Institute for Information Sciences

Arvin Agah

Professor, EECS. Dean of Engineering
Primary office:
(785) 864-2930
Eaton Hall
Room 1C


Dr. Arvin Agah is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Kansas and Director of ITTC’s Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He joined the EECS faculty in 1997.

From October 1995 through August 1997, he was a visiting researcher at the Bio-Robotics Division of Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Ministry of International Trade and Industry, in Tsukuba, Japan. Dr. Agah has been a member of the research staff at IBM Corporation's Los Angeles Scientific Center, Santa Monica, California, in 1989; and Xerox Corporation's Webster Research Center, Rochester, New York, in 1988. He has also worked as a technical consultant in the areas of graphical user interfaces and database design for entertainment law firms and management companies in Century City and Beverly Hills, California.


Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1994

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1993

M.S., Computer Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1988

B.A., Computer Science, highest honors, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1986


Robotics, artificial intelligence, intelligent agents, software engineering, computer systems design.

Research Interests:

Distributed robotics, biomedical robotics, multi-agent systems, autonomous mobile robots for harsh environments, software engineering.

Professional Affiliations:

Member of ACM

Member of AIAA

Member of IEEE

Selected Awards & Honors

W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 2011

ING Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010

Miller Scholar Award, School of Engineering, 2007, 2009

KU EECS Cerner Teaching Award, 2004

KU Center for Teaching Excellence Celebration of Teaching Award, 2004

Miller Scholar, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 2001

Engineering Expo Educator Award, University of Kansas, 2001

Senior Member, IEEE, 2001

KU Henry E. Gould Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Engineering, University of Kansas, 2000

Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, U.S. Navy-ASEE, 1999

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NSF-STA, 1995-1997

Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who, 1997-1998

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