Brief Bio for Stephen L. Smith

Stephen L. Smith received the BSc degree in engineering physics with an option in mechanical engineering from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, in 2003. He received his MASc degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2005, advised by Bruce A. Francis and Mireille E. Broucke, and a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2009, working in the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems and Computation, advised by Francesco Bullo. From 2009 to 2011 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He worked in the Distributed Robotics Lab with Prof. Daniela Rus.

Since 2011, Dr. Smith has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he is currently an Associate Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems. In Fall 2014 he was a visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Professional Engineer (PEng) of the Professional Engineers Ontario. He is a recipient of several awards including the Early Researcher Award by the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement. His main research interests are in control and optimization for autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on robotic motion planning and distributed coordination.

Please see his Curriculum Vitae for more details.