Jaho Seo was with the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering of the University of Waterloo as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2011, the Department of System Reliability of the Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) as a senior researcher for 2012-2016, and the Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering of Chungnam National University, Korea as an Assistant Professor for 2016-2017.
Since 2017, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Automotive, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Ontario Tech University where he has been involved in research on the development of autonomous control systems for intelligent mobile machines, and electro-hydraulic systems.
Abdullah Rasul completed his Graduation in Bachelors of Electrical Engineering, with a major in Electronics from COMSATS University, Pakistan. He availed an opportunity to train with YOKOGAWA as a field engineer where the focus was mainly on DCS (Distributed Control Systems) and PLCs in 2017 and also worked as a Trainee Engineer in SIEMENS on their SPPA T3000 System for DCS and Automation in 2018.
He completed his Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech University from Sep. 2018- Aug. 2020 (thesis title: Predicted safety & excavation progress algorithms for autonomous excavation) under co-supervision of Prof. Amir Khajepour at U of Waterloo (Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems, uwaterloo.ca/mechatronic-vehicle-systems-lab).
He is currently involved in an external project with the Municipality of Clarington (Snowplow route optimization) as Research Assistant from Sep 2020.
Arif Mehmood Zaman completed his graduation in 2019 from Pakistan’s top engineering institution NUST. He had completed his Bachelors in the field of Mechanical Engineering and during his undergraduate studies, he got the chance to work with NUST Formula Student Team and represent the formula student car at FS-UK in 2019. His undergrad final year project is with the collaboration of the world’s renowned company Procter Gamble in which he designed an automated assembly line for the company.
He has been doing MASc in Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech University since Sep. 2020 under the supervision of Professor Jaho Seo for the advancement of automated excavators and sensing technologies.
Ali Afzalaghaeinaeini graduated from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2019 in Mechanical Engineering. From 2017 to 2019, he worked in the robotics laboratory of Ferdowsi University, during which he has been involved in dynamic simulation of robots, especially parallel robots and medical robots in the Simulink MATLAB and SolidWorks. He has also been a Teaching Assistant in the course “ introduction to finite element methods” between 2017 and 2019.
He has been studying his Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech University since Sep 2020 under the supervision of professor Jaho Seo to develop advanced environmental sensing algorithms. His main interest areas are sensing, control, automation, and robotics systems.
Albert Min is a 4th-year mechanical engineering student enrolled at Ontario Tech University. He's held numerous engineering internships in both small and large volume manufacturing. His most recent was with the reliability engineering team at Tesla, where he resolved field issues related to Model X closures. He and his team are currently developing a high-pressure aeroponic farming system that can achieve cost parity when compared to traditional agricultural methods."
He received the Mitacs Research Training Award (RTA), for the project of 'Design and development of a controlled environment agriculture unit' (Aug 3, 2020 - Dec 2, 2020) under supervision of Dr. Seo.
Nguyen Nam is a 4th year manufacturing engineering student. His academic achievement is he is currently on the University President’s list for 3 years in a row. Outside of school, he has been a member of the OTR Motorsports club since 2018. During his time in OTR Motorsports club, he has developed, built, and operated his custom made CNC pipe cutter, which he used to manufacture 2 race car chassis in-house for the 2019 and 2020 racing season. During the summer of 2020, he has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Sayyed Ali Hosseini on the topic of Life Cycle Assessment of Metal Additive Manufacturing versus Traditional Manufacturing. This school year, he is currently a member of PowerPlant high-pressure aeroponics farming system team (with Albert) and belongs to AVEC-lab (with Dr. Seo) as a lab research volunteer for the development of a high-pressure aeroponic farming system.
Ben Sanderson is a 4th-year manufacturing engineering student at Ontario Tech University. He is the current President of the Ontario Tech Toastmasters club and leads a team of seven to help improve students’ communication skills. During the summer of 2019, he designed and implemented an automated fuel-monitoring system to replace manual entry in his municipality. For the 2020-21 school year, he is a member of the PowerPlant high-pressure aeroponic vertical farming system team led by Albert Min. He is also a lab research volunteer for AVEC-lab working with others to create a high-pressure aeroponic vertical farming system under the supervision of Dr. Seo.
Liam Howatt is a 3rd year mechatronics engineering student. He likes to help people with their STEM projects. He believes that the tools and knowledge to develop fantastic projects can be easily accessed. Right now he is contributing work and consultation in the area of controls for a vertical farming capstone project.
Kifah Jaber, 2019/05- 2019/08, Lab Research Volunteer, Ontario Tech University (Mechatronics Eng)
Research Topic: Estimation of road surface conditions using artificial intelligence techniques.
Hassan Nauman, 2019/05- 2019/09, Lab Research Volunteer, Ontario Tech University (Mechatronics Eng)
Research Topic: 3D mapping and visualization for excavator digging using Lidars
Max Sun, 2019/09- 2019/12, Lab Research Volunteer, Ontario Tech University (Applied and Industrial Mathematics)
Research Topic: Ground detection techniques for excavation with a stereo vision camera
Suyoung Kim, 2019/09- 2020/04, Lab Research Volunteer, Ontario Tech University (Manufacturing Engineering)
Research Topic: Mechanical modeling of an autonomous excavator
Eric Park, 2019/09- 2020/04, Lab Research Volunteer, Ontario Tech University (Automotive Engineering)
Research Topic: Mechanical modeling of an autonomous excavator
Capstone Project: Design and development of smart translation gloves for sign language
Niraj Reginald, 2018/05- 2020/04, MASc Student, Ontario Tech University
Thesis title: Development of an integrated tracking control algorithm and a test platform for autonomous Excavation
2020/05-2020/08, Research Assistant (contract), KIMM contract project
Project title: Study on integrated control algorithms of hydraulic actuators for autonomous ground leveling
Current position: PhD Student at University of Waterloo