Brian W. Surgenor, P.Eng


Room 225, Nicol Hall
Phone: (613) 533-2568
Fax: (613) 533-6489

Areas of Research

  • Machine vision
  • Autonomous vehicles 
  • Manufacturing automation
  • Mechatronics engineering education
Brian Surgenor



Prof. Surgenor's early research interest was in the area of pneumatic servosystems. Exposure to automation problems in manufacturing led to an applied research interest in the area of intelligent algorithms for machine vision systems. A developing interest is in the area of vision systems for off-road and on-road autonomous vehicles. Prof. Surgenor is also active in the field of mechatronic system design education and is the Director of the new Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering undergraduate program at Queen's. 

Further information on past, current or future projects, please contact Prof. Surgenor directly.


Graduate Student Openings

There is one opening for a new MASc graduate student starting September 2023:

  • Adaptive Trajectory Tracking of a Scaled Autonomous Vehicle

Current Research Projects

The following projects are currently being supervised:

  • Remote Inspection of Bridge Infrastructure using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (PhD)
  • Multi-Vehicle Cooperation over Rough Terrain: Experiments with Active Coupling (MASc)

Recent Graduate Student Theses

  • Multi-Vehicle Cooperation over Rough Terrain: Experiments with Passive Coupling (2022 MASc)
  • Self-Supervisor Near-To-Far Approach for Terrain-Adaptive Off-Road Autonomous Driving (2022 PhD)
  • Force-Based Control of UGVs by Using Physical Human-Robot Interaction, Naveena Pandillapally (2020 MASc)


  • MREN 103 Mechatronics and Robotics Design I (Winter 2023)
  • MECH 452 Mechatronics Engineering (Fall 2021)
  • APSC 200 Engineering Design and Practice (Winter 2020)
  • MECH 852 Mechatronics for Automation (Winter 2019)

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