Dr. Jason Gu

Dr. Jason Gu, Principal Investigator, iMERIT Program
Dr. Jason Gu received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2001) from the University of Alberta and is Professor and Director of the Robotics Laboratory at Dalhousie University. He has published more than 250 journals, book chapters, and conference papers in biomedical engineering, robotics, systems, and control. He was editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Automation and Logistics (2012) and editor of the Journal of Control and Intelligent Systems (2007). He was an associate editor for many IEEE periodicals, Program/General Chair for more than a dozen IEEE conferences, and was the IEEE Canada Atlantic Section (CAS) Vice-chair and Chair. He is currently the IEEE Canada Conference Editorial Board Chair and Awards Committee Vice-chair. Jason received the Outstanding IEEE Student Branch Counselor Award (2004), the IEEE CAS Murugan Memorial Award (2014), and the IEEE J. J. Eastern Canada Merit Service Award (2016). He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Dr. David Barclay

Dr. David Barclay was a Deep Ocean Exploration Institute Post-doctoral Scholar and an Office of Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellow in ocean acoustics at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as well as a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently an Assistant Professor and the Canada Research Chair in the Ocean Technology Systems, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada. Dr. Barclay is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and an Associate Editor in acoustical oceanography for the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America-Express Letters

Dr. Zhizhang (David) Chen

Dr. Zhizhang (David) Chen (S’92–M’92–SM’96) received a PhD degree from the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, in 1992. From January to August of 1993, he was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Post-doctoral Fellow with the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada. In 1993, he joined Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada, where he is currently a Full Professor and Killam Chair in wireless technology.

Dr. Rickey Dubay

Dr. Rickey Dubay is a Professor and Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada. He teaches intelligent control and system identification for advanced manufacturing and robotics systems in an established research facility at UNB using open architecture industrial-based equipment. He guides the active dock controller design for the docking project. Dr. Dubay is an Associate Editor of the ISA Transactions Journal of Automation and has more than 20 years of experience designing advanced controllers, process modeling, developing machine learning methodologies, and working within the industry.

Dr. Kamal El-Sankary

Dr. Kamal El-Sankary (M’07) received a BEng degree from Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon, in 1997, a MASc degree in electrical engineering from the University of Quebec, Montreal, QC, Canada, in 2002, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal, Montreal, in 2006. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada, in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor. His current research interests include integrated RF, analog, digital, and mixed-signal circuits and systems design, and signal processing in nanoscale CMOS technologies.

Dr. Trung Dung Ngo

Dr. Trung Dung Ngo (M’08, SM’18) got a PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Robotics), Aalborg University, in 2008, an MSc degree in Computer Systems Engineering (Robotics), University of Southern Denmark, in 2004, and a BSc degree from Vietnam National University, Hanoi, in 2000. Ngo is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), where he is the founder and director of the More-Than-One Robotics laboratory ( and the lead researcher of the Centre for Excellence in Robotics and Industrial Automation. Before joining UPEI, he was the faculty member of the Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, and the Faculty of Science, University of Brunei. His research interests include multi-robot systems, modular robotics, and human-robot cooperation. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Dr. Heather Peng

Dr. Heather Peng received a BSc (1990) and MASc (1993) in naval architecture from Dalian University of Technology, China and PhD (2001) in naval architecture/marine hydrodynamics from Dalhousie University. She worked as a senior hydro dynamicist with Martec Limited in Halifax from 2000 to 2004 and with Oceanic Consulting Corporation in St. John’s, NL, from 2005 to 2008. She joined Memorial University of Newfoundland as an assistant professor in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

Dr. Sergey Ponomarenko

Dr. Sergey Ponomarenko received his five-year diploma in physics, an equivalent of an MSc, from Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and his PhD degree in theoretical physics from the University of Rochester, U.S.A. After a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S.A., he joined Dalhousie University as a Canada Research Chair in June of 2006. He had served as a Canada Research Chair in Nonlinear Optics and Plasmonics from 2006 to 2016. Currently, Dr. Ponomarenko is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Physics and Atmospherical Science at Dalhousie. His research interests include statistical nonlinear optics, fiber optics, partially coherent beam and surface plasmon engineering, plasmonic sensors, and underwater acoustic communications.

Dr. Mae Seto

Dr. Mae L. Seto (M’96–SM’10) received a BASc degree in engineering physics -electrical and a PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 1987 and 1996, respectively. She is a Senior Defense Scientist at Defense R&D Canada, Dartmouth, N.S., Canada, and Leader of the Mine and Harbour Defense Group. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science at Dalhousie University, Halifax, N.S., Canada and the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada. Her research interests include intelligent autonomy for marine autonomous vehicles and systems, underwater vehicle and tow body dynamics, multi agent systems, and underwater acoustics.

Dr. Qiang (Chan) Ye

Dr. Qiang Ye is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University. His research areas include Wireless Networks, Mobile Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Network Security, and Data Analytics.

Dr. Len Zedel

Dr. Len Zedel received BSc and MSc degrees in physics from the University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and a PhD degree in physical oceanography from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in 1991. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada. His research interests are in ocean acoustics, ocean ambient sound, fisheries sonar, and suspended sediment dynamics. Dr. Zedel is a member of the American Geophysical Union.