Statement on the Events in Quebec City – Office of the President

January 30, 2017 Our flags will fly at half-mast for a two-day mourning period beginning tomorrow to coincide with the vigils being planned across the University. The University of Toronto community has reacted with shock and sorrow at news of the appalling shooting at a mosque in Québec City. Our heartfelt condolences go out to… Read more »

University of Toronto keeping close watch on impact of US travel restrictions

“The idea of targeting and restricting the travel of individuals on the basis of their nationality or birthplace is antithetical to everything we stand for as an institution and a country.” The University of Toronto is keeping close watch on events related to President Trump’s order restricting travel to the United States from seven countries…. Read more »

Remembering Margaret and John Bahen

The University of Toronto has lost two remarkable alumni and supporters. Margaret and John Bahen (CivE 5T4) both passed away in November, within days of one another. The couple, who met at U of T and raised three children together, leave behind many friends and family members, as well as a strong legacy at their… Read more »

Drone-delivered AEDs offer novel approach to saving lives at home

When a person goes into cardiac arrest, every passing minute hurts their chances of survival. Now, a group of U of T Engineering researchers want to use drones to deliver life-saving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) rapidly and directly to homes. Justin Boutilier (IndE PhD candidate) envisions a future in which a bystander or family member… Read more »

Professor Philippe Lavoie joins forces with the University of Southampton to create greener Tunnel Vision

An iconic wind tunnel once used to develop the Spitfire is now aiding 21st century efforts to help aircraft fly and ships sail more fuel-efficiently. Located at the University of Southampton, the R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel is being harnessed by Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani’s team on an EPSRC and Airbus-backed project to deliver fresh insights into… Read more »

UTIAS PhD student founded Trek for Teens to help homeless youth

In 2007, an enterprising Toronto high school student named Michael Bazzocchi (EngSci 0T3, UTIAS PhD candidate) founded the Trek for Teens Foundation to tackle homelessness amongst people aged 16 to 24. The foundation has since raised more than $60,000 in donations for local shelters, such as Covenant House. Full story…

Research2Reality Interview with Professor Angela Schoellig

Smart Robots Adapt to the Real World Robotics and automation are already a cornerstone of commercial manufacturing. Predictable environments and repetitive actions make it relatively simple for programmers to teach robots how to behave and perform tasks safely. In the real world, however, robots will need to be adaptive. Angela Schoellig, assistant professor at the… Read more »