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Farrokh Sharifi




Professor Janabi-Sharifi received the B.Sc. and M.A.Sc. degrees both in Mechanical Engineering from METU, Turkey, and the University of Toronto, Canada. He received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1995. He was an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral fellow and instructor at Centre for Intelligent Machines and department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McGill University, Montreal, Canada during 1995-1997.





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Farrokh Janabi-Sharifi joined Department of Mechanical Engineering of Ryerson University in 1997. He is currently a  Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. He also hold Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Waterloo (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department), Waterloo, Canada, McGill University (Centre for Intelligent Machines and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department), Montreal Canada, and the University of Western Ontario (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering), London , Canada. He has also been visiting professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of KAIST  (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and Research Institute in Computer Science and Random Systems of INRIA: IRISA-INRIA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systems Aleatoire-l'Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique), France.

He is founder and director of Robotics, Mechatronics and Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (RMAL) at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. He is also the founder of Ryerson Robotics Club, as well as founder and Editor-in-Chief of Student Journal of Automation, Robotics, Mechatronics, and Manufacturing (SJARMM). He has been a technical consultant to domestic and international companies. He also serves as an Associate Editor of International Journal of Optometronics (2005-present), and served as a Guest Editor of International Journal of Optometronics: special Issues on Visual Servoing, with Francois Chaumette.

Dr. Janabi-Sharifi has authored and coauthored more than 90 journal and conference papers. He is the coauthor of a book: Introduction to Hydraulic Control (Tehran: Nashr-Danesh Press, 1995), author or coauthor of 4 book chapters in visual servoing and opto-mechatronics, editor of two books on Optomechatronic Systems Control, and Optomechatronic Systems Actuators, Manipulations, and Control (with Y. Otani) (SPIE, 2005, 2006). Dr Janabi-Sharifi is listed in AMWS (American Men and Women of Science). He is co-chair of SPIE International Symposium on Optomechatronic: ISOT 2008, and was chair of Systems Control Conference of SPIE International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies: ISOT 2005, ISOT 2006, and co-chair of Systems Control Conference of SPIE International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies: ISOT 2007. He was CD Proceeding co-editor of 21st Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics: CANCAM 2007. He organized several international conferences namely SPIE International Symposium on  Optomechatronic Technologies ISOT: Conference on Optomechatronic Systems Control (2005, 2006), and served in Program Committees of International Conferences including 4th International Conference on Mechatronic Systems and Materials: MSM 2008, IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology: ISSPIT2007, IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation 2007: ICMA 2007, SPIE International Symposium on Optomechatronic Technologies ISOT 2007, ASME/IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics - AIM07, 21st Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics: CANCAM 2007, 31st International Symposium on Robotics in 2000, 5th International Conference on CAD/CAM, Robotics and Factories of Future in 2000, Japan-US Symposium on Flexible Automation in 2000, and Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers Forum in 1998. Professor Janabi-Sharifi has been a technical consultant to domestic and international companies.

Research Interests:

His research theme is on opto-mechatronic systems with focus on manufacturing and biomedical engineering application. Specifically:

Robot Control and planning
Visual Servo Control
Image-guided surgery and intervention
MEMS assembly
Human operator modeling and workspace optimization
Haptic interfaces
Intelligent control
Optical sensors design

Current Courses:

He has taught courses:

ME8130 - Robot Mechanics
ME8135 - Directed Studies: Mechanical Engineering
EE8601 - Directed Studies: Electrical Engineering
MEC830 - Mechatronic Systems Design
MEC431 - Advanced Manufacturing
MEC322 - Manufacturing Fundamentals
MEC809 - Integrated Manufacturing
CMEC322 - Dynamics
IND711 - Manual and Automated Manufacturing
MEC732 - Automated Manufacturing Systems
Artificial Intelligence (McGill University, 1996)
Applied Artificial Intelligence (University of Waterloo, 1993)
Knowledge-based Control (University of Waterloo, 1993)

Professional Affiliations:

Senior Member of IEEE

Senior Member of SME

Member of CSME

Member of Professional Engineering Ontario