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Prof. M. Osman Tokhi

Head of Cognitive Systems Research Centre

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    Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Osman Tokhi holds the position of Professor of Robotics and Head of Cognitive Systems Research Centre in the School of Engineering at London South Bank University. He received his BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Kabul University, Afghanistan in 1979 and the PhD degree in Control Engineering from Heriot-Watt University, the UK in 1988. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering), Member of IIAV (International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration) and Member of CLAWAR (Climbing and Walking Robots) Association.

He has worked for industry and at various higher education establishments, including the University of Sheffield (UK), Glasgow College of Technology (UK) and Kabul University (Afghanistan). He has held visiting professor positions at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), University Technology Malaysia (Malaysia), University of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain).

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control, Editor of book series on Service Robotics published by World Scientific Publishing Company, co-editor of book series on Mobile Service Robotics published by Elsevier Publishing Company, and acts as a member on editorial boards of several journals. He has previously acted as editor-in-chief, associate editor and member of the editorial board of several other international journals.

He is currently Chair and Trustee of CLAWAR Association (, Chair of BSI (British Standards Institute) AMT/010-1 sub-committee on Ethics of Robots and Autonomous Systems, Convenor of ISO (International Standardisation Organisation) Technical Committee TC299 (Robotics) Working Group 02 on Service Robot Safety standardisation, and acts as member of several robot standardisation working groups of ISO and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission), and the BSI (British Standards Institute) AMT/010 (Robotics) committee.

Professor Tokhi has taught a wide range of subjects in undergraduate and postgraduate taught degree programmes. These range from fundamental topics such as mathematics and physics through to medium and advanced topics such as analysis of linear systems, analogue and discrete control system analysis and design, digital signal processing, active control, adaptive filtering, self-tuning and adaptive control, distributed real-time systems, random processes, robotics, and computer architectures. He has also given invited short courses, seminars, tutorials, and lectures on advanced topics at various higher education institutions and international conferences.

He has authored/co-authored several text books and has developed interactive software environments for adoption in taught degree programmes. These include the following:

Selected Textbooks:

TOKHI, M. O. and AZAD, A. K. M. (2017). Flexible robot manipulators: Modelling, simulation and control, 2nd edition. The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Stevenage, UK. ISBN: 978-1-84919-583-6.

TOKHI, M. O. and AZAD, A. K. M. (2008). Flexible robot manipulators – Modelling, simulation and control, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Stevenage, UK. ISBN: 978-0-86341-448-0.

TOKHI, M. O., HOSSAIN, M. A. and SHAHEED, M. H. (2003). Parallel computing for real-time signal processing and control, Springer-Verlag, London. ISBN: 1-85233-599-8.

TOKHI, M. O. and LEITCH, R. R. (1992). Active noise control, Clarendon Press, Oxford. ISBN: 0-19-856243-8

TOKHI, M. O. and VERES, S. M. (2002). Active sound and vibration control – Theory and applications, The Institution of Electrical Engineers, London. ISBN: 0-85296-038-7.

Selected Interactive Software Environments:

AZAD, A. K. M., TOKHI, M. O. and SHAHEED, M. H. (2007).  A software environment for intelligent modelling and simulation of flexible manipulator systems, Computers in Education Journal, XVII, (4), pp. 86–103.

TOKHI, M. O., AZAD, A. K. M. and POERWANTO, H. (1999). SCEFMAS: An environment for dynamic characterisation and control of flexible robot manipulators. International Journal of Engineering Education, 15, (3), pp. 213-226.

TOKHI, M. O. and MOHD HASHIM, S. Z. (2005). Interactive learning framework for dynamic simulation and control of flexible structures. ASEE Illinois-Indiana Section Conference, Illinois, USA, 01 – 02 April 2005.

Professor Tokhi’s research activities and interests are grouped into the following main areas:

Adaptive/intelligent computing and control

Adaptive/intelligent control is required in a large number of practical applications, where the characteristics of the system are subject to variation. While conventional adaptive control techniques provide scope for application level developments, intelligent computing (computational intelligence) paradigms including neural networks, biological-inspired optimisation techniques and fuzzy logic provide vast scope for development of efficient and flexible solutions.

Assistive robotics

The research effort is directed towards hybrid assistive systems to re-establish functional movement in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and those with partial physical impairment. Robotics and control offer the potential to develop methods for restoration of functional movements in SCI individuals. Approaches include hybrid gait restoration systems that combine electrical muscle stimulation with externally controlled mechanical brace, robotic scaled augmentation of the lost ability in partial physically impaired individuals such as the elderly.

Active control of noise and vibration

Noise and vibration are known to have adverse physiological and psychological effects on human beings. Structural vibration, additionally, causes damage to the vibrating structure, with devastating effects and results. The research efforts seek to develop efficient and economic solutions for reduction of noise/vibration for the challenging low frequency range.

High-performance real-time computing

The performance demands of modern signal processing and control systems often exceed the capacity of conventional computing platforms and require alternative solutions for real-time performance. Appropriate matching of hardware granularity to task size is essential to fully exploit the computational power available. This programme seeks to exploit capabilities of single processors and to integrate a variety of processors within unified heterogeneous architectures for complex signal processing and control applications.

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Prof. Tokhi’s professional affiliations and qualifications include:

  • Chartered Engineer (1991), Engineering Council, UK.
  • Corporate Member (1991), Fellow (2004) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Member (1989), Senior Member (1997) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member (1995) of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV)
  • Member (2006) of CLAWAR Association (CA)
  • 2002 – date: Member, IFAC Technical Committee TC 3.1: Computers for Control
  • 2002 – date: Member, IFAC Technical Committee TC 3.2: Computational Intelligence in Control
  • 2006 – date: Member, BSI AMT/0/10 – Robotics– Committee, British Standards Institute (BSI)
  • 1998 – 2002: Member, IFAC Technical Committee on Algorithms and Architectures for Real-time Control

Selected editorial appointments:

  • 2013-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control
  • 2009-Associate Editor, Journal of Computational Biomedical Engineering and Telemedicine
  • 2017-Editor, Book Series on Service Robotics, World Scientific Publishing Co, Singapore
  • 2007-Co-Editor, Book Series on Mobile Service Robotics, Elsevier Publishing Co, UK
  • 2007-Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Industrial Robot Journal
  • 2006-2010: Editor-in-Chief, Advances in Acoustics and Vibration
  • 2008-2011: Associate Editor, Robotica
  • 1996-2009: Associate Scientific Editor, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration

Academic Referee:

Professor Tokhi acts as a reviewer for an extensive number of learned societies journals, international conferences, publishers and national and international research funding bodies.

Selected Learned Societies Appointments:

  • 2015-Chair, CLAWAR Association (
  • 2012-Chair, UK Robot Ethics (UKRE) Forum, British Standards Institute (BSI) (
  • 2017-Convenor, ISO/TC299/WG2 Working Group on Personal care robot safety
  • 2010-2015:Deputy Chair, CLAWAR Association
  • 2005-2010:Executive Director, CLAWAR Association
  • 2004-2008:Member of Board of Directors, International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration

Selected International Conferences:

  • General Conference Chair:  CLAWAR 2016 (London, Sept 2016), CLAWAR 2005 (London, Sept 2005), IEE Inter-Active (online, 1999, 2001), UK Robot Ethics Workshop (Sheffield, 2013).
  • International Program Chair: CLAWAR annual conference series since 2007, ICRE2015 (International Conference on Robot Ethics, Lisbon, 2015)
  • Membership of Program Committee of an extensive number of international conferences.
  • Organiser of special sessions and session chair at several international conferences.
  • Given several plenary lectures at international conferences

External Examiner appointments:

  • Jan 2019-Dec 2020: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, University Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia.
  • 01 Oct. 2018 – 30 Sept. 2022: UG KDU Dual Award programme in Mechanics, School of Engineering, University of Lincoln, UK.
  • 01 Oct. 2015 – 30 Sept. 2019: School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, the University of Central Lancashire, UK.
  • 12 Oct. 2010 – 11 Oct. 2012: Faculty of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia.
  • Acted as an external examiner of over 65 PhD programmes at national and international higher education institutions.