Amir Khajepour, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
A key member of the Automation and Controls Group in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Khajepour has developed an extensive research program that applies his expertise in several key multidisciplinary areas including mechatronic vehicle systems and high speed robotics. His research has resulted in several patents, technology transfers, and over 300 journal and conference publications including 4 books and 6 book chapters. The processes and technologies developed from his research have been successfully translated to industry applications. He initiated a $16m research program in Green Intelligent Transportation Systems in 2010 with financial support from Ontario Research Fund, Automotive Partnership Canada, and over 15 industry partners. Along with his students, he developed a new type of robots that uses cables as main actuation modules; thus enabling robots to be lightweight, ultra high speed and collision-safe in open environments where robots would interact with human operators. As a result of his research, Dr. Khajepour founded AEMK Systems – successfully transferring his new robotic technology into a commercial industrial DeltaBot.
Dr. Khajepour has demonstrated a strong commitment to the training and development of highly qualified personnel (HQP). He has supervised over 130 HQP, including over 95 PhD and MASc students and 35 postdoctoral fellows, visiting Professors and research engineers.