Saeid Nahavandi



Professor Saeid Nahavandi, FTSE, FIEEE

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Defence Technologies)
Director - Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation
Deakin University - Victoria, Australia

Intelligent Autonomous Convoying


This talk will elucidate the progression of developed and tested technologies from bilateral control of a group of robots initially, with human in-the-loop to more advanced cases of on-the-loop to finally a case of fully autonomous collection of robots performing a convoying operation independently using AI and machine learning. Such systems work together to solve a series of complex tasks autonomously in a highly unstructured environment. Several case studies are presented and major challenges are discussed.

About the Speaker

Saeid Nahavandi received a Ph.D. from Durham University, U.K. in 1991. He is an Alfred Deakin Professor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Chair of Engineering, and the Founding and current Director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation at Deakin University. His research interests include modeling of complex systems, robotics and haptics. He has published over 1000 scientific papers in various international journals and conferences. Saeid was the recipient of the Researcher of the Year for Australian Space Awards 2021, Australian Defence Industry Awards - Winner of Innovator of the year, The Essington Lewis Awards, and Australian Engineering Excellence Awards - Professional Engineer of the Year.
Saeid has carried out industry based research with several major international companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Bosch, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, General Dynamics, Holden, Lockheed Martin, Nissan, Thales and Vestas just to name a few.
Professor Nahavandi holds six patents, two of which have resulted in two very successful start-ups (Universal Motion Simulator Pty Ltd and FLAIM Systems Pty Ltd).
Professor Nahavandi is the Senior Associate Editor: IEEE Systems Journal, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics and IEEE Press Editorial Board member.
Professor Nahavandi is a Fellow of IEEE (FIEEE), Engineers Australia (FIEAust), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). Saeid is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Saeid was the General Chair for IEEE SMC 2021.