Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rajni Patel, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Distinguished University Professor & Tier-1 Canada Research Chair     519-661-4263     TEB 379


Dr. Rajni Patel received the B.Eng. degree in Electronics with First Class Honors from the University of Liverpool, England, in 1969, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1973. From 1973 to 1998 he held postdoctoral and faculty positions at the University of Cambridge, England, Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden, NASA Ames Research Center, USA, University of Waterloo, Canada, Delft University of Technology, Holland, the Control Systems Centre, UMIST, England, and Concordia University, Canada.

At present, he holds the position of Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Robotics and Control in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a cross appointment in the Department of Surgery in the Schulich School Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.  Dr. Patel also serves as Director of Engineering for CSTAR (Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics), a research program of the London Health Sciences Centre, the Lawson Health Research Institute, and the University of Western Ontario. 

Dr. Patel has published over 300 papers in refereed journals and conferences in the areas of robotics (including medical and surgical robotics), haptics, systems and control, artificial neural networks and mechatronics.  He has co-authored a textbook and 7 research monographs on robotics and control, and co-edited an IEEE Press Reprint Book on Numerical Linear Algebra Techniques for Systems and Control. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering,  IEEE and ASME (USA), IET (UK), and EIC (Canada). 

Dr. Patel has served on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, the IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, and Automatica, the Journal of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.