Taskin Padir

Director,  Institute for Experiential Robotics
Associate 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

  • 2022 Amazon Scholar
  • 2022 Faculty Research Team Award
  • Kalenian Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • HEART: Humans Empowered with Assistive Robot Technologies
  • Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education

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

College Research Initiatives

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.

Student Groups

Nov 08, 2022

Northeastern Robotics Team Wins $1M for Third-place Finish in Global Competition

Team Northeastern won $1 million in third place among 17 finalists from around the globe in the ANA Avatar XPrize robotics competition.

Joseph Berman

Undergraduate

Oct 26, 2022

Seeing Code in Real Life: A Co-op Journey into Robotics

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.

Faculty

Oct 07, 2022

Announcing Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

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: […]

Alumni

Jul 13, 2022

BioE Alum Wins 2022 Innovator Award

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.

Faculty

Jul 07, 2022

ECE PhD Students Win PETRA Best Student Paper Award

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”.

Faculty

Jun 09, 2022

Padir Selected as Northeastern’s First Amazon Scholar

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.

Faculty

Apr 26, 2022

Extracting Drinkable Water from the Mars Surface

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.

RISE logo

Students

Apr 19, 2022

Congratulations RISE: 2022 Winners

Congratulations to our engineering students who won awards at the RISE:2022 Research, Innovation and Scholarship Expo!

Faculty

Apr 15, 2022

Faculty and Staff Awards 2022

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.

Competitions

Mar 14, 2022

SEDS Student Group Finalist in NASA BIG Idea Challenge for Innovative Robot Snake Design

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.

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