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Arthur C. Sanderson
Professor and Vice President of Research

Arthur C. Sanderson

Department Affiliation:
Department of Electrical, Computer, & Systems Engineering
Vice President of Research

Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University
M.S., Carnegie-Mellon University
B.S., Brown University

Professional Background:
After completing a post-doctorate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands, Sanderson spent 14 years at Carnegie-Mellon University. He served as a professor of electrical and computer engineering as well as co-director of the Robotics Institute. While affiliated with CMU, he also held visiting faculty positions for several institutions, including TU Delft; Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City; and served as research director at Philips Laboratories in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Sanderson joined Rensselaer with the rank of professor and served as head of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department from 1987 to 1994. He spent 1996 on sabbatical leave as a visiting professor in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at the Institute for Information Sciences and Electronics in Japan's University of Tsukuba. During 1998 and 1999, he was on leave from Rensselaer while serving as director of the Division of Electrical and Communications Systems at the National Science Foundation. He became Rensselaer's vice president for research in January 2000.

Sanderson is the author of over 250 publications and proceedings. He has also published three books, including Multisensor Fusion: A Minimal Representation Framework with Rajive Joshi.


  • Robotics
  • Multimedia

Sanderson's research interests include signal processing, robotics and automation systems, sensor-based control, computer vision, and applications of knowledge-based systems.


  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Sanderson is a past president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He also was general co-chair of the IEEE 2001 International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Seoul, South Korea and has been a member of the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Robotics and Automation Society for ten years. In 1996, Sanderson was the co-recipient of three awards for innovation in undergraduate engineering education: the Boeing Outstanding Educator Award, the Pew Award for Engineering Education, and the Hesburgh Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education.

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Contact Information:
Arthur C. Sanderson
Low Center for Industrial Innovation – Room 7015
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180 USA
Phone: (518) 276-2879
Fax: (518) 276-4897
acs at ecse.rpi.edu


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