Mark Spong

Excellence in Education Chair
Professor - System Engineering
Tags: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Systems Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

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

Research Areas

Mark W. Spong
Robotics, Control Systems, Teleoperation

Publications

Freidovich, L.B.; Mettin, U.; Shiriaev, A.S.; Spong, M.W.; A Passive 2-DOF Walker: Hunting for Gaits Using Virtual Holonomic Constraints Robotics, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Volume: 25, Issue: 5, pp. 1202-1208, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Chopra, N.; Spong, M.W.; On Exponential Synchronization of Kuramoto Oscillators, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Volume: 54, Issue: 2, pp. 353-357, 2009. 2009 - Publication
Nikhil Chopra, D.M. Stipanovic and M.W. Spong, "On Synchronization and Collision Avoidance for Mechanical Systems," Proc. American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, June 11-13, 2008, submitted. 2008 - Publication
N. Chopra and Mark W. Spong, "Output Synchronization of Nonlinear Systems with Relative Degree One," V. Blondel, et.al. eds. Springer-Verlag, 2008. 2008 - Publication
Peter F. Hokayem, D.M.Stipanovic, and Mark W. Spong, "On Persistent Coverage Control," IEEE Conf. on Decision and Control, New Orleans, LA, December, 2007. 2008 - Publication
R. Gregg and M.W. Spong, "Reduction-based Control with Application to Three-Dimensional Bipedal Walking Robots," Proc. American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, June 11-13, 2008, submitted. 2008 - Publication
Emmanuel Nuno, Luis Basanez, Erick Rodriguez-Seda and Mark W. Spong, "Bilateral Teleoperation: Linking Scattering Transformation and Passive Output Synchronization," Proc. IFAC World Congress, Seoul, Korea, July, 2008, submitted. 2008 - Publication
Yuji Igarashi, Takeshi Hatanaka, Masayuki Fujita and M.W. Spong, "Passivity-based Output Synchronization in SE(3)," Proc. American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, June 11-13, 2008, submitted. 2008 - Publication
Kunal Srivastava and M.W. Spong, "Multi-Agenct Coordination under Connectivity Constraints," Proc. American Control Conference, Seattle, WA, June 11-13, 2008, submitted. 2008 - Publication
N. Chopra and Mark W. Spong, "Adaptive Synchronization of Teleoperators with Time Delay," Advances in Telerobotics, M. Buss, ed., Springer-Verlag, pages 357-270, 2007. 2007 - Publication

Appointments

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]
Assistant Professor
Cornell University [1982–1984]
Assistant Professor
Lehigh University, Bethlehem [1981–1982]

Projects

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
2006–2006 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.
Project-Based Control Education
2006–2006 Project-Based 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
2006–2006 Passivity-Based Control of Multi-Agent Systems, International Symposium on Advanced Robotics and Machine Intelligence, Beijing, China, October, 2006.

Additional Information

Patents
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.
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
Awards
  • 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

News Articles

Spong to Receive Prestigious Bode Lecture Prize
Dr. Mark W. Spong, holder of the Excellence in Education Chair at UT Dallas, is recipient of the 2018 Hendrik W. Bode Lecture Prizeawarded 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.