Instrumentation and controls as related to robotics, smart-grids, and manufacturing automation.
Honors + Awards
2014 National Instruments Engineering Impact Award in Advanced Research, for Building the World’s Largest Range, High-Speed Atomic Force Microscope.
1999 Winner of the Best Paper Award of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control.
1988-1990 Carl Richard Soderberg Career Development Chair, Professorship in Power Engineering.
1987 Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation Award in Recognition of Research and Teaching Accomplishments. (A two- year appointment.)
ASME Society - Fellow
IEEE Society - Member
Sigma Xi Society - Elected Member
October 2013 - Panel Member/Interviewer re Proposals for Centres for Doctoral Training, "Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Swinton, UK
Jan. 2008 - Present ASME's Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Conference Editorial Board. Associate editor
2011 Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) conference, sponsored by the Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) of ASME International, Arlington, Virginia. Vice-Chair for Workshops, Oct. 2011
July 2008 present Co-Director of Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy at MIT and KFUPM
July 2008 June 30, 2011 Head, Mechanical Engineering Controls, Robotics & Instrumentation Area
July 2000 - May 30, 2005 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Faculty Liaison (Engineering Internship Program) -
Sept. 2005 Mechanical Engineering Department Research Council - Member
July 1998 present Professor (with tenure)
July 1992 June 1998 Associate Professor (with tenure)
July 1989 June 1992 Associate Professor (without tenure)
Jan. 1986 June 1989 Assistant Professor
June 1985 Dec. 1985 Research Associate and Lecturer
Dynamics & Control II (2.004)
Design & Manufacturing I (2.007)
Analysis and Design of Feedback Control Systems (2.14)
Advanced System Dynamics and Control (2.151)
Energy-Water Nexus & Smart Gid
A. Santhosh , A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``The Impact of Storage Facility Capacity and Ramping Capabilities on the Supply Side of the Energy-Water Nexus,'' Energy, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 1--10, 2014. [Online]. Available: http://dx.doi.org.libproxy.mit.edu/10.1016/j.energy.2014.01.031
A. Santhosh , A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``Real-Time Economic Dispatch for the Supply Side of the Energy-Water Nexus,'' Applied Energy, vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 42--52, 2014. [Online]. Available:
S. Rivera, A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``A Multi-Agent System Transient Stability Platform for Resilient Self-Healing Operation of Multiple Microgrids,'' in 5th Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference, Washington D.C., 2014, pp. 1--5.
A. Muzhikyan , A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``A Power Grid Enterprise Control Method for Energy Storage System Integration,'' in IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference Europe, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014, pp. 1-6.
W. N. Lubega , A. Santhosh , A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``An Integrated Energy and Water Market for the Supply Side of the Energy-Water Nexus in the Engineered Infrastructure,'' in ASME 2014 Power Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2014, pp. 1--11.
A. Muzhikyan , A. M. Farid, and K. Youcef-Toumi, ``An Enhanced Method for the Determination of Load Following Reserves,'' in American Control Conference, 2014, Portland, Oregon, 2014, pp.1--8.
High-Speed, Large-Range Atomic Force Microscopes
I. Soltani Bozchalooi, and Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Multi-Actuation and PI control: a Simple Recipe for High-Speed and Large-Range Atomic Force Microscopy, Ultramicroscopy, 146 (2014), 117-124 (Impact Factor: 2.745).
H. Tavakoli Nia, I. Soltani Bozchalooi, Yang Li, Lin Han, Han-Hwa Hung, Eliot Frank, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Christine Ortiz, Alan Grodzinsky, High-Bandwidth AFM-Based Rheology Reveals that Cartilage is Most Sensitive to High Loading Rates at Early Stages of Impairment, Biophysical journal, 104 (2013) 1529-1537. (Cited: 12), (Impact factor: 3.976). Appeared in MIT-News and Science Daily.
I. Soltani Bozchalooi, K Youcef-Toumi, D J Burns and G E Fantner, Compensator design for improved counterbalancing in high speed atomic force microscopy, American Institute of Physics - Review of Scientific Instruments, 82 (2011) 113712, 12 pages. (Cited: 8) (Impact factor: 1.6)
I. Soltani Bozchalooi, K. Youcef-Toumi, Control Design for Division and Compensation with Application to High-Speed/High-Range Nano-Positioning, Proceedings of the American Control Conference, Portland, Oregon (ACC 2014). Best presentation award in precision mechatronics. Invited Paper
H. T. Nia, I. Soltani Bozchalooi, Y. Li, E. Frank, K. Youcef-Toumi, A. Grodzinsky and C. Ortiz, The Effect of GAG Depletion on Cartilage Nanoscale Hydraulic Permeability, Transactions of the 58th Annual Orthopaedic Research Society, San Francisco, CA, 2012
In-Pipe Leak Detection
D. Chatzigeorgiou, K. Youcef-Toumi and R. Ben-Mansour, “MIT Leak Detector: Modeling & Analysis towards Observability," IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, July 2014 (to appear)
R. Ben-Mansour, M. A. Habib, A. Khalifa, K. Youcef-Toumi and D. Chatzigeorgiou, “Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of Small leaks in Water pipelines for direct leak pressure transduction,” Computer & Fluids, 2012
R. Ben Mansour, K. A. Suara and K. Youcef-Toumi, “Determination of Important Flow Characteristics for Leak Detection in Water Pipelines-Networks,” Computational Thermal Sciences, 2013
Video Submission : Chatzigeorgiou D., Wu Y., Youcef-Toumi K. and Ben-Mansour R., "MIT Leak Detector: An In-Pipe Leak Detection Robot," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2014
Chatzigeorgiou D., Youcef-Toumi K. and Ben-Mansour R., "Modeling and Analysis of an In-Pipe Robotic Leak Detector," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2014
US Patent No. 8869599. "LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM BASED ON FORCE TRANSDUCTION", Dimitrios Chatzigeorgiou, Changrak Choi, Atia Khalifa, Rached Ben Mansour, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, 10/28/2014.
US Patent No. 8820143. "LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM" Dimitrios Chatzigeorgiou, Stephen Sai-Wung Ho, Rached Ben Mansour, Sanjay E Sarma, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, 09/02/2014.
NO. 8818723 ”Localization And Tracking System For Mobile Robots”, Inventors: Andreas Schuh and Kamal Youcef-Toumi, (Cambridge, MA) Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), 08/26/14.
US Patent No. 8795572 "SYMMETRIC THERMOCENTRIC FLEXURE WITH MINIMAL YAW ERROR PROTECTION" Vijay Shilpiekandula, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Issued 08/05/14.
Muhammad A Hawwa, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, "ROBOTIC SYSTEM FOR PIPELINE REHABILITATION", US Patent No. 8783297. Issued 07/22/14.
US Patent No. 8516610. "HIGH-FREQUENCY RHEOLOGY SYSTEM" Iman Soltani Bozchalooi, Eliot Frank, Alan J Grodzinsky, Christine Ortiz, Hadi Tavakoli Nia, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, 08/20/13.
US Patent No. 8410798 "FLEXURAL MECHANISM FOR PASSIVE ANGLE ALIGNMENT AND LOCKING" Justin Yi-Shen Lai, Vijay Shilpiekandula, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Issued 04/02/13.
US Patent No. 8390233 "HIGH-RESOLUTION FLEXURAL STAGE FOR IN-PLANE POSITION AND OUT-OF-PLANE PITCH/ROLL ALIGNMENT" Vijay Shilpiekandula, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Issued 03/05/13.
US Patent No. 8347409 "RESONANCE COMPENSATION IN SCANNING PROBE MICROSCOPY" Daniel J Burns, Georg E Fantner, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Issued 01/01/13.
US Patent No. 8210840 "DIAPHRAGM FLEXURE WITH LARGE RANGE AND HIGH LOAD CAPACITY", Vijay Shilpiekandula, Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Issued 07/03/12.
Patent 7865268 ”Mechanical Fish Robot Exploiting Vibration Modes For Locomotion”, Inventors: Pablo Valdivia Y (Cambridge, MA), Youcef-Toumi; Kamal(Cambridge, MA) Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), Issued January 4, 2011.
United States of America Serial No. 61/485675 ”An Acoustic Probe For Leak Detection In Water Pipelines, Yagoub N. Al-Nassar, Hussain Al-Qahtani, Muhammad A. Hawwa and Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Filed May 13, 2011
United States of America Serial No. 61/479523, ”Robotic Apparatus And Process For Pipeline Rehabilitation Inventors: Muhammad A. Hawwa and Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Filed April 27, 2011.