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Master's Students (Past and Present):

Name:  Yahu Choudhary
Degree Dates:  May 2015-
Research Interests:  Collaborative robots, machine vision.

Name:  Yifei Feng*+
Degree Dates:  Jan.2014-Feb.2016
Research Interests:  Engine fault detection.

Name:  Yile Zhang
Degree Dates:  Sept.2013-Sept.2015
Research Interests:  Sliding-mode control and model-predictive control algorithms for pneumatic actuators. Position control of pneumatic actuators using on/off solenoid valves.

Name:  Hino Pringnitz
Degree Dates:  Sept.2013-Sept.2015
Research Interests:  Control of hydraulic sprayers.

Name:  Graham Ashby
Degree Dates:  Sept.2012-Sept.2015
Research Interests:  Design and control of hybrid pneumatic-electric actuators. Collaborative robot arms.

Name:  Mantian Xue
Degree Dates:  Sept.2011-Sept.2013
Research Interests:  Control of pneumatic and hybrid pneumatic-electric actuators.

Name:  Justin Flett
Degree Dates:  Sept.2011-Sept.2013
Research Interests:  Fault detection methods, diesel engine fault detection.

Name:  Ken Sills*
Degree Dates:  Sept.2010-Dec.2012
Research Interests:  Machine vision, automated inspection.

Name:  Michael Irvine*
Degree Dates:  Jan.2010-Sept.2013
Research Interests: Vision-guided robotic grasping.

Name:  Heather Ker
Degree Dates:  Sept.2006-July 2009.
Research Interests:  Medical robotics, design of robotic surgical instruments.

Name:  Amin Ahmadi
Degree Dates:  May 2006-Sept.2008
Research Interests:  Sensor-based real-time robot collision avoidance.

Name:  Mohanad Elshafie
Degree Dates:  May 2006-Sept.2008
Research Interests:  Real-time human tracking in industrial environments.

Name:  Masoud Arefi
Degree Dates:  Sept.2005-Apr.2008
Research Interests:  Medical robotics, actuators for medical robots.

Name:  George Ma
Degree Dates:  Sept.2005-Nov.2007
Research Interests:  Sensor-based real-time robot collision avoidance.

Name:  Kai Yang
Degree Dates:  Sept.2005-Aug.2008
Research Interests:  Automated inspection, machine vision, neural networks.

Name:  Russell Sindrey
Degree Dates:  Sept.2004-Dec.2006
Research Interests:  Medical robotics, actuators for medical robots.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Completing my Masterís degree under the supervision of Dr. Bone was a very rewarding experience. Dr. Bone is an excellent researcher and mentor. He definitely cares about the development of his studentsí engineering and research skills and works hard to ensure that they get the most out of their post-graduate education. I learned a lot from Dr. Bone in my two years of study and consider myself fortunate to have had him as a supervisor."

Name:  Shahram Salimi
Degree Dates:  Jan.2004-Dec.2005
Research Interests:  Grasp planning, planning of human-like grasps of 3-D objects.

Name:  Rao, Zhihong
Degree Dates:  Jan.2004-Dec.2005
Research Interests:  Medical robotics, pneumatic servo actuators, advanced control systems.

Name:  Yucong Lu
Degree Dates:  Jan.2001-Dec.2003
Research Interests:  Human tracking, sensor fusion.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Studying under Dr. Boneís supervision is an extremely exciting and enjoyable experience. His intelligence, diligence, and rich knowledge background make him a great supervisor who can always have his students be involved in interesting and practical thesis projects. During my study period, I have been giving maximum freedom in my research work, but Dr. Bone is always there whenever there is difficulty. He gives me a lot of fresh ideas when I discuss my project with him. When I have problems in the experiment system setup or programming, suggestion from Dr. Bone is always a key to solve problems quickly and efficiently. The most important thing I learnt from Dr. Bone is his serious attitude in research. This will guide me through out my research work at the Robotics Lab and in the future."

Name:  Paul Chan
Degree Dates:  Sept.2001-Aug.2003
Research Interests:  Assistive robot, powered exoskeleton.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Dr. Bone is a really exceptional supervisor and a talented professor. It is a great experience to study as a master student with him. His theoretical and practical backgrounds as well as timely guidance give me a skillful supervision. Moreover, he is accessible and is glad to work with student. His help was especially valuable at advice when I encounter problems and questions at my research. I have learned so much from Dr. Bone. I truly appreciated Dr. Bone's counseling, and was proud to have him as my thesis supervisor. His acquaintance and scientific working attitude makes my studying at McMaster University become very enjoyable and memorable. I finish my master degree today, but this is not an end, rather, is only a beginning for me to walk further to my future with all I learned from Dr. Bone. What he gives to me brightens my way to success. Here I really would like to say to him, 'Thank you, Dr. Bone, my most respectable supervisor'."

Name: Tony Guo***
Degree Dates:  May.2001-Dec.2004 (finished as part-time student)
Research Interests: Parallel kinematic machine tools.

Name:  Simon Chang*
Degree Dates:  Sept.2000-Dec.2002
Research Interests:  Drilling durr size reduction using ultrasonic vibration (ultrasonic-assisted drilling).

Name:  Yonghui Du
Degree Dates:  Jan.2000-Dec.2002
Research Interests:  Dexterous manipulation with a multifingered robotic hand, parallel manipulators.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Dr. Bone is a talented professor. He always has some good idea to enlighten you when you get stuck in you research. Your idea can also get its respect and you are always encouraged to try every idea you got. He is accessible and is glad to work with student. Doing my graduate studies with Dr. Bone in his active group at McMaster university is really a great experience."

Name: Yan Li
Degree Dates:  Sept.99-Aug.01
Research Interests:  Real-time Vision-Guided Grasping of 3D Objects
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Dr. Bone is a really excellent supervisor. Dr. Bone has an extensive contact with industry. I have many good opportunities to do some interesting practical project. When I meet difficulties in research Dr Bone always is willing to help me. I learn a lot from Dr. Bone not only in knowledge but also in conduct."

Name:  Qiang Song
Degree Dates:  Sept.99-Aug.01
Research Interests:  Applications of advanced control theory, neuro-fuzzy control and adaptive control.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"Dr. Bone is truly an excellent professor, especially as a thesis supervisor. He has solid academic background and rich experiences in the field of Robotics and Automation. He is always a great help for solutions when I encounter with difficulties in my research. I sincerely appreciated Dr. Bone's valuable advice and help for my thesis and research work. In my opinion, Dr. Bone is a very good choice for whoever wants to pursue his/her graduate studies."

Name: Lucian Balan
Degree Dates:  Sept.98-Jul.01
Research Interests:  Gripper Design and Grasp Planning for Fixtureless Assembly.

Name:  Peter Bender
Degree Dates:  Sept.97-Jun.01
Research Interests:  Grasp planning, grasp analysis, machine vision and fixtureless assembly.
What it's like doing a Master's degree with Dr. Bone:
"The thesis projects assigned by Dr. Bone are practical in nature with very clearly defined objectives. However, his students are allowed the flexibility to explorer different directions and possibilities. Dr. Bone offers as little, or as much supervision as his students require. He is more than willing to lend a hand when problems are encountered and will often concentrate his efforts to help his students find the solution. His dedication to his research and his students is truly appreciated by all. He is a great supervisor and friend."

Name: Aleksandra Rakic
Degree Dates:  Jan.97-Aug.99.
Research Interests:  Design of a Five-DOF Parallel Manipulator

Name: William Plut
Degree Dates:  Sept. 94-April 97.
Research Interests:  "Biomedical engineering and robotics"
What it's like doing a Masters degree with Dr. Bone:
"McMaster is a great place to do a Masters.  The University has a world class reputation while the facilities and people behind it all are second to none.  Dr. Bone is a true teacher in very sense of the word.  He genuinely cares in his student's work and takes the time and energy to ensure that they do well."

Name: Robert van Varseveld
Degree Dates:  Sept. 94-April 97.
Research Interests:  "Manufacturing automation, machine design and controls".
What it's like doing a Masters degree with Dr. Bone:
"Assigns interesting and challenging projects of a very applied, hands-on and practical nature."
"Objectives of the thesis projects are made clear from the beginning and helpful direction is offered throughout the duration of the thesis."
"Dr. Bone is easily approached for help and offers very helpful insights when you encounter roadblocks during your research.  He is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, jump right into your problem and help find a solution."

Name:  Michael Colella
Degree Dates:  Sept. 95-Sept. 97.
Research Interests:  "Automated manufacturing using robotic manipulators, machine design and control."
What it's like doing a Masters degree with Dr. Bone:
"Dr. Bone is an excellent professor to have as a supervisor,  for several specific reasons. First,  the research project assigned is clearly specified from the beginning.  Second, Dr. Bone is not afraid to get his hands dirty.  If one of his students is stumped with a particular part of the research,  Dr. Bone will sit down and work with the student until a solution is found.  This attribute is not common among supervising professors.  Finally,  Dr. Bone is easy to find and is quite generous with his time.  Questions/problems with personal research are quickly answered,  with little time wasted trying to track Dr. Bone down. "

Name:  Derek Matthews
Degree Dates:  Jan. 93-Sept. 97 (part-time since Jan. 95).
Research Interests:  "Robotics, control of AC 3 phase motors"
What it's like doing a Masters degree with Dr. Bone:
"Doing my masters has been a wonderful experience.  The environment was great for both intellectual stimulus and for team experience.  Dr. Bone is exceptionally knowledgeable and a great help when it came to working though some of the difficult concepts."

*Co-supervised by Dr. D.W. Capson. *+Co-supervised by Dr. S. Habibi **Co-supervised by Dr. S. Sirouspour. ***Co-supervised by Dr. M.A. Elbestawi.

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