Tahmid Latif is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the School of Engineering of Wentworth Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate and master's degrees, both in electrical engineering, from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, and his bachelor of science degree in electrical and electronic engineering from Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh.
Before joining Wentworth, he worked as a postdoctoral research scholar with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) at North Carolina State University. As a postdoc for preclinical testing and deployment, he worked on technology maturation efforts of wearable physiological and environmental sensors. As a graduate research assistant with the Integrated Bionic MicroSystems Laboratory (iBionicS Lab) at North Carolina State, he worked on search and rescue insect biobots (biological robots) as part of a National Science Foundation-funded research on cyber-physical systems: Cyborg Insect Networks for Exploration and Mapping (CINEMa). His doctoral dissertation was on the precise locomotory control of live insect biobots through selective neurostimulation of the insect antennae using implanted electrodes, characterization of the insect-machine interface, and biobotic performance evaluation. Previously, he was a lecturer of electrical engineering at Islamic University of Technology in Bangladesh.
His research interests lie at the intersection of electronics and biology, with a focus on bioelectronics and instrumentation, cyborg insects, and insect-machine interfaces.
• Latif, T., Dieffenderfer, J., da Silva, R. L., Lobaton, E., & Bozkurt, A. (2023). Wearable cyberphysical systems for biomedicine. In R. Narayan (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Sensors & Biosensors, 4, 63-85. Elsevier.
• Latif, T., Dieffenderfer, J., Tanneeru, A., Lee, B., Misra, V., & Bozkurt, A. (2021, October). Evaluation of environmental enclosures for effective ambient ozone sensing in wrist-worn health and exposure trackers. In 2021 IEEE SENSORS (pp. 1-4). IEEE.
• Latif, T., McKnight, M., Dickey, M., & Bozkurt, A. (2018). In vitro electrochemical assessment of electrodes for neurostimulation in roach biobots. PloS one, 13(10), e0203880.
• Latif, T. & Bozkurt, A. (2017). Towards reliability and optimization of control in roach biobots. IEEE Pulse, 8(5), 27-30.
• Latif, T., Whitmire, E., Novak, T., & Bozkurt, A. (2016). Sound localization sensors for search and rescue biobots. IEEE Sensors Journal, 16(10), 3444-3453.
• Brugarolas, R., Latif, T., Dieffenderfer, J., Walker, K., Yuschak, S., Sherman, B. L, Roberts, D. L., & Bozkurt, A. (2016). Wearable heart rate sensor systems for wireless canine health monitoring. IEEE Sensors Journal, 16(10), 3454-3464. [One of the 25 most downloaded Sensors Journal papers in April 2016].
• Bozkurt, A., Lobaton, E., Sichitiu, M., Hedrick, T., Latif, T., Dirafzoon, A., Whitmire, E., Verderber, A., Marin, J., & Xiong, H. (2014, June). Biobotic insect swarm based sensor networks for search and rescue. In SPIE Defense + Security (pp. 90911L). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
• Latif, T., & Bozkurt, A. (2012, August). Line following terrestrial insect biobots. In 2012 34th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (pp. 972-975). IEEE.
Selected Media Coverages
• National Geographic, “BioBot Roaches Could Save Lives with Tiny Backpacks,” Date Published: March 24, 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icQv33kWKm8
• CNN’s Start Small Think Big, “Remote control roaches,” Date Published: October 13, 2012: