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Biography

Professor Elizabeth A. Croft (BASc UBC ’88, MASc Waterloo ’92, PhD Toronto ’95) is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.  Her research in industrial robotics and human-robot interaction advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous, collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner.

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 (2010-2015), 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. As the Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics, Business and Management Training from 2015-2017, she launched the Master of Engineering Leadership degrees at UBC.

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, WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada 2014 and the RA McLachlan Award - the peak career award for Professional Engineers in the Province of British Columbia. She is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Australia, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Research area keywords

  • 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 1993 2019

An affordance and distance minimization based method for computing object orientations for robot human handovers

Chan, W. P., Pan, M. K. X. J., Croft, E. A. & Inaba, M., 15 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Decoding the dynamics of social identity threat in the workplace: a within-person analysis of women’s and men’s interactions in STEM

Hall, W., Schmader, T., Aday, A. & Croft, E., 1 May 2019, In : Social Psychological and Personality Science. 10, 4, p. 542-552 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)

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., 8065027.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Group surfing: a pedestrian-based approach to sidewalk robot navigation

Du, Y., Hetherington, N. J., Oon, C. L., Chan, W. P., Quintero, C. P., Croft, E. & MacHiel Van Der Loos, H. F., 2019, 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Desai, J. P. (ed.). Danvers MA USA: IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, p. 6518-6524 7 p. (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Impacts of visual occlusion and its resolution in robot-mediated social collaborations

Radmard, S., Moon, AJ. & Croft, E., Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 11, 1, p. 105-121 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review