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Mechatronics research

Mechatronics research spans a wide range of exciting new engineering areas; such as lasers fabrication, magnetic levitation, micro-electro-mechanical-systems and more.

The Automation and Control Group is involved in a broad range of activities in Mechatronics. Professor Amir Khajepour, is the Canada Research Chairholder in Mechatronics Vehicle Systems. Professors Huissoon, Melek, and Erkorkmaz lead the group's initiatives in robotics, robotic welding, robotic polishing and controls. Professor Ismail leads the group's efforts in machine diagnostics, modal analysis and machine tool chatter. Pursuing research in rapid prototyping and laser material processing is Professor Ehsan Toyserkani. Professor B. Khamesse and Professor P. Nieva conduct advanced research in magnetic levitation, and micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS), respectively.   

In addition, the group is also involved in machining research. The 5-axis Surface Machining Lab was established by Professors Bedi and Ismail, with CFI and OIT funding, to further their work in tool path planning, chatter, flank milling and mechanistic modeling.

Group professors

Bedi, S.

  • Flank Milling
  • Development of Tool Path Strategies
  • Design of NC Controllers
  • 5-Axis Numerically Controlled Machining
  • Modeling of the Machining Process
  • Design of NC Machines

Erkorkmaz, K.

  • Modeling and Identification
  • Precision motion control
  • Optimal trajectory generation

Fidan, B.

  • Nonlinear, adaptive, and switched dynamical systems; robust adaptive control; nonlinear and adaptive control designs for mechatronic systems
  • Control and coordination of autonomous multi-agent dynamical systems; coordination and localization in sensor networks; geometric optimization in multi-sensor systems
  • Motion planning and control of mobile robots and autonomous vehicles; active vision and vision based control
  • Various control applications including high performance and hypersonic flight control, semiconductor manufacturing process control, and disk-drive servo systems

Huissoon, J.P.

  • Dynamic Seam Tracking for Robotic Welding
  • Autonomous Navigation Using Artificial Neural Networks
  • Arc Acoustics in GMA welding
  • Walking Wobot Welder
  • Neuro-Musculo-Skeletal Modeling of Human Locomotion
  • Automatic end-of-arm and tool-centre-point calibration

Ismail, F.M.

  • Modelling, monitoring and control of machining chatter
  • Developing new strategies for efficient and faster machining of sculptured surfaces
  • Developing techniques for machine health monitoring
  • Applications of experimental modal analysis to the modelling of dynamics of structures

Jeon, S.

  • Design and control of mechatronic systems
  • Sensory information processing for motion control
  • Non-smooth dynamic systems
  • Instrumented robotics

Khajepour, A.

  • Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems
  • Advanced Vehicle Systems
  • High Speed Robotics
  • Automated Laser Fabrication

Khamesee, B.

  • Microrobotics
  • Micromanipulation using magnetic levitation
  • Magnetically driven medical microrobots for drug delivery and microsurgery
  • Smart Structures and Actuators
  • Auto-focusing mechanism for microscopy using electrorestrictive materials
  • Development of a cost-effective prosthetic leg (structural design, sensory system, and controller)

Melek, W.

  • Design, Modeling,& Control of Advanced Mechatronics Systems
  • Modular and Reconfigurable Robotics & Automation
  • Autonomous Navigation and Mobile Manipulation
  • Computational Intelligence

Nieva, P.

  • MEMS/NEMS for harsh environments
  • Physical MEMS/NEMS sensors and devices
  • Self-contained Integrated microsystems
  • MEMS/NEMS process, packaging and microassembly
  • Micropower generation
  • MEMS/NEMS biosensors and biomanipulators

Owen, W.

  • Mobile Robotic Manipulators
  • Multi-Robotic Systems
  • Motion Planning
  • Modelling and Simulation of Mechatronics Systems

Toyserkani, E.

  • Laser-based micro-processing techniques
  • Sensing, monitoring and real-time control of laser-based manufacturing techniques
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Mechatronics design, sensors, and actuators

Waslander S.

  • Cooperative and Non-Cooperative Multi-Agent Control
  • Aerial and Terrestrial Autonomous Vehicles, Rovers, Quadrotors and Blimps
  • Autonomous Perception and Navigation in Unknown Environments
  • Distributed and Decentralized Optimization

Adjunct ​professors

Clark, C.M.
Golnaraghi, Farid M.

Retired prof​essors

Adams, K.G.
Martin, H.R.