I was born in St John's, Newfoundland in 1962 and attended school and university in St John's. Following completion of an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1986, I attended Cambridge University in England where I completed a Ph.D. in robotics in late 1989. During 1990/91 I was a Research Fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge and a Research Associate in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge. My work during 1990/91 was largely involved in the application of my Ph.D. work and gave me the chance to spend time in various parts of Europe. Also, my Ph.D. work on human-robot interaction led to a commercial product in 1995 through a robotics company called OxIM

I returned to Canada in July 1991 when I was appointed Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and NSERC J. Chair of Industrial Automation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. At UBC I was the Associate Director of the Industrial Automation Laboratory (IAL) and I was a faculty member at the Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research (CICSR). I was primarily involved in applied research into automation techniques that would improve the efficiency of the fish processing industry, primarily salmon and herring roe. I also was involved in research toward improved methods of motion planning for robot path following operations such as welding, and in biomedical engineering research on new approaches to designing a powered orthosis. The position at UBC was a great combination of the flexibility of academia and the excitement and pace of industry problems.

Discouraged with the rocketing Vancouver housing prices, in 1994 I welcomed an opportunity to "come home" to a position at Memorial University. I am currently a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial where I teach in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, and I hold the J.I. Clark Chair of Intelligent Systems for Operations in Harsh Environments which is sponsored by C-CORE, a successful applied research and development company affiliated with Memorial University. Like the position at UBC, my current position involves a balance of academic and industry-oriented research and development.  

Most of my research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition for applications in the resource industries (i.e. mining, oil & gas, aquaculture and fisheries, and forestry). Some project collaborators include INCO Ltd., the European Space Agency, Hibernia Management and Development Corporation, Schlumberger,  Laser Measurement International, Canpolar East Inc, Automated Mining Systems, Instrumar Ltd,  Altantic Nuclear Services Ltd., Petro-Canada, Lotek Engineering, Fishery Products International, Fisheries Council of Canada, Biosonics (USA), ICAN, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Fisheries Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, CAPTEC (Ireland), SAS (Belgium), the Canadian Space Agency, PRECARN Associates, the NSERC Chair in Fisheries Conservation, the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, the University of British Columbia,  Ecole Polytechnique, the University of Toronto, and the NSERC Chair of Biotelemetry at the University of Waterloo. 

My primary external academic collaborations are through the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IRIS), a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in which I undertake research on improved telerobotic systems for mining automation, and through AquaNet, a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) in which I undertake research toward automated methods for optimization of feeding at aquaculture sites.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the AquaNet NCE, on the Research Management Committee for PRECARN Associates, and on the Research Development Fund Review Committee for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Finally, I am a registered Professional Engineer in Newfoundland (APEGN). 



  Philippa and Anna Gosine