Women in Canadian aerospace are making their mark!

31 amazing women, including UTIAS Professors Alis Ekmekci and Angela Schoellig, are included in the Women in Science and Engineering spotlight on Women in Canadian Aerospace. Read their stories, learn about their work & #AeroPassion.

Professor Hugh Liu receives a UofT Inventor of the Year Award

Engineering professors Parham Aarabi (ECE), Richard Cobbold (IBBME, ECE) and Hugh Liu (UTIAS) have been named Inventors of the Year by the University of Toronto. The honour recognizes exceptional researchers who are commercializing new technologies that can benefit society. Read the full story.

Professor Angela Schoellig on why Amazon is testing drone deliveries in Canada

Angela Schoellig, a drone researcher at the University of Toronto, said she and her collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tried in two different ways to get licences to conduct drone tests for research in the U.S. and weren’t successful. “And that’s pretty standard,” she said. The researchers ended up doing outdoor tests in… Read more »

PrecisionHawk and UTIAS to Develop Solution for UAV Platforms in GPS-Denied Environments

PrecisionHawk and the University of Toronto today announced a collaboration to develop a solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the event of GPS loss or jam. The partnership, named ‘Project Breadcrumb’, will facilitate safe UAV travel even when all other communications or navigations systems are lost. The objective will be to integrate directly into PrecisionHawk’s… Read more »

Drones could keep watchful eye on construction sites

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, act as sensors in the sky and could change the way inspections are carried out, providing a whole new view on construction sites, states Professor Angela Schoellig of the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto.

U of T Engineering receives over $1 million in CFI research funding

Somewhere across a massive water system, a toxic bloom of algae is polluting drinking water. But what’s the fastest way to find it? To U of T Engineering professor Angela Schoellig (UTIAS), the answer is flying drones—an entire swarm designed to zigzag across landscapes and spot environmental hazards. Schoellig and her pioneering drone development is… Read more »

UTIAS Alumna Named On The Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Congratulations to Natalie Panek, an engineer at MDA Robotics, and a UTIAS alumna, who has been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Some of the amazing work that Natalie does to encourage girls in science can be seen on her blog “ThePanekRoom”.

Drone Plus Drum Machine Equals This Killer Flying Musical Instrument

A Research collaboration between the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and WaveDNA resulted in a drone drum. The drum experiment wasn’t just about building a newfangled instrument. It was designed to test how humans can interact with robots, specifically flying ones. Details and video here.