Dr. Hanafiah Yussof is currently a Senior Lecturer/Asst. Professor and the Head of Center of Studies in Mechatronics, Instrumentation and Control at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia. He is also the Director of Center of Excellence for Humanoid Robotics and Bio-Sensing (HuRoBs), Deputy Director of Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Technology Advances (i-META), and Head of Business Unit at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM.

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof received the B. Eng Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iwate University, Japan in 1998, M. Eng. Degree in Mechanical System Engineering from Yamagata University, Japan in 2005, and Ph.D Degree in Information Science from Nagoya University in 2008. Dr. Hanafiah Yussof is with UiTM since 2006 as a Tutor before promoted to Senior Lecturer position in 2008. In year 2008, he was awarded the Research Fellowship Grant from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) to conduct Postdoctoral Research at Nagoya University from 2008 to 2010. He is currently a research fellow at the Complex System Computing Lab., Nagoya University, Japan.

His research interests include intelligent operation of humanoid robot, rehabilitation robotics, grasping and manipulation of robotic hands, tactile sensor, bio-sensor, sensor fusion, haptic virtual reality technology and intelligent control of mobile manipulators. Dr. Hanafiah has published his research works and results in more than 100 publications in international journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings and magazines. He is the editor of book “Robot Localization and Map Building”, published by In-Tech Press Vienna in 2010.

Dr. Hanafiah has won several academic and research awards including 8 Best Paper Awards at international conferences such as ICAME2010, IEEE/ASME AIM2009, ICEI2007, WCECS ICIAR2007, CIM2007, ICMT2005 and ICOM2005. In year 2010, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) have awarded Dr. Hanafiah with the Best Paper Award in Mechatronics for year 2009 for his paper entitled ““Grasp Synthesis Based on Tactile Sensation in Robot Manipulation of Arbitrary Located Object”. The paper was presented in the IEEE/ASME 2009 International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM2009) in Singapore.

Among outstanding achievements in research by Dr. Hanafiah was the development of research prototype humanoid robot called “Bonten-Maru II” in year 2003. This project was funded by the Japanese Government, lead by Prof. Emeritus Yasuo Nasu. The recent research achievement was the development of a novel tactile sensor system for application in robotic system called Optical Three-Axis Tactile Sensor in year 2008. This project was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Masahiro Ohka at Nagoya University, Japan. This sensor system is currently under application for international patent in Japan. Dr. Hanafiah has received a total of nearly RM1Million from national and international grants since year 2003.

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof is the founder of International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors (IRIS), Medical and Rehabilitation Workshop (MRR) and International Robot PRIDE Competition. He has served as Chairman for several international conferences such as IRIS2010, ICAME2010, IRIS2012 and MRR2012. He is also committee member in more than 20 international conferences and events such as ICST2012, ROBOFAIR2010, CA2010, ACIT-CDA2010, IEEE Humanoids2009, ICA2009, etc. He is the Guest Editor in the International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR) by Springer, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (ARS), International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems (IJSSIS), and Journal of Computer Science (JCS). Dr. Hanafiah is also the Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems (ARS) and International Journal of Computer Vision and Signal Processing (IJCVSP).

Dr. Hanafiah Yussof is currently the  Chairman of IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Malaysia Chapter, Central Committee Member of Malaysia Robotics and Automation Interest Group (MyRAIG) and appointed member in Young Scientist Network (YSN) Academy Science Malaysia (ASM). He is also Head of Center of Excellence for Humanoid Robotics and Bio-Sensing (HuRoBs), and Head of Business Unit in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM. Dr. Hanafiah is a member of several professional societies such as IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), IEEE Region 10 Asia and Pacific, IEEE Computer Society, Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ), International Association of Engineers (IAENG), World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS), International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) and Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).

Current Position

  • Senior Lecturer/Asst. Prof., FKM UiTM
  • Head, Center of Studies in Mechatronics, Instrumentation and Control, FKM UiTM
  • Head, Center for Humanoid Robots and Bio-Sensing (HuRoBs), FKM UiTM
  • Head, Business Unit, FKM UiTM

Professional Position

  • Research Fellow, Complex Systems Computing Lab., Nagoya University, Japan
  • Chairman, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Malaysia Chapter
  • Central Committee, Malaysia Robotics and Automation Interest Group (MYRAig)
  • Appointed Member, Young Scientist Network (YSN) Academy Science Malaysia (ASM)

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