Kamel S. Saidi
Dr. Kamel S. Saidi is a Mechanical Engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division (ISD) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current research includes the development of metrics, test methods and ground-truth systems for evaluating the performance of robot perception, safety, dexterity, mapping and autonomy for manufacturing as well as emergency response robots. He is also involved in research aimed at developing performance evaluation methods, metrics, and facilities for 3D Imaging Systems (through ASTM E57). Dr. Saidi conducted research in construction automation for 10 years prior to shifting his focus to manufacturing and emergency response robotics. Dr. Saidi holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin (UT), where he focused his research on information technology at the construction site and construction automation systems. His graduate research included the design and implementation of a tele-operated, hydraulic robot for the maintenance of electric power plant boilers (for which he is a co-inventor on a US patent). Dr. Saidi's graduate research also involved the design and implementation of a road crack-sealing robot and a large-scale manipulator (robot arm) for construction operations. Dr. Saidi also holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on Mechanical Systems and Design (and a minor emphasis on Biomedical Engineering) from UT.