+ 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
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