Matthew Pan

Assistant Professor


Matthew Pan is a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Queen’s University and a core member of the Ingenuity Labs Research Institute. His research areas include human-robot interaction, haptics, virtual/augmented reality and human augmentative technologies. At Queen’s, he leads the Machine Intelligence and Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (MItHRIL).

Previously, Dr. Pan was at Disney Research Los Angeles, where he worked on animatronic technologies and guest-facing interactive experiences designed for Walt Disney Imagineering and Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products. There, he led projects involving social and physical human-robot interaction as well as mixed reality technologies.

Dr. Pan obtained his MASc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He received his BASc in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada.  His prior research areas include the study of haptic displays, affective and psychophysiological computing, assistive robotics, and human-computer interaction.

For more information about Dr. Pan and his research, visit the MItHRIL webpage.                       


The Machine Intelligence and Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory (MItHRIL) led by Dr. Pan is currently accepting applications for MASc and PhD level research assistants for May and September 2022 start dates. Please visit for information and instructions.