Saeid Habibi is a Senior NSERC Industrial Research Chair and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the University of Cambridge, U.K. His academic background includes research into intelligent control, state and parameter estimation, fault diagnosis and prediction, Variable Structure Systems, actuation systems, mechatronics and fluid power. The application areas for his research have included automotive, aerospace, and robotics. He has developed his own theory related to estimation referred to as the Smooth Variable Structure Filter (SVSF). He has a number of patents and has co-authored close to 200 refereed papers.
Dr. Habibi has held a number of managerial and industrial positions. He is presently the Director of the Centre for Mechatronic and Hybrid Technology (CMHT) at McMaster University. He was the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 2008 to 2013. He also spent a number of years in industry as a Project Manager and Senior Consultant for Cambridge Control Ltd, U.K., where he was involved in automotive and aerospace related projects. He then moved to AlliedSignal Aerospace Canada (presently part of Honeywell) where managed their Systems Engineering Department. Dr. Habibi has been the recipient of a number of awards including the 2012 Best Paper Prize from IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference, 2 corporate awards for his contributions to the AlliedSignal Systems Engineering, and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) F.C. Williams best paper award for his contribution to the Variable Structure Systems theory. He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of ASME and CSME.