Joshua Marshall

Director, Ingenuity Labs Research Institute


Joshua Marshall, MSc, PhD, PEng, was born in Iqaluit (ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ) and was raised in St. Lucia (Caribbean), Edmonton, Winnipeg, and North Bay. He is a multi-disciplinary engineering scientist, educator, and technical consultant with expertise in systems control engineering, mobile robotics, autonomous driving, vehicle navigation and mapping.  He has a special interest in and experience with heavy vehicle automation, particularly in mining, space, and defence, as well as in other harsh-environment applications. 

Dr. Marshall earned his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in systems control, from the University of Toronto in 2005 under the supervision of Profs. Bruce Francis and Mireille Broucke.  He joined Queen’s University in 2010 and has been instrumental in building the multidisciplinary Offroad Robotics research group and, most recently, leading the collaborative robotics and artificial intelligence-focused Ingenuity Labs Research Institute as its inaugrual Director.  At Queen's, Dr. Marshall is also cross-appointed to the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and to The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining where he supervises graduate research.  He has served as a departmental Graduate Admissions Coordinator (2019-present) and Associate Head of department (2017-19).  

Dr. Marshall is also a founding member of the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network (NCRN). In 2016-17 he was the KKS International Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS) in the School of Science and Technology at Örebro University, Sweden. Prior to joining Queen’s, Dr. Marshall was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University where he led the Robotic Vehicles Group. Before that, he served as an R&D/Control Systems Engineer on both space and terrestrial robotics projects at the robotics firm MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA), Inc., where he worked on field and mobile robotics projects for industry clients in Canada, the US, Australia, and in Europe.

Dr. Marshall is a Senior Member of the IEEE.  He served as an elected Associate Editor from 2017-20 to the Conference Editorial Board (CEB) of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and as an Editor for the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS) from 2017-21. He has also served on three occasions as co-organizer of the Control and Robotics Symposium of the IEEE Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) and, from 2018-20, as a member of the IEEE Medal for Environmental & Safety Technologies Committee.  Dr. Marshall also served (2019-2022) as a Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics and currently serves as an Associate Editor (AE) for the International Journal of Robotics Research.

Dr. Marshall's work is featured in the From Earth to Us exhibit at the Canada Science and Technology Museum and has been commercialized through companies such as Epiroc AB and RockMass Technologies, Inc.  Dr. Marshall is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and has served as a Program Visitor and Vice-Chair on multiple program accreditation site visits for the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) of Engineers Canada.

Josh and his wife Jill live in Kingston where they are the proud parents of Owen, Maeve, and Finn.  For more information about Dr. Marshall and his research, visit the Offroad Robotics website and the Ingenuity Labs website. You can also find him as on Mastodon or on LinkedIn.

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