Taskin Padir

Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Roux Institute
Affiliated Faculty,  Global Resilience Institute

Contact

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Office

  • 527 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

  • 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

A prosthetic hand holding a golf ball.

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

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.

In the Media

Nov 03, 2021

Northeastern University Team Working to Create Robotic Avatar in Multi-year Competition

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.”

Competitions

Oct 22, 2021

Northeastern Team Advances to Finals of ANA Avatar XPRIZE

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.

Student Groups

Sep 28, 2021

NU Team Places 2nd at NASA RASC-AL Competition

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).”

Computer engineering graduate student Rui Luo operates the robot that will be entered into the September 2021 semifinals of a $10 million global robotics competition.

Faculty

Sep 10, 2021

Creating a Human Avatar in Remote Locations

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.

reflection of a robot on computer screen

Student Groups

Aug 20, 2021

NU Team PARIS Wins in Phase 1 of American-Made E-ROBOT Prize

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.

Robotic arm attached to Peter Whitney's arm.

Faculty

Jul 28, 2021

Advancing Remote Robotic Technology

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 […]

Jul 13, 2021

Elite Opportunity for Global Robotics Collaboration

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 […]

abstract photo of women doctor pointing to tablet with medical imagery around it

Faculty

May 11, 2021

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Human beings are some of the most complex systems in the world, and responses to illness, disease, and impairments manifest in countless different ways. When it comes to making sure that your system stays up and running, healthcare professionals typically have their own deep well of knowledge—but the addition of artificial intelligence tools offers unprecedented […]

Mars

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.

mask in robot testing device

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.

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