Abul K. M. Azad

Professor, Department of Technology
Email: aazad@niu.edu
Tel: 815-753-0386
Website: www.niu.edu/azad/

Education

Ph.D. (1994) in Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK.

Research Interests

Mobile Robotics, Structural Control, Remote Laboratory, Mechatronics, Energy Management, Renewable Energy, and Educational

Work Experience

  • Department of Technology, NIU (2001-present)
  • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Portsmouth, UK (1996-2001)
  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK (1995-1996)
  • Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh (1978-1987)

Professional Associations and Honors

  • Chancellors award for B.Sc. (Hons) (1986)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship sponsoring PhD program in UK (1989-1993)
  • Cited in "Who's Who in the World" (1998-2008)
  • ABET program evaluator (2005-current)
  • Vice Chair/Program Chair of ASEE Information Systems Division
  • Member of ISO advisory teams for PT-2
  • Project team of robots in personal care and AG-1
  • Advisory Group on Service Robots (2007-current)
  • Associate editor, Journal of Advances in Acoustics and Vibration (2006-current)
  • Member of the Board of Trustees for CLAWAR Association (2006-current)
  • Board member of the CLAWAR Ltd (period 2005-current)
  • Fullbright Scholarship (Fall 2008)

Selected Publications

  • Azad, A.K.M. (2010). Internet Accessible Remote Experimentation: Setting the Right Course of Action, International Journal of Online Engineering, 6(3), pp.4-12.
  • Samad, M.F.A., Jamaluddin, H., Azad, A.K.M., Ahmad, R. and Yaacob, M.S. (2012).  Deterministic Mutation-based Algorithm for Model Structure Selection in Discrete-time System Identification, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, (submitted).
  • Azad, A.K.M., Tokhi, M.O., and Shaheed, M. H. (2009). A Virtual Environment for Studying Flexible Robot Manipulators, International Journal of Online Engineering, 17(4), pp. 86-103.
  • Azad, A.K.M. (2008). Interactive Web-based e-learning for Studying Flexible Manipulator Systems, International Journal of Online Engineering, 4(3), pp. 5-12.
  • Azad, A.K.M. (2008). Design and Development of an Introductory Digital Electronics Course within an Undergraduate Program, International Journal of Engineering Technology, 25(1), pp. 26-34.
  • Azad, A.K.M. (2007). Delivering a Remote Laboratory Course within an Undergraduate Program, International Journal of Online Engineering, 3(4), pp.27-33.
  • Azad, A.K.M. and Song, X. (2007). Development and Field Test of a Hybrid Laboratory for a College Digital Electronics Course, International Journal of Instructional Media, 36(4).
  • Azad, A.K.M. (2007). Delivering a Remote Laboratory Course within an Undergraduate Program, International Journal of Online Engineering, 3(4), pp.27-33.
  • Azad, A.K.M., Tokhi, M.O., and Shaheed, M. H. (2007). A Software Environment for Intelligent Modeling and Simulation of Flexible Manipulator Systems, Computers in Education Journal. (appear on Oct-Dec, 2007)
  • Azad, A.K.M., and Song, X. (2007). Internet-Based Laboratory Experiments as a Part of an Engineering Technology Program, Computers in Education Journal, 17(1), pp.18-34.
  • Azad, A.K.M. and Nadakuditi, P. (2006). Internet-based Facility for Physical Laboratory Experiments, Advanced Technology for Learning, 3(1), pp.29-35.
  • Azad, A.K.M. (2005). Design and Development of a Cost Effective Data Acquisition System using PC’s Parallel Port, The International Journal of Modern Engineering, 6(1).
  • Otieno, A., Azad, A.K.M., and Bala, R. (2005). Creating a Bridge to Simulate Simultaneous Engineering Experiences for Senior Undergraduate Students, European Journal of Engineering Education, 31(2), pp.181-189.
  • Tokhi, M. O. and Azad, A.K.M. (Editors). Flexible Robot Manipulators – Modeling, Simulation and Control, Institution of Engineering and Technology, UK, ISBN: 0-86341-448-6.
  • Azad, A.K.M. (Book chapter). Internet-Based remote Laboratory: a modular design, Handbook of Digital Information Technologies: Innovations and Ethical Issues. Editor, Thomas Hansson, University of Southern Denmark. (final manuscript submitted for publication)

Conferences, Workshops, Colloquiums

  • 12th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines 2009, September 9-11, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 11th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines 2008, September 8-10, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • 10th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines 2007, July 16-18, Singapore.
  • 9th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines 2006, September 12-14, Brussels, Belgium.
  • 8th International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and the Support Technologies for Mobile Machines 2005, September 13-15, London, UK.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26-29.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2010, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, June 20-23.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2009, Austin, Texas, USA, June 14-17.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2008, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, June 22-25.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 24-27.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2006, Chicago, Illinois, USA, June 18-21.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2005, Portland, Oregon, USA, June 12-15.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, June 20-23.
  • Electrical Manufacturing Expo, 2004, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 20-22.
  • IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 16-19 September.
  • Sixth WFEO World Congress on Engineering Education and Second ASEE Global Committee on Engineering Education, June 20-23, Nashville, TN.
  • ASEE IL-IN Sectional Conference, Valparaiso University, Indiana, April 4-5, pp.21-30.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, June 22-25.
  • 2003 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, May 18 - 20, Hilton Portland, Portland, Oregon.
  • ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vive Le Engineer, Montréal, Quebec, Canada, June 16-19, 2002.
  • ASEE Illinois-Indiana Sectional Conference, March 28-29, Illinois Institute of Technology.
  • International NAISO Congress on Autonomous Artificial Systems Exploring Hostile Environments, 2001, at the American University of Dubai, U.A.E, March 17-21.
  • Proceedings of the UKACC International Conference on Control, Cambridge, UK, 04-07 September 2000.
  • International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IC-AI ’00), Las Vegas, USA, 26-29 June, 2000.
  • International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots, Madrid, Spain, 2-4 October 2000.
  • 2nd International Conference on Computers and Information Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 3-5 December 1999.
  • Asia/Pacific International Congress on Engineering Computational Modelling and Signal Processing, Bandung, Indonesia, 24-26 November, 1999.
  • IEE on-line Interactive Workshop, Inter-Active’99, UK, 2-16 June.
  • International Conference on Mechatronics, Bratna, Slovakia, 1-3 June 1998.
  • CLAWAR '98, Brussels, Belgium, November 26-28, 1998.
  • International Symposium on Application of Multi-Variable Systems Techniques, University of Bradford, UK, 7-8 April 1998.
  • BEPAC & EPSRC mini-conference on sustainable building, Abingdon, February 1997.
  • IEE Colloquium on Modelling and Simulation for Thermal Management, Digest No. 97/043, 29 January.
  • IEEE Symposium on Control Theory and Applications, Singapore, 29-30 July 1997.
  • IEE International Conference Control ’98, University of Wales, Swansea, 1-4 September.
  • 3rd International Conference on Dynamics and Control of Structures in Space, London, 27-31 May 1996.
  • Inter-noise ‘96: The International Congress on Noise Control Engineering, Liverpool, 30 July-2nd August 1996, The Institute of Acoustics, St Albans.
  • Third International Symposium on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics, Miedzyzdroje, Poland, Editor, S. Banka, S. Donmek, Z. Emirsajlow, 10-13 September, 1996.
  • IEE International Conference, Control ‘96, Exeter, United Kingdom, 2-5 September, 1996.
  • AARTC-95: Preprints of IFAC/IFIP Workshop on Algorithms for Real-time Control, Ostend, Belgium, 31 BIRA, May- 2 June 1995.
  • Second International Conference on Industrial Automation, Nancy, France, International Association for Industrial Automation, 2, 7-2 June 1995.
  • ICA '95: 15th International Congress of Acoustics, Tapir, Trondheim, II, 26-30 June 1995.
  • Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics, 17 (Part 4), 9-11 May, Liverpool, pp.231-238.
  • Vibration and Noise '95: the International Conference on Vibration and Noise, Venice, 25-27 April 1995, Staffordshire University, United Kingdom.
  • Colloquium on High Performance Computing for Advanced Control, IEE Computing and Control Division, Digest No. 1994/241, 8th December, 1994, pp.1/1-1/3.
  • The 5th International Conference on Signal Processing Applications & Technology, Texas, 18-21 October, 1994.
  • 1994 Spring Conference, Acoustics '94, Salford, 16(Part 2), pp.191-200, 18-21 April 1994.
  • IEE International Conference on Control, CONTROL'94, Coventry, 21-24 March 1994.
  • SIMTEC '93, 1993 International Simulation Technology Conference, San Francisco, 7-10 November 1993.

Research Projects

Attracted around $1.5M for various research and development projects in the areas of remote laboratory, walking robot for volcanic exploration, bio-robot, energy management, intelligent modeling and control, mechatronics systems, and laboratory development. The major funding sources are: NSF, EPSRC (UK), European Union, Companies (Lin Engineering, Yaskawa America, Simplicity Inc., and Omron Electronics), and Universities.

Externally Funded Projects:

  • Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories with Collaborative Design, National Science Foundation, PI, July 2012 to July 2015.
  • Universal Environment for Delivering Remote-Laboratories within the STEM Displines, National Science Foundation, PI, June 2009 to May 2013.
  • Design and Development of an Internet Based Physical Laboratory Course within an Undergraduate Program, National Science Foundation, PI, March 2005 to February 2008.
  • Robovolc: A Robot for Volcano Exploration, European Union, Co-PI, July 2000 to June 2003.
  • Bio-robotic Walking Orthosis - Phase 1, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, United Kingdom, Co-PI, January 2001 to June 2003.

University Funded Projects:

  • Revising Internet-based Teaching and Learning Environment with Embedded Assessment, Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, PI, May – December, 2009.
  • Investigate the use of miniature cameras for micro-machining process, Rock Project, May 2007– June 2007.
  • Integration of Computer Based Technology to Improve Course Delivery and Learning Outcomes through Continuous Assessment, Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, May 2007– May 2008.
  • Redesign of the senior design project course, Vice Provost Office, January 2007 – December 2007.
  • Design and Development of an Electronic Counter for Crowd Control in Public Spaces – A Competition Based Student Project Emerging from a Tripartite Faculty Collaboration, Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Co-PI, May – December, 2004.
  • Web-Based Physical Laboratory System with Vision Feedback, Opportunity Grant, NIU Foundation, PI, February 2003 to April 2004.
  • Design and Development of an Interfacing System for an Internet-Assisted Laboratory Facility, Omron Electronics Foundation, PI, May to July 2003.
  • Internet-Based Simulation and Control Environment for Flexible Manipulator Systems Along with the Development of Intelligent Modeling and Control Techniques, Graduate School (summer research appointment), PI, June to July 2004.
  • Artificial Intelligence Controller for Flexible Robot Manipulator Systems, Graduate School (summer research appointment), PI, May to June 2003.
  • Internet-Assisted Undergraduate Laboratory Facility with Remote Access, Omron Electronics Foundation, PI, May to July 2002.
  • Design of a Collaborative Interdisciplinary Simultaneous engineering Educational Project for the ET and IT Curriculum, Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Co-PI, May to December 2002.
  • Advanced Controller for Flexible Robot Manipulator Systems with Real-time Implementation, Graduate School (summer research appointment), PI, May to June 2002.
  • University of Portsmouth Energy Efficiency Project, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Co-PI, January 1999 to December 2000.

Company Funded Projects:

  • Stepper motors and drivers for senior design projects, Lin Engineering, Santa Clara, California, CA-95054.
  • Servo motor, driver system, and associated software for laboratory development, Yaskawa America, Waukegan, IL-60085.
  • Software for FPGA and ASIC development and associated tools for laboratory development, Synplicity Inc., 600 West California Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, CA-94086.

Other Significant Projects/Interests

Assist West Suburban Technology Enterprise Center (Chicago area) towards technology evaluation for entrepreneurs, as well as advice entrepreneurs for identifying funding agencies for prototyping.

 

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