Shimon Y. Nof is a Professor of Industrial Engineering, at Purdue University , has held visiting positions at MIT,
and universities in Chile, EU, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, and Mexico and also the director of the National Science Foundation and industry-supported Production, Robotics and Integration Software for Manufacturing & Management (PRISM) Center.
Nof received his B.Sc. in 1969 and M.Sc. in 1972 in Industrial Engineering & Management (Human-machine systems) from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and his Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering (Production Simulation and Databases) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1976.
Research and consulting work
Nof has conducted research on collaborative e-Work and e-Business in multi-enterprise networks; Integrated production and service systems, and decision support; as well as design of systems for managing distributed activities by collaborative teams. His research pioneered the development of knowledge-based computer-aided facility design and control models. His current research focus is on computer-supported integration and collaboration of distributed e-Work and robotics. Developed and has taught the courses "Industrial Robotics and Flexible Assembly", "Computer and Communication Methods in Production Control", "Integrated Production Systems I and II", "I.E. Computing", and "Design of e-Work and e-Business Systems".
Awards and recognition
In 1999, Nof was listed in the inaugural group of Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2002, he was awarded the Engellerger Medal for Robotics Education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and is Secretary General of the IFPR (International Federation of Production Research), and Chair of IFAC CC-Mfg. and Logistics systems.
Nof has published over 300 articles on production engineering and information technology, and is the author/editor of nine books, including the Handbook of Industrial Robotics (Wiley, 1985) and the International Encyclopedia of Robotics (Wiley, 1988), both winners of the "Most Outstanding Book in Science and Engineering" awards by the Association of American Publishers, Industrial Assembly (Chapman & Hall, 1997, co-authored with H-J Warnecke and W. E. Wilhelm), and the Handbook of Industrial Robotics (2nd Edition) plus CD-ROM, (Wiley, 1999).