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


  • Li, T., Tong, K., Xia, M., Li, B., and de Silva, C.W., “Information-based Hierarchical Planning for a Mobile Sensing Network in Environmental Mapping,” IEEE Systems Journal, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Chen, J, Shu, T., Li, T., and de Silva, C.W., “Deep Reinforced Learning Tree for Spatiotemporal Monitoring With Mobile Robotic Wireless Sensor Networks” IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Wang, C., Shu, D., Li, T., Meng, M.Q.H., and de Silva, C.W., “Efficient Autonomous Robotic Exploration with Semantic Road Map in Indoor Environments,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Khoshnoud, F., Esat, I.I., de Silva, C.W., and Quadrelli, M.B., “Quantum Network of Cooperative Unmanned Autonomous Systems,” Unmanned Systems Journal, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Shu, T., Chen, J., Bhargava, V., and de Silva, C.W., “An Energy-Efficient Dual Prediction Scheme Using LMS filter and LSTM in Wireless Sensor Networks for Environment Monitoring,” IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Gadala, I.M., Li, B., Meng, M.Q.H., and de Silva, C.W., “An Expert System for Motor Sizing Using Mechanical Dynamics and Thermal Characterization,” Mechatronic Systems and Control Journal, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Khoshnoud, F., Esat, I.I., Glass, G., Salsbury, O., Terbuc, N., Phillips, D., Lamb, R., de Silva, C.W., Rhodes, J.D., Kiessling, A.A., and Quadrelli, M.B., “Self-powered Solar Aerial Vehicles: Towards Infinite Endurance UAVs,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, 2019 (Accepted).
  • Abid, A., Khan, M.T., Lang, H., and de Silva, C.W., “Adaptive System Identification and Severity Index-based Fault Diagnosis in Motors,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 1628-1639, 2019.
  • De Silva, C.W., “A Systematic Approach for Instrumentation of a Mechatronic System,” Instrumentation Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 116-136, 2019.
  • Xia, M., Li, T., Shu, T., Wan, J., de Silva, C.W., and Wang, Z., “A Two-Stage Approach for the Remaining Useful Life Prediction of Bearings using Deep Neural Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp. 3703-3711, 2019.
  • Wu, K., Dunford, W.G., and de Silva, C.W., Theoretical Analysis of Isolated Bidirectional Dual Full Bridge ZVS DC-DC Converter with Novel Triple Phase-shift Control, Asian Power Electronics Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 27-35, December 2018.
  • Balkhair, H. and de Silva, C.W., “Data Management for Multidisciplinary Mechatronic Systems,” International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Innovative Research, ISSN:2349-5162, Vol. 5, Issue 8, pp. 46–50, 2018.
  • Falch, L. and de Silva, C.W., “An Approach to Optimize Multiple Design Objectives with Qualitative and Quantitative Criteria for a Wearable Body Sensor System” IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 18, No. 23, pp. 9708-9717, 2018.
  • Chen, J, Li, T., Shu, T., and de Silva, C.W., “Rapidly-exploring Tree with Linear Reduction: A Near-optimal approach for Spatiotemporal Sensor Deployment in Aquatic Fields using Minimal Sensor Nodes” IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 18, No. 24, pp. 10225-10239, 2018.
  • Gadala, I.M., de Silva, C.W., and Gadala, M.S., “Automated design and optimization of industrial motion control machines: verification and a case-study,” Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 1074, No. 1, Paper 012181, pp. 1-7, 2018.
  • Gao, S. and de Silva, C.W., “Estimation distribution algorithms on constrained optimization problems,” Applied Mathematics and Computation, Vol. 339, pp. 323-345, 2018.
  • Xia, M.,  Li, T., Xu, L., Liu, L, and de Silva, C.W., “Fault Diagnosis for Rotating Machinery using Multiple Sensors and Convolutional Neural Networks,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 101-110, 2018.


  • De Silva, C.W., MODELING OF DYNAMIC SYSTEMS—With Engineering Applications, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2018. (690 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., SENSOR SYSTEMS—Fundamentals and Applications, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2016. (745 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., SENSORS AND ACTUATORS—Engineering System Instrumentation, 2nd Edition, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2016. (838 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., Mechanics of Materials, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2014. (448 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., Mechatronics—A Foundation Course, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2010. (895 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., Modeling and Control of Engineering Systems, Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2009. (795 pages). Chinese Translation by Bin Xi, Publisher Higher Education Press, 2016.
  • *De Silva, C.W., SENSORS AND ACTUATORS—Control System Instrumentation, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007. (691 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., Vibration Fundamentals and Practice, 2nd Edition, Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2007. (1062 pages).
  • *De Silva, C.W., Mechatronics—An Integrated Approach, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, 2005. (1344 pages).
  • *Karray, F. and de Silva, C.W., Soft Computing and Intelligent Systems Design—Theory, Tools, and Applications, Addison Wesley, New York, NY, 2004. (585 pages).

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