Joseph Driscoll

Assistant Professor

Jobst Hall 322
(309) 677-2260

Ph.D., Physics, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Physics, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
B.E., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University


Joseph Driscoll has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where his research was in the area of intelligent robotics. He has worked in industry as a software developer in the areas of Internet content delivery and bioinformatics. He was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Driscoll also has a Ph.D. in physics, where his interests include theoretical and computational physics of nanoscale systems. In 2011 he moved to Bradley University, where he was first an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics, and then became an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Driscoll's primary research areas are intelligent robotics, high- performance computing, and MEMS/NEMS (micro/nano electromechanical system) device simulation. He works with neural networks, genetic algorithms, computer vision, and other forms of artificial intelligence. Many types of robots are used in his experiments, including flying, walking, and wheeled robots. All of Dr. Driscoll's projects involve students at all levels. 


  • ECE 102 Introduction to EE: Digital systems
  • ECE 103 Introduction to EE: Computers and programming
  • EE 409 Special topics – High-performance computing
  • ECE 467 Robotics Design Laboratory
  • ECE 691 Advanced robotics


Dr. Driscoll has a broad range of research activities including robotics, high-performance computing, MEMS device simulation, and biomechanics. He has developed several parallel computing platforms with students, including one in collaboration with Bradley's Economics and Finance Departments to solve complex problems in financial modeling. He has also closely worked with faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department for projects in robotics, biomechanics, and MEMS device modeling. He is currently a mentor for over a dozen ECE and ME students in his various projects. He has received several internal grants, external grants from NASA and a local company, and has two major grants under review with federal and international funding sources. He is currently under contract to write his second book, a text on computational mechanics.

Current projects include:

  • Molecular-scale biomechanics simulation (collaboration with Bradley's Mechanical Engineering Department)
  • Autonomous tree-climbing robotics
  • Omni-directional robotics (collaboration with Bradley's Mechanical Engineering Department)
  • Fixed-wing survey drone for crop health monitoring
  • Adaptive gait generation for an autonomous walking robot with 4DOF legs
  • Massively parallel computing with graphical processing units (GPUs)
  • Parallel computing with clusters of single-board computers
  • Computational study of adhesion between contact surfaces in MEMS devices (collaboration with Bradley's Mechanical Engineering Department)
  • Autonomous quadcopter with human tracking and gesture recognition 


  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Applied Surface Science
  • On several University-level committees: Office of Sponsored Programs Faculty Advisory Board, Sakai Advisory Committee, New Faculty Mentorship Committee, Student Scholarship Expo Committee
  • Member of College-level Academic Policy Committee
  • Co-editor for book reviews for IEEE/AIP publication Computing in Science and Education
  • Community service: served as mentor for Metamora High School's FIRST robotics team in Spring 2012. Served as a judge for the FIRST Central Illinois Regional Competition in Spring 2014.