Department of Electrical and
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Tel: +1 (519) 888-4567 x31215
Office: EIT 3108
Stephen L. Smith is an Assistant 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.
- ECE406: Algorithm Design and Analysis (Winter 2013, 2014).
- ECE486: Robot Dynamics and Control (Spring 2013).
- ECE780 T08: Topics in Motion Coordination and Planning (Spring 2011, 2012, 2013).
- ECE380: Analog Control Systems (Winter 2012).
Dr. Smith's research interests are in the distributed control of autonomous systems, robotic motion coordination, and optimization. The following are some particular research areas:
- Dynamic vehicle routing: efficiently dispatching robots to respond to task requests in real-time.
- Persistent monitoring: observing and estimating dynamically changing environments using mobile robots.
- Formal methods for motion planning: specifying and completing complex motion tasks for robots.
- Adaptive ocean sampling: improving the sampling performance of underwater gliders for reconstructing events in the ocean such as algal blooms.
- Transportation systems: mobility-on-demand transportation systems for urban point-to-point transit.
- Informative path planning: plan robot paths that maximize the information gained about an unknown environment.
- Robust optimization in control: utilizing combinatorial notions of robustness in classic control problems such as observer design.
- In the past I have also worked on task allocation, formation control, and consensus/rendezvous problems.
- Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Society, Conference Editorial Board, 2013 -- present
- Program Committee Member, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), 2012, 2013, 2014
- Program Committee Member, Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV), 2012, 2013, 2014
- Program Committee Member, Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundation of Robotics (WAFR), Cambridge, MA, June 2012
- Control and Robotics Symposium Chair, IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering, Montreal, Canada, May 2012