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Karim is Publications Chair for Robotics Conference

Mohammad A. Karim, vice president for research at Old Dominion University, is publications chair for the Robotics and Applications (RA2010) Conference of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) technology conferences Nov. 1-3 in Cambridge, Mass.

IASTED promotes economic and cultural advancement by organizing multidisciplinary conferences for academics and professionals, mainly in the fields of engineering, science and education. It holds these conferences in industrialized and developing nations.

The organization is hosting four simultaneous conferences at Cambridge during the first three days of November. Other than Robotics and Applications, the topics are Radar and Wave Propagation, Nanotechnology and Applications and Computational Bioscience.

Karim's duties will involve oversight of research papers presented at the robotics conference. Proceedings of all IASTED conferences are published by ACTA Press.

Before joining ODU in 2004, Karim took leadership roles in establishing a variety of academic programs: computer engineering degree programs at the University of Dayton, City University of New York (CUNY) and the University of Tennessee; biomedical engineering degree programs as well as a department at CUNY; earth and environmental systems science and engineering degree program at CUNY; and electro-optics doctoral program and department at Dayton.

Since joining ODU to lead the Office of Research, Karim has put emphasis on interdisciplinary programs and research. Cross-discipline collaborations happen, for example, at the university's Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, where electrical engineers and physicists brush shoulders with biologists and medical doctors; the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC), which brings together faculty members from almost every discipline represented at ODU; and alternative energy initiative, which involves chemists, biologists, oceanographers and a variety of engineers.

Karim has a multidisciplinary background himself, having graduate degrees in physics and electrical engineering. He also now has been elected six times as a Fellow of science and technology organizations, more than any other ODU faculty member or administrator. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Optical Society of America, the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers, the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering & Technology and the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences.

This article was posted on: October 12, 2010

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