Shimon Y. Nof is Professor of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University, since 1977, and Director of the NSF and industry funded PRISM Center for Production, Robotics, and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management (established 1991) whose motto is: “Knowledge Through Information, Wisdom Through Collaboration” and the PGRN, PRISM Global Research Network.
He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, specializing in human-machine Systems; his Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering, University of Michigan, specializing in automation of facilities design; D.H.C., University of Sibiu, Romania. He has over eight years of experience in full-time industrial and government positions, and has been a visiting professor at MIT and at universities in Chile, EU, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, and Mexico.
Currently the President of IFPR, the International Foundation of Production Research, he served as IFPR Secretary General during 1993-2007; recent Chair, Coordinating Committee on Manufacturing and Logistics Systems (CC5) of IFAC, the International Federation of Automatic Control. Professor Nof pioneered knowledge-based computer-aided facility design and control models, robot ergonomics, and collaborative control theory.
His main research is concerned with automated collaboration, including design of systems for managing distributed activities by collaborative teams and agents; systems security, integrity, and assurance; integrated production and service operations with decentralized decision support networks; and collaborative robotics, e-Work, and e-Service.
Professor Nof is the author, co-author and editor of ten books, including the 'Handbook of Industrial Robotics' 1st and 2nd editions, the 'International Encyclopedia of Robotics, Information and Collaboration Models of Integration', and 'Industrial Assembly'. In addition, he has published over 130 refereed journal articles and over 300 conference articles and book chapters.
He is the editor of the Springer Handbook of Automation and of the new Springer Book Series on ACES, Automation, Collaboration, and E-Services.
Among his honors, he is a Fellow of The Institute of Industrial Engineering, recipient of the Joseph Engelberger Award and Medal for Robotics Education, and Member of the Inaugural Book of Great Teachers of Purdue University.