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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Matthew Harker
Priv.-Doz., Dr.mont., B.Eng.

Associate Professor

Department of Automotive and Mechatronics Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Contact information

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5
Office: -

905.721.8668 ext. 3599
905.721.3370 (fax)

Office hours:
Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 14:00

Research topics

  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Inverse Problems
  • Engineering Geometry
  • Scientific Computing
  • Measurement Theory
  • Control Theory
  • Engineering Design
  • Machine Vision


  • Priv.-Doz. (Habilitation in Automation Engineering)University of Leoben, Austria, 2016
  • Dr.mont. (Automation Engineering), University of Leoben, Austria, 2008
  • B.Eng. (Mechanical Engineering, Specialization in Mechatronics), McGill University, Canada, 2003


  • Mechatronics (U)

Research and expertise

Error resilient sensor system for determining a spatial relationship between installation components under harsh environmental conditions, P. O’Leary, M. Harker, and J. Golser. EP2682563 (A2), 2014-01-08.

Object processing system, P. O’Leary, M. Harker, and I. Reindl. EP2070664 (A1), 2009-06-17.

Publications and presentations

  • Selected publications and presentations

    M. Harker, Fractional Differential Equations: Numerical Methods for Applications, Studies in Systems, Decision and Control. Springer-Verlag, 2020.


    M. Harker and P. O’Leary. Approximation of physical measurement data by discrete orthogonal eigenfunctions of linear differential operators. Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, 41(5):804–824, 2017.

    M. Harker and P. O’Leary. Sylvester equations and the numerical solution of partial fractional differential equations. Journal of Computational Physics, 293:370–384, 2015.

    M. Harker and P. O’Leary. Regularized reconstruction of a surface from its measured gradient field. Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, 51(1):46–70, 2015.

  • Conference Preceedings

    J. Handler, M. Harker, and G. Rath. Multidimensional path tracking with global least squares solution. IFAC World Congress, 2020.

    M. Harker. System identification for partial fractional differential equations via the variable projection method. International Conference on Fractional Calculus Theory and Applications, 2019.

    M. Harker and P. O’Leary. Analytic approach to finding lines in images and estimating their uncertainty. International Conference on Geometry and Graphics, 2018.

    M. Harker. Runge-Heun-Kutta methods for nonlinear fractional order differential equations. International Conference on Fractional Differentiation and its Applications, 2018.

    M. Harker and G. Rath. Global least squares time domain system identification in state space form. Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, 2018.

    M. Harker and P. O’Leary. Numerical solution of the anomalous diffusion equation in a rectangular domain via hypermatrix equations. IFAC World Congress, 2017. G. Rath,

    M. Harker, and E. Zaev. Direct numerical solution of stiff ODE systems in optimal control. Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, 2017. P. O’Leary,

    M. Harker, R. Ritt, M. Habacher, K. Landl, and M. Brandner. Mining sensor data in larger physical systems. 17th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing, 2016.