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Dr. S. M. Mizanoor Rahman

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Intelligent Systems and Robotics
  • Office Location: Campus: Building 4, Room 139; Downtown: 220 W Garden St, Suite 250, Office 222
  • Campus: 850.474.2257


Dr. S. M. Mizanoor Rahman worked as a research fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He then worked at Vrije University of Brussels, Belgium as a postdoctoral researcher sponsored by the European Commission under the 7th framework. During his position in Belgium, Dr. Rahman collaborated with several universities in Belgium, Germany, and Spain. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Clemson University, SC, USA, and also actively collaborated with BMW Manufacturing Co., SC, USA. Dr. Rahman then worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and an instructor at the Center for K-12 STEM Education of New York University (NYU), NY, USA. During his above research positions, Dr. Rahman mentored more than 20 Master’s and 10 Ph.D. students for their research projects, and led the implementation of more than $3M NSF-funded projects. After that, Dr. Rahman joined Tuskegee University, AL, USA as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and taught several courses to undergraduate students, supervised undergraduate research, and secured research grant from an external agency as the principal investigator.

Dr. Rahman joined UWF in January 2019 as an assistant professor for the Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering. At UWF, Dr. Rahman significantly contributes to the development and establishment of the Ph.D. program in Intelligent Systems and Robotics and directs the Human-friendly and Interactive Robotics Laboratory (HIR Lab).

Dr. Rahman has published more than 100 papers in different renowned journals, conference proceedings, and books that received about 600 citations. Dr. Rahman’s research work appeared in highly impactful journals such as IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and top-tier conferences such as IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Dr. Rahman received two best paper awards/honors from two IEEE conferences and a postdoctoral appreciation award in the form of a travel award from the American National Postdoctoral Association. Dr. Rahman serves as a reviewer of many top-rated journals published by IEEE and Elsevier, and conference proceedings published by IEEE. Dr. Rahman serves in the editorial board of the Journal Smart Science (Section: Smart Manufacturing-CPS, IoT, AI) published by Taylor & Francis, UK. Dr. Rahman is a member of the ASME, ASEE, IEEE and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Degrees & Institutions:

Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, Mie University, Japan
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Mie University, Japan
B.S. in Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)


1. Human-friendly industrial robotics and automation for Industry 4.0

  • Human-centric motion planning, control, and artificial intelligence and machine learning-based decision-making for (i) human-robot collaboration in flexible smart manufacturing, (ii) robotic assistance to workers in manipulating heavy parts/objects in industries to augment workers’ physical abilities and skills
  • Cyber-physical system and internet of robotic things for digitally connected manufacturing
  • Affective and cognitive computing in manufacturing

2. Mechanism design, smart sensing and intelligent controls for assistive, (bio)medical, rehabilitation and humanoid robots

  • Soft, compliant and energy-efficient actuation design
  • Human-likeness and benchmarking in robotic design
  • Gaming interface design and tele-rehabilitation
  • Wearable robotic exoskeleton (orthosis) and prosthesis design
  • Wearable smart sensors for physical performance monitoring of patients and athletes
  • Robotic assistant to surgeon at operating room

3. Social robotics

  • Human-robot/computer interaction, human-virtual human interaction, cyber-physical-social system, robotic social ecology, multi-agent social systems, assisted living, smart home, personal assistance, robot-based autism therapy, robot-based social therapy for persons with social and cognitive deficits, anthropomorphism

4. Field robotics

  • Motion and trajectory planning, ambient and embedded intelligence, autonomy, decision-making and intelligent controls of unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) and multi-robot systems (robot swarms) for indoor and outdoor applications including space
  • Human (astronaut)-robot teaming in space exploration 

5. Robotics for education and training

  • Instruction, lesson and curriculum design for robot-based K-16 STEM education
  • Design of robotic patients for nursing, dental and medical education
  • Simulation using virtual reality (VR) for medical and STEM education

Current Courses:

  • Engineering Foundations for Robotics
  • Special Topics in Intelligent Systems and Robotics
  • Research Methods for Intelligent Systems and Robotics
  • Human-Agent/Robot Teamwork

Classes Taught:

  • Mechatronics
  • Design Projects in Mechatronics and Robotics
  • Mechanical Dissection (Design Analysis)
  • Robot-based STEM Education

Special Interests:

Dr. Rahman is interested in providing career guideline to students, and helping students finding employment. In addition to engineering, Dr. Rahman is interested in business administration such as marketing management, project management, entrepreneurship development, industrial management, business process reengineering, enterprise resources planning, human resources management, business communication, etc. Dr. Rahman is a certified ISO internal auditor, an experienced corporate manager, and is interested in ISO and ABET implementation.


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    Selected Publications:

    S. M. M. Rahman, R. Ikeura, “Cognition-based variable admittance control for active compliance in flexible manipulation of heavy objects with a power-assist robotic system,” Robotics and Biomimetics, Vol.5, No.7, pp.1-25, November 2018.

    S. M. M. Rahman and Y. Wang, “Mutual trust-based subtask allocation for human-robot collaboration in flexible lightweight assembly in manufacturing,” Mechatronics, Vol. 54, pp.94-109, October 2018.

    S. M. M. Rahman, R. Ikeura, “Calibrating intuitive and natural human-robot interaction and performance for power-assisted heavy object manipulation using cognition-based intelligent admittance control schemes,” International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, Vol.15, No. 4, pp.1-18, July-August 2018.

    S. M. M. Rahman, S. M. Chako, S. B. Rajguru, V. Kapila, “Determining prerequisites for middle school students to participate in robotics-based STEM lessons: a computational thinking approach,” in Proc. of 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, June 24 - 27, 2018, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Paper ID #21615, pp.1-27.

    S. M. M. Rahman, “Cyber-physical-social system between a humanoid robot and a virtual human through a shared platform for adaptive agent ecology,” IEEE Journal of Automatica Sinica, SI on IoT-based Smart and Complex Systems, Vol.5, No.1, pp.190-203, January 2018.

    S. M. M. Rahman, R. Ikeura, “Model predictive control (MPC) to optimize performance in power-assisted manipulation of industrial objects,” IET Electric Power Applications, Vol. 11, No.7, pp.1235-1244, August 2017.

    S. M. M. Rahman, Z. Liao, L. Jiang, Y. Wang, “Regret-based allocation of autonomy in shared visual detection for human-robot collaborative assembly in manufacturing,” Trends in Control and Decision-Making for Human–Robot Collaboration Systems, Y. Wang and F. Zhang (Eds.), Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-40533-9/ 978-3-319-40532-2, Ch.9, pp.177-205, February 2017.

    S. M. M. Rahman, R. Ikeura, “Weight-prediction-based predictive optimal position and force controls of a power-assist robotic system for object manipulation,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 63, No. 9, pp.5964-5975, September 2016.

    S. M. M. Rahman, Y. Wang, I. D. Walker, L. Mears, R. Pak, S. Remy, “Trust-based compliant robot-human handovers of payloads in a collaborative assembly in flexible manufacturing,” in Proc. of the 12th IEEE Int. Conf. on Automation Science and Engineering (IEEE CASE 2016), Texas, USA, August 21-24, 2016, pp.355-360.

    S. M. M. Rahman, “Design of a modular knee-ankle-foot-orthosis using soft actuator for gait rehabilitation,” in Proc. of the 14th Annual Conference on Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS 2013), 28-30th August 2013, Oxford University, U.K. (In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer-Verlag, Vol. 8069, pp.195-209, July 2014).

    S. M. M. Rahman, “People-centric adaptive social ecology between humanoid robot and virtual human for social cooperation,” in Proc. of the 2nd International Workshop on Adaptive Robotic Ecologies (ARE 2013) at the 4th International Joint Conf. on Ambient Intelligence (AmI 2013), Dec 3-5, 2013, Dublin, Ireland (In: Communications in Computer and Information Science, Springer, Vol. 413, pp. 120–135, 2013).

    S. M. M. Rahman, R. Ikeura, M. Nobe, H. Sawai, “Controlling a power assist robot for lifting objects considering human’s unimanual, bimanual and cooperative weight perception,” in Proceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 3-8, 2010, Anchorage, Alaska, USA, pp.2356-2362.

Keywords: human-friendly industrial robotics, automation for Industry, human-friendly mechanical, mechatronic, mechanism design, sensing and controls for assistive, (bio)medical, rehabilitation, humanoid robots, social robotics, unmanned autonomous vehicles, space-robotics, educational robotics.