Md. Towfiqur Rahman
Md. Towfiqur Rahman
Assistant Professor
B.Sc Engineering (Agricultural), MS in Farm Power and Machinery (BAU)
01717386643
towfiq.fpm@sau.ac.bd

Md Towfiqur Rahman is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU), Bangladesh where he has been since 2017. He received his B.Sc. Engineering (Agricultural) in 2016 and M.S. in Farm Power and Machinery in 2018 from the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh which was established with academic support from the Texas A&M University during 1961. Before his joining as a Lecturer into SAU, he worked as Research Assistant into a TWAS funded projects and Technical Executive into Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) at BAU. His research is situated in the field of Computer Vision (CV) and Precision Agriculture with a special focus on Agricultural Machinery Design, Remote sensing, and Bio-system Engineering. Currently, he leads some research groups working in different research projects such as CV in Post-harvest agro-product processing, agricultural machinery automation, tea processing, and grading technology. Much of his work has been on improving the understanding, design, and performance of technology mainly through the application of sensors, CV and performance evaluation. He received research grants from the University Grant Commission (UGC) and achieved ICT fellowship award from ICT Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology, The People’s Republic of Bangladesh for his extra-ordinary contribution to computer vision research and automation of agricultural machinery. He is dedicated to pursuing cutting-edge research in automation in the agricultural industry. He is a professional member of the Engineers Institution of Bangladesh (IEB), Bangladesh Society of Agricultural Engineering (BSAE) as well as the Agriculturist Institution Bangladesh (KIB). Mr. Rahman teaches several courses on Engineering Mechanics, Precision Agriculture, Machinery Design, Bio-system Engineering and Plant Protection Technology to engineering students from different undergraduate and graduate levels. He always integrates his research experiences with the teaching position. He supervises some undergraduate students with the Cv research area. Moreover, he has published some well-valued articles into national and international journals. Besides his research concentration, he is involved in cultural and other student communities. He is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Luddhok Theatre, Robotics Club, and the Film Society. Outside of professional interests, he travels widely, reads, writes and enjoys living with his family.

Publication Profile:
  • Momin, M. A., M. T. Rahman, M. S. Sulatana, C. Igathinathane, A.T.M. Ziauddin. T. E. Grift, Geometry-based mass grading of mango fruits using image processing, Information Processing in Agriculture, 4 (2017), 150-160 ( http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.inpa.2017.03.003)
  • Momin, M.A., R.M. Towfiqur, S.M. Sabrina, and C. Igathinathane.2015. Computer vision system for grading mangos in Bangladesh. Paper number: 152189402. 2015 ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 26 – 29, 2015
  • Rahman, M.T., Alam, M.M., Hossain, M.M. and Al Mamun, M.R. 2019. Microcontroller based granular urea application attachment for rice transplanter. Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University, 17(3): 380–387. https://doi.org/10.3329/jbau.v17i3.43219
Conference Proceedings:
  • Rahman M. T., M. Rahman, K. Hamid, S. Ferdous, and M. R. A. Mamun., Present Mechanization of Regional Tea Processing and Grading System in Bangladesh, International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: Road to SDGs, 23-24 January 2020, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Research Interests:
  • Computer Vision
  • Agricultural Machinery Design
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Bio-system Engineering
  • Robotics and Automation
Research Support:
  • Research Grant from University Grant Commission (UGC), Bangladesh
  • Sylhet Agricultural University Research System (SAURES)
Undergraduate Courses:
  • Engineering Shop
  • Workshop Technology
  • Electrical Machinery
  • Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Bio-Materials and Systems
  • Project Planning and Evaluation
  • Agricultural Machinery Design
  • Testing and Standardisation of Agricultural Machinery
  • Engineering Mechanics
Masters Courses:
  • Agricultural System Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Greenhouse Technology
  • Farm Power
  • Instrumentation
  • Plant Protection Machinery and Equipment
Academic Degrees and Qualification:
  • Master of Science (MS) in Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh (1st Position) (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Agricultural Engineering, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh (2016)
Positions and Affiliations:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet-3100, Bangladesh (October 03, 2019- To date)
  • Lecturer, Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Faculty of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet-3100, Bangladesh (October 03, 2017- October 02, 2019)
Other Academic, Administrative and Scientific Research Involvements:
  • Research Assistant, Computer vision system for grading mangos in Bangladesh, TWAS funded Project, Precision Agriculture Lab, BAU
  • FabLab Technical Executive, Fabrication Laboratory, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Bangladesh
Awards and Recognitions:
  • Achieved “Information and Communication (ICT) Fellowship” (1st Round 2016-17) Awarded by ICT Division, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology, People’s Republic of Bangladesh (June,2016 to Dec, 2017)
Awards and Scholarships:
  • BAU Merit Scholarship, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh
  • IBN Sina Trust Merit Award, IBN SINA Trust, Bangladesh
Professional Memberships:
  • Associate Member, The Institution of Engineers Bangladesh (IEB), Reg. No. A-18330
  • Member, Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB), No. 05-16-25847
  • Member, Society of Agricultural Engineers, Bangladesh
Attended Conferences and Workshops:
  • Workshop on “Appropriate scale Mechanization Innovation Hub (ASMIH) -Bangladesh” organized by Department of Farm Power and Machinery, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh-2202 and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA (21-22nd March 2016.)
  • International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development: Road to SDGs, 23-24 January 2020, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Training:
  • Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing by Northwestern University on Coursera.
  • Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management by Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA on Coursera.
  • “Data Analysis: MstatC & SPSS” offered by Graduate Training Institute (GTI), BAU , Bangladesh
  • Global Postharvest Loss Prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and Actors by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA on Coursera.
Mentorship and Supervisory Work (Undergraduate):
  • Assessment of Existing Tea Processing Technology in Bangladesh (2018)
Language:
  • German: Basic user (A1.1)