Chair, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Chair

Contact InformationJan Huissoon

Phone: 519-888-4508,519-888-4567 x33595
Location: E5 3027,E5 3027

Biography Summary

Jan Huissoon is the Chair of the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department as well as a Professor at the University of Waterloo. He founded Canada’s first Mechatronics Engineering program.

Professor Huissoon’s research is based on mechatronic design, sensor based robot control, robotic welding, airborne sonar, and autonomous vehicle control.

His projects include Dynamic Seam Tracking for Robotic Welding, Automatic end-of-arm and tool-centre-point calibration, Autonomous Navigation Using Artificial Neural Networks, Arc Acoustics in GMA welding, Walking Wobot Welder, Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Modeling of Human Locomotion, Integrated Robot Systems, Sensor Based Control, Modelling and Control of Arc Welding Processes, Intelligent Sensing Systems (Ultrasonic, vision), and Autonomous Vehicle Guidance & Control.

In addition, Professor Huissoon is the sole holder of the patent – Method and device for robot tool frame calibration.

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Robotic arc welding
  • Weld process control
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Mechatronics
  • Advanced Materials Joining
  • Automotive
  • Dynamic Seam Tracking for Robotic Welding
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Arc Acoustics
  • Walking Robot Welder
  • Neruo-Musculo-Skeletal Modeling of Human Locomotion
  • Integrated Robot Systems
  • Sensor Based Control
  • Intelligent Sensing Systems
  • Autonomous Vehicle Guidance & Control


  • 1983, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College
  • 1979, Bachelor's, Engineering Science, University of Dublin, Trinity College


  • MTE 482 - Mechatronics Engineering Project
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019
  • MTE 481 - Mechatronics Engineering Design Project
    • Taught in 2015, 2019
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Seo, Jaho and Khajepour, Amir and Huissoon, Jan P, Comprehensive Online Control Strategies for Plastic Injection Molding Process, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, 136(4), 2014
  • Lochner, Samuel J and Huissoon, Jan P and Bedi, Sanjeev S, Simulation Methods in the Foot Orthosis Development Process, Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 11(6), 2014, 608 - 616
  • Lochner, Samuel J and Huissoon, Jan P and Bedi, Sanjeev S, Development of a patient-specific anatomical foot model from structured light scan data, Computer methods in biomechanics and biomedical engineering, 17(11), 2014, 1198 - 1205
  • Seo, Jaho and Khajepour, Amir and Huissoon, Jan P, Thermal management in laminated die system, International Journal of Control, Automation and Systems, 12(4), 2014, 794 - 804
  • {i}ş and Huissoon, Jan, Robust adaptive attitude synchronisation of rigid body networks on SO (3), IET Control Theory & Applications, 9(1), 2014, 52 - 61