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The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Adjunct Research Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Marshall's research focuses on mining systems and robotics, and involves the development and application of advanced methods for perception, modelling, and control of mining equipment and processes. Recent project examples include robotic mapping and vehicle positioning R&D, robotic surveying and geotechnical, multi-vehicle coordination and truck dispatching, autonomous machines, and remote operator-assist systems. Dr. Marshall also has a keen interest in extreme mining scenarios, including planetary exploration and mining research. He leads the multidisciplinary Mining Systems Laboratory, which is comprised of students pursuing degrees in mining, mechanical, and electrical & computer engineering with an interest in field robotics and systems engineering.
Dr. Marshall joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's University as an Assistant Professor on May 1, 2010. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University. He received the B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in mining engineering (mechanical option) and the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in mechanical engineering, both from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering, with a specialty in systems control, from the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario. Over the course of his career, Dr. Marshall has worked on equipment automation and robotics-related R&D projects together with several companies, agencies, and institutes, including Barrick Gold Corporation, Atlas Copco, Peck Tech Consulting Ltd., Cameco Corporation, MDA Space Missions, Phelps Dodge, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), Sandvik Mining and Construction, and Inco's Mines Research Department. Prior to joining Queen's, he was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and an R&D Engineer on both space and terrestrial (mining) robotics programs with MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA), Inc. of Brampton, Ontario. He continues to actively serve as a technical consultant to industry. Dr. Marshall is a Member of the CIM, SME, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.