Taskin Padir

Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering

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  • 527 ISEC
  • 617.373.8114

Research Focus

Humanoid robots, dexterous manipulation, model-based robot design, human-supervised robot autonomy, medical cyber-physical systems

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

  • Kalenian Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • HEART: Humans Empowered with Assistive Robot Technologies
  • Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education

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

Humanoid robots, dexterous manipulation, model-based robot design, human-supervised robot autonomy, medical cyber-physical systems

Selected Research Projects

  • Accessible Testing on Humanoid-Robot-R5 and Evaluation of NASA Administered (ATHENA) Space Robotics Challenge
    • – Principal Investigator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Bridging the Digital Gap and Identifying Cross-Cultural Pathways for Adoption of IoT Technologies to Support Super-Aging Societies in the U.S. and Japan
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • Co-worker Robots to Impact Seafood Processing (CRISP): Designs, Tools and Methods for Enhanced Worker Experience
    • – Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation

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Selected Publications

  • D.A. Sinyukov, T. Padir, CWave: Theory and Practice of a Fast Single-Source Any- Angle Path Planning Algorithm, Robotica, 38(2), 2020
  • A.O. Onol, P. Long, T. Padir, Contact-Implicit Trajectory Optimization Based on a Variable Smooth Contact Model and Successive Convexification, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2019
  • M. Zhong, J. Wu, Y. Yan, J. Hajjar, T. Padir, Towards Automated Post-Disaster Damage Assessment of Critical Infrastructure with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, IEEE International Symposium onTechnologies for Homeland Security, Woburn, October 23-24, 2018
  • X. Long, M. Wonsick, V. Dimitrov, T. Padır, Anytime Multi-Task Motion Planning for Humanoid Robots, In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE/ RSJ International Conference, 2017, 4452-4459

Faculty

Oct 30, 2020

Water on Moon Might Lead to Colonization or Trip to Mars

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.

Faculty

Oct 07, 2020

Using Robots for Testing Medical Protective Equipment

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.

Faculty

Sep 10, 2020

Faculty and Staff Awards 2020

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.

Faculty

Aug 28, 2020

Northeastern receives NSF-JST Planning Grant in Support of Super-Aging Societies

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

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Faculty

Jun 22, 2020

Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Seafood Industry

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.”

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Faculty

Apr 24, 2020

Padir Elected to Robotics and Remote Systems Executive Committee

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.

Students

Feb 18, 2020

NU Team Selected for NASA’s Big Idea Challenge

Congratulations to the Northeastern team that was selected as an awardee of the Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge.

Student Groups

Dec 16, 2019

NU Team to Compete in 2020 Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting 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.

Faculty

Sep 20, 2019

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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Faculty

Sep 09, 2019

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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