Aleksandar (Alex) Vakanski



Industrial Technology

College of Engineering

University of Idaho - Idaho Falls

1776 Science Center Drive

Idaho Falls, ID 83402, USA

Office: TAB 312

Phone: (208) 757-5422

E-mail: vakanski{at}uidaho{dot}edu


Associated Faculty positions:

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Computer Science, University of Idaho

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryerson University



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I am an Assistant Professor in Industrial Technology at the University of Idaho  in Idaho Falls. I am also an Affiliate Faculty with the Department of Computer Science at the University of Idaho.

The scope of my research interests resides at the intersection of the fields of mechatronics and artificial intelligence. My research endeavors revolve around the topics of visual perception and control, cognitive robotics, time-series modeling, and data analytics, with the efforts directed toward enhancing the capacity of machines and robots to assists us and improve the quality of our lives.

One of my current research projects aims at developing a system for monitoring physical therapy exercises performed by patients in a home-based setting. The research objectives encompass mathematical modeling of patient movements via machine learning, and defining performance metrics for evaluation of the movement consistency and patient adherence to a prescribed rehabilitation plan.

Most of my research work has concentrated on the robotic learning paradigm called programming by demonstration (PbD), which provides a framework for transferring skills to robots from visual observation of demonstrations performed by a human teacher, or by another robot. The objective of robot PbD is to endow robots with abilities to learn in a similar way we humans learn new skills: from observation of the skill performed by a teacher.

In the Spring 2018 semester I am teaching the following courses: Computer Integrated and Robotics Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Graphics.