Staff profile

Dr Hamid Abdi

Position: Senior Research Fellow in Human Performance and Haptics
Faculty or Division: Inst Intelligent Sys Res & Inn
Department: Inst Intelligent Sys Res & Inn
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72188 +61 3 522 72188



Dr Hamid Abdi is a postdoctoral researcher in control and robotics. His research focus is on kinematics and fault tolerant analysis, trajectory and motion planning, dexterity optimisation, and control of robots. He also is interested in energy systems with a focus of micro harvesters and energy efficiency. He is actively involved in several doctoral projects including robotic system design and programming, modelling, simulation, and optimisation.

Dr Abdi has practical and teaching experience in applied control and industrial networks such as distributed control systems (DCS) and fieldbuses. He received BSc and MSc in control engineering from the Sharif University of Technology and PhD from Deakin University. He spent eight years as a lecturer at Iran University of Science and Technology from 2000-2008 and worked part-time with oil and gas industry as a senior researcher.

Hamid was a visiting scholar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Colorado State University, USA in 2010-2011 and continues the joint research as associate member of Colorado State University.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012


Teaching Interests

  • Control Theory
  • Industrial Data Communication
  • Industrial Control
  • Instrumentation

Knowledge areas

  • Control
  • Robotics
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Modelling
  • Simulation
  • Optimisation


Awards and prizes

Alfred Deakin Best Doctoral Thesis Medal and Award, Oct 2013

Winner of 2012 ICT Geelong Innovation Test - Best Deakin Entry, Nov 2012

Winner of WOFIE, Workshop for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nov 2011

Best paper finalist, IEEE Int. Conf. on Information and Automation, Jun 2010

Selected researcher of year 2007, Dec 2007

Best IT entrepreneur, Markazi Province, Jan  2006

UNESCO award for a selected entrepreneur, Mar 2005

Golden medal of Sheikh Bahaei Entrepreneurship Festival, Mar 2005


Research interests

  • Control and Robotics
  • Energy Systems
  • Fault Tolerant Systems

Research page



H. Abdi, A. A. Maciejewski, and S. Nahavandi, "Reliability Maps and Probabilistic Guarantee of Task Motion for Robotic Manipulators," Advanced Robotics, vol. 27, Iss. 2, pages 81-92, February 2013.

H. Abdi, S. Nahavandi, Y. Frayman, and A. A. Maciejewski, "Optimal mapping of joint faults into healthy joint velocity space for fault tolerant redundant manipulators," Robotica, vol. 30, Iss. 4, 2012, pp. 635-648.

H. Abdi, S. Nahavandi, Z. Najdovski, and A. A. Maciejewski, "Fault Tolerant Force in Human-Robot Cooperation," International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 5, Iss. 1, pp 103-116, January 2013.

H. Abdi and S. Nahavandi, "Well-conditioned configurations of fault-tolerant manipulators," Robotics and Autonomous Systems, vol. 60, Iss. 2, pp. 242-251, 2012.

H. Abdi, S. Nahavandi, and A. A. Maciejewski, "Optimal fault tolerant Jacobian matrix generators for redundant manipulators", Proceeding of the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, China, pp. 4688-4693, 2011.

H. Abdi and S. Nahavandi, "Minimum reconfiguration for fault tolerant manipulators", Proceeding of the 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B, ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, pp. 1345- 1350, 2010.

H. Abdi and S. Nahavandi, "Designing optimal fault tolerant Jacobian for robotic manipulators," Proceeding of the IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, Montreal, Canada, pp. 426-431, 2010.

H. Abdi, S. Nahavandi, Z. Najdovski, and Y. Frayman, "Multiple actuator fault tolerance for static nonlinear systems based on minimum velocity jump", the International Federation of Automatic Control World Congress, Milano, Italy, pp. 4690-4695, 2011.

H. Abdi, A. A. Maciejewski, and S. Nahavandi, "A Probabilistic approach for measuring the fault tolerance of robotic manipulators", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 1-6, 2013.

H. Abdi, V. Le, and S. Nahavandi, "Integration of Resident's Energy Costs in Short Stay Accommodation Billing System ", the IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, Washington, USA, pp. 1-6, 2013.

Link to publications

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