Dr Arash Khatamianfar

Lecturer in Systems and Control


Telephone:     +61 2 9385 5231

Email:             a.khatamianfar@unsw.edu.au

Room:             313  Electrical Engineering Building


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Dr Arash Khatamianfar received his Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.) in Electrical Engineering with major in Electronics, and his Master of Science degree (M.S.c) in Electrical Engineering with major in Control Engineering and Robotics from Iran in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He began to work as part-time lecturer in Sadjad University of Technology back in his hometown for two years teaching undergraduate subjects in Electrical Engineering where he also developed a new course in robot manipulators. In early 2011, he was awarded the University International Postgraduate Award (UIPA) from University of New South Wales (UNSW) to pursue his Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering with focus on Control Systems and Robotics, and he completed his Ph.D. studies in 2015.


Arash also gained industry experience during his university studies. He worked as an intern in BASH Pty. Ltd. in his hometown for his internship program, where he designed and implemented a temperature control system to maintain the temperature of the porcelain furnace at a fixed level for 8 hours. Moreover, before commencing his PhD studies, He received professional training in SIEMENS A&D Training Center operated by TAVAN PARDAZ NIRO in Tehran, Iran, on Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs, SIEMENS S7-300, S7-400) and Motor Drives (DRIVER LG IS5) as Control Engineer, which are industrial-grade controller and driver systems used in automation industry. Furthermore, before submitting his PhD thesis, he worked for Buildings Alive Pty. Ltd. in Sydney working as Systems and R&D Engineer. His task was to develop advanced methods for improving energy consumption in commercial and business office buildings by providing base-line prediction of the last day energy consumption and peak-demand energy prediction.


 Arash has a deep passion for teaching and learning as he took on teacher assistance role (TA) in running tutorials for several undergraduate courses just after his first year of undergraduate studies. He has always enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skills with his students to teach them problem solving techniques and self-independent learning skills. While doing his Ph.D. studies at UNSW, he started working as casual academic where he was in charge of running tutorials and lab demonstration for several undergraduate subjects. His passion, dedication, and commitment in delivering high quality lab demonstrations and tutorials for his students earned him the first ever Best Lab Demonstrator Award in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications in 2014 at UNSW based on students’ satisfaction rate, and he was nominated for the same title again in the following year. Three years later after coordinating a first-year subject in Electrical Engineering with nearly 500 students, he was nominated by the students for the Best Lecturer Award in the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW in 2018. 

He has been quite active in Systems and Control group in the School, particularly in running teaching laboratories and training lab demonstrators for subjects related to Control Systems and Engineering, as well as collaborating in Systems and Control Research laboratories and supervising undergraduate thesis students.


Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy degree (Ph.D.) in Electrical Engineering (Systems and Control) from University of the New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, 2015
  • Master of Science degree (M.S.c) in Electrical Engineering (Control and Robotics) from Shahrood University of Technology, Iran, 2008

  • Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc.)  in Electrical Engineering (Electronics) from Sadjad Institute of Higher Education (currently known as Sadjad University of Technology), Iran, 2005


Honours and Awards

  • Best academic mentor for the Maker Games, University of New South Wales, 2018
  • Nominated for the title of Best lecturer of the year 2017 by the students in the Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, 2018

  • Nominated for the title of Best Lab Demonstrator of the year 2015 in the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications,2016

  • Awarded the Best Lab Demonstrator of the year 2014 for the first time in the School of Electrical Engineering& Telecommunications, University of New South Wales,2015

  • Granted university international postgraduate award scholarship (UIPA) from the University of New South Wales,2011

  • Ranked first among Control Engineering students in second semester during M.Sc. at Shahrood University of Technology, Control and Robotic Engineering Department,2006

  • Attained the highest total GPA among all graduated Electronic Engineering students at the end of undergraduate studies at Sadjad University of Technology, Electrical Engineering Department (equivalent to University Medal Award in Australian Higher Education System), 2005

  • Honored as the top student among all members of the student division of IAEEE (Iranian Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineers),2005


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 2011
  • Graduate Member of Engineers Australia since 2015



  • Lecturer, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia, Oct 2018 – present
  • Expert course developer for Engineering Diploma Program at UNSW Global, Sydney, Australia,Apr 2018 ­– Oct 2018

  • Associate Lecturer, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, July 2017 – Mar 2018

  • Expert course developer for Digital Uplift project, UNSW, Sydney, Australia,May 2017 ­– July 2017

  • Research Associate, UNSW, Sydney, Australia,Jan 2017 ­– May 2017

  • Teaching Delivery Manager/Head Teacher at Code Create, Sydney, Australia,Feb 2016­ – July 2016

  • Research Assistant at the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecomm., University of New South Wale, Sydney, Australia,July 2015 ­– Dec 2015

  • Casual Academic, UNSW, Sydney, Australia,Feb 2011 ­– Nov 2016

  • Systems and R&D Engineer at Buildings Alive Pty. Ltd., Level 1, 283-285 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia,Nov 2014 ­– Mar 2015

  • University Lecturer at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Sadjad Institute of Higher Education (currently known as Sadjad University of Technology), Mashhad, Iran,Jan 2009 – Jan 2011


Teaching Areas

  • ELEC1111 Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering (S2 2017, Summer 2017-18, Course Coordinator)
  • ELEC2134 Circuit and Systems (Summer 2017-28, Course Coordinator)
  • ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation (S2 2018 Electrical Stream Coordinator)
  • ELEC3114 Control Systems (T2 2019, Course Coordinator, S2 2012-2016 Lab Coordinator, S2 2017 Tutor)
  • ELEC4632 Computer Control Systems (S2 2012-2016, Lab Coordinator and Tutor)
  • ELEC4631 Continuous-time Control Systems (S1 2012-2015, Lab Coordinator)


Research Interests

  • Educational technologies in engineering
  • Robotics and mechatronics
  • Dynamic systems modelling and control
  • Nonlinear and robust control
  • Model predictive control
  • Control applications in real-life and industrial systems




Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • A. Khatamianfar and M. Bagheri "Application of Independent Joint Control Strategy for Discrete-Time Servo Control of Overhead Cranes," J. Model., Simul. Electr., Electron.Eng.(MSEEE), vol.1, no.2, pp.81-88, Mar. 2015

  • A. Khatamianfar, M. Khalid, A.V. Savkin, and V.G. Agelidis, "Improving Wind Farm Dispatch in the Australian Electricity Market With Battery Energy Storage Using Model Predictive Control," IEEE Trans. Sustain. Energy, vol.4 no.3, pp.745-755, Jul.2013.

  • M.M. Fateh, S.Shahrabi Farahani, A. Khatamianfar, “Task space control of a welding robot using a fuzzy coordinator," Int. J. Control, Autom., Syst., vol.8, no.3, pp.574-582, 2010.


Peer-Reviewed Conferences

  • A. Khatamianfar, “Discrete-Time Servo Control of Overhead Cranes with Robust Load Swing Damping,” in Proc. 2015 European Control Conf., (ECC2015), Linz, Austria, 2015, pp. 1106–1113. 

  • A. Khatamianfar, “A New Approach to Overhead Crane Parameter Estimation and Friction Modeling,” in Proc. 2014 IEEE Int. Conf. Syst., Man,Cybern., (SMC2014), San Diego, CA, USA 2014, pp. 2581–2586.

  • A. Khatamianfar and A. V. Savkin, “A new discrete time approach to anti-swing tracking control of overhead cranes,” in Proc.2014 IEEE Multi-Conf. Syst. Control, (MSC2014), Nice, France 2014, pp. 790–795.

  • A. Khatamianfar and A. V. Savkin, “A new tracking control approach for 3D overhead crane systems using model predictive control,” in Proc.2014 European Control Conf., (ECC2014), Strasbourg, France, 2014, pp. 796–801.

  • A. Khatamianfar, M. Khalid, A. V. Savkin, and V. G. Agelidis, “Wind Power Dispatch Control with Battery Energy Storage using Model Predictive Control,” in Proc.2012 IEEE Multi-Conf. Syst. Control, (MSC2012), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 2012, pp. 733–738.

  • A. Hassani, A. Khatamianfar, “Robust Control of a MEMS Optical Switch Using Fuzzy Tuning Sliding mode,” in Proc. Int. Conf. Control, Autom. Syst., (ICCAS 2010), Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 2010, pp. 2281–2284.

  • S. Shahrabi Farahani, M.M. Fateh and A. Khatamianfar, “Fuzzy position control of a SCARA welding robot in task space,” in Proc.17th Iranian Conf. Electr. Eng., Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, vol. 7, pp. 134–139, 2009 (in Persian).

  • M.M. Fateh, A. Khatamianfar and S. Shahrabi Farahani, “Modelling and control of gas metal arc welding process,” in Proc.9th Iranian Conf. Manuf. Eng., (ICME09), Birjand, Iran, 2009, [online]. Available: http://www.civilica.com/Paper-ICME09-ICME09_063.html (in Persian).

  • A. Khatamianfar, M.M. Fateh, S. Shahrabi Farahani, “On sliding mode control of the manual gas metal arc welding process,” in Proc. 2008 IEEE Int. Conf. Syst., Man, Cybern.,(SMC 2008), Singapore, 2008, pp. 3570–3575.