Office of The Vice Chancellor
for Research and Graduate Studies
Has The Pleasure to Invite You to attend a seminar entitled
" Robotics & Automation: Challenges and Opportunities"
Speakers : Prof. Kamal Youcef Toumi – MIT, Cambridge, MA-USA
Date: Thursday April 25th , 2019 Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Venue: EMBA Hall – M11/017
Robotics has evolved remarkably over the years with a great societal impact. Advancements in research and development have made robots capable of performing complex tasks in a more efficient and reliable manner than their predecessors, a generation of primitive robots that were merely designed for menial and repetitive tasks. Robotic systems have been utilized successfully in many applications. Some can operate autonomously in accomplishing complex missions while being aware of their surroundings.
These advancements have been made possible by addressing major technical challenges. These include design, instrumentation, control systems, wireless and Internet enabled communication and networks. This presentation will look into robots as intelligent systems and the greater role they play. Such systems show capabilities in handling uncertainties, reject unexpected disturbances, adapt to new environmental situations, localize themselves and other robots, cooperate, and provide an overall supervisory intelligence. Challenges and opportunities associated with the field of robotics will be addressed.
Kamal Youcef-Toumi joined the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department faculty in 1985. He earned his advanced degrees (M.S. 1981 and Sc.D. 1985) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. His undergraduate degree (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering awarded in 1979) is from the University of Cincinnati. Professor Youcef-Toumi's research has focused primarily on design, modeling, simulation, instrumentation, and control theory. The applications of his work have included manufacturing, robotics, automation, metrology and nano/biotechnology. He teaches courses in the fields of automatic control systems; robotics; precision machine design and mechatronics. He played an important role in the MIT international research and education collaborations, including Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Professor Youcef-Toumi was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator "in recognition of research and teaching accomplishments and academic potential"; awarded by President Ronald Reagan. He served as a member on several professional committees of The National Science Foundation, Chairman of the Information Technology program within The Arab Science and Technology Foundation, Member of the review committee for European Union funded Network of Excellence for Innovative Production Machines and Systems, Member of the Scientific Committee for Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum, Head of the Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics Area in the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT, Member of the MIT Council for International Programs, and Research and Strategy Advisor for Qatar Computing Research Institute, Co-Director of the Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM. He is the Co-Director of the Center of Complex Engineering Systems, Director of the MIT Ibn Khaldun Fellowship Program, and Director of the Mechatronics Research Laboratory. Professor Youcef-Toumi has served as a consultant for several companies including AT&T Bell Laboratories, EDO Corporation, Varian Radiation Division, Gillette Corporation, Delta Search Laboratories, Jentek Sensors, Morgan Stanley Co., General Electric, TEKES - National Technology Agency of Finland, Jordan Hospital, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Penn State University-College of Medicine - Cancer Institute, Board of Trustees at the University of Sharjah, and Saudi Aramco. He is a member of IEEE and an ASME Fellow. He served as Chairman of the ASME Dynamics Systems & Control Division Robotics Panel. He was an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Controls, the International Program Committee Chairman for the 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems, and an Associate editor of the ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. He has served as Editor of several symposia/conference proceedings. Professor Youcef-Toumi is the author of over 320 publications, including a textbook on the theory and practice of direct-drive robots. He holds about 50 registered/pending patents. Professor Youcef-Toumi has been an invited lecturer at over 200 seminars at companies, research centers and universities throughout the world.