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Dr. Elliott Coleshill

BSc, Applied Computer Science; MSc, Computing and Information Science; PhD, Computing and Information Science, P.Eng


School of Information and Communications Technology, performs research within the School of Aviation


Software development, Canadian space industry, artificial intelligence, image processing, machine vision, robotics, autonomous robotic control


Dr. Elliott Coleshill has a Ph.D in computer science with research in image processing, machine vision and autonomous robotics.

He started his career at MDA supporting the design and development of the System Avionics Integration Facility for Canadarm2 and Dextre, worked as a software safety engineer, supported robotic operations on Space Station as an Engineering Support Lead at the Canadian Space Agency and was the technical lead for developing the concepts for Canadarm2 free flyer capture. In August 2005, Dr. Coleshill received a NASA Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in recognition of his dedication, commitment and his achievements in support of NASA’s space program, and in 2007, the Canadian Space Agency presented him with a Certificate of Distinction for his free flyer concept checkout procedures.  Dr. Coleshill then joined COM DEV as a Software Systems Lead working on M3MSat and five other satellites designed for monitoring marine ship traffic.  

In 2017, Dr. Coleshill was awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada in recognition of fifteen years of experience with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) as a mentor and judge.  He currently sits on the FIRST Canada – Girls in STEM, Executive Advisory Board.

He has been interviewed by the Toronto Star and Sing Tao.