Associate Professor, Systems Design Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35185
Location: DWE 2513L
Fax: 519 746 4791


  • BEng (McGill)
  • MASc (Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal)
  • PhD (Western Ontario)

Research Interests

  • biomechanics
  • rehabilitation
  • design of prostheses (artifical limbs) and orthoses (braces)
  • intelligent prosthetic and orthotic systems design
  • wearable assistive robotic/orthotic systems
  • human gait stability (modeling, measurement, analysis)
  • 3D body surface measurment
  • computer vision
  • range-image registration
  • vision-based 3D surface measurement systems
  • optical system design, laser-camera range-sensor design, phase-shifting/fringe-projection measurement systems
  • real-time range-sensors, full-field range sensors, hand-held range-sensors
  • vision-based robot control, vision-based human-robot interfaces
  • robot teleoperation
  • human-robot interfaces, human-robot interaction
  • human-guided robot learning
  • vision-based robot control (visual serving)
  • human-assistive/service robots


  • ME 321 (Mechatronics) Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines
  • SYDE 161 Introduction to Design
  • SYDE 770 3D Computer Vision and Imaging

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Kofman, J., Verma, S. and Wu, X. (2007). Robot-Manipulator Teleoperation by Markerless Vision-Based Hand-Arm Tracking. International Journal of Optomechatronics, 1(3), 331-357.
  • Jia, P., Kofman, J. and English, C. (2007). Multiple-Step Triangular-Pattern Phase-Shifting and the Influence of Number of Steps and Pitch on Measurement Accuracy. Applied Optics, 46(16), 3253-3262.
  • Jia, P., Kofman, J. and English, C. (2007). Two-Step Triangular-Pattern Phase-Shifting Method for Three-Dimensional Object-Shape Measurement. Optical Engineering, 46(8), 083201, 1-9.
  • Jia, P., Kofman, J. and English, C. (2007). Comparison of Linear and Nonlinear Calibration Methods for Phase-Measuring Profilometry. Optical Engineering, 46(4), 043601, 1-10.
  • Yakimovich, T.S., Lemaire, E.D. and Kofman, J. (2006). Preliminary Kinematic Evaluation of a New Stance-Control Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis. Clinical Biomechanics, 21(10), 1081-1089.
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