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01/06/12

The Eternal Caro Lucas: Father of Iran's robotic science

Source: Tehran Times

Caro Lucas (1949 - 2010) was a versatile Iranian- Armenian scientist who is regarded as the father of Iran's robotic science. He was honored as an eternal figure by the Iranian Science and Culture Hall of Fame, which is a distinguishing honor offered to Iranian chancellor scholars.


Memorial page for Caro Lucas, University of Tehran

Born on September 4, 1949 in the historical city of Isfahan, he received his M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Control Engineering from University of Tehran, in 1973 and the PhD. degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 1976.
He had been a pioneer in presenting new multi-disciplinary graduate courses like biologic computing, general systems design, and advanced topics in socio-cognitive systems, where, he has presented courses (and supervised theses) in different disciplines and departments like Electrical and Computer Engineering, Management, Psychology, Fine Arts and Architecture, and Finance and Economics.

He was also the founder of the ISRF, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and has assisted in founding several new research organizations and engineering disciplines in Iran.

Professor Lucas was also a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada (summer, 1989-1990), and University of California, Berkeley (1988-1989).

He served as Managing Editor of the Memories of the Engineering Faculty, University of Tehran (1979-1991), Reviewer of Mathematical Reviewers (since 1987), Associate Editor of the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems (1992-1999), and Chairman of the IEEE, Iran Section (1990-1992). He has served as the Chairman of several international conferences.

Professor Lucas was diagnosed with cancer in 2009. After a year he had overcome his cancer, but he died on July 8, 2010 from intestinal infection.

He authored/co-authored about 826 conference papers, 332 journal papers and 39 chapters in books, edited 8 book volumes, served as program committee (PC) member for 96 conferences, and presented invited talks (or keynote speeches) in 190 national and international events.

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