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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Binbin Ying and Xinyu Liu win Materials Horizons Outstanding Article Award

Congratulations to Binbin Ying and Prof. Xinyu Liu for receiving the Materials Horizons Outstanding Article 2020 award. Binbin was a visiting PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, where he helped to develop stretchy, skin-like sensors that could help lead to advances in wearables, personal healthcare and soft robotics. 

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UofT Robotics at RSS’21

UofT Robotics faculty had five papers accepted at Robotics Science and Systems this year, including one best student paper award! Congrats to Animesh Garg and co-authors for their winning paper! See all the robotics papers and talks from UofT below.

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Anas Mahmoud and Juan Carrillo receive Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

UofT Robotics PhDs Anas Mahmoud (above left) and Juan Carrillo (above right) have been awarded the 2021 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (North America Program) for their proposal on sensor fusion for 3D object detection.

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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