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Howard Li (PEng, PhD, IEEE Senior Member, IEEE Standards Board, IEEE Industry Activities Board) is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He has conducted research at the University of New Brunswick, Canada, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, University of Pavia, Italy, the Department of Systems Design Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada, and the School of Engineering, University of Guelph, Canada. Before he joined UNB, he was employed by Atlantis Systems International in the development of training systems for the F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft for the Boeing company, Canadian Forces, Royal Australian Air Force, and training systems for Royal Danish Air Force. He has developed control software and hardware for unmanned ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, and mobile robots for Defence Research and Development Canada and Applied AI Systems Inc. for both domestic and military applications.

He is honoured to deliver numerous plenary speeches with respected leaders, such as

Professor Michael Jordan

Professor Stanley Osher

President of Unmanned Systems International

President of ICAO

Chairman of DJI

VP Unmanned Systems Research of, Inc.

Funding: He regularly assesses grant applications for premiere funding agencies, such as Canada Research Chairs, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Swiss National Science Foundation, and Israeli Ministry of Science, etc. He has secured over $1,000,000 in research grants from premiere funding agencies, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Defence Research and Development Canada (Medicine Hat, Alberta; Ottawa, Ontario; Halifax, Nova Scotia), Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Harrison McCain Foundation, and the University of New Brunswick in the development of autonomous flying, swimming, and mobile robots. Through international collaborations, he is honoured to participate in the robotics ontology group that developed the first IEEE robotics standard ever published by the IEEE Standards Association. He is the chair of the IEEE Autonomous Robotics Group that studies different Robotics and Automation domains (e.g. aerial, ground, surface, underwater, and space robots).

Supervision: He has demonstrated the highest standard of supervising Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP). All Post-docs/PhDs under his supervision were offered the most prestigious positions by world's most respected universities and organizations, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, NASA, INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), Apple, and Google. Under his supervision, HQPs have conducted breakthrough research and published articles in premiere robotics journals and conference proceedings, such as IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine (best robotics mazagine), Journal of Field Robotics (best journal in field robotics), IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (highest impact factor of all manufacturing engineering journals), IEEE ICRA (world's highest level of professional robotics venue), etc.

Research: His research interests are intelligent vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, motion planning, Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM), mechatronics, control systems, robotics, multi-agent systems, and artificial intelligence.

Teaching: His teaching philosophy has developed through his experience as a professor at the University of New Brunswick, as a teaching assistant at the University of Guelph, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Waterloo.

Service: He is on the editorial boards of numerous international journals. He has appraised promotion applications for numerous Canadian and American universities. He serves on the PhD examination committees for numerous universities, such as the University of Waterloo and the University of New South Wales.

Industry: Another facet to his career is his technical experience in industry, which helps him to maintain a balance between the theoretical and the practical. He worked for Atlantis Systems International, ALT Software Inc., Christie Digital Systems, Inc., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Applied AI Systems, Inc. etc. He has worked on:

- Integrated Maintenance Training System for F/A-18 Hornet (multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft)
- Mission Computer (AN/AYK 14 Navy Standard Airborne Computer)
- Multi-Purpose Display Group
- AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispenser System and the Electronic Warfare System
- Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) - includes TACAN and Data Link communication and targeting systems
- Left/Right DDIs, the Horizontal Signal Indicator and the Situation Awareness (SA)
- Upfront control system
- Hydraulic system, the landing gear/emergency brake system, and the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
- Memory Unit (MU)
- RADAR format and waypoints
- Head-Up Display (HUD)
- EH-101 helicopter for Royal Danish Air Force

All these dimensions, funding, supervision, research, teaching, and industry experience, help him to meet the expectation of making a difference. more >>

Contact Information

Phone: (506)447-3251

Fax: (506)453-3589

Office: Room C120, Gillin Hall, 540 Windsor St.

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
University of New Brunswick,
Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3

E-mail: h23li AT

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I am constantly looking for suitable candidates as graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and visiting scholars. The availability of these positions depends on the on-going research projects as well as availability of researchers already in the program. If you are interested, you should first read the frequently asked questions where I have answered most questions you have. You should also talk to current research assistants in the COBRA research group. Please DO NOT call me or send me e-mails unless you have read the page and are convinced that you are qualified.

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Media Coverage:

COBRA named first place winner of UAV competition - Phase 1

Discovery Channel

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Prospective Students:

Applications are invited for Graduate Research Assistant positions at the Ph.D. level in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Research Position in Intelligent Control and Robotics

Research Position in SLAM

Although applicants in the above fields are preferred, applicants with a strong academic background in other fields are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an earned Bachelor's degree, and strong commitment to research. Industrial experience would be an asset. A willingness to collaborate with others will be a major factor in candidate selection. If you are interested, you should first read the frequently asked questions where I have answered most questions you have. Please DO NOT call me or send me e-mails unless you have read the page and are convinced that you are qualified.

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is a Canadian university located in the province of New Brunswick. The university has two main campuses: the principal campus founded in 1785 in Fredericton and a smaller campus which was opened in Saint John in 1964. UNB is the oldest English language university in Canada and was the first public university in North America. UNB offers over 60 degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a total student enrollment of approximately 12,000 between the two principal campuses.

In 1854, the University of New Brunswick was the birthplace of engineering education in Canada. Today, UNB's Faculty of Engineering in Fredericton is ranked among the top 20 percent of engineering schools in North America and is known nationally and internationally for its applied science programs. Rapidly evolving and new emerging technologies have fostered a strong interdisciplinary culture among the Faculty's seven major fields of study. There are 320 undergraduate students, 90 graduate students and 20 faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The department offers degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering (in collaboration with the Faculty of Computer Science). The department is an active participant in both a Co-op and a professional experience program which places students across Canada.

Information about UNB and the City of Fredericton is available at and, respectively.

The positions are funded by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Department of National Defence (DND), Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), and others. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Resumes, including three references, should be sent to:

Howard Li, PhD, PEng, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Brunswick, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, NB E3B 5A3, Canada

Fax: 506-453-3589, e-mail: h23li AT

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status.

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