Hugh Liu has received a $1.65 million NSERC CREATE grant to train 150 graduate students in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for everything from fighting forest fires to exploring for natural resources. Read the full story.
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.
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 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 »
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.
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 »
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”.
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.
Jets, once the epitome of exotic travel, now face a hard truth: lifting a crowd of people into the sky and carrying them a long distance requires a large amount of energy. High fuel consumption and carbon footprints, in part, can temper the thrill of takeoff, burdening it with ecological guilt.
“In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, we’ve compiled a short list of some women in robotics that everyone should know about. There are so many many more that we’re already looking forward to featuring them next year. But first, simply creating this post has reopened many arguments about gender and technology and whether we even… Read more »