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Dr Yasar Ayaz (HoD)
Associate Professor
Department of Robotics and Intelligent Machine Engineering

SMME
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12, NUST HQ, Islamabad.
Tel : +925190856058

Specialization
Robotics and Machine Intelligence

Education
PhD (Mechatronics Engineering), Tohoku University, Japan

  •  Awarded President’s Gold Medal for being the Overall Best Teacher of NUST (Pakistan) for the year 2012.

  • Included in the list of Top 100 Educators of the World 2013 by International Biographical Center of Cambridge, UK.

  • Featured in Who’s Who in the World, Berkeley, USA as notable international academician and researcher (2013 to present).

  •  Author of more than 50 International Publications in International Journals, Invited Book Chapters and International Conferences.

  • Cited by Top Universities of more than 12 countries including USA, Japan, France, Germany, Hungary, South Korea, Canada, China, Iran, Croatia, Singapore, Pakistan etc.

  • Research work on Robotic Grasping using Soft Fingers accorded Third Best Technical Paper Award at International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots: CLAWAR 2013, Sydney, Australia.

  • Visiting Professor at New York University (NYU), AD in their Research Centric Summer School on Interactive Robotics and Media, June 2012.

  • Declared Best Teacher of the Year by the Faculty Board of Studies, NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering for the years 2010 and 2011.

REVIEWER / MEMBER EDITORIAL BOARD

a.

IEEE Transactions on Robotics.

b.

IEEE / ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.

c.

International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.

d.

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

e.

IEEE / RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

f.

IEEE / RSJ International Conference on Automation Systems Engineering (CASE).

g.

IEEE RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots.

h.

IEEE / ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM).

 

 

 Note: Indicates the Official Flagship International Conference of IEEE in the given field.

 PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

HEC Approved PhD Supervisor

PEC Professional Engineer (P.E.)

IEEE, USA (Professional Member)

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (Professional Member)

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Active Research Projects:

  • Human-Like Footstep Planning Among Obstacles for Humanoid Robots

  • Dynamics and Control for Humanoid Robots Stepping Over Large Obstacles

  •  RRT*-Smart: A Rapid Convergence Sampling Based Algorithm for Fast Real Time Optimal Mobile Robot Motion Planning

  • Navigation Planning for Mobile Robots using Pulse Coupled Neural Networks

  • Steering of a Mobile Robot using Human Brain Control Interface (BCI)

  • Design and Development of an Active Exoskeleton for Foot Orthosis

  • Design and Development of an Intelligent Robotic Prosthetic Hand

  • Design and Development of a Cost-Efficient Haptic Device for Robotic Surgery

  • Development of Adaptive Fuzzy Algorithms for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping of Mobile Robots

  • Stereo Vision Based Robot Localization, Mapping and Navigation Motion Planning and Navigation of Mobile Robots in Crowded Human Environments

  • RoboCup Humanoids: Standard Platforms League

  • Open Source Platform for Numerical Simulation

  • Modeling and Robust Control of Grid Connected Converters

2014

[1]   Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Saba Mumtaz, Yasar Ayaz, and Osman Hasan, “Triangular Geometrised Sampling Heuristics For Fast Optimal Motion Planning”, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), (Accepted).

[2]   Mohsin Jamil and Yasar Ayaz, “Design and Analysis of Repetitive Controllers for Grid Connected Inverter Considering Plant Bandwidth for Interfacing Renewable Energy Sources”, International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), Milwaukee, USA, 2014. (Accepted)

[3]   Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Yasar Ayaz, Mansoor Shaukat, Mannan Saeed, and Whoi Yul Kim, “Replanning Using Delaunay Triangulation for Real Time Motion Planning in Complex Dynamic Environments”, In Proceedings of 13th IEEE International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision (ICARCV), Singapore, 2014. (Accepted)

[4]  Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Saba Mumtaz, Abdul Ahad Ashfaque Sheikh, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Yasar Ayaz, and Osman Hasan, “Augmenting RRT* with Local Trees for Real Time Motion Planning in Complex Cluttered Environments”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Methods and Models in Automation and Robotics (MMAR), Miedzydroje, Poland, 2014. (Accepted)

[5]  Mannan Saeed Muhammad, Husna Mutahira, Kun-Woo Choi, Whoi-Yul Kim, and Yasar Ayaz, “Calculating Accurate Window Size For Shape-From-Focus”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Information Science and Applications (ICISA), Seoul, South Korea, 2014.

[6]  Muhammad Affan Zia, Umer Ansari, Mohsin Jamil, Omer Gillani, and Yasar Ayaz, “Face and Eye Detection in Images using Skin Color Segmentation and Circular Hough Transform”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 211-213, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[7]  Faheem Ijaz, Nouman Mehmood, Mohsin Jamil, and Yasar Ayaz, “Developments in Adaptive Control Techniques for Machine Tools”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 186-190, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[8]  Osama Jamil, Mohsin Jamil, Yasar Ayaz, Khubab Ahmad, “Modeling, Control of a Two-Wheeled Self-Balancing Robot”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 191-199, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[9]  Shahwar Yaseen, Yasar Ayaz, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Naveed Muhammad, Syed Omer Gilani, Mohsin Jamil, and Syed Iritza Ali, “Centre of Mass Avoidance Planner using Radius of Gyration for Reciprocal Velocity Obstacles”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 118-124, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[10]  Umair Iqbal, Syed Irtiza Ali Shah, Fazl-e-Umer, Mohsin Jamil and Yasar Ayaz, “Development of Low Cost Radio Range Testing System for Unmanned Disaster Relief Helicopter”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 255-258, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[11]  Usman Ayub Sheikh, Mohsin Jamil, and Yasar Ayaz, “A Comparison of Various Robotic Control Architectures for Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 239-243, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[12] Muhammad Yaqoob, Sardar Rushan Qaisrani, Muhammad Waqas, Yasar Ayaz, Sohail Iqbal, and Sajid Nisar, “Control of Robotic Arm Manipulator with Haptic Feedback Using Programmable System on Chip”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 300-305, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[13]  Zain Murtaza, Noaman Mehmood, Mohsin Jamil, and Yasar Ayaz, “Design and Implementation of Low Cost Remote-Operated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies in Engineering (iCreate), pp. 37-41, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2014.

[14] Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Saba Mumtaz, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Yasar Ayaz, Mannan Saeed Muhammad and Osman Hasan , “Triangular Geometry based Optimal Motion Planning using RRT*”, In Proceedings of International Workshop on Advanced Motion Control (AMC), pp. 380-385, Yokohama, Japan , March 2014.

[15]  Muhammad Zeeshan Baig, Ehtesham Javed, Yasar Ayaz, Waseem Afzal, Syed Omer Gilani, Muhammad Naveed and Mohsin Jamil, “Classification of Left/Right Hand Movement from EEG Signal by Intelligent Algorithms”, In Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Computer Applications & Industrial Electronics (ISCAIE), pp. 178-183, Penang, Malaysia, April 2014.

[16]  Muhammad Asim Waris, Mohsin Jamil, Yasar Ayaz, and Syed Omer Gilani “Classification of Functional Motions of Hand for Upper Limb Prosthesis with Surface Electromyography”, International Journal of Biology And Biomedical Engineering, North Atlantic University Union, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 15-20, January 2014.

2013

[17]  Jauwairia Nasir, Fahad Islam, and Yasar Ayaz, “Adaptive RRT*-Smart: Algorithm characteristics and behavior analysis in complex environments”, Asia-Pacific Journal of Information Technology and Multimedia, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 39 - 51, December 2013.

[18]  Mohsin Jamil, Asad Asghar Janjua, Iqra Rafique, Shahid Ikramullah Butt, Yasar Ayaz, and Syed Omer Gilani, "Optimal Control based Intelligent Controller for Active Suspension System", Life Science Journal, Vol. 10 No. 12s, pp. 653-659, December 2013.

[19]  Badar Ali, Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Yasar Ayaz, Syed Omer Gilani, Mohsin Jamil, Naveed Muhammad, Faizan Ahmed, Mannan Saeed Muhammad, Whoi-Yul Kim, and Moonsoo Ra , “Human Tracking by a Mobile Robot using 3D Features”, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (RoBio), December, 2013.

[20]  Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal , Saba Mumtaz , Syeda Madiha Qamar , Fahad Islam , Yasar Ayaz, Naveed Muhammad , Mannan Saeed Muhammad, Osman Hasan, Whoi Yul Kim and Moonsoo Ra, “Adaptive Potential Guided Directional-RRT*”, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (RoBio), December, 2013.

[21]  Muhammad Asim Waris, Mohsin Jamil, Syed Omer Gilani, and Yasar Ayaz, “Control of Upper Limb Active Prosthesis Using Surface Electromyography”, Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Biology, Medical Physics, Medical Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering (BioMed), pp. 47-51, September 2013.

[22]  Jauwairia Nasir, Fahad Islam, and Yasar Ayaz, “Adaptive RRT*-Smart: Algorithm characteristics and behavior analysis in complex environments”, Proceedings of International Multi-Conference on Artificial Intelligence Technology (M-CAIT), Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Paper ID: 22, August 2013.

[23]  Badar Ali, Khawaja Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Yasar Ayaz, Muhammad Naveed, “Human detection and following by a mobile robot using 3D features”, Proceedings of International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), pp. 1714-1719, Takamatsu, Japan, 2013.

[24]  Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Syeda Madiha Qamar, Fahad Islam, Yasar Ayaz, and Muhammad Naveed, “Potential guided directional-RRT* for fast optimal motion planning”, Proceedings of International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), pp. 519-524, Takamatsu, Japan, 2013.

[25]  Syeda Madiha Qamar, Khawaja Fahad Iqbal, Ahmed Hussain Qureshi, Naveed Muhammad, Yasar Ayaz, and Abdul Ghafoor Abbasi, “A solution to perceptual aliasing through probabilistic fuzzy logic and SIFT”, Proceedings of IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), Wollongong, Australia, pp. 1393-1398, 2013.

[26]  Akhtar Khurshid, Abdul Ghafoor, Muhammad Afzal Malik, and Yasar Ayaz, “Modeling and analysis of robotic grasping using soft fingers”, Proceedings of International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR): Nature Inspired Mobile Robots, Sydney, Australia, pp. 643-650, 2013.  (Third Best Technical Paper Award)

[27]   Jauwairia Nasir, Fahad Islam, Usman Malik, Yasar Ayaz, Osman Hasan, Mushtaq Khan, and Mannan Saeed Muhammad, “RRT*-Smart: A rapid convergence implementation of RRT*”, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), 2013, Vol. 10, 299:2013.

[28]  Aamir Iftikhar, Mushtaq Khan, Khurshid Alam , Syed Hussain Imran, Liaqat Ali, Yasar Ayaz, and Ashfaq Khan, “Turbine blade manufacturing through Rapid Tooling (RT) process and its quality inspection”, International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing Processes, Taylor & Francis, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 534-538, 2013.

2012

[29]  Muhammad Yaqoob, Sardar Rushan Qaisrani, Muhammad Waqas, Yasar Ayaz and Sohail Iqbal, “Low Cost Tactile, Force and Size Feedback System for Surgical Robotics”, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Innovative Systems Engineering (ICIES), Egypt-Japan University of Sciences and Technology (EJUST), Alexandria, Egypt, December 2012.

[30]  Shabih Ul Hassan, Bilal Ahmed, Bilal Shaukat, Habib ur Rehman Paracha, Usman Malik, Saad Qaiser, Nabeel Anwar and Yasar Ayaz, “Modified SOM Based Intelligent Semi-Autonomous Navigation System”, Proceedings of IEEE International Symposium on Neural Network Applications in Electrical Engineering (NEUREL),Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, 2012.

[31]  Fahad Islam, Jauwairia Nasir, Usman Malik, Yasar Ayaz and Osman Hasan, “RRT*-Smart: Rapid convergence implementation of RRT* towards optimal solution”, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), pp. 1651-1656, Chengdu, China, August 2012.

[32]  Aamir Iftikhar, Mushtaq Khan, Asim Nisar , Syed Hussain Imran, and Yasar Ayaz, “Turbine blade manufacturing through Rapid Tooling (RT) process and its quality inspection”, Proceedings of the 37th International MATADOR Conference, Paper No: 3230, Manchester, England, UK, July 2012.

[33]  Teppei Tsujita, Atsushi Konno, Shunsuke Komuzunai, Yuki Nomura, Tomoya Myojin, Yasar Ayaz and Masaru Uchiyama, “Humanoid Robot Motion Generation Scheme for Tasks Utilizing Impulsive Force,” International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR), World Scientific Publishing Company, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1250008-1 to 1250008-23, 2012.

2011

[34]  Yasar Ayaz, Atsushi Konno, Khalid Munawar, Teppei Tsujita, Shunsuke Komizunai and Masaru Uchiyama, "A Human-Like Approach Towards Humanoid Robot Footstep Planning", International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (IJARS), Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 98-109, 2011.

[35]  Syed Usman Ahmed, Usman Ali Malik, Khwaja Fahad Iqbal, Yasar Ayaz and Kunwar Faraz, "Sparsed Potential-PCNN for Real Time Path Planning and Indoor Navigation Scheme for Mobile Robots", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA), pp. 1729-1734, Beijing, August 2011.

2010

[36]  Sajid Hussain, Rana M. Ather, Javed Iqbal, Akhtar Nawaz, Hammad Nazeer, Umar Karim, and Yasar Ayaz, "Design and Development of a Low Cost Automated Trans-Radial Prosthetic Limb", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Information Technology (ICIIT), Vol 1, pp. 161-165, Lahore, October 2010.

[37]  Teppei Tsujita, Atsushi Konno, Yuki Nomura, Shunsuke Komizunai, Yasar Ayaz and Masaru Uchiyama, "An Impact Motion Generation Support Software", Chapter 11, Cutting Edge Robotics 2010, Advanced Robotic Systems Journal and In-Tech Publishing Company, pp. 175-186, 2010.

[38]  Yasar Ayaz, Atsushi Konno, Khalid Munawar, Teppei Tsujita and Masaru Uchiyama, "Navigation Planning with a Human-like Approach", Chapter 11, Mobile Robots Navigation, Advanced Robotic Systems Journal and In-Tech Publishing Company, pp. 223-240, 2010.

2009

[39]  Yasar Ayaz, Takuya Owa, Teppei Tsujita, Atsushi Konno, Khalid Munawar and Masaru Uchiyama, "Footstep Planning for Humanoid Robots Among Obstacles of Various Types,", Proceedings of IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pp. 361-366, Paris, December 2009.

[40]  Yasar Ayaz, Atsushi Konno, Khalid Munawar, Teppei Tsujita and Masaru Uchiyama, "Planning Footsteps in Obstacle Cluttered Environments," Proceedings of IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), pp. 156-161, Singapore, July 2009.

[41]  Yasar Ayaz, “Footstep Planning Among Obstacles for Humanoid Robots”, Doctoral Thesis (Robotics and Machine Intelligence), Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan.

2008

[42]  Teppei Tsujita, Atsushi Konno, Shunsuke Komizunai, Yuki Nomura, Takuya Owa, Tomoya Myojin, Yasar Ayaz and Masaru Uchiyama, "Analysis of Nailing Task Motion for a Humanoid Robot," Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 1570-1575, France, September 2008.

[43]  Teppei Tsujita, Atsushi Konno, Shunsuke Komizunai, Yuki Nomura, Takuya Owa, Tomoya Myojin, Yasar Ayaz and Masaru Uchiyama, "Humanoid Robot Motion Generation for Nailing Task," Proceedings of IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM), pp. 1024-1029, China, July 2008.

2007

[44]  Yasar Ayaz, Atsushi Konno, Teppei Tsujita, Masaru Uchiyama and Khalid Munawar, "Obstacle Stepping Over Strategy for Humanoid Robots," Proceedings of SICE System Integration Division Annual International Conference (SI), pp. 533-534, Hiroshima, December 2007.

[45]  Yasar Ayaz, Khalid Munawar, Muhammad Bilal Malik, Atsushi Konno and Masaru Uchiyama, "A Human-like Approach towards Humanoid Robot Footstep Planning," Proceedings of JSME International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics (RoboMec), 1A1-B02, Akita, May 2007.

[46]   Yasar Ayaz, Khalid Munawar, Muhammad Bilal Malik, Atsushi Konno and Masaru Uchiyama, "Human-like Approach Towards Footstep Planning," Chapter 15, Humanoid Robots: Human-like Machines, Advanced Robotics Systems Journal and I-Tech Education and Publishing, 2007.

[47]   Yasar Ayaz, Khalid Munawar, Muhammad Bilal Malik, Atsushi Konno and Masaru Uchiyama, "Human-like Approach to Footstep Planning Among Obstacles for Humanoid Robots," International Journal of Humanoid Robotics(IJHR), vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 125-149, 2007.

[48]  Mannan Saeed, Yasar Ayaz, Saeed-ur-Rehman and Sadia Farah, "Design and Development of a Six-Legged Robot with Simplified Control Architecture", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE), Lahore, Pakistan, April 2007.

2006

[49]  Yasar Ayaz, Khalid Munawar, Muhammad Bilal Malik, Atsushi Konno and Masaru Uchiyama, "Human-like Approach to Footstep Planning Among Obstacles for Humanoid Robots," Proceedings of IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pp. 5490-5495, Beijing, China, October 2006.

2005

[50]  Yasar Ayaz, “Autonomous footstep planning for humanoid robots,” Master’s Thesis (Electrical Engineering: Controls and Signal Processing), College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan, 2005.

2004

[51]  Mannan Saeed, Yasar Ayaz and Saeed-ur-Rehman, "Design and Development of a Six-Legged Robot with Simplified Control Architecture", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications (ICSEA), pp. 89-94, Islamabad, 2004.

[52]   Yasar Ayaz and Muhammad Bilal Malik, “Tracking of a Speech Signal Using SSRLS and its Regeneration", Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications (ICSEA), pp. 122-126, Islamabad, 2004.

[53]    Yasar Ayaz, Bilal Afzal, Mannan Saeed and Saeed-ur-Rehman, "Design, Fabrication and Control of a Two-Legged Walking Robot", Proceedings Of IEEE International Workshop on Robot Motion & Control (RoMoCo), pp 73-78, Poland, June, 2004.

Post Graduate (PG)

  • RIME 914 Robot Motion Planning
  • RIME 812 Mobile Robotics
  • CSE 860 Artificial Intelligence
  • RIME 832 Machine Learning
  • EE 826 Linear Control Systems
  • EM 800 Robotics-I
  •  EM 805 Robotics-II

Under Graduate (UG)

  • RIME 421 Introduction to Mechatronics and Robotics
  • EE 272 Computer Systems and Programming
  • EE 171 Basic Electrical Engineering

Japan

  • NEDO Industrial Technology Research Grant Program
  • NEDO Intelligent Robot Technology Software Project

Pakistan

  • Alcatel Pakistan Limited: (Manufacturing Department)
  • National Institute of Electronics (NIE): (Mechatronics Laboratory)