Stephen L. Smith
Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Waterloo
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Stephen L. Smith is a Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems and an Associate Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. He completed his PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), his Master's at the University of Toronto, and his B.Sc. at Queen's University, Kingston. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PEng) with the Professional Engineers Ontario, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control of Networks Systems. His research focuses on control and optimization for autonomous systems and robotics.
Dr. Smith's research interests are in the control of autonomous systems, robot motion planning and coordination, along with applied combinatorial optimization. The following are some current areas of focus:
- Robot motion planning: methods for planning robot motion to efficiently complete complex tasks.
- Planning under uncertainty: planning and sensing for operation in unknown environments.
- Persistent monitoring and scene reconstruction: monitoring and building real-time maps for complex 3D environments.
- Future transportation systems: coordinating and dispatching vehicles for ride-sharing and urban transportation.
- Human-robot interaction: coordinating robots to work with humans in task specification and collaborative assembly.
- Distributed and submodular optimization: Collective decision making strategies for objectives that exhibit diminishing returns.
- Dynamic vehicle routing: efficient dispatching robots to respond to task requests in real-time.
- Other areas of interest include informative path planning, task allocation, formation control, consensus/rendezvous and ocean sampling.
Lectures in Robotic Planning and Kinematics, by F. Bullo and S. L. Smith.
Work in progress, current version is v0.91, Nov 2015
- ECE406: Algorithm Design and Analysis (Winter 2013 - 2018, 2020).
- ECE380: Analog Control Systems (Winter 2012, 2015, Spring 2016, Winter 2018, 2019).
- ECE 686: Filtering and Control of Stochastic Linear Systems (Winter 2017, 2019).
ECE486: Robot Dynamics and Control (Spring 2013, 2020).
- ECE780 T08: Topics in Motion Coordination and Planning (Spring 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017).
- ME179P: Introduction to Robotics: Planning and Kinematics (Fall 2014 at UC Santa Barbara).
- Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Control of Networks Systems, 2017 -- present
- Associate Editor, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 -- 2016, 2019
- Associate Editor, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016, 2019
- Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Society, Conference Editorial Board, 2013 -- 2019
- Program Committee Member, ACM/SIGAPP Symposium on Applied Computing Track on Intelligent Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems , 2018
- Program Committee Member, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Program Committee Member, Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundation of Robotics (WAFR), 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
- Program Committee Member, International Symposium on Distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS), 2014, 2016
- Program Committee Member, Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2012, 2013, 2014
- Control and Robotics Symposium Chair, IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, Montreal, Canada, May 2012