Dr. Lamia Iftekhar

Assistant Professor

Ph.D from Dartmouth College, USA
MS from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, USA

Office: SAC 924
Phone: +88 02 55668200 Ext – 1511

Biography

Lamia Iftekhar is an Assistant Professor at the  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North South University (NSU) , Dhaka.  She completed her Ph.D. in Engineering from Dartmouth College New Hampshire, USA in June 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Reza Olfati-Saber.  Her  work was on designing  driving algorithms for network of autonomous vehicles.  Prior to this,  Lamia completed her undergraduate studies and Masters in Electrical Engineering simultaneously in 2009  under a four-years Honors BS/MS program  from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, NY, USA.  Her undergrad major  was in Electrical Engineering and she had minors in Mathematics and Psychology.

At NSU,  Lamia teaches Control Engineering and related courses.  When she’s not giving her students a hard time on finding controllers to stabilize some random system, she enjoys helping them out with various student organization activities and projects.  She also spends some of her time as the Vice President of  IEEE Women In Engineering Affinity Group, Bangladesh Section.

Lamia’s current research interests is two-fold: transportation and robotics.  She has been fiercely passionate about transportation issues for a long time since her home city Dhaka’s urban transportation is not exactly  the greatest system in the world. Her research interests in this category includes vehicle safety, intelligent transportation systems, networked vehicles,  driver behaviour modelling, traffic model and congestion control.

Lamia’s other field of interest includes multi-agent systems, hybrid systems, nonlinear control and cooperative systems, all mostly applied to robotics. She is particularly intrigued by the idea of  using  multi-robot systems   for disaster management in the context of Bangladesh.  She  also believes  that there’s a huge potential  in using robotics to promote  sincere interest in STEM amongst the school students of her country, specially  the female students.

Research Areas

Research Interests

Complex networks, multi-agent systems, cooperative systems, nonlinear control, hybrid systems, distributed control, modeling and simulation, autonomy in vehicles, safety in vehicles,  urban transportation – technology and policy, public transportation, driver  behavior modeling, traffic modeling , congestion control, mobile robots,  Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) control systems, women in STEM, STEM education.

 

Teaching

Selected Publications

Conference Papers
  • Lamia Iftekhar, Nova Ahmed, Fahima Chowdhury, Ridita Rahman, “Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratory Education for Female Undergraduate Students,” The 10th International Conference on Computer Science & Education, ICCSE, 2015
  • Lamia Iftekhar, Reza Olfati-Saber, “Autonomous Driving for Multi-Robot Networks with Nonlinear Dynamics,” Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IVS), 2012
  • Lamia Iftekhar, Reza Olfati-Saber, “Safety-Aware Intelligent Transportation Systems: Cooperative Autonomous Driving for Vehicular Networks,” International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), 2012
  • Reza Olfati-Saber, Lamia Iftekhar, “Flocking for Networks of Nonholonomic Robots with Nonlinear Dynamics,” International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), 2012
  • Syed Mahdi Azam, Lamia Iftekhar, “Perfect Tracking of MIMO Systems Using the Dual Feedforward Metho,” The 3rd International Conference on Technology, Informatics, Management, Engineering and Environment (TIME-E), 2015

Professional Activity

  • Vice President – IEEE Women In Engineering Affinity Group, Bangladesh Section (2015)
  • Member –  IEEE Control Systems Society,  IEEE Vehicular Technology Society,  IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi
  • Reviewer – Transactions on  IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems,  IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
  • Past Branch Counselor of IEEE NSU Student Branch (2013-2015)