Principal Investigator

Dr. S. Andrew Gadsden

Andrew completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Management (Business) at McMaster University. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster in the area of estimation theory with applications to mechatronics and aerospace systems. Andrew worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technology (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He also worked as a Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry (Apotex Inc.) for about three years. Before joining the University of Guelph, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Andrew worked with a number of colleagues in NASA, the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). He is an elected Fellow of ASME, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is a Professional Engineer of Ontario. Andrew is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Robotics and Automation and is a reviewer for a number of ASME and IEEE journals and international conferences.

Andrew earned the 2019/2020 University Research Excellence Award for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences based on his research activities at the University of Guelph. He is also a 2019 SPIE Rising Researcher award winner based on his work in intelligent estimation theory, and a 2018 Ontario Early Researcher award (ERA) winner based on his work in intelligent condition monitoring strategies. He was also awarded the 2019 University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Research interests: intelligent control systems; state and parameter estimation theory; smart systems; artificial intelligence; fault detection and diagnosis techniques; applications include (but are not limited to) aerospace and automotive systems, mechatronics and robotics, chemicals, financial systems, and agriculture.

 

Graduate Students (19)

  • Abofazl Rahimnejad, Doctoral
    • Optimal filtering, estimation theory
  • Faraz Ahmadpour, Doctoral (Part-Time)
    • Chemical formulations, alternative energy storage systems
  • Hung Yi (Steven) Chiang, Doctoral
    • Machine learning, chemical formulations
  • Kevin Dong, Doctoral (Part-Time)
    • Mechatronics, control and estimation theory
  • Naseem Alsadi, Doctoral
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Quade Butler, Doctoral
    • Nonlinear dynamics, condition monitoring
  • Richard Bustos, Doctoral
    • Estimation theory, modeling of electric vehicle batteries
  • Tao Yan, Doctoral
    • Intelligent robotic systems
  • Waleed Hilal, Doctoral
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Zhe Xu, Doctoral
    • Bio-inspired control theory, unmanned systems
  • Alessandro Giuliano, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, data science
  • Brett Sicard, Masters
    • Manufacturing, machine design
  • Brian Nguyen, Masters
    • Mechatronics, control systems, modeling
  • Cesar Wen Zhu, Masters
    • Mobile robotics, agriculture, machine learning
  • Connor Wilkinson, Masters
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Joseph Lee, Masters+AI
    • Mobile robots, autonomous systems, agriculture
  • Onur Surucu, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Tyler Jamieson, Masters
    • Autonomous vehicles
  • Uygar Yeprem, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, data science

Alumni Graduate Students (25)

  • Andrei Buin, Doctoral (2021)
    • Machine learning, chemical formulations
    • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Andrew Lee, Doctoral (2021)
    • Intelligent estimation theory, mechatronics
    • Northrop Grumman, Maryland
  • Elyse Hill, Doctoral (2021)
    • Adaptive control theory, aerospace systems, spacecraft
    • NASA, Ohio
  • Andrew Newton, Masters (2021)
    • Robotics, aerospace systems, spacecraft, NASA sponsored
    • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Alex (Sasha) Moksyakov, Masters+AI (2020)
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
    • Amazon, California
  • Mohammad Ali Lordifar, Masters (2020)
    • Autonomous systems, machine learning, robotics
    • Eagle Vision Systems, Ontario
  • Grant (Toby) Hall, Masters (2020)
    • Robotics, machine vision, fault detection
    • Bruce Power, Ontario
  • Freeman Mak, Masters (2019)
    • Deep learning, machine vision
    • Aviva Canada, Ontario
  • Jacob Goodman, Doctoral (2019)
    • Robust estimation theory, tracking
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland
  • Insuck Baek, Doctoral (2019)
    • Machine vision, agricultural systems
    • US Department of Agriculture, Maryland
  • Stefano Rossi, Masters (2019)
    • Mechatronics, controls, engineering design
    • JMP Solutions, Ontario
  • Bowen Xu, Masters (2019)
    • Control systems, mechatronics
    • Canadian Tire Corporation, Ontario
  • Andrew Cataford, Masters (2018)
    • Robotics, tracking, estimation (NASA sponsored)
    • L3 Wescam, Ontario
  • Jinho Kim, Doctoral (2018))
    • Adaptive and intelligent control, nonlinear control theory, unmanned systems
    • US Military Academy, West Point, New York
  • Richard Bustos, Masters (2018)
    • Estimation theory, modeling of electric vehicle batteries
    • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Jarod Horn, Masters (2018)
    • Additive manufacturing, robotics, prosthetics
    • Sisu Devices, Texas
  • Andrew Lee, Masters (2017)
    • Artificial neural networks, intelligent estimation theory, fault detection and diagnosis
    • Northrup Grumman, Maryland
  • Brian Schwarz, Masters (2017)
    • Mechatronics, control theory
    • BAE Systems, Maryland
  • Chris Gunther, Masters (2017)
    • Control systems, dynamic systems, engineering design and safety
    • NIST, Maryland & Washington DC
  • Kevin Chang, Masters (2017)
    • Robotics, additive manufacturing, engineering design
    • Capital One, Maryland
  • Kurtis Boulter, Masters (2017)
    • 3D modeling, spinal cord injury research
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland
  • Neal Smith, Masters (2017)
    • Mechatronics, control theory
    • Northrop Grumman, Maryland
  • Stephanie Bonadies, Masters (2016)
    • Unmanned ground vehicles, autonomous systems, crop contamination studies, environmental mapping, USDA sponsored
    • Northrop Grumman, Maryland
  • Tarush Lall, Masters (2016)
    • Cubesats, thermal control, NASA sponsored
    • National Student Clearinghouse, Virginia
  • Ross Kistler, Masters (2015)
    • Unmanned ground vehicles, crop contamination studies, environmental mapping, USDA sponsored
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland

Undergraduate Researchers (31)

  • Alessandro Giuliano (2021)
  • Emma Hoover (2021, 2019)
  • Paige Phillips (2021 – 2020)
  • Uygar Yeprem (2021)
  • Steven Yang (2021 – 2018)
  • Joel Deen (2020)
  • Tia Shin Fat (Darren) Chay Loong (2020)
  • Liam Easterbrook (2019)
  • Andrew Newton (2019 & 2018)
  • Brian Nguyen (2019 & 2018)
  • Kye Morris-Takamoto (2019 & 2018)
  • Tony Habib (2019)
  • Owen Botelho (2018)
  • Vaishnavi Kotha (2018)
  • Justin Joseph (2017)
  • Elyse Hill (2017)
  • Matthew Riediger (2017)
  • Haniyah Saleh (2017)
  • Benjamin Cordell (2016)
  • Jennifer Coninglio (2016)
  • David Hanlon (2016)
  • Emily Duan (2016)
  • Hannah Corcos (2016)
  • Nathan Niewoehner (2016)
  • Julianna Posey (2016)
  • Michael Roberts (2016)
  • Tess Wootton-Klebanoff (2016)
  • Stephen Zidek (2016)
  • Corey Ayres (2015)
  • Cory Nettleton (2015)
  • Myela Paige (2015)

Affiliated Members

  • Dr. Alan Lefcourt, Research Biomedical Engineer
    • Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. David Stephenson, Technical Specialist
    • Digital Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company, USA
  • Dr. Ed Habtour, Sensing and Prognostics Team Lead
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab (view website)
  • Mr. Faraz Ahmadpour, VP R&D and Open Innovation
  • Dr. Jaret Riddick, Aerospace Engineer
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab
  • Mr. John (Rusty) McKay, Section Head
    • Shellfish Monitoring Section, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Dr. John Yawney, Chief Analytics Officer
  • Dr. Kevin Turpie, Research Associate Professor
    • Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard (view website)
  • Dr. Mark Bundy, Senior Research Engineer
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab
  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Shabi, Assistant Professor
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sharjah
  • Dr. Mohammad Biglarbegian, Associate Professor
    • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph (view website)
  • Dr. Moon Kim, Research Physicist & Lead Scientist
    • Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Stephen A. Wilkerson, Professor
    • York College, Pennsylvania (formerly US Army Research Lab) (view website)
  • Dr. Youssef Ziada, Technical Specialist
    • Digital Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company, USA