Taskin Padir

Associate Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering


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  • 617.373.8114

Research Focus

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


  • 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

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

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.


Selected Research Projects

Research Centers and Institutes

College Research Initiatives

Department Research Areas

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
Robotic arm attached to Peter Whitney's arm.


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


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 […]



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.

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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.


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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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