Zahari Taha
Zahari Taha

Director, Innovative Manufacturing, Mechatronics and Sports Laboratory;

Fellow, Academy of Sciences, Malaysia;

Deputy Head, Industry and Innovation Cluster of National Council of Professors, Malaysia;

Vice President, Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society

Professor Zahari Taha is Professor of Manufacturing Engineering and Founding Director of the Innovative Manufacturing, Mechatronics and Sports Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology in 1987 (now known as University of Wales Cardiff), at age 27. After working at University of Malaya (UM) in the mechanical engineering department as a tutor, he joined the faculty at UM in 1987. Professor Zahari was appointed Dean of Engineering from 2001 to 2004 during which the faculty of engineering and the university obtained MS ISO 9001:2000, the first University to do so in Malaysia. University of Malaya also rose to 89th position among the world’s top 100 universities in THES-QS (Times Higher Education Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds) ranking in 2004. He was appointed again as Dean from 2006 to 2007.

In 2010, he was invited as a Professor Grade A in Mechatronics and Manufacturing for the joint degree program between University Malaysia Pahang and Karlsruhe University of Applied Science Germany. He was appointed Dean of Mechanical Engineering and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Pekan Campus from 2011 to 2013. Prof Zahari teaches and conducts research in the areas of industrial automation, robotics, ergonomics, sustainable manufacturing and sports engineering.

Research in Professor Zahari’s laboratory focuses on sustainable manufacturing particularly developing practical tools for evaluating products at the design stage based on the triple bottom line concept namely economics, environmental and social aspects. These have included key advances in Fuzzy AHP for decision making and GA for optimization. In addition the laboratory also conducts research in sports engineering in particular new knowledge on the impact of soccer ball on the brains has been discovered and android based application for monitoring performance in sports and at work has been developed. Professor Zahari has also led a project on Solar Car for 5 editions of the World Solar Challenge in Australia. In ergonomics, research is focused on the ergonomics of long distance bus drivers and its relationship with accidents. Prof Zahari’s research in robotics is focused on autonomous mobile robots, autonomous helicopters, and quadcopters, unmanned surface vessels and control of lower limb exoskeleton. In particular applications on android devices have been developed for programming autonomous navigation using GPS.

Professor Zahari, together with his research group and collaborators, has published 16 chapters in books, 135 peer reviewed archival journal publications, and over 150 conference proceedings papers. He is an inventor or co-inventor on two issued Malaysian Patents and has mentored 39 Masters theses. and 22 Ph.D. theses as well as several postdoctoral associates.

Professor Zahari is a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and the deputy head of the Industry and Innovation cluster of the National Council of Professors. He is a Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council of UK as well as a member and regional coordinator of the Institution of Engineering Designers, United Kingdom. He was awarded a Hitachi fellowship by the Hitachi Scholarship Foundation in 1990 and the Young Scientist Award by the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation in 1992.. He was also awarded an honorary professor by Hebei University, China in 2012. He is a Board Member and Vice President of the Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering and Management Society.