+ David St-Onge

David St-Onge holds a PhD in mechanical engineering, space robotics, from the University Laval, Canada supervised by [Prof. Clément Gosselin]. His masters degree from the [Robotics Laboratory of University Laval] on the modelling and robust control of a cubic blimp was followed by a FRQNT-Team grant for which he then coordinated three universities’ collaborative efforts. In between these diplomas, he worked 7 years in the field of arts (theater, museums and circus). He was the production director of the Prisme 3 stage set workshop, then a development engineer for a media art Montreal-based production company and a freelance engineer for visual and performing artists. Out of interest he also completed a master in project management at [ESG UQAM] and a certificate in Russian studies at University Laval. He authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publication in the field of robotics. Since 2016, he is a post-doctoral researcher at [MIST], a robotics laboratory at [École Polytechnique de Montréal] under the supervision of [Prof. Giovanni Beltrame].

+ Current Projects

  • Development of new task for a humanitarian fleet of drones.

  • Implementation of a fleet autonomy from swarming.

  • Development of novel human interaction paradigm for the control of a swarm of drones.

+ Scholarship and Awards

  • In 2016, I received a Post-doctoral scholarship from the FRQNT.
  • In 2016, I received a Post-doctoral research grant for a Mitacs Elevate program.
  • In 2015, I received a merit scholarship in research from the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Laval University.
  • In 2014, I was selected by the Canadian Spage Agency to be part of the Canadian delegation at the International Astronautical Congress.
  • In 2013, I received a doctoral scholarship from the NSERC.

+ Selected Publications

  • Control, localization and human interaction with an autonomous lighter-than-air performer. Robotics and Autonomous Systems. St-Onge, D., Breches, P-Y, Sharf, I., Reeves, N., Rekleitis, I., Abouzakhm, P., Girdhard, Y., Harmat, A., Dudek, G. and Giguere, P. (2016)

  • St-Onge, D. and Gosselin, C. Synthesis and design of a one-Degree-of-freedom planar deployable mechanism with a large expansion ratio. ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics. Volume 8(2). (2015)

  • Reeves, N. and St-Onge, D. Still and Useless: The Ultimate Automaton. Editors : Damith Herath, Christian Kroos et Stelarc. “Robots and Art: Exploring an Unlikely Symbiosis”. Cognitive Science and Technology. Springer. (2015)

  • St-Onge, D. and Gosselin, C. Dynamic modelling of a four-bar free floating mechanism with passive joints and flywheel actuators. Proceedings of The Fourth Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics. (2016)

  • Contact me by email: {at} polymtl {dot} ca
  • Have a look at my personal website: [] []: [Robotics Laboratory of University Laval]: [NXI Gestatio Design Laboratory]: [Prof. Clément Gosselin]: [ESG UQAM]: [Russian studies at University Laval]: [MIST]: [École Polytechnique de Montréal]: [Prof. Giovanni Beltrame]:

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