Jan Huissoon, PEng

Jan Huissoon, PEng
Location: E7 3434
Phone: 519-888-4567 x40620


Jan Huissoon is a professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department. He served as Chair of the department from 2013 to 2020 and founded Canada's first Mechatronics Engineering program.
Professor Huissoon’s research interests include mechatronic design, sensor based robot and microfluidic control, robotic welding, 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.
Professor Huissoon has authored several patents, including 'Method and device for robot tool frame calibration' (sole author), and 'Mechatronic Handgrip and lever assembly'.

Scholarly Research

Research Interests: Mechatronic design; Assistive robotics; Microfluidic control; Sensor-based robotics including sensors and systems for high-speed robotic welding; Intelligent vehicles and transportation systems

Industrial Research

Consultant for Paradigm Products Inc. on product design (2005 - 07) Expert witness (patent infringement) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (2005-06) Expert witness (machine design) H. Mandel LLP (2006 - 07) Contract (machine design) Pride Pak Inc (2005 - 07) Contract (mechatronic design) Branley Lock Inc. (2006 - 07)


  • 1983, Doctorate Mechanical Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland
  • 1979, Bachelor in Engineering Science, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland


  • 2013-2020 Chair, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
  • 2008-2012 Deputy Chair, Department of Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering
  • 2002-2007 Director of the Mechatronics Engineering program, and oversaw the design, development and implementation of this program since 2000

Professional Associations

  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Engineers Ireland
  • Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering


  • MTE 481 - Mechatronics Engineering Design Project
    • Taught in 2019
  • MTE 482 - Mechatronics Engineering Project
    • Taught in 2019, 2020

* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • M. Hébert, J.P. Huissoon, C.L. Ren : A perspective of active microfluidic platforms as an enabling tool for applications in other fields, J. Micromech. Microeng. 32(4), 2022
  • T. Zablotny, M. Courtney, J.P. Huissoon, C.L. Ren: Lensless imaging for droplet identification towards visual feedback-based pressure controlled droplet microfluidic platforms, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 334, 2022, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2021.113338
  • M. Hébert, J.P. Huissoon, C.L. Ren : A Silicone-based Soft Matrix Nanocomposite Strain-like Sensor Fabricated using Graphene and Silly Putty, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2020.111917
  • R.Z. Gao, M. Hébert, J.P. Huissoon, C.L. Ren : uPump: An open-source pressure pump for precision fluid handling in microfluidics, HardwareX 7(2020), e00096, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ohx.2020.e00096
  • B. Yu, C. Elbuken, C. Shen, J.P. Huissoon, C.L. Ren : An Integrated Microfluidic Device for the Sorting of Yeast Cell Cycle Phases using Image Processing, Nature Science Reports, 8 (2018) 3550
  • I. Fadakar, B. Fidan, J.P. Huissoon : Coordinate independent adaptive attitude tracking control design for spacecraft robust to time-varying system uncertainties, Intl. J. Control, V90(10), 2017, pp2206-26
  • H. Bae, S. Jeon, J.P. Huissoon : Vision and Force/Torque Integration for Realtime Estimation of Fast-moving Object under Intermittent Contacts, ROBOMECH J. 3:15, 2016, doi: 10.1186/s40648-D16-0054-2
  • I. Fadakar, B. Fidan , J.P. Huissoon: Robust adaptive attitude synchronization of rigid body networks on SO(3), IET Control Theory and Applications, V9(1), 2015, pp52-61
  • J. Seo, A. Khajepour, J.P. Huissoon : Thermal Management in Laminated Die System, Int. J. Control, Automation & Systems (IJCAS), V12(4), 2014, pp794-804, DOI: 10.1007/s12555-013-0348-6
  • S. Lochner, S. Bedi, J.P. Huissoon : Simulation methods in the Foot Orthosis Development Process, Computer-Aided Design and Applications , V11(6), 2014, pp608-616
  • J. Seo, A. Khajepour, J.P. Huissoon : Comprehensive On-line Control Strategies for Plastic Injection Molding Process, IASME J. Manufacturing Science & Engineering, 2014, DOI: 10.1115/1.4027491
  • T-S. Dao, J.P. Huissoon, C.M. Clark : A Strategy for Optimization of Cooperative Platoon Formation, Intl. J. Vehicle Communication and Information Systems, V3(1), 2013, pp28-43, Aug 2013
  • N. Topaloglu, P.M. Nieva, M. Yavuz, J.P. Huissoon : An Effective Thermal Conductance Tuning Mechanism for Uncooled Microbolometers, Infrared Physics & Technology, V57, Mar. 2013, 81-88
  • S.J. Lochner, J.P. Huissoon, S.J. Bedi : Development of a patient specific anatomical foot model from structured light scan data, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, E.pub. Nov. 2012
  • S.J. Lochner, J.P. Huissoon, S.J. Bedi : Parametric Design of Custom Foot Orthotic Model, Computer Aided Design and Applications, V9(1), 2011. doi: 10.3722/cadaps.2012.1-11
  • M. Bristow, K. Erkorkmaz, J.P. Huissoon, S. Jeon, W. Owen, S. Waslander, G. Stubley : A control Systems Concept Inventory Test Design and Assessment, IEEE Trans. Education, V5(12), 2011. doi: 10.1109/TE.2100.2160946
  • B.Y Yu, C. Elbuken, C.L. Ren, J.P. Huissoon : Image processing and classification algorithm for yeast cell morphology in a microfluidic chip, J Biomed. Optics, V16(6) 066008, June 2011
  • B. Chow, C.M. Clark, J.P. Huissoon : Assigning Closely Spaced Targets to Multiple Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, J. Ocean Technology, V6(2) pp57-77, Mar. 2011


  • Mechatronic Handgrip and lever assembly, J.P. Huissoon, J.Y. Tung, & A. McCormick (filed 2019)
  • Automated Welding of Moulds and Stamping Tools, US 9292016, P.Zaffino, J.P.Huissoon, & D.Marentette (2016)
  • Method and device for robot tool frame calibration, US 6044308, J.P. Huissoon (2000)
  • System and method for tracking a feature on an object using a redundant axis, US5465037, J.P.Huissoon, D.L.Strauss (1996)

Graduate studies