Prof. Hamid D. Taghirad
Full Professor
Professor and the University Vice-Chancellor for Global Strategies & International Affairs,

and the Director of Advanced Robotics and Automated Systems (ARAS) K. N. Toosi University of Technology,


Hamid D. Taghirad has received his B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1989, his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering in 1993, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1997, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is currently the University Vice-Chancellor for Global strategies and International Affairs, Professor and the Director of the Advanced Robotics and Automated System (ARAS), Department of Systems and Control, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He is a senior member of IEEE, and Editorial board of International Journal of Robotics: Theory and Application, and International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems. His research interest is robust and nonlinear control applied to robotic systems. His publications include five books, and more than 250 papers in international Journals and conference proceedings.

Speech Title: Artificial Intelligence in Autonomous and Surgical Robotics


Artificial intelligence has found its permanent role among cutting-edge researches in various applications. As a major part of each autonomous robot, a camera plays a significant role to extract rich information on the surrounding environment. Object detection and tracking is a necessary task for the autonomous robot to maneuver suitably in unstructured environment. In the first part of this presentation, the development, implementation, and optimization of deep learning approaches especially for object detection and tracking are addressed. The focus of talk is on the applications on autonomous robots and vehicles, while some of the related accomplished industrial projects are introduced. Application of Artificial intelligence is not limited to industrial applications. Surgical robotics is another hot research topic, which is boosted by AI in different areas of applications. Among them, we focus on intraocular surgery in this presentation. Since the human eye is a highly delicate organ with minuscule anatomic structures, the ocular surgeries are needed to be performed under extra precision and high manipulation capabilities. This fact underlines the importance of assistive technologies in eye surgical procedures. In this presentation recent breakthroughs along with new areas in which haptic systems and assistive technologies might provide a viable solution to overcome current challenges are reviewed, some of our products in robotic surgery, and haptic assisted eye surgery trainings will be reviewed in this presentation.