Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ken McIsaac, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Assistant Professor     519-661-2111 x88243     TEB 353

Research Interests


Biomimetic robotic locomotion--How do animals move the way they do?  An underwater, eel-like robot used in my graduate work.  Someday, I'm going to build the REEL III, which will be amphibious and will navigate in 3-D.  Other possibilities include walking, crawling and flying.

Multi-robot coordination--Specifically robot teams based on distributed intelligence and parallel computing.  We're working on a "mobile Beowulf cluster".

Reconfigurable robotics--We're working on building a team of identical modular robots that are capable by themselves and can combine to form larger structures.

Medical and assistive robotics--I want to get mobile robots out of the lab and find ways for them to help people in need.


Ken McIsaac received B. Sc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1996.

He received M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Bio-Engineering from he University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and 2001, respectively.

At Pennsylvania he studied in the GRASP laboratory under Jim Ostrowski.  He has worked as a consulting engineer for Agile Systems, Inc. of Waterloo, Ontario and Revsolutions, Inc. of Guelph, Ontario

He has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Western Ontario since 2001