Capital University of Science & Technology

Dr. Azfar Khalid


Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone : Ext: 272
Profile Summary
I did PhD in 2009 in Precision Engineering and Robotics from the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, UK. I did MPhil in 2005 in Precision Engineering from the same school and B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering in 2000 from GIK Institute, Pakistan. In PhD, the research is conducted on the novel design of micro parallel manipulator using innovative spherical joints for precision engineering application. After PhD, I gained considerable teaching and research experience in mechanics and machine design while working in different academic and research roles in Islamabad. I also worked as a Research Associate in Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics in Bremen, Germany. In Bremen, I was system engineer in the development team of a Cyber Physical System for human robot collaboration in the domain of industrial heavy payload service robotics. Presently at CUST, I am establishing a research group on precision mechanics and design.
PhD Robotics & Precision Engineering University of Manchester, UK 2009
MPhil Manufacturing University of Manchester, UK 2005
B.E. Mechanical Engineering GIK Institute of Engineering Science & Tech. KPK, Pakistan 2000
Associate Professor Capital University of Science & Technology Since - 2016
Associate Professor M. A. Jinnah University, Islamabad 2013 - 2015
Research Consultant SMME, NUST, Islamabad 2010 - 2012
Teaching Assistant School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester 2004 - 2008
Research Associate Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), Bremen, Germany 2015 - 2016
Production Engineer Tripack Films Limited, Hattar Industrial Area 2000 - 2002
CEng MIMechE
Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK
American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
Institute of Engineers, Pakistan
Professional Engineer
Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)
Honors & Awards
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Bremen Institute for Production and Logistics (BIBA), University of Bremen, Germany, 2015. Research Topic: Human Robot collaboration - Development of collaborative robotic Cyber Physical System for Manufacturing. Sponsor: European Union Erasmus Mundus
Best Paper Award at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Emerging Allied Technologies (ICREATE-2014) held at NUST, SMME, Islamabad, Pakistan
HEC Overseas Scholarship for PhD from UK (2005)
HEC Approved PhD Supervisor
Awarded the status of Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK on 23rd Nov, 2017.
HEC research travel grant (2017) for 39th International MATADOR Conference on Advanced Manufacturing, Manchester, UK
Session Chair at 5th International Conference on Dynamics & Logistics (LDIC 2016), Bremen, Germany and at International Conference on Robotics & Emerging Allied Technologies, (ICREATE 2014), Islamabad.
Research Areas / Interests
Robotic Manipulators, Precision machine design, Design of machine tools and metrology systems, Robust design and optimization, Cyber Physical Systems, Dynamics and controls
Research SUPERVISion
MS Error compensation algorithm implementation using open loop controller of CNC machining centre.
MS Design of a Micro ball bar for calibration of serial and parallel machine tools
MS Performance evaluation of FANUC six arm robot with open loop controller architecture.
MS Design and construction of a six DOF parallel manipulator
MS Design of control interface of a parallel manipulator using Lab-view.
MS Structural Design Optimization of sheet metal parts using Finite Element Analysis and Genetic Algorithm
MS Non-contact metrology inspection algorithm development for micro scale artifacts
MS Non-Contact inspection for internal flow characteristics in pipes
    Journal Papers
  • Khalid Azfar., Kirisci P., Khan Z. H., Ghrairi Z., Thoben K.D. and Pannek J. , "Security framework for industrial collaborative robotic cyber physical systems", Computers in industry, Vol: 97, Pages: 132-145, 2018
  • MM Khan, NA Sheikh, A Khalid, WA Lughmani, "Experimental characterization of gasoline sprays under highly evaporating conditions", Heat and Mass Transfer, (Article in Press)2017
  • Azfar Khalid, Samir Mekid, "Intelligent spherical joints based tri-actuated spatial parallel manipulator for precision applications", Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Vol: 51, 2017
    Conference Papers
  • A Khalid, P Kirisci, Z Ghrairi, KD Thoben, J Pannek, "Towards Implementing Safety and Security Concepts for Human-Robot Collaboration in the context of Industry 4.0", Proceedings of the 39th International MATADOR Conference on Advanced Manufacturing, Manchester, UK, 2017
  • Azfar Khalid, Pierre Kirisci, Zeid Ghrairi, Jurgen Pannek, KD Thoben, "Safety requirements in collaborative Human-Robot Cyber Physical system", 5th International Conference on Dynamics in Logistics (LDIC), , 2016
  • Mohsin Mukhtar, Azfar Khalid, "Non-contact inspection for internal flow characteristics in pipe lines", 1st Applied Mechanical Engineering Conference (AMEC-2014), 2014
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