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Stephen L. Smith, PEng, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31215
Location: E5 5112
Fax: (519) 746-3077

Biography Summary

Stephen L. Smith is an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received the BSc degree from Queen’s University, the MASc degree from the University of Toronto, and the PhD degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to arriving at Waterloo, he was a postdoctoral researcher with the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Smith is a recipient of several awards including an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award, and an Outstanding Performance Award from the University of Waterloo. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PEng) by the Professional Engineers Ontario and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. His main research interests lie in control and optimization for autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on robotic motion planning and coordination.

Research interests

  • Autonomous systems
  • Distributed and coordinated control
  • Robotics and multi-robot systems
  • Optimization and control theory=


  • BSc, Queen's University
  • MASc, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

Further information

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