Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Hybrid Powertrain Program: Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research

Parisa M. Shamsabadi

Master’s Student

Short Biography

Parisa M. Shamsabadi was a member of robotic team in high school and won many awards in national and international competitions.  She received her Bachler in Electrical Engineering from Amirkabir University (Tehran Polytechnic University), Tehran, Iran in 2017.She is joined the McMaster Automotive Resource Center in September 2017 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of applied science in Mechanical engineering under the supervision of Dr. Emadi. Her research area interests include autonomous systems and vehicles, Robotic, and control & system.


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Parisa was admitted in National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) for her high school, which is through a very competitive exam, and only a few students are accepted. Students studying at NODET schools have a great chance to find and to follow their interests in STEM fields; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thus, similar to many other students, it occurred to her as she was seeking for her major of interest; during her high school, she enrolled in a number of robotic classes. Attending these classes has revolutionized her life. As a freshman in high school, she was accepted to be a member of her school robotic team .she has worked on several robotics projects dealing with path follower robots, junior rescue robots, and junior soccer robots. Soon, she found out that this is her passion, Robotics. She has participated in several national and international robotic competitions and unlike many other participants who use different robot kits; their team has designed electrical circuits and robot’s mechanical system from scratch by themselves. Parisa and her teammates were the first girls in Iran who won a robotic competition in junior soccer league. She has won various robotic national and international competition awards and has been sent as one of Iran’s team member to international robotic competition which held in Singapore in 2010.

Because of taking first place in the most prestigious robotic competition in Iran (International Kharazmi Festival), she was offered to enroll in the B.Sc. program in Electrical Engineering at AmirKabir University (Tehran Polytechnic), which is one of the most high-ranking universities in Iran. Although she was admitted to enter the University of Tehran to study software engineering (having achieved a rank of 500th among nearly 600,000 participants in university entrance exam), she has chosen to study electrical engineering because of her enthusiasm for this field. During her undergraduate studies, she has done many projects such as smart home .Meanwhile NODET invited her to teach talented students as a robotic instructor. She has been teaching electronics and programming to high school students for three years. Besides, she has been offered to be a technical committee member in several national and international robotic events.

Her bachelor thesis was design and implementation of a smart cart. This cart had the ability of Image processing so that it can follow a costumer in a shopping mall and get different command order by different gestures via a Kinect sensor. Also, a robotic arm was provided for this cart for picking needed stuff from shopping mall and putting them in its basket. The cart was equipped with a smart system (RFID tags and reader) that can calculate bill instantly while putting different shopping stuff in its basket and send some essential data to the central system.

In 2017 she finished her bachelor in Electrical engineering and was accepted to pursue her Master’s program in mechanical engineering at McMaster University under supervision of Dr. Ali Emadi.