Baader-Canpolar Industrial Research Chair in Machine Vision
Department Head, Mechanical Engineering
B.Eng., PhD (Concordia), P.Eng. (Quebec)
Originally from Montreal, I received my B.Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University. Afterwards I joined an interdisciplinary research group working on the development of a helmet-mounted visual system for CAE Electronics Ltd. of Montreal. My PhD thesis was related to this project and involved the development of an optical, non-contact, six degrees of freedom measurement system capable of tracking the position and orientation of a pilot's helmet in real-time within the cockpit of a high performance tactical aircraft simulator.
In July 2006 I joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science as the Baader-Canpolar Industrial Research Chair in Machine Vision. My research focuses on the development of computer vision hardware and image analysis tools specifically for the automated inspection of natural foods; primarily fish and poultry. The goal is to develop a rapid, objective, robust and cost effective automated inspection system that improves food quality and consumer safety.
My other interests are in the field of mechatronics which can best be defined as the integration of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering in the design of intelligent systems and products that can not necessarily be developed within the confines of the traditional engineering disciplines. My research efforts in this area have concentrated on the development of "intelligent" sensors and actuators for robotics, biomechanics and sports medicine.
My academic experience includes eight years as a professor at the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in Montreal where I helped establish and served as director of the Automation and Mechatronics Laboratory, one of principal research groups at ÉTS. I also spent six years with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Union College in Schenectady, New York where I taught and developed laboratories in the areas of system dynamics, controls, embedded systems, and mechatronics.
During my professional career I have been fortunate to work with a number companies and para-public institutions on a wide range of collaborative research projects. These projects include the development of a machine vision-based liquid crystal display inspection system for Canadian Marconi of Montreal (now CMC Electronics), specialized data acquisition and control systems for the National Research Council of Canada (Institute for Research in Construction) and the development of industrial instrumentation for Intempco Controls Ltd. of Montreal. I’ve also been actively involved in a number of high-tech startup companies. Prior to completing my graduate studies, I served as president and was one of the founding partners of Mechtronix Systems Inc., a successful high technology company specializing in turnkey solutions to industrial automation, instrumentation and control problems.