Mark W. Spong

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Mark W. Spong
Born (1952-11-05) November 5, 1952 (age 65)
Warren, Ohio
Nationality American
Alma mater Washington University in St. Louis
New Mexico State University
Hiram College
Scientific career
Fields Robotics
Control theory
Institutions University of Texas at Dallas
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisor T.J. Tarn

Mark W. Spong (born November 5, 1952 in Warren, Ohio) is an American roboticist. He is currently the dean of Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science and the Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). Before he joined UTD, he was the Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Research Professor of Coordinated Science Laboratory and Information Trust Institute, and Director of Center for Autonomous Engineering Systems and Robotics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Spong is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the IROS Fumio Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, the O. Hugo Schuck Award and John R. Ragazzini Award from the American Automatic Control Council, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

Spong received his B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Hiram College in 1975, a M.S. in Mathematics from New Mexico State University in 1977, and a M.S. and D.Sc. in Systems Science and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979 and 1981, respectively.


  • 2007. The Reaction Wheel Pendulum, with D. J. Block and K. J. Astrom
  • 2006. Robot modeling and control. with S. Hutchinson and M. Vidyasagar
  • 1993. Robot control : dynamics, motion planning, and analysis with F.L. Lewis and C.T. Abdallah (ed.)
  • 1989. Robot dynamics and control. with M. Vidyasagar

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