Mahni Shayganfar

About Me

I am a senior engineer in Autonomous Driving department at Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America, CA, USA.

Ph.D. Thesis

  • Ph.D. Thesis Proposal, Affective Motivational Collaboration Theory, Presented in March 2015 (pdf)


  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, An Overview of Affective Motivational Collaboration Theory, Proceedings of AAAI Workshop on Symbiotic Cognitive Systems, Pheonix, Arizona, USA, 2016 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, Expectedness in Human-Robot Collaboration, Proceedings of the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) conference (Extended Abstract), Singapore, 2016

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, Appraisal Algorithms for Relevance and Controllability in Human-Robot Collaboration, Under Review in IJCAI conference, 2016

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, Impact of Affective Appraisal on Collaborative Goal Management: My Robot Shares My Worries, Proceedings of 11th ACM-IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - HRI (LBR), 2016 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, B. Aygun, A. Wyglinski, Connected Vehicles: Cognition Can Save Lives, To be submitted to IEEE Vehicular Technology Magazine, 2016

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, Toward Improving Human-Robot Collaboration with Emotional Awareness, Under review in International Journal of Social Robotics, 2016

  • C. L. Sidner, C. Rich, M. Shayganfar, M. Behrooz, T. Bickmore, L. Ring, Z. Zhang, A Robotic or Virtual Companion for Isolated Older Adults, Proceedings of the Tenth Annual {ACM/IEEE} International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, {HRI} 2015 Extended Abstracts, Portland, USA, 2015 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, An Exploratory Study on the Role of Mood and Social Relationship in Collaboration, International Workshop on Emotion Representations and Modelling for HCI Systems, Sydney, Australia, 2013 (pdf)

  • C. Sidner, T. Bickmore, C. Rich, B. Barry, L. Ring, M. Behrooz, M. Shayganfar, An Always-On Companion for Isolated Older Adults, International Workshop on Techniques Toward Companion Technologies, Edinburgh, UK,2013 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, A Design Methodology for Expressing Emotion on Robot Faces, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Portugal, Vilamoura, 2012 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, C. Rich, C. L. Sidner, Emotional Facial Expression for Robots and Virtual Agents, Human-Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop, USA, Boston ,2012 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, M. Ghayoumi, D. Jafarpour, P. Shahamat, A Methodology for Handwritten Character Recognition Using SVM, International Conference of Artificial Intelligence, USA, Las Vegas, 2009 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, M. Ghayoumi, Correlation Error Reduction of Images in Stereo Vision with Fuzzy Method and its Application on Cartesian Robots, Vision Systems: Applications, ISBN 978-3-902613-01-1, 2007 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, M. Ghayoumi, Modification of Drives in Architecture of an Emotional Intelligent Agent, 3rd International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management (HNICEM), Philippines, Manila, 2007 (pdf)

  • M. Shayganfar, B. Moshiri, C. Lucas, Applying OWA Operator in a Multi-Agent Architecture of an Emotional Robot, International Summit of AI50, Switzerland, Monte Verita, 2006 (pdf)


Firatelloid is the result of three years of hard work and unforgettable enthusiasm along my and my friend's, Benjamin Fonooni, bachlor degree's studies which received the highest scientific award, Khwarizmi Festival, in Iran in 2002. Below, you can find some technical information about this project:

Major Objectives:

  • Implementing a mobile robot
  • Implementing multhreaded pc-based robot controller software
  • Implementing parallel actuator manipulation
  • Implementing µ-controller based master-slave architecture
  • Applying low level machine vision algorithms
  • Applying Wireless pc-robot communication
Firatelloid and Me

Hardware Specifications:

  • Modular hardware design
  • Wireless serial data/command transmission (Freq. = 433.92 MHz)
  • Wireless video transmission (Freq. = 2.4 GHz)
  • Wireless audio transmission (Stereo)
  • Remote Controlling Unit (parallel port PC interface)
  • µ-controller based master-slave architecture (Central Controlling Unit)
    • Master: Philips' 68-pins 80C552 PLCC µ-controller
    • Slaves: Atmel's 40-pins 89C51/52/55 DIP µ-controllers
  • Sensors:
    • Ultrasonic
    • Infra red
    • Force sensing resistor (FSR)
    • Microwave
  • Motors:
    • Stepper motors
    • DC motors
  • LCDs:
    • Character
    • Graphical
  • Batteries:
    • Sealed-lead acid
    • Li-ion

Software Specifications:

  • Implementation platform: Microsoft visual C++ 6.0 (MFC-SDI)
  • Task-based DLL files
    • Image processing
    • LCU manual/automatic controller
    • Artificial intelligence (reasoning)
    • Multi-modal user interface
    • Multi-lingual user interface
  • Multi-thread software structure
  • Applying VFW to capture video streams
  • Different online color image filtering
  • 4.5 KLC
  • C-51 based programs:
    • Handling external interrupt
    • Handling serial port
    • Handling parallel ports
    • Handling timers
    • Handling PPTs,PITs and ADC operations
    • Handling external memories
    • Handling digital serial transmitters
    • Handling master-slave operation