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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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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‘Building community within the classroom’: Meet Professor Morgan Hooper

October 19, 2022

Morgan Hooper recently joined the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) as an assistant professor, teaching stream, cross-appointed to the Division of Engineering Science (EngSci). She is currently teaching engineering design in the EngSci Praxis III course. Hooper (EngSci 1T5 + PEY) graduated from U of T Engineering… Read more »

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Alum Javier Romualdez builds StarSpec’s reputation in the growing commercial space industry

October 4, 2022

UTIAS alumnus, Javier Romualdez (PhD Graduate), founded StarSpec Technologies to enable technology developers, science leaders, and industry innovators to push the frontiers of emerging suborbital and satellite-based applications. His leadership team includes Steven Li (UTIAS MASc Graduate) and John Hartley (AST PhD Graduate). In September 2020, the satellite and space… Read more »

auToronto engineers presenting their autonomous vehicle at the AI roundtable

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol visits U of T for AI roundtable

September 28, 2022

Written by Rahul Kalvapalle The University of Toronto welcomed South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol to campus last week to discuss artificial intelligence (AI) – its rise, potential applications and opportunities for further collaboration between U of T and South Korean partners. President Yoon hailed Toronto as an AI powerhouse, saying… Read more »

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UTAT wins national competition with Canada’s first-ever experimental hybrid rocket launch

September 2, 2022

In early August, a team of students from U of T Engineering launched Canada’s first-ever experimental hybrid rocket. The successful flight of their vehicle — dubbed Defiance — earned them first place in the Advanced Flight category of Launch Canada, a new industry-partnered intercollegiate rocket competition. Taking place August 1… Read more »

Chris Yip, David Ribner, Tom Siddon, and Christopher Damaren standing with the Ribner Award plaque

Paying it forward with the influential work of alumnus H.S. Ribner

August 2, 2022

Students wishing to attend the U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies will see their graduate careers off to a flying start with the creation of a newly endowed award to support research in the field of aero-acoustics and aerospace. The H.S. Ribner Memorial Scholarship honours Professor Emeritus Herbert Spencer… Read more »

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