The RoboHub's core research team is made up of Waterloo Engineering faculty members who are at the forefront of international robotics research. This diverse group of experts' collective knowledge and experience is critical for developing the next generation of robotics technologies for use in the real world:

Human-Robot Interaction Autonomous Robotics
Nonlinear Control Systems Multi-Agent Networks
Magnetically Levitated Robots Mechatronic Systems

This team of Engineering professors are actively engaged in all sectors of the robotics industry and work closely with both the extended research team here at Waterloo as well as the RoboHub's on- and off-campus collaborators to achieve the RoboHub's research goals. To find out more about these goals, visit the research themes page.

For details on any of the core research team's specific research interests and backgrounds, check out their profiles below.

Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn

Kerstin Dautenhahn

Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair

Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics and has pioneered research in social robotics, human-robot interaction and assistive robotics.

Professor Behrad Khamesee

Behrad Khamesee


Professor Behrad Khamesee has pioneered research in microrobotics and magnetic levitation which has received international attention.

Professor William Melek

William Melek

Professor, University Research Chair, and RoboHub Director

Professor William Melek is the RoboHub Director, a University Research Chair, and leads the Laboratory of Computational Intelligence and Automation. He is an expert on robotics, artificial intelligence, sensing, and state estimation.

Professor Katja Mombaur

Katja Mombaur

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair

Professor Katja Mombaur is the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human-Centred Robotics and Machine Intelligence. She is an expert on human-robot interaction, wearable and humanoid robots, and human motion analysis.

Professor Chris Nielsen

Chris Nielsen

Associate Professor

Professor Chris Nielsen is a leading authority on nonlinear control systems and the mathematical design of feedback control laws.

Professor Stephen L. Smith

Stephen L. Smith

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair

Professor Stephen L. Smith is the Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems and an expert in both robotic motion planning and the distributed control of autonomous systems.