D.Sc. - Systems Science and Mathematics
Washington University, St. Louis, MO - 1981
M.S. - Systems Science and Mathematics
Washington University, St. Louis, MO - 1979
M.S. - Mathematics
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM - 1977
B.S. - Mathematics and Physics
Hiram college, Hiram, OH - 1975
Mark W. Spong
Robotics, Control Systems, Teleoperation
Li, W.; Spong, M. W.; Stability of General Coupled Inertial Agents, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume: PP, Issue: 99, pp. 1-1, 2010. 2010 - Publication
Fujita, M.; Hatanaka, T.; Kobayashi, N.; Ibuki, T.; Spong, M.W.; Visual motion observer-based pose synchronization: A passivity approach, Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC/CCC 2009, pp. 2402-2407, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Gregg, R.D.; Spong, M.W.; Reduction-based control of branched chains: Application to three-dimensional bipedal torso robots, Proceedings of the 48th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, CDC/CCC 2009, pp. 8166-8173, 2009 2009 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
RodrIguez-Seda, E.J.; Dongjun Lee; Spong, M.W.; Experimental Comparison Study of Control Architectures for Bilateral Teleoperators , IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Volume: 25 , Issue: 6, pp. 1304-1318, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Gregg, R.D.; Spong, M.W.; Bringing the compass-gait bipedal walker to three dimensions, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2009; IROS 2009, pp. 4469 – 4474, 2009. 2009 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
Igarashi, Y.; Hatanaka, T.; Fujita, M.; Spong, M.W.; Passivity-Based Attitude Synchronization in SE(3), IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, Volume: 17, No. 5, pp. 1119-1134, 2009. 2009 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
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. 2009 - Publication
Dean, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science/Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering/Excellence in Education Chair
University of Texas at Dallas [2008–Present]
Founder and President.
Mechatronic Systems, Incorporated [1996–2005]
Donald 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 [1984–2008]
Cornell University [1982–1984]
Lehigh University, Bethlehem [1981–1982]
What's Passivity Got to Do With it?
2006–2006 What's Passivity Got to Do With it?, Dynamic Walking Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, May 6-8, 2006.
Synchronization of Multiple Lagrangian Systems
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.
Project-Based Control Education
Control Education, Plenary Lecture at the 7th IFAC Symposium on Advances in Control Education,
Madrid, Spain, June, 21-23, 2006.
Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems
2006–2006 Coordination of Multi-Agent Systems, Keynote Address at the IASTED International Conference on Control and Applications, Montreal, Canada, May 24-26, 2006.
Passivity-Based Control of Multi-Agent Systems
Control of Multi-Agent Systems, International
Symposium on Advanced Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Beijing, China, October, 2006.
Method and System of Compensating Wave Reections in Transmissions Lines", U.S. Patent 7245102 issued June, 2007. Joint with R. Ortega. Patents
Bilateral Teleoperation over Communication Media," Invention Disclosure, University of Illinois, January 7, 2004. Joint with N. Chopra and R. Lozano.
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
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Dr. Mark W. Spong, holder of the Excellence in Education Chair at UT Dallas, is recipient of the 2018 Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prize
awarded by the Control Systems Society of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.
The prestigious honor recognizes distinguished contributions to control systems science or engineering. Spong, professor of systems engineering and electrical and computer engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has produced innovative solutions in robotics that have stood the test of time to become now-classic results in robotic control.