Dongpu Cao

Associate Professor

Contact InformationDongpu Cao

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Biography Summary

Prof. Dongpu Cao is the Canada Research Chair in Driver Cognition and Automated Driving, and Director of Waterloo Cognitive Autonomous Driving (CogDrive) Lab. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. Prof. Cao has published over 180 papers and 2 books in the fields of vehicle dynamics/control, driver cognition, automated driving and cognitive autonomous driving. Prof. Cao received the SAE Arch T. Colwell Merit Award in 2012, and three Best Paper Awards from the ASME and IEEE conferences. His research has been funded by Canada CRC, NSERC, CFI, UK EPSRC, EU Horizon 2020, Innovate UK, Ontario Research Fund, Automotive Partnership Canada and various industrial partners. As the PI, Prof. Cao led a research consortium (over 15 members) for the level-3 automated driving research, CogShift, funded by UK EPSRC and closely collaborated with Jaguar Land Rover and UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, between 2015 and 2017.

Prof. Cao serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, and International Journal of Vehicle Design. Prof. Cao has been a member of SAE Vehicle Dynamics Standards Committee and the Co-Chair of IEEE ITSS Technical Committee on Cooperative Driving. Prof. Cao was a Program Co-Chair for IEEE IV 2018.

Research Interests

  • Automated driving
  • Cognitive autonomous driving
  • Driver cognition
  • Driver-automation collaboration
  • Vehicle dynamics and control


  • ME 780 - Spec Tpcs in Mechatronics
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020
  • MTE 203 - Advanced Calculus
    • Taught in 2018, 2019, 2020
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Graduate Studies