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Taskin Padir

Dr. Padir is an Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He received his Ph.D and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He holds a B.S in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. His expertise is in the design, modeling and control of robotic systems and intelligent vehicles. He is the Director of Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab) at WPI (robot.wpi.edu). His research interests include human-in-the-loop robotic systems, design of robot control interfaces, cooperating robots, control of redundant robot systems, control of ground vehicles, navigation, path planning, and mapping for autonomous robots. His projects have been sponsored by NSF, NASA, AFRL, The Mathworks, Solidworks, and National Instruments. Dr. Padir’s leadership in robotics education has been recognized by DARPA when he was invited to attend the DARPA Exploratory Robotics Training Platform Meeting, an invitation-only workshop to discuss the requirements for resources to meet the personnel needs of the Department of Defense. Moreover, he received the Inaugural Rho Beta Epsilon Award for Excellence in Robotics Education in 2010 and 2011 Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education for his contributions to WPI’s unique undergraduate program in Robotics Engineering. He is the Senior Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education, Special Issue on Robotics Education. He is also the Technical Program Chair for the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications. Dr. Padir has successfully included undergraduate students teams in his research through rigorous competition-based robotics projects. Student teams advised by Dr. Padir received the following recognitions: First Place at NASA/National Institute of Aerospace Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Exploration Robo-ops Competition in 2011 and 2012, First Place Award in the 2012 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition Undergraduate Robot Division, Rookie- of-the-Year Award at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition organized by DoD-TARDEC in 2010, and Honorable Mention at the Inaugural Cornell Cup presented by Intel in 2012. Professor Padir teaches undergraduate Unified Robotics I-IV and a graduate level robot control course.

Research Interests

  • Control in human-robot teams
  • Human-in-the-loop cyber-physical systems
  • Redundant robot systems
  • Cooperating robots
  • Intelligent ground vehicles


  • BS, Middle East Technical University - Turkey, 1993
  • MS, Purdue University, 1997
  • PhD, Purdue University, 2004

Featured Publications

  • Amato J.L., Anderson J.J., Carlone T.J., Fagan M.E., Stafford K.A. and Padir T., “Design and Ex- perimental Validation of a Mobile Robot Platform for Analog Planetary Exploration,” Proc. IECON 2012: 38th Annual Conf. of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Montreal, CA, Oct. 25-28, 2012.
  • Bzura C., Im H., Liu W., Malehorn K. S., Padir T., Tulu B., “A Taxonomy for User-Healthcare Robot Interaction,” Proceedings of the 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, San Diego, California, USA, August, 2012.
  • Carey M., Kurz E., Matte J., Perrault T., Padir T., “Novel EOD Robot Design with Dexterous Gripper and Intuitive Teleoperation,” 2012 World Automation Congress, 14th International Symposium on Robotics and Applications, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, June 2012.
  • Padir T., Fischer G., Chernova S., Gennert M., “A Unified and Integrated Approach to Teaching a Two-Course Sequence in Robotics Engineering,” Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2011.
  • T. Padir, M. Bienia, D. Garcia, and K. Wajcs., Development of a Reconfigurable & Modular Mobile Robotic Platform, In Proceedings of the IEEE 2010 International Conference on Robotics and Automation Workshop on Modular Robots: The State of the Art, Anchorage, Alaska, May 2010.

Labs and Centers

  • Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab)

Professional Highlights

  • Inaugural Rho Beta Epsilon Award for Excellence in Robotics Education in 2010
  • 2011 Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education
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