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Taskin Padir

Developing collaborative machines

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering

Professor Padir applies machine learning and AI to challenges in human-robot collaboration arising from work-partner “co-bots,” self-driving cars, and biomedical systems for experimentation, clinical intervention, or treatment. Padir is leading a project to bring collaborative robots developed at Northeastern into processing plants at America’s busiest fishing port in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 

Padir directs Northeastern’s Institute for Experiential Robotics, where researchers focus on developing robots that are able to learn and adaptively execute behaviors autonomously from human partners and other robots. The institute also identifies and studies research challenges at the intersection of the human-robot experience, including safe navigation in human environments and personalized human-robot collaboration. 

Padir’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and many industry partners. Collaborators include Amazon Robotics, Toyota Research Institute, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. A team he led was selected to receive one of NASA’s humanoid robots, Valkyrie, for research and development. 

Padir holds a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University.