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 serves 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 (just do an image search on Dhaka traffic and behold the horror!) . 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.