Dr. Rajni Patel received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, England, in 1973 and currently holds the position of Distinguished University Professor and Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with a cross appointment in the Department of Surgery in the Schulich School Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Patel also serves as Director of Engineering for Canadian Surgical Technologies & Advanced Robotics (CSTAR), a research program of the London Health Sciences Centre and the Lawson Health Research Institute.
Dr. Patel has published more than 420 papers in refereed journals and conferences in the areas of robotics/mechatronics (including applications in surgery and therapy, rehabilitation and other nuerological movement disorders), haptics and teleoperation, systems and control, artificial neural networks and intelligent systems. He has co-authored a textbook and 7 research monographs on robotics and control, and co-edited an IEEE Press Reprint Book on Numerical Linear Algebra Techniques for Systems and Control. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Academy of Engineering, Life Fellow of IEEE and Fellow of ASME (USA), IET (UK), and EIC (Canada).