About

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

The University of Toronto Robotics Institute is home to the largest and most diversified robotics program in Canada. We unite, grow, and catalyze collaborations among the many exceptional robotics research clusters at the University. Serving as the headquarters for robotics collaboration at U of T, we unite leading robotics experts from across the University around three research pillars:

  • Autonomous field robotics
  • Healthcare robotics
  • Advanced manufacturing

Our researchers have their academic homes in the following departments and institutes:

  • The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE)
  • University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)
  • Institute for Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME)
  • Department of Computer Science (CS)
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Our faculty members include Canada Research Chairs in robotics, mechatronics, machine learning, and image analysis.

Robotics: A strategic priority at U of T

Our mandate is to unite, grow, and bring greater visibility to the many exceptional robotics research clusters across the University.

The Robotics Institute was created through the Dean of Engineering’s Strategic Fund to drive robotics leadership at U of T, and is bolstered by the addition of ‘robotics’ to the U of T Strategic Research Plan, 2018-2023.

Located on the 5th floor of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship at 55 St. George Street in the heart of Ontario’s innovation supercorridor in downtown Toronto, the Robotics Institute features the Norris Walker 5T7 Robotics Laboratory with a two-storey drone atrium, an indoor mobile robot garage, exhibition space, teaching labs, access to state-of-the-art design and fabrication studios, space for hosting visitors and industry collaborators, and rooms to support thesis work, clubs and capstone projects.

 

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Institute Leadership

The University of Toronto Robotics Institute is led by three faculty directors, each representing one of the three pillars of robotics research at U of T.

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Tim Barfoot

Associate Director
Field Robotics Lead

tim.barfoot@utoronto.ca

 

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Yu Sun

Director
Healthcare Robotics Lead

yu.sun@utoronto.ca

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Hani Naguib

Associate Director
Manufacturing Robotics Lead

hani.naguib@utoronto.ca

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The Directorship is supported by Chief Operating Officer, Hallie Siegel, who provides leadership in communications, strategy, and development.

hallie.siegel@utoronto.ca