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Mahdi Tavakoli, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE

Electrical & Computer Engineering Department
University of Alberta

Telerobotic and Biorobotic Systems Group

IEEE RAS Technical Committee for Telerobotics

Healthy Communities Project Co-Leader
Autonomous Systems Initiative

Scientific Co-Director
SMART Network

Specialty Chief Editor
Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Robot Design Section)

Associate Editor
International Journal of Robotics Research
IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
IEEE TMECH/AIM Emerging Topics Focused Section
Journal of Medical Robotics Research
Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing

Research Interests

  • Robotics and Telerobotics
  • Haptics and Teleoperation Control
  • Surgical and Therapeutic Robotics
  • Image-Guided Surgery

Current Research Projects

  • Design and control of robotic systems for image-guided surgeries (e.g., on the beating heart)
  • Design and control of robotic systems for needle steering in prostate and breast brachytherapies
  • Design and control of robotic and haptic telerobotic systems for in-home telerehabilitation of stroke patients
  • Design and control of robotic wearable systems for injury prevention
  • Design and control of bilateral and multilateral teleoperation systems under delays, uncertainties, nonlinearities, sampling, and switching
  • Studying the human task performance during haptic teleoperation and tele-cooperation
  • Developing machine intelligence based solutions for medicine