S. Rawashdeh Biography

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Samir A. Rawashdeh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Michigan – Dearborn

2084 Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems
Dearborn, MI 48128
E-mail: rawashdeh[at]umich[dot]edu

I am an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan – Dearborn. I have sought a diverse experience in my education and research, mainly in Embedded Systems, Signal Processing, and Dynamics & Control. During my graduate and post-doctoral work at the University of Kentucky Space Systems Laboratory, I took part the design, development, testing, and execution of several aerospace missions including two satellites and a research platform on the International Space Station.

Current Research Activities

    Autonomous Driving Perception, Deep Learning, Event Cameras

We are currently pursuing four main thrusts: (1) model-based visual odometry, mapping, SLAM, and object tracking, (2) Deep-learning methods for semantic segmentation and object detection, (4) studying the effect of adverse weather on perception algorithms, and (4) using the bio-inspired event-based cameras (dynamic vision sensors) for high speed and autonomous driving perception tasks.

    Humanoid Robotics and Perception

Supported by an NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award, we have acquired a Humanoid robot consisting of a mobile base, articulating neck, two 6 degree-of-freedom arms, and two five-fingered hands. Our group and other colleagues at UM-Dearborn are interested in a wide range of research problems, including perception, navigation, manipulation, and human-robot interaction.  

    “RehabBuddy”; extending individualized physical rehabilitation beyond the clinic using wearable technology

RehabBuddy is a rehabilitation assistance system that extends the reach of a physical rehabilitation specialist beyond the clinic, in order to address two consistent issues encountered with musculoskeletal rehabilitation performed outside of the clinic walls: poor intervention adherence and the lack of objective tracking. Both will be addressed by developing a system that uses body-worn inertial measurement units and a mobile application that provides the patient with assistance or a “buddy” to ensure that home exercises are performed with the same precision as under clinical supervision.

    Embedded Systems, Networks

Underway are industry-sponsored activities in the area of networked embedded systems. 

Education

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering  
Dissertation: Visual Attitude Propagation for Small Satellites (available here)

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering   
Thesis: Passive Attitude Stabilization for Small Satellites (available here)

University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering    

Experience

University of Michigan – Dearborn, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Associate Professor    2020 – current

University of Kentucky, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences   
Adjunct Professor    2017 – current

University of Michigan – Dearborn, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Assistant Professor    2014-2020

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory   
Postdoctoral Scholar    2013-2014

University of Kentucky, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Instructor    Fall and Spring 2013/14

SSBV Space and Ground Systems, Portsmouth, United Kingdom   
Visiting Engineer    04–07/2012

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory
Research Associate (toward PhD)   2011- 2013

University of Kentucky, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering   
Part-time Instructor   Fall and Spring 2010/11

University of Kentucky, Space Systems Laboratory
Graduate Research Assistant (toward MSc)   2007 – 2010 

Mechatronics Engineering Laboratory, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan  
Full-time Researcher    06-07/2007

Embedded Systems Laboratory, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  
Research Intern    06-08/2005

Sponsored research and projects

(excludes funding from programs internal to University of Michigan)

  • S. Rawashdeh, T. Uhl, “RehabBuddy; Extending Individualized Physical Rehabilitation Beyond the Clinic Using Wearable Technology to Empower Patients”, National Science Foundation – Smart and Connected Health,  Aug 2019 – Jul 2021. 
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Evaluation of Wireless Communication Protocols for Electric Vehicle Wireless Charging Control”, Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America, Nov 2018 – Jul 2019.
  • W. Su, S. Rawashdeh as Co-PI, REU Site: Undergraduate Research in Sustainable Energy (U-RISE), National Science Foundation, 1/2018-2021.
  • S. Rawashdeh et al., (PI, formerly Co-PI), MRI: Acquisition of a Mobile Manipulation Robot Platform for Research and Education“, National Science Foundation, 10/1/2017-2022.
  • S. Rawashdeh et al., “Hybrid Body Control Module Wired & Wireless Networking Phase 2”, General Motors, Sep 2017 – Dec 2018.
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Augmented Reality Glasses for Self-Guided Dealership Experience”, Ford Motor Company, Dec 2015 – Aug 2016.
  • W. Xiang, P Richardson, S. Rawashdeh (Co-PI), “Hybrid Architecture for Inter-ECU Communications”, General Motors, Sep 2015 – Aug 2017.
  • S. Rawashdeh, “Cubesat Star Imaging using Multiple Sensor Nodes”, Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Research Seed Grants, May 2015 – April 2016.
  • A. Cramer, S. Rawashdeh, “A Modular Electrical Power System Architecture for Small Spacecraft”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • S. Rawashdeh, J. Lumpp, “Integration of the Stellar Gyroscope”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • V. Zeps, S. Rawashdeh, “Simulator for On-Orbit Solar Irradiation of CubeSats”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.
  • S. Bailey, S. Rawashdeh, “Precision Guided Return of High-Altitude Payloads”, NASA Kentucky Space Grant, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014.