Research Groups


Additive Design and Manufacturing Systems Laboratory (ADAMS Lab)

Lead Researcher: Ahmed Qureshi, Assistant Prof.
Advancing engineering design and manufacturing process productivity and efficiency through discovery, research, and development of next generation processes, systems, and materials for the industries of future.

Applied Nonlinear Controls Laboratory

Lead Researcher: Alan Lynch, Prof.
ANCL researches theory and application of nonlinear control. This field studies the analysis, prediction, and influence of systems described by nonlinear mathematical models. These models capture complex behavior for a broad range of applications. ANCL balances the derivation of nonlinear control theory with its application on test stands for experimental validation.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Construction

Lead Researcher: Jessy Kang, Adjunct Prof.
Construction automation advances worker safety, productivity analysis and construction processes at construction sites. Dr. Kang’s research team are constantly working towards innovating existing methods to combat the various challenges that exist in the construction automation field.

Assistive Technology Labs

Lead Researcher: Kim Adams, Assistant Prof.
The Assistive Technology Labs, founded by Dr. Al Cook, presently directed by Dr. Kim Adams, are in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

Automated Diagnostics for Energy and Environmental Systems

Lead Researcher: Mike Lipsett, Prof.
Our research team develops remote automated methods to diagnose faults in energy systems and related industries to reduce the risk of failures and their environmental and economic impacts. We do this by developing and deploying novel instruments, embedded sensors, & robotic delivery systems for predictive maintenance based on reliability models.

Bionic Limbs for Improved Natural Control (BLINC Lab)

Lead Researchers: Jaqueline Hebert, Prof. and Patrick Pilarsky, Prof.
The BLINC Lab brings together a diverse group of inter-disciplinary researchers to improve sensory motor control and integration of advanced prosthetic and robotic systems. In addition to advancing prosthetic and robotic care, we are intensely interested in the measurement of human systems behavior that allows us to investigate the impacts of technological interventions on clinical outcomes.

Computer Vision And Robotics Group

Lead Researcher: Martin Jagersand, Prof.
Our research group performs research in several areas of computer vision , robotics and medical imaging. Our lab is under the supervision of the Department of Computing Science.

Intelligent Robot Learning Laboratory

Lead Researcher: Matt Taylor, Associate Prof.
Our lab focuses on reinforcement learning, human-AI teaching, and AI in the real world. Our robotics work focuses on reinforcement learning in virtual robots, human-robot interaction, and multi-robot systems.

Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation

Lead Researcher: Rafiq Ahmad, Assistant Prof.
Laboratory of Intelligent Manufacturing, Design and Automation (LIMDA) is an excellence centre for “Design and Manufacturing” which bridges the gap between fundamental research and their advanced applications to industry, led & founded by Dr. Rafiq Ahmad. The aim of the research group is, “Hybrid and Smart systems design and development to enable Industry 4.0”. The three major research orientations include Hybrid Manufacturing and Remanufacturing, Design of systems and Industrial Automation.

Neuromuscular Control & Biomechanics Laboratory

Lead Researcher: Hossein Rouhani, Assistant Prof.
Our research is centered on human mobility and performance, with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of life of aging individuals and those affected by movement impairments. Our team aims to positively impact prevention and rehabilitation by: gaining a better understanding of the neuromusculoskeletal mechanisms of human movement; developing novel systems and outcome measures for movement and performance assessment; and designing and evaluating advanced assistive technologies.

Rehabilitation Robotics

Lead Researcher: Martin Ferguson-Pell, Prof.
Rehabilitation Robotics is an inter-disciplinary research group focused on improving quality of life through robotics and technology. Our research focuses on wheelchair biomechanics, new technologies to assess spinal structure and function, assistive robotics and virtual reality in rehabilitation medicine.

Robotics Systems Research

Lead Researcher: Mahdi Tavakoli, Prof.
The Telerobotic and Biorobotic Systems Group is directed by Prof. Mahdi Tavakoli in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Alberta. We specialize in developing robots and robotic systems for various medical/biomedical applications including surgery, therapy, rehabilitation, telehealth and telemedicine.

Independent Researchers

Martin Barczyk, Assistant Prof.

Edmond Lou, Associate Prof.

Dan Sameoto, Associate Prof.

I work in novel manufacturing technologies for polymers, including multi-material additive manufacturing.  The robotics work I do is focused on soft robotics – systems made of very flexible or stretchable materials like silicone rubbers and thermoplastic elastomers.