U of T Robotics News

Eric Diller on Robots Podcast

September 24, 2020

Robohub Podcast interviewer Audrow Nash interviews Eric Diller, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, on wireless micro-scale robots that could eventually be used in human surgery.

How the pandemic is shaping robotics: New UofT Robotics white paper

September 21, 2020

Written in plain language and free of technical jargon, this paper aims to provide decision-makers with a primer on the use of robots and their potential in the fight against COVID. We survey how other countries around the world are making use of robots, describe the current state of affairs in Canada, and provide recommendations on how we can better leverage our robotics capabilities to benefit Canadians in this challenging time.

Seminar: MIT’s Russ Tedrake on Feedback Control for Manipulation

August 11, 2020

Control theory has an answer for just about everything, but …

Seminar: NYU’s Ludovic Righetti on Algorithms for Robust Multi-Contact Behaviors

July 21, 2020

Reasoning about physical interactions is a computationally daunting task, yet contacts are at the core of any manipulation or locomotion behavior.

UofT Robotics Students Win RSS Best Student Paper Award

July 16, 2020

Congratulations to STARS Lab members Matt Giamou and Valentin Peretroukhin, winners of the 2020 Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) Best Student Paper Award.

UofT at RSS 2020

July 15, 2020

Check out all the UofT contributions to the 2020 Robotics Science and Systems conference.

Three UofT Robotics Faculty on the Soft Robotics Podcast

July 15, 2020

Enjoy these Soft Robotics Podcast interviews with UofT Robotics faculty, Xinyu Liu, Eric Diller and Jessica Burgner-Kahrs.    

Weiss Mini-Symposium Talk: Advances in Continuum Robots for Surgery

July 15, 2020

Watch this 20-minute talk from the Weiss Institute’s Mini Symposium on Surgical Robotics.

Animesh Garg’s research covered on Venture Beat

July 2, 2020

Check out this AI system that learns to model how fabrics interact by watching videos.

Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs appointed Associate Director of UofT Robotics Institute

July 1, 2020

In recognition of her exemplary leadership uniting the University of Toronto’s robotics community, the UofT Robotics Institute is pleased to welcome Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs as Associate Director, effective July 1, 2020. 

Seminar: MIT’s Luca Carlone on Spatial Perception for Robots and Autonomous Vehicles

June 26, 2020

Safety-critical applications of robotics in the wild, ranging from self-driving vehicles to search & rescue, demand a new generation of algorithms.

HeRo Seminar: University of Leeds’ Pietro Valdastri on Robotic Flexible Endoscopy

June 19, 2020

Exploring autonomy in robotic flexible endoscopy Prof. Pietro Valdastri Science and Technologies of Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab, University of Leeds Fri. June 19, 10-11am ET  Register for the UofT Robotics Newsletter to learn more about our Seminar Series – seminars are open to all UofT students and faculty.     Abstract This talk will focus on Robotic… Read more »

HeRo Seminar: UofT’s Goldie Nejat on Growing Old with Socially Assistive Robots

June 11, 2020

Growing Old with Socially Assistive Robots: Robots That Can Help with Everyday Activities Prof. Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto Thursday June 11, 2-3pm Register for the UofT Robotics Newsletter to learn more about our Seminar Series – seminars are open to all UofT students and faculty.   Abstract: The world is experiencing a silver tsunami: rapid population… Read more »

Seminar: Stanford’s Jeanette Bohg on Embracing Uncertainty in Robotic Manipulation

June 8, 2020

What if we will never reach perfect accuracy? If we accept that premise, then an important focus towards more robust robotic manipulation is to develop methods that can cope with a base level of uncertainty and unexpected events.

Two Robotics Institute students among UofT Engineering’s “Grads to Watch 2020”

June 5, 2020

Congratulations to Robotics Institute students Onaizah Onaizah and Valentin Peretroukhin for being among this year’s UofT Engineering’s 16 “Grads to Watch” in 2020.

UofT at ICRA2020: 23 papers, 2 workshops, 54 co-authors, and 1 prestigious award

June 5, 2020

The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s flagship conference and is one of the most prestigious international forums for robotics research.

Check out our highlights from the conference!

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.

HeRo Seminar: UofT’s José Zariffa on Rehab Robotics

May 21, 2020

This presentation will present design considerations for rehabilitation robots using key examples from the field, as well as perspectives for robotic assistive technologies.

HeRo Seminar: UofT’s Jessica Burgner-Kahrs on continuum robotics

May 14, 2020

Through the Keyhole: Continuum Robots for Surgical Applications Prof. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs Continuum Robotics Laboratory University of Toronto Mississauga   Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 2-3pm ET Abstract Continuum robots, which are biologically inspired and organic compliant structures, differ fundamentally from traditional robots, which rely on a rigid joint-link composition. Their appearance is evocative of animals… Read more »

Prof. Eric Diller

Eric Diller awarded McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction

April 22, 2020

Prof. Eric Diller has been awarded the McCharles Prize for Early Career Research Distinction, in recognition of his exceptional performance and distinction in early career research. Diller’s research focuses on developing miniature robots which can be wirelessly controlled just like full-sized robots. His goal is to enable a radically new approach to medical procedures and create an entirely new set of scientific tools.

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.

Eric Diller

Eric Diller receives prestigious IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation

March 8, 2020

Prof. Eric Diller has received the prestigious IEEE RAS Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation for his contributions to magnetic wireless micro-scale robots.

National Geographic

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.