Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad PhD, P.Eng


Ingenuity Labs Research Institute, Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: 613-533-2991 
Walter Light Hall, Room: 427

Expertise: Robotics and Control Systems
Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad
Biography Research Teaching Publications Open Positions

Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2000. He then held a consulting position with Motion Metrics International Corp., Vancouver on the development of a dynamic payload monitoring system for heavy-duty hydraulic machines. In 2001, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Queen’s University, Canada, where he is currently a Professor and the Director of Interactive Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) Laboratory. 

Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad’s research interests include applications of control and intelligent systems in haptics and telerobotics, robotic rehabilitation, and autonomous driving. His research in the control of telerobotic systems is considered as seminal work in the field. Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) and the Co-Chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee for Telerobotics (TCT). He has also served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Haptics, the General Co-Chair of 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC 2021), the Chair of IEEE WHC Steering Committee and the Associate Editor of WHC 2011-19, WHC-2023, and Eurohaptics 2022.

Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad is the Undergraduate Program Chair of the Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering program at Smith Engineering and a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

Research Interests

Prof. Hashtrudi-Zaad's research interests largely lie in the areas of haptics, biomechanics, and intelligent mechatronic systems. These include:


To view Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad's publications, please visit Dr. Hashtrudi-Zaad's publications page.

Open PhD Position in Robotics at IRIS Lab

The Interactive Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) Laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Queen's University is looking for a doctoral student in robotics for September 2024.

The IRIS lab conducts research in rehabilitation robotics, haptics, telerobotics, and autonomous systems. People with a master's degree in engineering (ECE, MECH, Biomed, Mechatron) and strong academic background in robotics, control systems, and machine learning are encouraged to apply. Expertise in haptics and telerobotics, as well as hands-on experience with mechanical and electronic hardware, CAD design, and real-time systems is a plus.

The research will take place at the Interactive Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS) Laboratory and/or Queen's Ingenuity Lab Research Institute. The position is competitive and is funded with an annual stipend of C$28,750.

Application is open to international and domestic students. IRIS Lab is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from equity deserving groups. To apply, please contact Dr. Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad at

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