I was a Professor in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta. I received my BSc degree from Northeastern University (USA) and my PhD from Purdue University. After a year of post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, I joined the U of A in 1988 where I currently hold an adjunct appointment.

My research interests include robotics, computer vision, and image processing. I have worked in a number of areas in robotics and, for the past 10+ years, my focus has been on visual robot navigation. In 2003-17, with support from the federal and provinncial goverments, I held an NSERC Industrial Research Chair to conduct research in computer vision and image processing that addresses the practical challenges facing Alberta's mining industry. As a member of the NSERC Strategic Network on Robotics (NCRN) I work closely with Canadian academic colleagues and industrial partners on mobile robotics research. Within the international robotics community, my activities include a variety of roles in ICRA and IROS communities, as well as other IEEE RAS sponsored conferences.

Activities and Recognitions

Recent Activities:

  • Editor-in-Chief, IROS Conference Paper Review Board (iCPRB), 2020-2022
  • Parliamentarian, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Administrative Committee (AdCom), 2020-2021
  • Secretary, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Executive Committee (ExCom), 2018-2019
  • Travel Award Chair, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2019)
  • General Chair, IEEE ROBIO 2018
  • General Chair, IEEE/RSJ IROS 2017
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, 2013-17
  • Member of Editorial Board, Robotics, MDPI

Recent Recognitions:

  • Best Conference Paper, IEEE ROBIO 2019
  • 2018 IROS Distinguished Service Award
  • Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Centre for Autonomous Systems, UTS, Australia, 2018
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (Class 2015)
  • Fellow, IEEE (Class 2014)
  • NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Intelligent Sensing Systems, 2003-17