My research interests include cooperative multirobot systems, autonomous systems, unmanned vehicles, smart mobility, multisensor data fusion and intelligent data analysis, combinatorial optimization and machine learning.
My current research focuses on studying different challenging problems of cooperative multirobot systems. Cooperative
multirobot systems have become an active research area in the recent years. These research activities are looking for having
a multiple robots involved in one system and cooperating in order to achieve the desired task(s). By this cooperation, some goals
that were impossible for a single robot to achieve will become feasible and attainable. Also, it will help in increasing the
overall system's reliability. Effective and robust cooperation among the robots can also synergistically improve the performance
of the system and can endow it with higher-level faculties, such as distributed search, dynamic task allocation, communication
relaying, cooperative target detection and tracking and shared situation awareness.
I focus on cooperative multirobot systems problems such as adaptive planning, conext-aware coordination, smart manoeuvering, complex task allocation, group formation, multisensor management, decentralized data fusion, hard and soft data fusion, cooperative object detection and tracking, communication relaying, and self-organization. I also explore the applicability of cooperative multirobot systems to many pertinent areas of industrial and commercial importance such as security and surveillance, humanitarian demining, smart mobility, space exploration, environment monitoring, industrial process control, pipeline monitoring, health care and home intelligence.
As a Senior Research Scientist at Vestec, Inc., I apply intelligent data analysis techniques in speech signal processing and recognition systems. I co-invented and have recently filed 4 US patents about speaker adaptation, noise type identification, SNR estimation and smart speech enhancement.
I founded and coordinated the GUC Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research group. GUC RAS undertakes inter-disciplinary research in areas like intelligent automated systems, industrial automation, industrial robotics and mobile robotics.
I wrote a proposal for the establishment of University of Waterloo Center of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (CPAMI). CPAMI has started officially in March 1, 2011 and I currently serve as an affiliated member of this center. I coordinated several focus groups in CPAMI such as Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Autonomous Systems and Real Time Distributed Design, Machine Perception and Sensors, Smart Mobility and domain adaptation group.
I wrote a number of winning research grant proposals for Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC Strategic Project Grant, NSERC Research Tools and Instruments and NSERC–Collaborative Research and Development Grant), Public Security Technical Program (PSTP), Microsoft, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PW&GSC), European Commission and Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) for Canada Revenue Agency (total obtained funding is $2,681,636)