U of T Robotics News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 as a researcher and scientist to help monitor gastrointestinal (GI) diseases so they can be managed at an earlier stage?” He answered this question by […]


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 Medicine (T-CAIREM) Best Trainee Rounds Award. This award recognizes research that investigates innovative applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. The top ten applicants for the […]

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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 Research Fund (NFRF) Exploration Grant to create a new skin-like wearable technology to support stroke rehabilitation. The NFRF promotes groundbreaking high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research 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. Field trip faculty lead Professor Rosalie Wang and program manager Kimberly Colburn set up three site visits for students: Neurochangers Etobicoke, Humber River Hospital and […]


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 hosted by the University of Toronto Robotics Institute (Robotics Institute) and sponsored by Magna International, ClaroNav Inc. and OTTO Motors. The two-day event held from […]


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 beginning at the 1:10 mark.


‘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 superhuman nickname that speaks to both his fascination with wearable robotics and passion for helping others. A research scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and […]

Celebrating community achievements and progress at the first-ever Robotics Institute end-of-year event

June 16, 2023

In June, the first-ever University of Toronto Robotics Institute end-of-year celebration brought together faculty, students, staff, partners and friends from across the University of Toronto’s St. George and University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campuses to mark a year of progress, leadership and research excellence. Professor Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Director of the Robotics Institute, welcomed everyone […]

Toronto Region Board of Trade panel: How innovations and IP developed in tech, aerospace, and health can transform advanced manufacturing

June 13, 2023

The University of Toronto Robotics Institute’s managing director, Hallie Siegel, moderated the Toronto Region Board of Trade Future of Manufacturing Symposium panel on innovation and IP, joined by industry leaders Joris Myny from Siemens, John Laughlin from NGen Canada and Amber Batool from CIBC Capital Markets, introduced by Derek Newton from the University of Toronto. Panelists discussed a range of challenges and opportunities facing Canadian manufacturers, including talent, technology transfer, IP strategy, […]


Canadian Robotics Council seeks to advance robotics adoption, talent training

June 10, 2023

This story was originally published by the University of Toronto Government Relations Office. Talent shortages, supply chain disruptions and limited robotics adoption outside key industries are among the greatest challenges facing Canada’s robotics industry, a conference dedicated to the industry heard earlier this summer. Solving these issues would contribute to closing the country’s productivity gap and raise […]


Robotics Institute researchers advance magnetic microrobotic surgical tools for minimally invasive brain surgery

June 8, 2023

Published: May 24, 2023 | Safa Jinje | U of T Engineering News   A tiny robotic hand designed to enhance neurosurgery is one step closer to clinical practice.   The microrobotic tool, created by a team of U of T Engineering researchers led by Professor Eric Diller (MIE), is operated by an electromagnetic system. It enables surgeons […]


Robotics Institute and partners welcome students from Ukraine for U of T’s computer science summer research program

May 19, 2023

Hosted by the Robotics Institute, the event welcomed the second cohort of computer science summer students from Ukraine.