Taskin Padir is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a courtesy appointment at CCIS, at Northeastern University. He received his PhD and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He holds a BS in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
He is the Director of Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory (RIVeR Lab). His projects have been sponsored by NSF, NASA, DARPA, AFRL, and many industry partners. Professor Padir led project teams for the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge, SmartAmerica Challenge and the DARPA Robotics Challenge. Professor Padir presented at the Innovation on the Edge: Accelerating Solutions in the Fight Against Ebola event hosted by OSTP and USAID at the White House in 2015 and organized and hosted OSTP/NRI Workshop on Safety Robotics for Ebola Workers in 2014. A team led by Padir was recently selected to receive one of NASA’s humanoid robot Valkyrie for research and development.