Vice Dean & Associate Dean




Professor Rob Allison

Interim Vice Dean

Professor Rob Allison is the Interim Vice Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering.

Robert Allison is also a Professor of Electrical Engineering and the Associate Director of the Centre for Vision Research. He received a BASc in computer engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1991. After graduation, he worked as an electrical engineer at Atlantis Aerospace in Brampton, Canada, where he designed electronics for flight training devices. He completed a MASc in electrical engineering (biomedical engineering) from the University of Toronto before obtaining a Ph.D. specializing in stereoscopic vision from York University in 1998.

Rob works on perception of space and self-motion in virtual environments, the measurement and analysis of eye movements, and stereoscopic vision. His applied research enables effective technology for advanced virtual reality and augmented reality and for the design of stereoscopic displays. His research record illustrates leading-edge approach to current problems in vision science. He is recipient of the Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Province of Ontario in recognition for research in human stereoscopic vision and depth perception. He has also received a McDonnell-Pew Visiting Fellowship, an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Japan Society for Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship, an Australian Research Council International Fellowship, and a York Research Chair. 

He is currently working on visual control of navigation in real and virtual environments, image quality assessment and and operational vision requirements in aviation.

He is passionate about engineering education and is an active researcher in the Virtual Reality and Perception Laboratory at Lassonde.



Professor Regina Lee

Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies



Professor Regina Lee is Lassonde’s Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies.

The position of Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies builds on the Lassonde School’s leadership in research and graduate education on campus and beyond. In his role, Professor Lee guides the School’s interdisciplinary research enterprise, international expansion and industrial partnerships. His mandate includes the development of the long-term vision of the School’s research via the formulation of a white paper on our ‘Research Strengths, Ambitions & Aspirations’ and the development of a new model for Lassonde’s graduate school.

In her research she develops efficient systems and infrastructure for space flight, and directs the Communications and Operations Laboratory. Her current research involves developing nanosatellite technologies, and she was recently named the Canadian participant for the QB50 Mission where she will help an international team develop nanosatellites for an Earth Observation mission.

Among countless distinctions and funding, Professor Lee currently holds an NSERC Discovery Grant, a Collaborative Research and Development grant, a MITACS grant, and DRDC partnership support. She has also recently chaired several conferences including the India Canada Frontier, Canada Korea Workshop, and the Canadian Nanosatellite Workshop. She is incredibly proud of her students’ achievements, including the work of the University Rover Team, which has won major international awards each year since 2007.

In the last five years Lassonde research community has expanded substantially in the last few years with addition of new faculty members, graduate programs and research infrastructure.

Regina's role supports an inclusive research culture where early-career faculty members, emerging researchers and established researchers could all work collaboratively to gain strength from one another to solve global challenges together.

She also be works to inspire, engage and empower the growing number of graduate students at Lassonde.