Associate Professor, Regular Administrative Appoint

Contact InformationChristopher Nielsen

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32241
Location: EIT 4106


Biography Summary

Christopher Nielsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Professor Nielsen’s current research interests include nonlinear control systems, motion control for nonlinear systems, methods to stabilize sets in the state space of a system, output feedback control, geometric control and Computer Aided Design (CAD) for nonlinear controllers. His current research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Additionally, Professor Nielsen has authored or co-authored journal articles appearing in the IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control, Automatica, SIAM Journal on Control and Optimizations among others.

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear control systems
  • Motion control
  • Geometric control
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Mechatronics & Control
  • Advanced robotics
  • Controls and precision tooling
  • Autonomous vehicles


  • 2009, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2004, Master's, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto
  • 2002, Bachelor's, Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Gill, Rajan J and Kulić, Dana and Nielsen, Christopher, Spline path following for redundant mechanical systems, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 31(6), 2015, 1378 - 1392
  • Doosthoseini, Alireza and Nielsen, Christopher, Local nested transverse feedback linearization, Mathematics of Control, Signals, and Systems, 27(4), 2015, 493 - 522
  • Baker, Robert JA and Leung, Bosco and Nielsen, Christopher, Phase-locked loop stability based on stochastic bounds, Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, 85(2), 2015, 323 - 333
  • Akhtar, Adeel and Nielsen, Christopher and Waslander, Steven L, Path following using dynamic transverse feedback linearization for car-like robots, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, 31(2), 2015, 269 - 279