U of T Robotics News

UTRA Hacks March 18 & 19

January 27, 2023

The University of Toronto Robotics Association (UTRA) is partnering with the Robotics Institute to bring back their annual UTRA Hacks event. This beginner-friendly hackathon to encourage robotics skill-building will start at noon on Saturday, March 18 and finish in the early afternoon of Sunday, March 19. Registration is only $10, and all participants receive three (3) […]

In Memoriam: Peter Carlisle Hughes 1940-2023

January 10, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the death on the 5th of January of Professor Emeritus Peter Carlisle Hughes, preeminent dynamicist, aerospace engineer and space robotics pioneer.

autoronto self driving car in winter

Self-driving vehicles aren’t yet ready for Toronto winters, but WinTOR is on its way

November 30, 2022

University of Toronto Robotics Institute Professor Steven Waslander, a world leading expert on 3D object detection for self-driving vehicles, was asked by CBC’s Metro Morning to weigh in on Tesla drivers being allowed to test hands-free features in Toronto’s downtown core

Women in Robotics Ontario Chapter Launches

November 29, 2022

On November 19, 2022 a group of women in robotics gathered to kick off the new WiR Ontario Chapter.

HeRo/KITE seminar Dec 5 at 11am: Dr. Hermano Igo Kreb

November 17, 2022

HeRo/KITE seminar Dec 5 at 11am: Dr. Hermano Igo Kreb

Improved visual perception method could help robots navigate crowded spaces

November 9, 2022

Prof Jonathan Kelly discusses his lab’s improved visual perception method to help robots navigate crowded spaces.

Angela Schoellig recognized with Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship

October 31, 2022

Professor Angela Schoellig of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) has earned an Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

Goldie Nejat featured in ’50 women in robotics you need to know about 2022′

October 31, 2022

Goldie Nejat is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, a Full Professor at the U of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Inst. She is the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Lab.

University of Toronto Robotics Institute at IROS 2022 in Kyoto, Japan

October 25, 2022

The U of T Robotics Institute is well represented with accepted papers at IROS 2022.  A number of the papers will also be presented by the authors. Robotics Institute faculty’s names are in bold.   Transferring Dexterous Manipulation from GPU Simulation to a Remote Real-World TriFinger. By Arthur Allshire, Mayank Mittal, Varun Lodaya, Viktor Makoviychuk, […]

Press Coverage of Prof Animesh Garg’s Thoughts About Tesla’s Optimus Robot

October 4, 2022

Robotics Institute Prof Animesh Garg wrote a piece on the new Tesla Bot in his newsletter that was quoted/covered in IEEE Spectrum, Verge, Yahoo Finance, & Nautilus.

Three women stand around a white robotic arm as it picks up a pink cube.

‘It’s a really cool place’: UTM undergrads get hands-on experience with new robotics teaching lab

October 3, 2022

Students and visitors get a hands-on demonstration during the official opening of UTM’s Undergraduate Robotics Teaching Laboratory.

Robotics Demos at UofT for Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol

September 26, 2022

On Thursday, Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk-yeol visited the University of Toronto Robotics Institute for a whirlwind sampling of AI robotics demos by Professors Xinyu Liu, Alex Mihailidis, and Yu Sun, as well as the aUToronto student team.

Introducing the Canadian Robotics Council

September 19, 2022

We’re excited to announce something we’ve been collaborating on for over a year – introducing the Canadian Robotics Council! The Canadian Robotics Council was formed with a mission: to help Canadians benefit from the robotics technologies that are poised to fuel economic development, global competitiveness, productivity, and improved safety. Over 75 of Canada’s key robotics […]

A Q&A With the Canadian Robotics Council About its Conference and Canada’s Future

September 14, 2022

Hallie Siegel, Managing Director, Strategy & Partnerships, University of Toronto Robotics Institute & Co-Chair, Canadian Robotics Council (CRC), talks to SpaceQ about the upcoming CRC Symposium in Ottawa on September 22, 2022 and the CRC vision of Canadians leveraging robotics to enhance their health, global competitiveness, productivity, safety, and quality of work.

Congratulations to Prof Yu Sun, IEEE Technical Achievement Award

August 2, 2022

Congratulations to Prof Yu Sun on the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Prof Sun’s award “For foundational contributions to robotics and automation at micro-nano scales and pioneering contributions to robotic cell manipulation”.

Prof Yu Sun Co-Chairs Symposium to Honour Leading Robotics Researcher Prof Brad Nelson

July 19, 2022

Prof Yu Sun, Director, University of Toronto Robotics Institute, and Prof Richard Voyles, Daniel C. Lewis Professor of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University, (left and right in the photo) together organized the ETH MSRL Robotics Symposium: The Fantastic Voyage of Robotics – 20th anniversary of the Multi- Scale Robotics Lab.

Mihai Duduta receives a 2022 Discovery Award from the Banting Research Foundation

July 19, 2022

Professor Mihai “Mishu” Duduta (MIE) is among the recipients of the Banting Research Foundation’s 2022 Discovery Award.

Robotics Institute Prof Raquel Urtasun shares prestigious Longuet-Higgins prize for “KITTI Vision Benchmark” work in development since 2012

July 12, 2022

Andreas Geiger, professor of computer vision and machine learning at the University of Tübingen, is part of a team of researchers honoured with the prestigious Longuet-Higgins prize at this year’s IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). In addition to Geiger, Philip Lenz and Raquel Urtasun received the prestigious award for their joint work on the “KITTI Vision Benchmark,” which they have been running and developing since 2012.

PAIR Lab places as a finalist for the L4DC Best Paper Award

July 4, 2022

Congratulations to the PAIR group members Animesh Garg and Samarth Sinha!

Another top prize for aUToronto in the first competition of the AutoDrive Challenge™ II

June 13, 2022

U of T Engineering’s self-driving vehicle team, aUToronto, has taken the top spot overall in the first competition of the four-year AutoDrive Challenge™ II.

Prof Jessica Burgner-Kahrs Gives TEDx Talk

June 13, 2022

Watch Prof Jessica Burgner-Kahrs’ TEDx Toronto Renew 2022 talk to find out what obstacles she overcame to create tiny robots that move like an elephant’s trunk.

2022 IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Best Paper Award goes to UofT Robotics Institute Prof Eric Diller et al for the innovative simple design of a magnetically actuated capsule for microbiome fluid sampling in the gastrointestinal tract.

June 6, 2022

2022 IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics Best Paper Award goes to UofT Robotics Institute Prof Eric Diller et al for the innovative simple design of a magnetically actuated capsule for microbiome fluid sampling in the gastrointestinal tract.

Mobility Network presents ‘Harnessing intelligence in transportation systems’

May 30, 2022

Event happening May 31, 2022 at 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm If you use a wayfinding app, if you idle at centrally controlled traffic lights, if your license plate is read as you get on the 407, or if the changeable message sign tells you how long it will take you to get across town — then […]

Cultivating Robotics Leadership

May 26, 2022

We just launched the Institute’s Robotics Leadership Program – learn more about why we started it.