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UTIAS researchers launch drone outreach program in Thunder Bay

October 10, 2018

By Amanda Hacio This spring, a team of researchers from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) partnered with Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School (DFC), a high school in Thunder Bay, Ont. serving Indigenous students from communities in northern Ontario. The researchers delivered a series of online and in-class workshops aimed at teaching… Read more »

UTIAS is Part of Canadian Consortium of Researchers Awarded a $5.5 M NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant in Robotics

August 21, 2018

Professors Steven Waslander and Angela Schoellig are representing UTIAS in the NSERC Canadian Robotics Network (NCRN), a consortium of leading robotics researchers from across Canada that includes members from universities, industry, and government. In a quick Q & A, Professors Waslander and Schoellig outline what they hope to achieve as part of this consortium. Q: What… Read more »

Students from UTIAS’s Space Flight Laboratory Win Awards at Small Satellite Conference

August 14, 2018

Graduate students at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) received first and second place awards for technical papers relating to microspace missions developed by SFL. The awards were bestowed last week during the prestigious Frank J. Redd Student Competition at the 32nd Annual Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah…. Read more »

Next-generation Blue Sky Solar car is put to the (wind) test in Prof. Philippe Lavoie’s lab

July 31, 2018

The Blue Sky Solar Racing team is a year away from unveiling their newest vehicle — and they’re not leaving any aspect of its design to chance. In July 2018 the team conducted wind-tunnel tests of 3D-printed models of two retired vehicle designs, Horizon and Polaris, in the lab of U of T Engineering Professor Philippe Lavoie (UTIAS). “It was… Read more »

Spatial Genome Organization and Rocket Science?!

July 20, 2018

Understanding precisely how damaged DNA gets repaired is an important avenue in developing better treatments for various diseases such as cancer. Molecular biologists at work in this field sought fresh insight recently from a non-traditional source: University of Toronto’s Institute for Aerospace Studies. The results – published in Nature Communications this week – shed light… Read more »

From U of T to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab: UTIAS alumna Janis Chodas receives an honorary degree

July 10, 2018

“Juno is a go for launch.” Janis Chodas (EngSci 7T8, MASc. UTIAS 8T0) will never forget those words – the verbal go-ahead she gave to launch the Juno spacecraft in 2011 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At the time, the U of T Engineering alumna was the project manager for the Juno mission at NASA’s Jet… Read more »

Bombardier invests in Toronto aerospace hub, creates U of T research centre on aircraft noise

June 21, 2018

Bombardier Inc., the Canadian aerospace giant, is planning to spend millions to help establish an aerospace research hub near Downsview Airport with the University of Toronto and other local academic institutions as key partners. The Montreal-based maker of planes and trains said Thursday it will invest $1.5 million over five years to fund core research… Read more »

Modelling mayday: New research from U of T Engineering helps pilots train for aerodynamic stall

June 8, 2018

On a winter night in February 2009, Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed just outside of Buffalo, N.Y., killing all 49 passengers and crew aboard and one person on the ground. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that the turbo-prop aircraft experienced many factors contributing to the crash, including an aerodynamic stall from which the… Read more »

U of T’s aUToronto team wins first competition of AutoDrive Challenge

May 24, 2018

The University of Toronto’s aUToronto team has come out on top at the first competition of the three-year AutoDrive Challenge. The competition, created by GM and SAE International, challenged eight universities from across North America to turn an electric Chevy Bolt completely self-driving by 2020. The student team, which includes undergraduate and graduate students from… Read more »

Robotics by land and air: A Q&A with Steven Waslander

May 22, 2018

Professor Steven Waslander has spent his career to date both designing robots, and building in the brains that allow them to operate autonomously. As a graduate student he worked on some of the first quadcopter aerial robots, and later developed an autonomous car sophisticated enough to drive on public roads. Now, he’s bringing his fleet… Read more »