U of T Robotics News

UofT Robotics Institute will be the virtual home of a new joint centre for robotics and eldercare

June 1, 2020

U of T Engineering and the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence has partnered with the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China to launch a centre dedicated to researching and commercializing robotics for elder care. The centre will be virtually housed within the U of T Robotics Institute.

Yu Sun receives Connaught Innovation Award

March 10, 2020

Sun and collaborators plan to improve on their current heart perfusion system designs by integrating sensors that measure the pressure and flow of blood in and out of the heart. Data from these sensors can be analyzed using machine learning techniques to provide a real-time, quantitative assessment of the heart’s function.

Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Public Lecture | Rethinking Robotics: Worms, tongues and elephant trunks

March 9, 2020

Join U of T alumni and friends for a lecture on biology-inspired continuum robots and their role in minimally invasive surgeries.

Goldie Nejat interviewed in National Geographic Magazine

January 9, 2020

Nejat’s socially assistive robots are designed to engage with humans and could help fill an urgent need: caregiving for the elderly.

Profs. Schoellig, Garg & McIlraith named CIFAR AI Chairs

December 9, 2019

CIFAR, the Canadian-based global organization that supports collaboration and advancement in research, launched its Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy in 2017 — the Canada CIFAR AI Chair program is a cornerstone of that strategy.

Robotics Seminar with Clearpath’s Ryan Gariepy

November 14, 2019

Move Fast and (Don’t) Break Things: Commercializing Robotics at the Speed of Venture Capital

Wednesday December 4 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

LM 161, Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories, 80 St. George Street

Watch Angela Schoellig’s keynote at CoRL2019

October 31, 2019

Angela Schoellig was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL) in Osaka, Japan. Check out her presentation on Youtube.

Join the 2020 Hamelyn Surgical Robotics Challenge

October 26, 2019

CIGITI is looking for undergraduate and graduate students to form the next team to enter the 2020 Hamlyn Surgical Robot Challenge.

Animesh Garg in Nature Outlook

September 25, 2019

Animesh Garg has been interviewed in Nature Outlook in a story that looks at the future of surgery.

Yu Sun named Royal Society of Canada Fellow

September 10, 2019

Sun’s robotic ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) technology resulted in the world’s first robotically created human fertilization. He has also developed the world’s first automated robotic cell manipulation system for drug screening and bladder cancer detection.

The Advanced Robotics and Controls Lab (ARClab) at UCSD is dedicated to the design of novel surgical and biomedical robots and machine learning for contextually aware robots. Image source: ARCLab

Surgical robotics seminar with UCSD’s Michael Yip

August 22, 2019

Towards Autonomous Surgical Robots: New Strategies in Design, Control, and AI
Date & Time: Fri, Aug 23, 11am-noon
Location: Pratt 266

Lieutenant Governor Liz Dowdeswell visits UTM's growing robotics research cluster. Photo source: UTM

UTM robotics cluster hosts Lieutenant Governor

August 22, 2019

Lieutenant Governor Liz Dowdeswell visits UTM’s growing robotics research cluster.

Photo courtesy: Animesh Garg

‘We have really ambitious plans’: Robotics research gears up at UTM

August 16, 2019

Meet UTM’s recent robotics hires: Animesh Garg, Jessica Burgner-Kahrs & Florian Shkurti. And this is simply the start of UTM’s robotics cluster: there are plans to add between two and four additional faculty to the group.

Shape programming of polymeric based electrothermal actuator (ETA) via artificially induced stress relaxation. Source: Prof. Hani Naguib

New soft robotics paper by Hani Naguib in Nature

August 7, 2019

Nature Scientific Reports has published a new paper on soft robotics by Prof. Hani Naguib.

aUToronto AutoDrive team. Photo courtesy aUToronto.

aUToronto now hiring for the 2019-2020 season

July 5, 2019

U of T’s self-driving car team is hiring students for Team Lead and General Member positions. Learn more.

XingJian Liu at the Robotics Institute launch, May 25, 2019. Photo courtesy Xiaoyu Zhu.

It’s official: We are robotics headquarters at UofT

July 1, 2019

Starting today, the University of Toronto Robotics Institute is the official central headquarters for robotics at UofT.

Prof. Angela Schoellig is awarded the Early Career Spotlight at Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) 2019. Photo courtesy George J. Pappas.

Angela Schoellig awarded Early Career Spotlight at RSS2019

June 24, 2019

Prof. Angela Schoellig was awarded an Early Career Spotlight at the 2019 Robotics Science & Systems (RSS) conference in Freiburg, Germany. Watch her Spotlight talk.

Jonathan Kelly: New Canada Research Chair in collaborative robotics

June 14, 2019

Congrats to Jonathan Kelly, our new Canada Research Chair in collaborative robotics.

aUToronto is composed of U of T Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate and graduate students. Photo courtesy of aUToronto.

aUToronto wins AutoDrive Challenge second year in a row

June 5, 2019

The aUToronto team and their self-driving car, Zeus, beat out seven other universities to defend their first-place title in the AutoDrive Challenge. 

Profs. Tim Barfoot, Angela Schoellig and Yu Sun represent the UofT Robotics Institute at ICRA 2019. Photo courtesy Xiaoyu Zhu.

Robotics Institute to strengthen multidisciplinary research at U of T Engineering

May 30, 2019

The new University of Toronto Robotics Institute establishes a central headquarters for world-leading robotics research across U of T and beyond.

Prof. Yu Sun's team receives Best Paper Automation award at ICRA 2019 for "Robotic Orientation Control of Deformable Cells" (Changsheng Dai, Zhuoran Zhang, Yuchen Lu, Guanqiao Shan, Xian Wang, Qili Zhao, Yu Sun). Photo courtesy Xiaoyu Zhu.

Two best papers, four award finalists at ICRA 2019

May 24, 2019

UofT researchers presented 25 papers at ICRA this year, covering everything from micro-manipulators to autonomous vehicles and drone swarms, to robot assistants.

U of T Robotics Institute Coming This July

May 17, 2019

Coming this July, the Robotics Institute will evolve into the official central headquarters for robotics at UofT.

No assembly required: Researchers automate microrobotic designs

April 24, 2019

Researchers in Prof. Eric Diller’s lab create magnetized microrobots — the size of the head of a pin — that can travel through fluid-filled vessels and organs within the human body.

In March 2019, Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) visited Yangon, Myanmar to teach a week-long course to 25 engineering, computer science and physics university students. Photo courtesy Jonathan Kelly.

UTIAS professor teaches robotics in Myanmar

March 27, 2019

Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) recently returned from a week in Yangon, Myanmar, where he partnered with a startup accelerator to teach robotics to 25 local university students.