Reza Emami
Reza Emami

Reza Emami

Professor, Holder of a Chair
Luleå University of Technology
Onboard space systems
Space Technology
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
reza.emami@ltu.se
+46 (0)980 67546
Kiruna

Reza Emami is a Professor and Chair of Onboard Space Systems. He has been the Director of the Aerspace Mechatronics Group and Coordinator of the Aerospace and Design Laboratories at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) since 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. in Robotics and Mechatronics from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, in 1997. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, and worked in the industry as a Project Manager before joining the University. His research focuses on concurrent engineering of multidisciplinary systems, such as spacecraft and robotic manipulators and rovers. Some of the current research topics in his group include: concurrent base-arm control of free-flying space manipulators, social learning in heterogeneous rover/satellite teams, satellite formation flying, asteroid redirection for resource exploitation, and legged locomotion for exploratory rovers. Reza Emami is the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. He has been recognized by MathWorks as a "Featured Professor" in 2013 and 2003, and was in the list of University of Toronto's "Miracle Workers" in 2000.

EDUCATION

  • Post Doc. Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Laboratory, University of Toronto, 1998.
  • Ph.D., Robotics and Mechatronics, Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics Laboratory, Fuzzy Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, GPA 4.00, 1997.
  • M.A.Sc., Aerospace Engineering, Department of Mechanical engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, GPA 18.9/20, 1990.
  • B.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, GPA 18.6/20, 1988.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Director, Space Mechatronics Group, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, since 2006.
  • Coordinator, Aerospace and Design Laboratories, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, since 2001.
  • TA Coordinator, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, since 2001.
  • Executive Member, Robotics Task Force, The IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, since 2013.
  • Scientific Committee Member, RSI/ISM International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics, since 2012.
  • Executive Member, Engineering Design Education Group, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, since 2011.
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, since 2011.
  • .Guest Editor, Journal of Control Science and Engineering, 2009.
  • Chair, Undergraduate Laboratories Planning Committee, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, 2009.
  • Chair, Internet Committee, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, 2001-06.
  • Co-chair, Joint Health and Safety Committee, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, 2001-06.
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, 2001-06.
  • Project Manager, Engineering Services Inc., Toronto, Canada, 1998-2001.
  • Director, Systems Engineering Division, National Research Institute, Tehran, Iran, 1990-92.
  • Project Leader, Systems Control Group, National Research Institute, Tehran, Iran, 1988-90.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • The MathWorks Featured Professor, 2013.(http://www.mathworks.com/company/user_stories/reconfigurable-robot-enables-university-of-toronto-students-to-study-realistic-industrial-robots.html)
  • 2005 Nominated for the National Technology Innovation Award by the Director of the Aerospace Institute., 2005.
  • Nominated for the OPAS Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology by the Dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, 2004.
  • The MathWorks Featured Professor, 2003(www.mathworks.com/academia/faculty_center/featured_prof/reza.html)
  • University of Toronto Miracle Workers, 2000.
    (www.magazine.utoronto.ca/01autumn/f11.htm)
  • 1995-96 University of Toronto Open Fellowship, 1995-96.
  • The Minister’s Graduate Award, The Ministry of Culture and Higher Education, Iran, 1990.
  • First-rank graduate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1990.
  • First-rank Undergraduate, Department of Mechanical engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 1988.

DISCLOSED INVENTIONS

  • MARS: The Modular and Autonomously Reconfigurable Serial-link Manipulator. Applied Patent No. 13749323, EFS ID 14785287, January 2014.
  • Personal Mechatronics Laboratory: Trademark, 2012. www.pml4all.org.
  • iTest: A Turn-key, Modular, Remotely-accessible Platform for Testing Motors, Patent No. US 8,447,554 B2, May 2013.
  • Intelligent Real-time Firmware for the Manipulation of Goal-directed Limb Movements. University of Toronto, September 2009.
  • Software Package for Data Analysis, Classification, and Visualization of High-Throughput Microarray Genome Data. University of Toronto, February 2002.
  • Software Package for Mobile Manipulator Dynamic Simulation. University of Toronto, August 2000.
  • A Systematic Fuzzy Modeling Algorithm and Software. University of Toronto, May 1999.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.
  • Executive Member, “Robotics Task Force” of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society
  • Scientific Committee Member, RSI/ISM International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics.
  • International Program Committee Member and Session Chair, IFSA World Congress and NAFIPS International Conference.
  • Program Committee Member and Session Chair, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference and Exposition.
  • Session Chair, International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision.
  • Regular Reviewer, IEEE Transaction on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transaction on Fuzzy Systems, and IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • WSIB/CSPAAT Certified Member (Cert. ID C30822).
  • Certified Master Designer, Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Certificate Application Developer, Microsoft.
  • Certificate in Advanced Presentation Skills Training, UofT Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE)
  • North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineering (SME)