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Prof. Padir receives NSF Award

posted Sep 1, 2011, 8:00 PM by Taskin Padir

Prof. Padir has been awarded a grant of $400,000 from the National Science Foundation's Cyber-Physical Systems program. "Holistic Design Methodology for Automated Implementation of Human-in-the-Loop Cyber-Physical Systems" is a collaborative project with Northeastern University Professors Gunar Schirner, Deniz Erdogmus, Kaushik Chowdhury and Prof. Padir with a total budget of $1.65 million.

This project develops a framework for design automation of cyber-physical systems that augment human interaction with complex systems that integrate across computational and physical environments. As a design driver, this project develops a Body/Brain Computer Interface (BBCI) for the population of functionally locked-in individuals, who are unable to interact with the physical world through movement and speech. The BBCI will enable communication with other humans through expressive language generation and interaction with the environment through robotic manipulators.

Utilizing advances in system-level design, this project will develop a holistic framework for design and implementation of heterogeneous human-in-the-loop cyber-physical systems composed of physically distributed, networked components. It will advance BBCI technology by incorporating context aware inference and learning of task-specific human intent estimation in applications involving semi-autonomous robotic actuators and an efficient wireless communication framework. In result, the proposed work will significantly speed up the design of complex cyber-physical systems. By accelerating the path from idea to prototype, this project shortens the time frame of development leading to rapid improvement of quality-of-life for functionally locked-in individuals.

This project establishes an open prototyping platform and a design framework for rapid exploration of novel human-in-the-loop applications. The open platform will foster undergraduate involvement in cyber-physical systems research, building confidence and expertise. In addition, new activities at the Museum of Science in Boston will engage visitors to experiment with systematic design principles in context of a brain computer interface application, while offering learning opportunities about basic brain functions.

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Team Oryx will participate in NASA D-RATS

posted Sep 1, 2011, 7:57 PM by Taskin Padir

Team Oryx will be traveling to Arizona from September 9-12 to participate in NASA's annual test event, Desert RATS. They will demonstrate their rover design which took the first-place prize at NASA/NIA RASCAL Exploration Robo-Ops Challenge in May 2011. 

Dmitry Sinyukov and Velin Dimitrov join RIVeR Lab!

posted Sep 1, 2011, 7:25 PM by Taskin Padir

RIVeR Lab welcomes Dmitry Sinyukov and Velin Dimitrov, both new PhD students in Robotics Engineering. Dmitry received a Master's degree from South Ural State University in Russia. His Master's project was on multilevel remote control system for a robot manipulator. Velin graduated from Olin College where he worked on several robotics projects. He recently completed a summer internship at Teledyne Webb Research. Welcome to both!

Team Oryx wins the NASA Competition

posted May 30, 2011, 9:04 PM by Taskin Padir   [ updated May 30, 2011, 9:13 PM ]

The team did a fantastic job both in Houston and at WPI to score the most points in the NASA/NIA RASCAL Exploration Robo-Ops Forum. The Team received the $5000 First-Place Award and an invitation to participate in NASA's Desert RATS in Arizona. Good work everyone!

Prof. Padir receives the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award

posted May 30, 2011, 9:01 PM by Taskin Padir   [ updated May 30, 2011, 9:10 PM ]

Taskin Padir, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award. Presented in memory of a longtime faculty member in WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the award recognizes innovation in undergraduate education. Padir was recognized for his key role in developing the unified sequence of four courses at the core of WPI's pioneering undergraduate major program in robotics engineering, a challenging task given the multidisciplinary nature of the field and the fact that no other undergraduate robotics curriculum existed to serve as a model.

Congrats to Ben and Dan!

posted May 30, 2011, 8:56 PM by Taskin Padir

Ben Roy and Dan Sacco graduated with their MS degrees in Robotics Engineering in May 2011. Dan joined Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, NJ as a Product Engineer. Ben will be joining Qinetiq, North America in Waltham, MA. Congratulations and good luck to both!

Team Oryx

posted Apr 3, 2011, 4:35 PM by Taskin Padir   [ updated May 30, 2011, 9:08 PM ]

WPI Team advised by Prof. Padir has been selected to participate in RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops (ERO) rover competition sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Institute of Aerospace. For more information on WPI's Team Oryx, visit their website at

GRAD 2011

posted Apr 3, 2011, 4:11 PM by Taskin Padir

Ben, Dan, KG and Yuanbin presented their projects during WPI's GRAD 2011. 

Husky 100 robots arrive in RIVeR Lab.

posted Dec 26, 2010, 7:15 PM by Taskin Padir   [ updated Dec 26, 2010, 7:22 PM ]

RIVeR Lab received 2 Husky 100 robots from Clearpath Robotics under the Mobile Robotics Partnership Program.

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