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Ali Pakniyat is an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama. He received the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shiraz University, the M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. After holding a Lecturer position at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of McGill University, and two postdoctoral positions in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech, he joined the University of Alabama in 2021 where he is now an Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering.
His research interests include deterministic and stochastic optimal control, nonlinear and hybrid systems, analytical mechanics and chaos, with applications in automotive industry, sensors and actuators, and robotics.