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Professor Croft joined Monash in January 2018 as Dean of Engineering.  Previously, she was with the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she was Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Applied Science, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Professor Croft is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of human robotic interaction. As principal investigator for a world class robotics lab within UBC, she has successfully led large-scale collaborative research projects utilising robots alongside people in manufacturing, and guided multidisciplinary initiatives with General Motors, the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) and other industry partners.

Professor Croft has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. Most recently, as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, she worked with partners in funding agencies, industry, academe, and the education system on comprehensive strategies to improve women’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines at all level.

Her outstanding contributions to education and research have earned Professor Croft considerable acclaim, including the NSERC Accelerator Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2007-10), the Alan Blizzard Award, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2008, the Women of Distinction Award in Education, Training and Development from the Vancouver YWCA in 2013 and WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada 2014.  She is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


  • human-robot interaction
  • human-in-the-loop control
  • Trajectory generation
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • multi-modal communication
  • robotic assistants
  • Augmented Reality
  • Women in STEM

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Research Output 2008 2019

Full-state tracking control for flexible joint robots with singular perturbation techniques

Kim, J. & Croft, E. A., 1 Jan 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. 27, 1, p. 63-73 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Developing robot assistants with communicative cues for safe, fluent HRI

Hart, J. W., Sheikholeslami, S., Gleeson, B., Croft, E., MacLean, K., Ferrie, F. P., Gosselin, C. & Laurandeau, D., 1 Jan 2018, Foundations of Trusted Autonomy. Abbass, H. A., Scholz, J. & Reid, D. J. (eds.). Cham Switzerland: Springer, p. 247-270 24 p. (Studies in Systems, Decision and Control; vol. 117).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

Open Access

Impacts of Visual Occlusion and Its Resolution in Robot-Mediated Social Collaborations

Radmard, S., Moon, AJ. & Croft, E., 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Optimized vision-based robot motion planning from multiple demonstrations

Shen, T., Radmard, S., Chan, A., Croft, E. A. & Chesi, G., 1 Aug 2018, In : Autonomous Robots. 42, 6, p. 1117–1132 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Prediction and Production of Human Reaching Trajectories for Human-Robot Interaction

Sheikholeslami, S., Hart, J. W., Chan, W. P., Quintero, C. P. & Croft, E. A., 1 Mar 2018, Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Hoffman, G. & Tapus, A. (eds.). New York USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 321-322 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther