Joshua Marshall

Interim Director, Ingenuity Labs


Joshua Marshall, PhD, PEng, was born in Iqaluit (Frobisher Bay) 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 particular interest in and experience with heavy vehicle automation, particularly in mining, as well as in other harsh-environment applications. 

Dr. Marshall joined Queen’s University in 2010 and has been instrumental in building the multidisciplinary Offroad Robotics research group (formerly the Mining Systems Laboratory) and, most recently, leading the development of the collaborative Ingenuity Labs Research Institute as Interim Director.  He is also a founding member of the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network (NCRN).  Dr. Marshall attained his doctoral degree in ECE from the University of Toronto, specializing in systems control, and 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 and, before that, worked as an R&D/Control Systems Engineer on both space and terrestrial robotics projects at the robotics firm MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA), Inc.  

Dr. Marshall holds a Senior Membership with the IEEE and has 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 currently serves as a Technical Editor for the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics.  

At Queen's, Dr. Marshall is also cross-appointed to the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and to The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining where he supervises graduate research.  His 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 and RockMass Technologies.  Dr. Marshall is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and lives in Kingston with his wife Jillian and children Owen, Maeve, and Finn.

For more information about Dr. Marshall and his research, visit the Offroad Robotics webpage and the Ingenuity Labs webpage.