MembersNameProject
Mahdi Tavakoli (Principal Investigator) 
Jay Carriere (Postdoctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapy
Thomas Lehmann (Postdoctoral)Robot-assisted additive manufacturing (w/ Dr. A. Qureshi)
Lingbo Cheng (Doctoral)Robot-assisted, image-guided heart surgery
Ali Torabiparizi (Doctoral)Robot-assisted neurosurgery (w/ Dr. K. Zareinia at UofC)
Mehrnoosh Afshar (Doctoral)Robot-assisted breast brachytherapy
Mojtaba Akbari (Doctoral)Robot-assisted breast brachytherapy
Ehsan Ranjbar (Doctoral)Robot-assisted additive manufacturing (w/ Dr. A. Qureshi)
David Asgar-Deen (Master's)Robot-assisted brachytherapy
Jakub Piwowarczyk (Undergraduate)Robot-assisted surgery with dVRK

Graduate AlumniNameProjectCurrent Position
Carlos Rossa (Postdoctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapyAssistant Professor, UOIT, Canada
Jay Carriere (Doctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapy (w/ Dr. R. Sloboda)Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Alberta
Bita Fallahi (Doctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapy (w/ Dr. R. Sloboda)EIT (Electrical and Instrumentation), Suncor
Thomas Lehmann (Doctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapy (w/ Dr. R. Sloboda)Research Associate, University of Alberta
Mohsen Khadem (Doctoral)Robot-assisted brachytherapy (w/ Dr. N. Usmani)Assistant Professor, The University of Edinburgh
Meaghan Bowthorpe (Doctoral)Robot-assisted, image-guided heart surgeryHardware Engineer, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
Ali Jazayeri (Doctoral, 2013)Discrete-time haptic teleoperation systemsControl System Specialist, Attabotics
Jason Fong (Master's)Robot-assisted rehabilitationKinova Robotics
Renz Ocampo (Master's)Robot-assisted rehabilitationSeeing the World!
Carlos Martinez (Master's)Robot-assisted rehabilitationSoftware Engineer, ZincNyx
Mohammad Najafi (Master's)Robot-assisted rehabilitation for children (w/ Dr. K. Adams)Software Engineer, XSENSOR Technology Corporation
Michael Waine (Master's)Robot-assisted brachytherapy (w/ Dr. N. Usmani)Medical Student, University of British Columbia
Ran Tao (Master's, 2014)Robot-assisted rehabilitationSystem Engineer, Rheinmetall Defence
Noushin Miandashti (Master's, 2013)Robot-assisted telerehabilitationElectrical EIT, Stantec Consulting
Matthew Dyck (Master's, 2013)Robot-assisted motor function assessment‎Communications Engineer, City of Edmonton
Arefeh Boroomand (Master's, 2012)Robot-Assisted Prostate BrachytherapyInstrumentation & Control Technical Specialist, WorleyParsons
Victor Mendez (Master's, 2012)Stability of multilateral haptic systemsFaculty Member & Lead Instructor, Red Deer College
Sean Hodgson (Master's, 2011)Control of pneumatic haptic teleoperation systemsSoftware Developer, Advanced Measurements Inc.
Alireza Mohammadi (Master's, 2011)Disturbance Observer Based Teleoperation (w/ Dr. HJ Marquez)Assistant Professor, University of Michigan at Dearborn
Vahid Ghooshkhaane'ie (Visiting Doctoral)Fault-tolerant teleoperationPhD Student, Concordia University
Iman Sharifi (Visiting Doctoral)Robot-assisted rehabilitationPhD student, Amir Kabir University
Mojtaba Sharifi (Visiting Doctoral)Robot-assisted rehabilitationResearcher, Sharif University of Technology
Sepehr Tabatabaei (Visiting Doctoral)Soft tissue modellingAssistant Professor, University of Shahreza
Mahdi Maaref (Visiting Doctoral)Robot-assisted rehabilitationPostdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riverside
Weihua Li (Visiting Doctoral)Haptic teleoperation of mobile robotsAssistant Professor, Harbin Harbin Institute of Technology, Weihai
Ting Yang (Visiting Doctoral)Haptic interaction via analog controlLecturer, Xuzhou Medical University
Mahya Shahbazi (Visiting Doctoral, 2014)Robot-assisted rehabilitationPostdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Farokh Atashzar (Visiting Doctoral, 2014)Robot-assisted rehabilitationPostdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College London
Jian Li (Visiting Doctoral, 2013)Multilateral haptic systems stabilityAssociate Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
Farzad Hashemzadeh (Visiting Doctoral, 2012)Time-delayed teleoperation controlAssociate Professor, University of Tabriz
Xia Liu (Visiting Doctoral, 2010)Adaptive Control of Teleoperation SystemsAssociate Professor, Xihua University
Thomas Lehmann (Visiting Master's, 2013)A surgeon's assistant for needle insertionResearch Associate, University of Alberta
Misha Schollie (MEng)Robot kinematic optimization
Aref Sayegh (MEng)Robot kinematic optimization
Anupreet Kaur (MEng, 2011)Heart motion simulation and predictionControl Systems Specialist, Spartan Controls
Vandana Chhabra (MEng, 2011)Heart motion simulation and predictionInstrumentation and Controls EIT, Stantec


Undergraduate Alumni



CollaboratorsNameAffilitation
Iraj HassanzadehAssistant Professor, University of Tabriz, Iran (sabbatical visiting scholar at UofA)
Minh-Tu PhamAssistant Professor, Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon, France
Minh-Quyen LeDoctoral student, Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon, France

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