MAGE Faculty

Charifa, Samer

Charifa, Samer

Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering

Dr. Charifa is a Assitant Group Lead at Scientific Systems Company. He has thirteen years of industry experience working in research and development in the areas of Perception and Autonomy with world-class companies including, Robotic Research,  Intelligent Automation, Caterpillar, and Automated Precision. Perior to that he was working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab at the George Washington University, where was designing a machine learning based approach to detect and classify obstacles to be applied in a search-and-rescue robotic platform. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2009 from North Carolina A&T State University, where he was working on novel motion planning algorithms for mobile robots. 

Research interests include: Computer Vision, Machine learning and Robotics Motion Planning.

ENPM673 Perception for Autonomous Robots

Journal Papers
S. M. Charifa and M. Bikdash, “Motion planning for snake-like robots,” Journal of Behavioral Robotics, vol. 1, no 3, 2010, pp. 187-197
S. M. Charifa, and M. Kalyon, “Continuous proximate time-optimal control of HDD servo system,” International Journal of Control and Automation, vol. 4, no. 3, Sept. 2011, pp. 107-122
S. M. Charifa and M. Bikdash, “Harmonic artificial potential field method with optimized Boundary conditions for robot navigation,” Journal of Control Engineering and Technology, Oct. 2011, vol.1 no 2, pp. 100-105
Conference Papers
S. Charifa and P. Ben-Tzvi, “Extraction of 3D Images Using Pitch-Actuated 2D Laser Range Finder for Robotic Vision” IEEE conference on Robotics and Sensors Environment (ROSE), Phoenix, AZ, 2010, pp. 1-6
S. Charifa, and P. Ben-Tzvi, "Using Backpropagation Neural Network in Object Recognition for Hybrid Mechanism Mobile Robot", Proceedings of the 2010 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2010), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12-18, 2010
S. Charifa and M. Bikdash “Comparison of geometrical, kinematical, and dynamical performance of several potential field methods,” IEEE Southeast Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 2009, pp. 18-23
S. Charifa and M. Bikdash “Adaptive Boundary-Following Algorithm Guided by Artificial Potential Field for Robot Navigation,” IEEE Workshop on Robotic Intelligence in Informationally Structured Space, Nashville, TN, March 2009, pp. 38-45
S. M. Charifa, A. Suliman, and M. Bikdash, “Face Recognition Using a Hybrid General Backpropagation Neural Network,” IEEE International Conference on Granular Computing, Silicon Valley, CA, Nov. 2007, pp. 510-515
M. Bikdash, S. Karagol, and S. M. Charifa, “Mesh Analysis with Applications in Reduced-Order Modeling and Collision Avoidance,” COMSOL Conference, Boston, MA, Oct. 2006, pp. 239-245
S. M. Charifa, and A. A. Masoud, “Solid Mechanics-Inspired, Sensor-Based Motion Planner,” IEEE Conference on Control Applications, Toronto, Canada, Aug. 2005, pp. 221-226
2012 Second Prize Winner, Microsoft Robotic @ Home Competition
2008- 2009 Certificate of Achievement for Academic Success, North Carolina A & T State University
2005 IEEE Travel Award, Conference on Control Applications, Toronto, Canada
2016 David Pietrocola, Terrance Jude Kessler, Mohammed Samer Charifa, and Babatunde O. Ogunfemi “Automated Environmental Fall Hazard Assessment System,” Luvozo PBC, U.S. Patent Office, Patent Pending, US20170140631