Clarence de Silva

Clarence de Silva

Clarence de Silva

Professor and Senior Canada Research Chair in Mechatronics and Industrial Automation

B.Sc. Eng. (Hon 1, Ceylon); M.A.Sc. (Toronto); Ph.D. (MIT); Ph.D. (Cambridge); D.Eng. (Hon, Waterloo); D.Sc. (Hon, OUSL); Fellow of IEEE, ASME, ASI, CAE, & Royal Society of Canada; Distinguished Visiting Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering

phone: (604) 822-6291 (office) | (604) 822-4850 (lab) | (778) 955-7837 (cell)
fax: (604) 822-2403
website:  Industrial Automation Laboratory
office: CEME 2071

Research Interests

  • Multi-robot Systems and Applications including Homecare
  • Process Automation
  • Mechatronics; Integrated and Automated Design
  • Control Sensors and Actuators
  • Automated Machine Monitoring, Diagnosis, and Repair
  • Telemedicine
  • Environmental Monitoring

Current Research

  • Cooperative mobile robots for human rescue
  • Haptic teleoperation and autonomous mobile robots in homecare applications
  • Telehealth, telemedicine, and IMAGINE
  • Intelligent sensor fusion for machine health monitoring and supervisory control
  • Instrumentation of processes for monitoring and control (sensors, actuators, etc.)
  • Computer vision applications in process control, and robotics
  • Formal techniques for mechatronic system design and evaluation (Mechatronic Design Quotient or MDQ; Automated design evolution, etc.)
  • Automated spatio-temporal monitoring of the quality of water sources
  • Diagnosis and automated repair of pipelines


Selected Publications


  • Xia,  T. Li, L. Xu, L. Liu, C.W. de Silva, “Fault Diagnosis in Rotating Machinery through Multiple Sensors and Convolutional Neural Networks,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2017
  • Khoshnoud, I.I. Esat, C.W. de Silva, M.M. McKerns, H. Owhadi, “Self-powered Dynamic Systems in the Framework of Optimal Uncertainty Quantification,” Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Transactions of ASME, 2017.
  • A. Saliba, C.W. de Silva, “Quasi-dynamic Analysis, Design Optimization, and Evaluation of a Two-finger Underactuated Hand,” Mechatronics, vol. 33, pp. 93-107, 2016.
  • M.K. Tabatabaei, S. Behbahani, C.W. de Silva, “Design Evolution and Synthesis of Multi-domain Engineering Systems Using Artificial Immune System,” Mechatronics, vol. 39, pp. 103-112, 2016.
  • Samarakoon, L. Gamage, C.W. de Silva, “Design Evolution of Engineering Systems Using Bond Graphs and Genetic Programming,” Mechatronics, vol. 33C, pp. 71-83, 2016.


  • De Silva, C.W., MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS—With Engineering Applications, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2017.
  • De Silva, C.W., SENSOR SYSTEMS—Fundamentals and Applications, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2017.
  • De Silva, C.W., SENSORS AND ACTUATORS—Engineering System Instrumentation, 2nd Edition, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2016.
  • De Silva, C.W., Mechanics of Materials, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014.
  • De Silva, C.W., Mechatronics—A Foundation Course, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2010.

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