Get a Collaborative Specialization in Robotics!

The Collaborative Specialization is for research stream graduate students pursuing a robotics thesis with a UofT Robotics Institute faculty member.

Why pursue a Collaborative Specialization in Robotics at UofT?

Robotics is a fast-changing, highly interdisciplinary field. U of T’s Collaborative Specialization in Robotics brings together research stream graduate students from engineering, computer science and medicine who are advancing the state of the art in robotics across healthcare, mobility, and advanced manufacturing applications. 

The program complements a student’s research thesis and coursework with a seminar-style course, events, and professional development skills, and provides all research-stream graduate students with a robotics designation on their degree.

Who it’s for

The Collaborative Specialization in Robotics is open to any research stream graduate trainee who is supervised by a Robotics Institute Faculty Member and is undertaking a robotics-focused thesis. You are eligible to participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Robotics if:

You are already admitted to a participating research-stream master’s degree program or PhD program at U of T. Participating degree programs include:


You are NOT eligible to participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Robotics if: 

  • You are not already enrolled at U of T in one of the participating degree programs listed above.
  • You have already completed U of T’s Collaborative Specialization in Robotics at the master’s level and are currently enrolled in a PhD program.

Note for research stream students:

Research students who started their degree prior to Fall 2022 can still pursue the Emphasis in Robotics. You also may be able to complete the Collaborative Specialization instead if you meet the requirements. If you have questions, please contact robotics.gradstudies@utoronto.ca for more information.

Not yet a student at U of T?

You must already be enrolled in a MASc or MEng or PhD program at one of our qualifying Departments or Institutes at U of T in order to be eligible for the Graduate Emphasis in Robotics.

If you are not yet a graduate student at U of T, check out the admissions pages of our partner departments!

Currently doing your MEng at U of T?

If you are doing your MEng you are not eligible to participate in the Collaborative Specialization.

The good news is that you are eligible for the Graduate Emphasis in Robotics! Don’t forget to apply before you graduate!

Program Requirements

  • Complete your thesis in the area of robotics
  • Complete one half course (0.5 FCE) from the following list.
  • Complete eight seminars in ROB1830Y, the Robotics Seminar Series (0.0 FCE, Credit/No Credit) in addition to your home program requirements. ROB1830Y is a “continuous course”, meaning that you can remain registered in the course across multiple years until you meet the course requirements (i.e. you need not take eight seminars in one academic year).
  • Meet the degree requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, and your participating home graduate program.

Group 1: Planning and Control

Pre-approved Group 1 substitutions

Group 2: Perception and Learning 

Pre-approved Group 2 substitutions

Group 3: Modelling and Dynamics

Pre-approved Group 3 substitutions

Group 4: Systems Design and Integration

Pre-approved Group 4 substitutions

Not all courses will be offered each year.

Recognition

Students who complete the program will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Robotics” on their transcript.

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How to Complete the Collaborative Specialization

  1. Register your intent to pursue the Collaborative Specialization (you need to login with your UTORid to access)
  2. Once your form is processed, you’ll be registered  for the seminar course ROB1830Y on Acorn by either Sept 10, Jan 10, or May 1st.
  3. Keep a record of your seminar attendance throughout your degree by capturing:
    1. Name of seminar speaker, title of talk
    2. Date you participated or watched the seminar. Note: Your seminar attendance will be verified. you can remain registered in the course across multiple years until you meet the course requirements (i.e. you need not take eight seminars in one academic year).

When you have met the requirements of the collaborative specialization (ie.completed your thesis and the seminar course requirements), fill out the Collaborative Specialization Completion Form.

Deadlines

  • Declare your intent to pursue the Collaborative Specialization in Robotics forms are processed three times a year, and the deadlines are: Sept 5, Jan 5, April 25
  • If the Intent to Declare form is properly filled out, students will be automatically registered for the Seminar Course ROB1830Y on Acorn (on Sept 10, Jan 10, and May 1)

Submit the Intent to Pursue Form by

September 5

January 5

April 25

Submit the Completion Form By

December 10

For November Convocation

May 10

For March Convocation (in absentia)

August 1

For June Convocation