Bahram Shafai

Professor,  Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering

Contact

  • shafai@ece.neu.edu
  • 427 Dana Research Center
    360 Huntington Avenue

    Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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Office

  • 617.373.2984

Research Focus

Control Systems and Signal Processing; Robust and Optimal Control, Positive Dynamic Systems, Fault Detection, Observer Theory, Robotics and Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Systems, Control of Biological Systems

About

Professor Bahram Shafai received the BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, in 1976 and 1978, respectively, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University in 1985. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern in 1985 and served as the director of the university’s Communications and Digital Signal Processing Center from 1990 to 1992.

Since 1996, he has been the director of the ECE Capstone Design Program and its associated laboratory. He has served as associate editor of two major journals. Currently, he is the associate editor of IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Magazine and serves on the conference editorial board of the IEEE Control Systems Society.

Professor Shafai has also been a member of the organizing committees for various international and IEEE-sponsored conferences, such as CDC, ACC, CCTA, and WAC. He has published one book and more than 200 journal articles and conference papers, and has been the recipient of several honors and awards. His research interests include robust stability and control of multivariable systems, observer theory, identification and estimation, fault detection, time-delay systems, distributed control, robotics and motion control, adaptive signal processing in control, and communications.

Education

  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, 1985
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 1978
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland, 1976

Honors & Awards

  • Associate Editor, Systems Man and Cybernetics
  • Member of Program Committee IEEE CCTA 2020
  • Senior Life Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from World Automation Congress (WAC) 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Technical Seminar Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Young Professionals

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate Editor, Editorial Board and Program Chair of ISIAC-WAC
  • Senior Life Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from World Automation Congress

Research Overview

Control Systems and Signal Processing; Robust and Optimal Control, Positive Dynamic Systems, Fault Detection, Observer Theory, Robotics and Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Systems, Control of Biological Systems

Selected Publications

  • B. Shafai, S. Nazari, A. Moradmand, A Direct Algebraic Approach to Design State Feedback and Observers for Singular Systems, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), Hong Kong, China, 2019, 835-842
  • S. Nazari, B. Shafai, Distributed Unknown Input Observers for Fault Detection and Isolation, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE 15th International Conference on Control and Automation (ICCA), Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2019, 319-324
  • B. Shafai, A. Moradmand, S. Nazari, Observer-based Controller Design for Systems with Derivative Inputs, Proceedings of 2019 57th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, IL, 2019, 1038-1044
  • S. Nazari, B. Shafai, A. Moradmand, Robust Intrusion Detection in Dynamic Networks, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), Hong Kong, China, 2019, 988-993
  • S. Nazari, B. Shafai, Robust Fault Detection & Isolation in Distributed Dynamic Systems, Proceedings of 2019 6th International Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies (CoDIT), Paris, France, 2019, 1941-1946
  • B. Shafai, M. Naghnaeian, J. Chen, Stability Radius Formulation of Lσ-Gain in Positive Stabilization of Regular and Time-Delay Systems, IET Journal of Control Theory and Applications, 2019, 2327-2335

Faculty

Dec 13, 2018

Shafai Awarded WAC Lifetime Achievement Award

ECE Professor Bahram Shafai received the Lifetime Achievement Award from World Automation Congress (WAC) 2018 for Outstanding Contributions to Robust Stability and Control of Multivariable Systems and Observer Design for Fault Detection.

Jun 06, 2012

Modular Flight Camera

Under the direction of ECE Professor Bahram Shafai, a group of capstone students have created an easy to assemble and transport remote-controlled surveillance helicopter. Source: News @ Northeastern

Undergraduate

Jun 06, 2012

Taking flight, then taking it apart

The Oktokopter — a remote-​​controlled, eight-​​bladed heli­copter that can hover in one place or travel great dis­tances — can be used for a range of tasks, from taking photos to per­forming mil­i­tary sur­veil­lance. But there’s a problem with this com­mer­cially avail­able, assembly-​​required small copter: It’s dif­fi­cult to transport. So a team of North­eastern elec­trical and com­puter […]

Apr 16, 2010

Mind Controlled Remote Vehicle

ECE students Saumitro Dasgupta, Mike Fanton, Jonathan Pham, and Mike Willard, built a brain interface to navigate a mobile robot remotely. The team won first place in the senior capstone project competition.

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