U of T Robotics News

Robotics Institute graduate student places first in U of T Three Minute Thesis Competition

April 11, 2024

Robotics Institute graduate student, Daniil Lisus, received first place and People’s Choice Award at the U of T 3MT Competition in March.


Robotics Leadership Program awarded U of T Excellence Through Innovation Award

April 9, 2024

The Robotics Leadership Program received a 2023-24 Excellence Through Innovation Award from the University of Toronto for its innovative delivery of graduate leadership training.

Spotlight: Brokoslaw Laschowski

January 19, 2024

T-CAIREM caught up with Brokoslaw Laschowski to learn about how he’s merging humans with robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve health and performance.

Raquel Urtasun

Raquel Urtasun appointed to the Order of Ontario

January 9, 2024

Raquel Urtasun, Robotics Institute faculty member and founder and CEO of Waabi, appointed one of 25 recipients of the Order of Ontario for 2023—the province’s highest civilian honour.


Steve Waslander talks about the future of autonomous driving on CBC’s The Current

December 18, 2023

What does the recall of two million Teslas mean for the future of autonomous driving? Autonomous vehicle expert, Steve Waslander, joined Matt Galloway from CBC News’ The Current to talk about autonomous vehicle safety, design and what’s next for the industry.

Robotics Institute and UTRA host Robotics Graduate Studies Information Session

November 21, 2023

Undergraduate students interested in graduate studies in robotics can attend an information session on Tuesday, November 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. in Myhal 580 to learn more about the exciting research opportunities at the Robotics Institute.

Maria Yablonina

Maria Yablonina featured in Azure Magazine as one of six global design talents

October 26, 2023

Maria Yablonina was featured as one of six Global Design Talents by Azure Magazine for her innovative robotics approach to architecture and digital fabrication.


Hugh Liu and Steve Waslander speakers at Toronto region industry and innovation showcase

October 24, 2023

Liu and Waslander will participate in expert panel discussions at the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s first-ever innovation showcase on October 30.

Sheila McIlraith

Sheila McIlraith co-authors consensus paper on AI risks and governance

October 24, 2023

Sheila McIlraith is one of 24 international AI experts who propose a path forward to mitigate the risks and challenges associated with advanced AI systems.


Robotics Institute researchers win 2022 Sony Focused Research Award

October 5, 2023

Nandita Vijaykumar and Igor Gilitschenski jointly received a 2022 Sony Focused Research Award to explore neural radiance fields—a transformative deep learning technique used in computer graphics and computer vision to represent and render 3D scenes.

Yu Sun

Yu Sun named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

October 3, 2023

Yu Sun is one of 13 U of T researchers recently named a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in recognition of his leadership, creativity and commitment to advancing academic health sciences.

Tiny robots, giant steps: how nanotechnology could improve cancer and fertility treatment

October 3, 2023

Yu Sun’s nano-robotic research is helping the medical world tackle some of its most perplexing problems – from brain cancer surgery to in-vitro fertilization.

Brokoslaw Laschowski’s research featured on CityNews Toronto

October 3, 2023

“Bionic professor”, Brokoslaw Laschowski, gives CityNews Toronto an inside look at his robotics and AI research.

Sheila McIlraith

Sheila McIlraith awarded 2023 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize

September 30, 2023

Sheila McIlraith, was awarded the 2023 International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence Organization (IJCAI) and Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) Best Paper Prize for groundbreaking AI research.

Raquel Urtasun named one of the most influential people in AI by TIME

September 7, 2023

Urtasun is recognized as a leader in autonomous vehicle technology for founding autonomous-trucking start-up Waabi.


Robotics Institute alum receives 2023 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for next-generation healthcare research

September 1, 2023

When Binbin Ying’s family member was diagnosed with late-stage colorectal cancer, he knew he wanted to find a way to help future patients, and asked himself, “what can I do […]


Robotics Institute solar-powered rover research featured in Phys.org

August 31, 2023

Olivier Lamarre highlights STARS Laboratory research on the safe operation of solar-powered rovers when driving in shadowed regions, like those at the lunar south pole.

Brokoslaw Laschowski receives U of T’s 2022 T-CAIREM Best Trainee Rounds Award

August 8, 2023

This article was originally published by the KITE Research Institute. Professor Brokoslaw Laschowski is the recipient of the University of Toronto’s 2022 Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in […]

Yu Sun

Yu Sun’s research highlighted in Nature article

August 8, 2023

An article published by Nature highlights Yu Sun’s glioblastoma research as an example of research success at the University of Toronto.


Xinyu Liu and Rosalie Wang receive 2022 NFRF Exploration Grant for skin-like wearable technology

August 8, 2023

Professors Xinyu Liu (MIE) and Rosalie Wang (Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – KITE) received $250,000 in research funding through the 2022 New Frontiers in […]

HeRo trainees gain hands-on experience in healthcare robotics at Toronto health centres

July 27, 2023

Through a hands-on exploration of robotics across partner healthcare sites in Toronto, HeRo trainees gained firsthand experience into how robotic technology is being adopted and deployed in local healthcare settings. […]


First annual Toronto Robotics Conference showcases U of T research leadership in healthcare and mobility

July 20, 2023

Over 200 industry partners, alumni, researchers and students gathered at the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the sold out, first annual Toronto Robotics Conference. The conference was […]


Steve Waslander featured on CBC News Cross Country Checkup

July 10, 2023

On July 9, Professor Steve Waslander (UTIAS) joined Ian Hanomansing from CBC News Cross Country Checkup to talk about autonomous vehicle safety, deployment and advantages. Listen to the full segment […]


‘Bionic professor’ aims to transform the field of wearable robotics

June 26, 2023

Published: June 26, 2023 | Mariam Matti | U of T News To students in his University of Toronto lab, Brokoslaw Laschowski is known as “the bionic professor” – a […]