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Kamal Youcef-Toumi

Contact Info

room 3-342

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Administrative Contact Welch, Isabel


  • 1979


  • 1981


  • 1985



Research Interests

  • High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy
  • 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

Professional Service

  • 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

MIT Service

  • 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:
  • 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.