Edward Grant

 Engineering Building II (EB2) 3078
 Campus Box 7911


Dr. Edward Grant is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University, Professor in Joint Biomedical Engineering Department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, formally Director of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at North Carolina State University, and a Senior Researcher in the Department of Advanced Robotics at the Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). He held a visiting position in the Innovative Manufacturing & Construction Research Centre at Loughborough University. He began his working life as an apprentice mechanical engineer and design draughtsman in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. His academic qualifications include: Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering, BSc(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, MEng in Fluid Power Control, and PhD in Artificial Intelligence.

He began his academic career at what is now the University of Abertay Dundee. Later he held faculty positions at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Also in Glasgow, he was an Associate of the Turing Institute researching in robotics and applied artificial intelligence. At that time the Turing Institute was European Unions leading artificial intelligence laboratory. In 1990 he was Acting Director of Research at the Turing Institute. Dr. Grant specializes in basic and applied research in the modeling and learned control of: advanced autonomous robotic systems, medical robotic systems, and wearable wireless network systems for healthcare monitoring. Applications include: using low-level communication (RSSI) for autonomous robot localization and navigation, automated cell in vitro fertilization and tumor ablation, and the modeling and control of the vascular system of ambulatory patients. From 2014-2016 Dr. Grant was VP for Finances, IEEE Sensors Council.


  • Ph.D. 2000
    Computer Science
    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Master's 1972
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Sheffield, England
  • Bachelor's 1969
    Mechanical Engineering
    University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland

Awards & Honors

  • 2012-2015 - Member, EPSRC Peer Review College, UK
  • 2010 - Research Publication Award of the Textile Institute, B. Karaguzel, C. R. Merritt, T. Kang, J. Wilson, P. Franzon, H. T. Nagle, E. Grant , B. Pourdeyhimi “Flexible Durable Printed Electric Circuits,” In: Journal of the Textile Institute, Volume 100, Issue 1 January 2009 , pp 1 - 9
  • 2010 - Senior Researcher, Department of Advanced Robotics, Italiano Instituto di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy
  • 2009 - Best Paper Award, Lee, G. K. and Grant, E., “Adaptive Fuzzy Inference for Edge Detection Using Compander Functions and Linear Fitness Function Transformations,” 22nd International Conference on Computers and Their Applications in Industry and Engineering (CAINE-2009), November 4-6, Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2009.
  • 2009 - Keynote Address, “Researching Bio-Inspired Robotics and Medical Robotics – Lesson’s Learned and Where to Next,” 22nd International Conference on Computers and Their Applications in Industry and Engineering (CAINE-2009), November 4-6, Hilton San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2009.
  • 2007 - Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, England BD8 9BY, Vol12.3, Summer 2006
  • 2006 - Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, March 2006.
  • 2006 - Best Poster Award (Blue Ribbon): “Sensors on Textile Sunbstrates for Home-Based Healthcare Monitoring,” Transdisciplinary Conference on Distributed Diagnosis and Home Healthcare, April 2-4, 2006, Washington, DC.
  • 2005 - Visiting Professor, EPSRC Innovative Manufacturing and Construction Centre, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, England, UK
  • 2000 - Fellow, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), UK
  • 2000 - Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (SMIEEE), USA
  • 1994 - Ambassador, City of Glasgow Ambassador Program, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • 1986-1994 - Associate, The Turing Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • 1976 - Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK

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