Electrical and Computer Engineering

Karen Rudie, P.Eng.

Karen Rudie, Ph.D


Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Queen's University
Walter Light Hall 414
19 Union Street
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


Dr. Karen Rudie


Karen Rudie received her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Toronto in the Systems Control Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering, under the supervision of W.M. Wonham. From 1992-93, she worked for one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications in Minnesota. Since 1993 she has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's where she is currently a Professor. In 1995 she was cross-appointed to the Department of Computing and Information Science. In 1999-2000 she was a visiting professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Since 2015 she has been on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology and since 2000 she has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications. For four years she served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (1996-1999) and in 2003 she was an Associate Editor for IEEE Control Systems Magazine. From 2001-2003 she was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society. She has also served on the Technical Program Committees of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), (2016, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2003, 2001, 2000) the American Control Conference (ACC) (2008, 1999), the International Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (WODES) (2016, 2010, 2006) and the IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (2013, 2012), the IFAC Workshop on Discrete Event Systems (2004), and the Discrete Event and Hybrid Systems Program Subcommittee, IFAC World Congress (2005). Karen was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer from 2004-2006. She is a recipient of the following teaching awards: two Queen's Golden Apple Awards in Applied Science, in 1998 and 2002; and awards from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 1998 for 4th year courses and in 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2001 for 2nd year courses.  She was listed for five years in the Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities in their list of "Popular Profs" at Queen's University (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005). She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario.

Research Interests

Karen Rudie works in the area of control of discrete-event systems. This is the study of processes whose behaviour is described by sequences of events or actions and which require control to make them behave in some desirable way. Work in this area focuses on mathematically modeling such systems and on searching for solutions to control problems. The mathematical tools used include formal languages and automata theory, mathematical logic, and algebra. Karen's area of expertise is decentralized control of discrete-event systems, namely, those cases where multiple agents act on the system and yet each agent has only a partial view and partial control of the events that occur within the system. In such systems, the development of solutions is complicated by issues of coordination and potential lack of communication between agents. Karen's current research interests and joint work with graduate students and colleagues includes (1) incorporating communication between agents into decentralized discrete-event systems; (2) combining discrete-event systems models and software engineering problems such as concurrency control and service composition; (3) using using mathematical logic models of knowledge to help guide agent decision-making in distributed systems problems; (4) modeling emergency response protocols to medical outbreaks using discrete-event systems; and (5) developing partial observation models that capture dynamic sensor activation and communication problems with an eye to examining computer security. Under Karen's supervision, her lab developed and produced the integrated discrete-event systems software tool called IDES.

Telephone: (613) 533-2966/2925

Fax: (613) 533-6615

E-mail: karen.rudie at queensu.ca

Research Group Webpage:

Discrete-Event Control Systems Lab

IDES Software Tool