Prof Saeid Nahavandi
Director, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research, Deakin University, Australia
Saeid Nahavandi received his BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD in Control Engineering from Durham University, UK in 1985, 1986 and 1991 respectively.
Saeid is an Alfred Deakin Professor and the Director for the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research at Deakin University in Australia.
Professor Nahavandi is a Fellow member of IET. IEAust and Senior Member of IEEE and has published over 450 refereed papers and been awarded several competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) grants over the past five years. He received the Research collaboration / initiatives award from Japan (2000) and Prince & Princess of Wales Science Award in 1994. He won the title of Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1996 and holds two patents. In 2002 Professor Nahavandi served as a consultant to Jet Propulsion Lab (NASA) during his visit to JPL Labs. In 2006 he received the title of Alfred Deakin Professor, the highest honour at Deakin University for his contribution to fundamental research.
Professor Nahavandi is the founder for the Centre for Intelligent Systems Research with 60 full time researchers at Deakin University. He actively contributes and leads four major research projects in three Cooperative Research Centres with over 50 major international companies as partners. In modelling and simulation of complex systems he received awards from several organisations to focus on simulation based optimization of manufacturing processes, airport operations, logistics and distribution centres. He has carried out industry based research with several major international companies such as GM, Ford, Holden, Nissan, Bosch, Futuris, Boeing, Vestas just to name a few. For his contribution in haptics and robotics he won two major research grants from the Australian Department of Defence on haptically enabled counter explosive robot design.
Professor Nahavandi has been the chairman of eight International conferences and the General Chair for World Manufacturing Congress series and the International Congress on Autonomous Intelligent Systems. He also holds the position of Editor for the International Journal Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (South Pacific region), Co Editor-in-Chief - IEEE Systems Journal, Associate Editor -International Journal of Innovative Computing & Information Control.