Associate Professor

Contact InformationBaris Fidan

Phone: 519-888-4567 x38023
Location: E3 4119


Biography Summary

Baris Fidan is an Associate Professor in Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering, with cross appointment in System Design Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

His research interests include cooperative and adaptive control, system identification, nonlinear system theory, multi-agent systems and sensor networks, robotics and intelligent systems, and various control applications including vehicular controls and control of biomedical mechatronic systems.

Professor Fidan is the principal investigator for the NSERC discovery program ‘Distributed Geometric Coordination of Autonomous Vehicle Networks Moving in Three Dimensions’ and the CFI-ORF Research Infrastructure ‘Cooperative Autonomous Vehicle Network Test-Bed’. He is also a co-investigator of the NSERC CRD project “Autonomous Driving Strategies for Urban and Highway Environments”, the NSERC/ORF CRD project “Development of New Technologies for Design and Popularization of Urban Vehicles”, the Automotive Partnership Canada project “Next Generation Electric Vehicles: Development of Key Technologies and Full Vehicle Testing”, and the NSERC/ORF CRD project “Hard Shaping and Accelerated Dressing Technologies for High-Productivity / High-Quality Gear Manufacture“.

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear adaptive and switched dynamical systems Robust adaptive control
  • Mechatronic system control
  • Autonomous multi-agent dynamical systems Coordination and localization in sensor networks
  • Geometric optimization in multi-sensor systems
  • Autonomous vehicle motion planning and control Cooperative driving
  • Vehicle stability control
  • High performance and hypersonic flight control
  • MEMS/NEMS control
  • Autonomous and Connected Car
  • Automotive
  • Operational Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics


  • 2003, Doctorate, Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
  • 1998, Master's, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bilkent University
  • 1996, Bachelor's, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mathematics, Middle East Technical University


  • ME 360 - Introduction to Control Systems
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ME 780 - Special Topics in Mechatronics
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • ME 547 - Robot Manipulators: Kinematics, Dynamics, Control
    • Taught in 2014, 2015, 2016
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • S. Guler, B. Fidan, S. Dasgupta, B.D.O. Anderson, and I. Shames, "Adaptive source localization based station keeping of autonomous vehicles," IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, vol. 62, no. 7, pp. 3122-3135, July 2017. (Accepted in 2017)
  • I. Umay and B. Fidan, "Adaptive wireless biomedical capsule tracking based on magnetic sensing," (Springer) International Journal of Wireless Information Networks, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 189-199, June 2017. (Accepted in 2016)
  • Khosravani, Saeid and Kasaiezadeh, Alireza and Khajepour, Amir and Fidan, Baris and Chen, Shih-Ken and Litkouhi, Bakhtiar, Torque-Vectoring-Based Vehicle Control Robust to Driver Uncertainties, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 64(8), 2015, 3359 - 3367
  • Fidan, Baris and Dasgupta, Soura and Anderson, Brian DO and others, Guaranteeing practical convergence in algorithms for sensor and source localization, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, 56(9), 2008, 4458 - 4469
  • Fidan, Baris and Zhang, Youping and Ioannou, Petros A, Adaptive control of a class of slowly time varying systems with modeling uncertainties, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 50(6), 2005, 915 - 920
  • P.A. Ioannou and B. Fidan, Adaptive Control Tutorial, SIAM Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, TJ217.I628, ISBN 0-89871-615-2, 2006. (Accepted in 2006)
  • G. Mao and B. Fidan (editors), Localization Algorithms and Strategies for Wireless Sensor Networks, IGI Global - Information Science Publishing, TK7872.D48L63, ISBN 1-60566-396-4, 2009. (Accepted in 2009)