[robotics-worldwide] [news] Mark W. Spong Joins Georgia Tech as Second Visiting Faculty Fellow in Robotics

Tsiotras, Panagiotis tsiotras at gatech.edu
Fri Mar 23 17:17:45 PDT 2018

Mark W. Spong has been selected as the 2018 Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech.

IRIM’s Visiting Faculty Fellow program supports extended visits (one to six months) to the Georgia Tech Atlanta campus by individuals working at other institutions or industry/government laboratories engaged in research activities focusing on robotics. IRIM provides Visiting Fellows with partial salary support, along with support for travel and living expenses.  More information about the IRIM Visiting Faculty Fellows program can be found at robotics.gatech.edu/faculty/fellows.

Spong received the Doctor of Science degree in systems science and mathematics in 1981 from Washington University in St. Louis. He has held faculty positions at Lehigh University, Cornell University, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he is a professor of Systems Engineering, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the Excellence in Education Chair in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was Dean of the Jonsson School at UT Dallas from 2008-2017. During his tenure as dean he added four departments of engineering, nine new degree programs, and more than doubled the number of students and faculty.

Spong is past president of the IEEE Control Systems Society, and a fellow of both the IEEE and the IFAC. His main research interests are in robotics, mechatronics, and nonlinear control theory. He has authored or coauthored more than 300 technical articles, five books, and holds one patent. His notable awards include the 2018 Bode Lecture Prize from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the 2016 Nyquist Lecture Prize from the ASME, the 2011 Pioneer in Robotics Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, the first IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies in 2007, the Senior Scientist Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Distinguished Member Award from the IEEE Control Systems Society, the John R. Ragazzini and O. Hugo Schuck Awards from the American Automatic Control Council, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), established in 2013, is one of the eleven Interdisciplinary Research Institutes (IRIs) at Georgia Tech and serves as an umbrella under which robotics researchers, educators, and students from across campus can come together to advance the many high-powered and diverse robotics activities at Georgia Tech. More than 70 faculty, 180+ students and 30 labs are part of IRIM, involved in research focusing on three strategic research areas: medical robotics & human augmentation, autonomy, and collaborative robotics. Additional information about IRIM may be found at robotics.gatech.edu.

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