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Flying Through Obstacles: The Gravity Defying Course on Unmanned Aerial Systems

June 8, 2023

One cross-disciplinary lab in the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship is proving to be an exciting place to run applications for real-world problems. Applications of such research can help inspect infrastructure or crop health, track moving objects for security, and deliver lightweight packages. The focus for Professor Steven […]

Robert Zee speaking to guests inside his SFL lab

Space Flight Laboratory celebrates 25 years of successful missions and satellite projects

May 4, 2023

A team of researchers at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) is celebrating 25 years of designing advanced micro- and nanosatellites for a broad range of missions — from scientific to commercial and government applications. “Our laboratory engages in experimental technology research tied to real space missions,” […]

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Zingg highlights urgent need for sustainable aviation research and development funding

April 20, 2023

The importance of investment in green technologies is widely recognized, as is the importance of reducing the impact of civil aviation on climate change, but recently these two ideas have not been connected in Canada. The federally supported Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), which was funded from 2009-2021, has not yet […]

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U of T Engineering community gathers to celebrate Faculty’s 150th anniversary

April 3, 2023

On Saturday, April 1, more than 1,300 members of the U of T Engineering community gathered at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto to celebrate the Faculty’s 150th anniversary — and officially kick off its new Defy Gravity fundraising campaign. The evening featured a keynote address from Canadian astronaut […]

Jonathan Kelly in the Myhal robotics lab with a robotic arm in the background

What’s your story? Get to know Jonathan Kelly

March 31, 2023

What’s Your Story? is a video series that helps you get to know U of T Engineering professors beyond the classroom. In these short interviews, they share what inspired them to pursue engineering, what keeps them up at night and a few things you may not expect – from superpowers and science fiction to childhood memories and what brings them joy.  Get to […]

Peter Hughes

In Memoriam: Peter Carlisle Hughes (1940-2023)

January 9, 2023

by Gabriele D’Eleuterio, Professor, UTIAS It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Emeritus Peter Carlisle Hughes, preeminent dynamicist, aerospace engineer and space robotics pioneer. Hughes died on January 5. He was 82. Hughes was a graduate of Engineering Physics (now Engineering Science), class of 6T2. […]

Tim Barfoot, Cameron Dickinson and Chris Damaren presenting at the lecture hall with Mona Gridseth on the video screen

2022 G.N. Patterson Award and Lecture

December 20, 2022

In honour of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies’ (UTIAS) founder and director, Professor Gordon Patterson, the annual G. N. Patterson Lecture was established. On this occasion, the G. N. Patterson Award is presented to a recently completed doctoral student in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in the […]

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Emeritus James DeLaurier inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

November 8, 2022

Professor Emeritus James DeLaurier from UTIAS was inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame (CAHF). DeLaurier has been a leader of development for aeronautics and aviation in Canada for more than four decades. After earning a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, he showed his invaluable contributions by […]

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Improved visual perception method could help robots navigate crowded spaces

November 2, 2022

A team of researchers led by Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) has found a way to enhance the visual perception of robotic systems by coupling two different types of neural networks. The innovation could help autonomous vehicles navigate busy streets or enable medical robots to work effectively in crowded hospital hallways.  “What tends […]

Angela Schoellig proudly standing in front of the auToronto vehicle in the autonomous robotics lab

Autonomous robotics research earns Professor Angela Schoellig an Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship

October 28, 2022

Professor Angela Schoellig (UTIAS) has earned an Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). The award will further accelerate Schoellig’s leading-edge research into autonomous robotics for a variety of applications, from environmental monitoring to visual inspection of construction sites. “Today, most robots operate in carefully controlled environments, or […]