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Robotics

U of T Engineering has the largest and most diverse robotics program in Canada, and together with a range of strategic industrial partners we are ushering in a future where robots will extend human capabilities and improve lives.

50+
researchers with robotics focus
Largest robotics research program in Canada
$45M+
in total research funding since 2010
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Aerial Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Assistive Robotics
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Human Factors and Transportation
  • Machine Learning
  • Microrobotics
  • Nanorobotics
  • Personal Robotics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Robots for Society
  • Surgical Robotics

Centre for Aerial Robotics Research & Education

CARRE expands and unifies research and teaching activities related to the burgeoning field of aerial robotics.

Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing

TIAM expedites research and development of advanced manufacturing technologies by creating a multidisciplinary network focused on sharing knowledge, ideas and resources.

Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics

IRM brings focus to research in robotics and mechatronics through collaborative research projects and innovative educational programs.

Study Robotics at U of T Engineering

Graduate students can choose from a wide range of technical emphases, including Robotics & Mechatronics and Advanced Manufacturing. Engineering undergraduates can complement their studies with minors in Robotics & Mechatronics, Advanced Manufacturing and Nanoengineering. Engineering Science students can major in Robotics as well as Machine Intelligence — the first program of its kind in Canada.

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U of T Engineering researchers have created a miniature robot that can crawl with inchworm-like motion. The underlying technology could one day transform industries from aviation to smart wearables.

Professor Hani Naguib (MIE, MSE) and his group specialize in smart materials. One line of their research focuses on electrothermal actuators (ETAs), devices made of specialized polymers that can be programmed to physically respond to electrical or thermal changes.

For example, an ETA could be programmed to mimic muscle reflexes, tensing up when cold and relaxing when hot.

PhD candidate Yu-Chen (Gary) Sun and Professor Hani Naguib are designing soft robots and wearable devices with smart materials that physically respond to electo-thermal changes in the environment