Amir Khajepour, PEng

Amir Khajepour, PEng
Professor, Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR)
Location: E3 4116
Phone: 519-888-4567 x36159


Amir Khajepour is a professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and the Director of Waterloo Center for Automotive Research (WatCAR) and the Mechatronic Vehicle Systems (MVS) Lab. He held the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems from 2008 to 2022 and the Senior NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in Holistic Vehicle Control from 2017 to 2022. His work has resulted in training of over 160 PhD and MASc students, 30 patents, 600 research papers, many books, numerous technology transfers, and several start-up companies. He has been recognized with the Engineering Medal from Professional Engineering Ontario and is a fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Mobility and ADAS Systems
  • Cloud-based Fleet Mobility
  • Vehicle Control and Estimation Systems
  • Advanced Suspension Systems
  • Automated Warehousing
  • Mobile Robots
  • Large-scale Cable Robotics


  • 1995, Doctorate (Mechanical Engineering), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • 1991, Master's (Mechanical Engineering),Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  • 1989, Bachelor's (Mechanical Engineering), Ferdowsi University, Iran


  • 2023 Best Application Paper, Sixth International Conference on Cable-Driven Parallel Robots (CableCon), Nantes, France.
  • 2019 Best Land Transportation Paper Award, The IEEE Vehicular Technology Society
  • 2018 Best Paper Award, The Springer international journal of Automotive Innovation
  • 2018 Excellence in Graduate Supervision, University of Waterloo
  • 2017 Waterloo Engineering Excellence in Graduate Supervision
  • 2017 Senior NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in Holistic Vehicle Control
  • 2008 Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems
  • 2015 Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
  • 2013 Engineering Medal - Research and Development, Professional Engineers Ontario
  • 2012 Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Gharamohammadi A., Pirani M., Khajepour A., and Shaker G., Multibin Breathing Pattern Estimation by Radar Fusion for Enhanced Driver Monitoring, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Volume 73, 1-12, 2024.
  • Yang S., Huang Y., Li L., Feng S., Na X., Chen H., and Khajepour A., How to Guarantee Driving Safety for Autonomous Vehicles in a Real-World Environment: A Perspective on Self-Evolution Mechanisms, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, Volume 16, 41-54, 2024.
  • Zhang Y., Lu J., Xia G., and Khajepour A., Enhancing Roll Stability of Counterbalance Forklift Trucks with A Novel Rollover Index and Hierarchical Adaptive Model Predictiv, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2024.
  • Hashemi E., and Khajepour A., Integrated Path-Tracking and Combined-Slip Force Controls of Autonomous Ground Vehicles with Safe Constraints Adaptation, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, 2024.
  • Sun C., Ning M., Deng Z., and Khajepour A., REAL-SAP: Real-time Evidence Aware Liable Safety Assessment for Perception in Autonomous Driving, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 2024.
  • Zabihi M., Mehrizi R.V., Kasaiezadeh A., Pirani M., and Khajepour A., A Hybrid Model-Data Vehicle Sensor and Actuator Fault Detection and Diagnosis System, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2024.
  • Xia X., Hashemi E., Xiong L., and Khajepour A., Autonomous Vehicle Kinematics and Dynamics Synthesis for Sideslip Angle Estimation Based on Consensus Kalman Filter, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume 31, 179-192, 2023.
  • Bhatt N.P., Khajepour A., and Hashemi E., MPC-PF: Socially and Spatially Aware Object Trajectory Prediction for Autonomous Driving Systems Using Potential Fields, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Volume 24, 5351-536, 2023.
  • Chen L., Yuan K., Chen S., Huang Y., Askari H., Yu N., Mo J., Xu N., Wu M., Chen H., Khajepour A., and Wang Z., Triboelectric nanogenerator sensors for intelligent steering wheel aiming at automated driving, Nano Energy, Volume 113, 2023.
  • Xu N., Zhou J., Barbosa B.H.G., Askari H., and Khajepour A., A Soft Sensor for Estimating Tire Cornering Properties for Intelligent Tires, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, Volume 53, 6056-6066, 2023.

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