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Mark William Spong
Dean-Engineering/Computer Science, Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering
Office MailstopMail Box: EC32, Room No.: ECSN 3.728 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number (972) 883-2979    Fax Number 972-883-2813    URL Faculty Homepage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 D.Sc.Systems Science and MathematicsWashington University, St. Louis, MO1981
 M.S.Systems Science and MathematicsWashington University, St. Louis, MO1979
 M.S.MathematicsNew Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM1977
 B.S.Mathematics and PhysicsHiram college, Hiram, OH1975
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Mark W. Spong
Robotics, Control Systems, Teleoperation
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Li, W.; Spong, M. W.; Stability of General Coupled Inertial Agents, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume: PP, Issue: 99, pp. 1-1, 2010.
Rodriguez-Seda, E.J.; Spong, M.W.; A time-varying wave impedance approach for transparency compensation in bilateral teleoperation IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009, IROS 2009, pp. 4609 – 4615, 2009.
Srivastava, K.; Stipanovic, D.M.; Spong, M.W.; On a stochastic robotic surveillance problem
Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC/CCC 2009, pp. 8567-8574, 2009.
Palafox, O.M.; Spong, M.W.; Bilateral teleoperation of a formation of nonholonomic mobile robots under constant time delay, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009; IROS 2009, pp. 2821-2826, 2009.
Rodriguez-Seda, E. J.; Troy, J. J.; Erignac, C. A.; Murray, P.; Stipanovic, D. M.; Spong, M. W.; Bilateral Teleoperation of Multiple Mobile Agents: Coordinated Motion and Collision Avoidance, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Vol. 99, No. 1, pp. 1-1, 2009. 
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
10/01/2006 10/30/2006 Passivity-Based Control of Multi-Agent Systems
Passivity-Based Control of Multi-Agent Systems, International Symposium on Advanced Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Beijing, China, October, 2006.
07/19/2006 07/21/2006 Synchronization of Multiple Lagrangian Systems
Synchronization of Multiple Lagrangian Systems,  Plenary Lecture at the 3rd IFAC Workshop on Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Methods for Nonlinear Control (LHMNLC'06), Nagoya, Japan, July 19-21, 2006.
06/21/2006 06/23/2006 Project-Based Control Education
Project-Based Control Education, Plenary Lecture at the 7th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education, Madrid, Spain, June, 21-23, 2006.
05/24/2006 05/26/2006 Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems
Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems, Keynote Address at the IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications, Montreal, Canada, May 24-26, 2006.
05/06/2006 05/08/2006 What's Passivity Got to Do With it?

What's Passivity Got to Do With it?, Dynamic Walking Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, May 6-8, 2006.

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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2008-PresentDean, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science/Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering/Excellence in Education ChairErik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science University of Texas at Dallas
1996-2005Founder and President.  Mechatronic Systems, Incorporated
1984-2008Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering/Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering/Research Professor, Coordinated Science Laboratory/Research Professor, Information Trust Institute  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1982-1984Assistant ProfessorSchool of Electrical Engineering Cornell University
1981-1982Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering Lehigh University, Bethlehem
 News Articles
Dean of Jonsson School is Elected Fellow of International Federation

Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been elected a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control for “fundamental contributions to nonlinear control of robots and teleoperation.”
The International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), founded in 1957, is a multinational federation of national member organizations from more than 50 countries. The Fellow Award is given to people who have made outstanding and extraordinary contributions as engineers or scientists, technical leaders or educators.
Spong has been involved in the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), the U.S. national member organization in the federation, for more than 30 years. He served on the AACC’s board and has received several awards from the council.  He received the John R. Ragazzini Award for Control Education in 2004 and has twice won the O. Hugo Schuck Award for outstanding paper at AACC’s flagship conference, the American Control Conference.

International Authority in Control Systems Named New Engineering Dean at UT Dallas
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Mark W. Spong, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a world leader in research on robotic control systems, will become the new dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas.His appointment as dean and holder of the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering will become effective Aug. 16, 2008.

At Illinois, where he has taught since 1984, Dr. Spong is the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, research professor in the Coordinated Science Laboratory and the director of the Center for Autonomous Engineering Systems and Robotics, which he founded in the Information Trust Institute at Illinois. His research concerns robotics and the interconnected networks of microprocessors, sensors and actuators that control dozens of processes and variables inside modern engineering systems and machines.
“Mark has had a brilliant career as a scholar and inventor in a field that he helped define and shape,” said UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel. “It is that same spirit of discovery and ingenuity that he will bring to the management of the Jonsson School.”

Dean Shares Robot Expertise at New Perot Science Museum
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Mark W. Spong, dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and a leading researcher in robotics and control theory, recently kicked off a new lecture program for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science called The Lab.
Spong, who developed the first robot that could play air hockey, spoke about the future of robotics to the Perot Museum audience of adults and kids on Feb. 7.
“In the past, robots were big, dumb and dangerous,” said Spong, referring to large machines that had to be physically separated from humans by cages, pressure-sensitive mats, light curtains and emergency stop switches.
“Today, robots are designed to work closely with people in the same space,” he said, referring to  robots that now, and even more so in the future, help perform human surgery, deliver food, rehabilitate the injured, fabricate parts and serve in the military.

International Robotics Conference Recognizes Dean Mark Spong
UT Dallas News Center
The International Workshop on Recent Developments in Robotics and Control held at UT Dallas left electrical engineering senior Il-Taek Kwon awed by the information shared and humbled by the presenters.
“This is inspirational, and I’m motivated to learn more,” he said. bout 60 of the most renowned researchers in the robotics and control fields participated in the two-day workshop in November. They came from throughout the United States and countries such as Germany, France, Japan and Sweden to present recent innovations and future directions of the closely related fields. Many of the participants had established the foundations of modern robotics and control theory and their applications in practice.
Students in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science made poster presentations of their own work to the esteemed group.

New Dean Takes Expertise in Robotics to Russia
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Mark W. Spong is a pre-eminent robotics and engineering researcher in high demand—both at home and abroad. 
Stateside, he recently accepted the deanship of UT Dallas’ Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, where he will start in mid-August. 
But before that, he boarded a plane bound for St. Petersburg, Russia, where he delivered the opening plenary address at the European Mechanics Society’s Nonlinear Oscillations Conference (ENOC).
Spong, currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a noted expert on robotic control systems. 

Award-Winning Paper Looks at Evolution of Gentler Robots
UT Dallas News Center

Hammering a nail without wrecking a thumb is a dicey proposition for most. But imagine having the ability to control a robot at a construction site on the surface of the moon, or welding on the ocean floor.

Dr. Mark Spong, incoming dean of the UT Dallas Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, published a paper with his former Ph.D. student, Dr. Peter Hokayem, now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Würzburg, Germany, about the history of bilateral teleoperation—or how to control a kinder, gentler robot. The history survey was published in 2006 in Automatica, the flagship journal of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC).
Spong and Hokayem’s history survey was recently named the “Automatica Best Paper” in the survey/tutorial category. They will receive the award at the IFAC Triennial World Congress, which will be held in July in Seoul, South Korea.

Dean to Deliver Keynote at Robotics Conference
UT Dallas News Center
Just 50 years ago, robots were largely the stuff of science fiction rather than the fixtures they are today in factories, space exploration, hospitals, the military and a host of other areas.
Reflecting on the achievements of the field and the broad impact of robotics on society, this year’s IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation features a set of lectures by leading authorities in the field, including UT Dallas Dean of Engineering and Computer Science Mark W. Spong, who has spent his entire career working to transform robotics from fiction to fact.
Spong and his students have done seminal work in several areas of robotics, including teleoperation, adaptive control and force control. His keynote lecture Wednesday will address the interplay between robotics and control theory. Other keynote speakers will address topics such as robot motion planning, computer vision, machine learning and medical robotics.

Engineering Dean Honored for Robotics Research
UT Dallas News Center

Dr. Mark W. Spong of UT Dallas has received the 2011 Pioneer in Robotics and Automation Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society for groundbreaking robotics research that is widely regarded for its depth, breadth and practical applicability.
The Pioneer Award is the organization’s highest honor, recognizing individuals who have initiated new areas of research, development or engineering that have had a significant impact on the development of robotics and automation. The society cited Spong for “fundamental contributions to the foundations of control of robots and teleoperators, and for contributions to robotics education.”
Spong is dean of the University’s Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, where he holds both the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair and the Excellence in Education Chair.

Dean Touts Robotics Projects for Student Engineers
UT Dallas News Center
Robotics makes a particularly good topic for student projects, according to UT Dallas engineering and computer science Dean Mark W. Spong, and he cites two examples: robotic air hockey and robotic chess.
Such projects are opportunities for students to use much of what they’ve learned in the classroom, applying knowledge and theory in the same ways they will on the job after graduation, he said.
“They have to do design, they have to do systems integration, sensing, control, programming, all of the components that go into real engineered systems like automobiles, aircraft and telecommunications systems,” he added.

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 Additional Information
  • 2011 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award
  • IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, 2007
  • Achievement Hall of Fame, Champion High School, Warren, OH, 2007
  • John R. Ragazzini Award, American Automatic Control Council, 2004
  • Named Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, University of Illinois 2003
  • O. Hugo Schuck Award, American Automatic Control Council, 2002 and 2009
  • Distinguished Member Award, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2002
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior U.S. Scientist Research Award, 1999
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Fellow of the IEEE, 1996
  • NSF Research Initiation Award, 1982
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1975

IEEE Activities
  • President, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2005
  • Vice President for Publication Activities, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2000-2002
  • Board of Governors, IEEE Control Systems Society, 1994-2002 and 2004-2007
  • Executive Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society, 1997-2002 and 2004-2007
  • Nominating Committee, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2006-2008
  • General Chair, 2010 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
  • General Chair, 2001 IEEE Conference on Control Applications

Method and System of Compensating Wave Reections in Transmissions Lines", U.S. Patent 7245102 issued June, 2007. Joint with R. Ortega.

Bilateral Teleoperation over Communication Media," Invention Disclosure, University of Illinois, January 7, 2004. Joint with N. Chopra and R. Lozano.

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