Nuclear Society
  • Editor, International Conference in Robotics and Automation

Professional Affiliations

  • IEEE
    • Robotics and Automation
    • Control Systems
    • Systems, Man and Cybernetics
    • Computer; Engineering in Medicine and Biology
    • Education Societies
  • The American Society for Engineering Education
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
  • Sigma Xi

Research Overview

Experiential robotics, human-robot teaming at the extremes, embodied artificial intelligence

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Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory

The Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at Northeastern University, originally founded in 2010 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, aims to advance the capabilities of autonomous robots and intelligent vehicles. Research activities focus on design, analysis, implementation and control of intelligent vehicles, mobile robots, walking robots, manipulators and adaptive systems. Aligned with Northeastern University core values of contribution, diversity, engagement, integrity, and opportunity, our projects bring science and technology together with real-world problems.

RIVeR Lab

Selected Research Projects

Research Centers and Institutes

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M. Wonsick and T. Padır, “Human-Humanoid Robot Interaction through Virtual Reality Interfaces,” 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100), 2021, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/AERO50100.2021.9438400.
  • Wonsick, Murphy, Philip Long, Aykut Onol, Maozhen Wang, and Taskin Padir. “A Holistic Approach to Human-Supervised Humanoid Robot Operations in Extreme Environments.” Frontiers in Robotics and AI 8 (2021): 148.
  • A. Ö. Önol, R. Corcodel, P. Long and T. Padır, “Tuning-Free Contact-Implicit Trajectory Optimization,” 2020 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2020, pp. 1183-1189, doi: 10.1109/ICRA40945.2020.9196805.

MS

Jul 10, 2024

Robotics Student Awarded Amazon Fellowship

Oscar De La Garza, MS’25, robotics, is completing an internship through the Amazon Robotics Day One Fellowship, which is granted to a select number of students with diverse backgrounds each year. Among other responsibilities, De La Garza will be helping to improve the autonomy and human interaction capabilities of Proteus, an Amazon robot. 

Undergraduate

May 08, 2024

2024 URF Scholars Recipients

Thirty-six engineering students received 2024 URF Scholars Awards from Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. URF Scholars are students who are graduating this year and who have earned a PEAK Experience Award, applied for a distinguished fellowship, or participated in graduate school advising.

Faculty

Feb 01, 2024

Faculty and Staff Awards 2024

The College of Engineering recognized faculty and staff at the annual faculty and staff awards event and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication in support of our students, college, and university during the 2023-2024 academic year. View award recipients and photo gallery.

Faculty

Nov 30, 2023

New Robotics Lab to Lead to Innovative Research

The newly opened space in EXP for the Institute of Experiential Robotics will allow for interdisciplinary collaboration in the advancement of robotics.

Faculty

Sep 01, 2023

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/MIE Professor Hanumant Singh and ECE Professor Taskin Padir are excited to see what the future holds for lunar exploration and what role robots will play.

Spotlight Story

May 01, 2023

Discovering a Passion for Robotics through Research

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.

Faculty

Jan 25, 2023

Announcing Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

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 […]

Faculty

Jan 24, 2023

Faculty and Staff Awards 2023

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 […]

Competitions

Dec 20, 2022

Rover Team Prepares for Next Competition

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.

Faculty

Dec 19, 2022

Robot Created by Northeastern University Allows a Person to Control, Feel from a Distance

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.”

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