University of Toronto’s hub for multidisciplinary robotics research and innovation

Located in downtown Toronto, in the heart of Ontario’s innovation supercorridor, the University of Toronto Robotics Institute is headquarters of the largest and most diversified robotics program in Canada.

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Robots in the wild: U of T’s Florian Shkurti on overcoming ‘edge cases’ in machine learning

The technology behind self-driving cars has been racing ahead – and as long as they are cruising along familiar streets, seeing familiar sights, they do very well. But the University of Toronto’s Florian Shkurti says that when driverless vehicles encounter something unexpected, all that progress can come screeching to a halt.

ICCV 2021 Everingham Prize Award

Raquel Urtasun awarded Everingham Prize at ICCV21

The Everingham prize is awarded to a researcher, or a team of researchers, who have made a selfless contribution of significant benefit to other members of the computer vision community. Raquel Urtasun and her and her colleagues Andreas Geiger, Philip Lenz, Christoph Stiller were awarded the prize thanks to their work on the KITTI Vision Benchmark Suite.

Women in Robotics You Need to Know About 2021

It’s Ada Lovelace Day: Let’s celebrate UofT’s women in robotics

Congrats to Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs who was named to Robohub’s annual list “Women in robotics you need to know about”. The annual list comes out every year in commemoration of Ada Lovelace Day, and in the past has featured UofT Professors Angela Schoellig, Raquel Urtasun, Sheila McIlraith, and Sanja Fidler.

Field Robotics

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Navigating unknown environments

Professor Tim Barfoot’s (UTIAS) Autonomous Space Robotics Lab develops visual odometry and teach-and-repeat strategies to guide robots in unknown environments.

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Robots that see & understand

Professor Steve Waslander’s (UTIAS) TRAIL Lab designs deep learning and computer vision principles to help autonomous vehicles detect objects and estimate their dimensions, orientation and pose.

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Learning from experience

Professor Angela Schoellig’s (UTIAS) Dynamic Systems Lab uses controls and machine learning to enable mobile robots to learn from past experience and from each other.

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Power-on-and-go

Professor Jonathan Kelly’s (UTIAS) STARS Lab designs robust systems that can operate safely and robustly from day one, without human intervention.

Healthcare Robotics

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Cellular-level surgeons

Professor Yu Sun’s (MIE) Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Lab generates AI-powered micro- and nano-sized robots to revolutionize cancer research and clinical cell surgery.

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Robot companions

Professor Goldie Nejat’s (MIE) Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Lab uses assistive and social robots to help people age in place, and support them in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

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Stroke rehab

Professor Alex Mihailidis’ (IBBME) Intelligent Assistive Technology and Systems Lab creates light-weight and easy-to-use robotic glove that improves hand function in stroke survivors.

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Stretchable e-skin

Professor Xinyu Liu’s (MIE, IBBME) Microfluidics and BioMEMS Lab develops flexible and stretchable electronic components, circuits and biosensors for soft robotic systems.

Advanced Manufacturing

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Smart materials

Professor Hani Naguib’s (MIE, IBBME) SAPL Lab develops smart material that can sense its environment and respond by changing into shapes it has been programmed to remember.

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Tiny robot factories

Professor Eric Diller’s (MIE) Microrobotics Lab develops tools and techniques for accessing small and confined environments.

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Jointless robots

Professor Jessica Burgner-Kahrs’ (CS) Continuum Robotics Lab develops snake-like robots that can traverse confined spaces, manipulate objects in complex environments, and to conform to curvilinear paths in task space.

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From objects to data

Professor Yu Sun’s (MIE) Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Lab creates robotics systems and 3D vision algorithms that can inspect auto parts, identify defects, and quickly improve quality control.

We offer undergraduate and graduate students unparalleled opportunities to expand their robotics knowledge

We support the U of T Engineering undergraduate studies minor in Robotics & Mechatronics, an Engineering Science Major in Robotics, and a graduate studies emphasis in Robotics & Mechatronics. Our comprehensive course offerings prepare students to launch their careers or further their research studies in this growing field.

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