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Dr. Joshua Marshall

Dr. Joshua Marshall (Kingston, Ontario)

Joshua Marshall

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  • the development and application of advanced methods for perception, modelling, and control of mining equipment
  • autonomous vehicle technologies, including mapping, vehicle positioning, and coordination
  • advanced systems design and engineering for autonomous mobile machine operation in open-pit and underground mining

Joshua received both the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Mining Engineering and the M.Sc.(Eng.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. He received the Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a specialty in systems control, from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. He holds two patents related to mining machine automation.

Joshua is currently an Assistant Professor in the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queens’s University where he directs the multidisciplinary Mining Systems Laboratory (MSL). Joshua is cross-appointed to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s. He is also Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, where he supervises graduate students.

Over the course of his career, Joshua has worked on equipment automation and robotics-related R&D projects with several companies, agencies and institutes, including Barrick Gold Corporation, MDA Space Missions, Atlas Copco, Phelps Dodge, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the UT Institute for Aerospace Studies, Sandvik Mining and Construction, and Inco Ltd.’s Mines Research Department.

Focusing on mining systems and robotics, his objective is to foster inventive yet practical ways for realizing low-cost, high-output, inherently safe and environmentally responsible mining and exploration operations. An important aspect of this effort is the problem of closely integrating new methods with mine planning and design.

Specific areas of focus for Josh include: development and application of advanced methods for perception, modelling and control of mining equipment, autonomous vehicle technologies, including mapping, vehicle positioning and coordination and advanced systems design and engineering for autonomous mobile machine operation in open-pit and underground mining.

Beyond traditional mining, Joshua also has a keen interest in planetary (space) and extreme environments mining research. Because mining is a very applied discipline, much of his work takes place in the field at operating and analog mining facilities.

Prior to joining Queen’s, he was a tenure-track Assistant Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Carleton University and an R&D Engineer specializing in mining robotics at MDA Space Missions of Brampton, ON. Joshua is a member of CIM, SME, IEEE and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

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