Ali Paikan

Office: LuxAI S.A.
Address: 59 Boulevard Royal, L2449 Luxembourg
E-mail: me [at] alipaikan [dot] com


Professional info​

Ali Paikan is currently the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of LuxAI S.A. robotic company. I am managing an engineering team responsible for the complete production and delivery of our QTrobot as well as managing continuous innovation and some EU R&D projects. I was formerly working as business innovator at Corporate Business Innovation (CBI) group of MSC Cruises S.A. Previously, I was holding a Senior R&D (Postdoctoral) position at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in the iCub Facility department where I accomplished my Ph.D. in Software Architecture for Robotics in 2014. I received a double M.S. degree within the European Master on Advanced Robotics (EMARO) program, from the University of Genova, in 2010, Italy and the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France in 2009. I have been actively involved in and managed varieties of European FP7 and H2020 projects in collaboration with different research institutes and companies in Europe.

Previous work experience

  • Improving real-time performance in distributed robotic frameworks
  • Interoperability and corss-middleware software integration
  • Collaborating with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on XPERIENCE and WALK-MAN project

Software Developer
Laboratory of Design and Measurement of Automation and Robotics
June 2010 – September 2010 (Genova, Italy)

Hardware and Embedded System R&D
Communications and Electronics Research Lab
April 2005 – March 2007 (Tehran, Iran)

  • Design and implementing an embedded system based on Virtex-4 FPGA for high speed digital signal processing as the core of a secure wireless communication system
  • Implementing an optimized Linux for embedded PowerPC on special Xilinx Virtex boards including Virtex-II
  • Building a cross tool for optimizing Linux on embedded systems with minimum resource

Software Developer and Researcher
Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL)
September 2005 – September 2007 (Qazvin, Iran)

  • Leading a software development team for implementing the real-time framework of Rescue mobile robots. 
  • Design and implementation of an embedded hardware abstract layer
  • Setting up a real-time software development laboratory based on RT-AI for robot controlling systems
  • Attending various Robocup Rescue Real Leagues

Web Software Developoer
Refah Chain Store Co.
January 2004 – March 2005 (Tehran, Iran)

  • Actively involved in the design and development of online shopping system for Refah chain stores.
  • Design and Implementing a cluster computer with 64 nodes based on Linux operating system dedicated to cryptography and security systems
  • Developing a cryptography software running on heterogeneous cluster computers and GPUs
  • Design and implementation of the infrastructure of an high-sampling rate control system for high-speed ArmillEye parallel robot.

Cluster Computing R&D
Communications and Electronics Research Lab
March 2007 – August 2008 (Tehran, Iran)

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Robotics
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
2011 – 2014 (Genova, Italy)

  • Thesis topic: Enhancing Software Module Reusability and Development in Robotic Applications

Master's Degree, Computer Science and Engineering (EMARO 2)
Università degli Studi di Genova
2009 – 2010 (Genova, Italy)

  • Thesis topic: Semantic-aware Real-Time Scheduling Applied to Autonomous Robotics

Master's Degree, Automatic, Robotic, Signal and Image (EMARO 1)
Ecole centrale de Nantes
2008 – 2009 (Nantes, France)

  • Thesis topic: Design and implementation of real-time Trampoline (OSEK/VDX ) Trace Toolkit

Bachelor's Degree, Computer Hardware Engineering
Azad university of Qazvin
2002 – 2005 (Qazvin, Iran)

  • Thesis topic: Object oriented software design for fully autonomous robot controlling

Postdoctoral Researcher
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
April 2014 – April 2017

Languages

  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • Persian

Skills

  • Robotics
  • Behavior-based system
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Reasoning and Planning
  • Software Development
  • Real Time System Design
  • Embedded Systems/Linux
  • Computer Vision
  • C++ programming
  • Ada programming
  • Parallel Programming (MPI/CUDA)
  • Scripting Languages
  • PDDL
  • VHDL
  • etc.

Awards

  • Ph.D. research grant at Italian Institute of Technology
  • Master thesis (SeART) is granted by GenovaRobot company in 2010
  • Ranked 1 in Master EMARO 2
  • First place in Robocup Rescue Real Robot, German open 2005
  • First place in Robocup Rescue Real Robot, Iran open 2006
  • First place in Robocup Rescue Real Robot, Iran open 2007
  • Second place in Rescue Real Robot, German world cup 2006