Emphasis on Aerial Robotics

Aerial robots hold great promise for applications as diverse as natural resource monitoring, infrastructure inspection, agriculture, mineral exploration, journalism, and search & rescue operations. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) form the most vibrant sector of the aerospace industry, growing more quickly than any other segment. It is forecast that the UAV sector will continue to experience strong growth for the next decade, and that, globally, almost US$90 billion will be spent on new vehicles and support systems over that period. The development of commercial UAVs requires a broad array of technical skills, across multiple disciplines bringing together aerodynamicists, structural designers, materials engineers, propulsion experts, control specialists, and roboticists, to design and develop state-of-the-art aerial robotic platforms.

The Emphasis in Aerial Robotics is sponsored by the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE). The program creates an opportunity to enhance the graduate student experience with a view to further develop expertise in the burgeoning field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This emphasis focuses on integrated research and development on aerial robotics systems, from design, instrumentation, to autonomy.

The Emphasis in Aerial Robotics is available to all eligible students in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering whose area of research is relevant to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and may be subject to the CARRE Director’s approval. Interested students are required to sign-up via the registration link below.

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the Emphasis in Aerial Robotics are required to inform the CARRE Program Coordinator at coordinator@carre.utoronto.ca. Upon verification, the technical emphasis will be reflected on the student’s academic transcript, in addition a certificate of completion will be issued. The certificate may be claimed by contacting the CARRE Program Coordinator.


Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE)
coordinator@carre.utoronto.ca | 416-667-7796


MASc and PhD students must complete:

MEng students must complete:

  • AER 1216H (Fundamentals of UAVs) and AER 1217H (Development of Autonomous UAS)

  • One other course from the approved list or other related course approved by CARRE Director

  • One MEng project course relevant to UAVs
    Note: * UTIAS MEng students must complete AER 1810H (MEng Project), supervised by UTIAS Professor.
    * Non-UTIAS MEng students must complete their home department MEng Project course, under supervision of a Professor.

Overview of Program Requirements

Eligible Courses

AER 501H1 - Computational Structural Mechanics and Design Optimization
AER 503H1 - Aeroelasticity
AER 506H1 - Spacecraft Dynamics and Control 1
AER 510H1 - Aerospace Propulsion
ROB 521H1 - Mobile Robotics and Perception
AER 525H1 - Robotics
AER 1202H - Advanced Flight Dynamics
AER 1211H - Human Control of Flight Systems
AER 1303H - Advanced Fluid Mechanics
AER 1308H - Introduction to Modern Flow Control
AER 1310H - Turbulence Modelling
AER 1316H - Fundamentals of Computational Fluid Dynamics
AER 1403H - Advanced Aerospace Structures
AER 1410H - Topology Optimization
AER 1415H - Computational Optimization
AER 1503H - Spacecraft Dynamics and Control II
AER 1513H - State Estimation for Aerospace Vehicles
AER 1514H - Mobile Robotics

CSC 411H1 - Machine Learning and Data Mining
CSC 2503H1 - Foundations of Computational Vision

ECE 537H1 - Random Processes
ECE 1505H1 - Convex Optimization
ECE 1512H1 - Digital Image Processing & Applications
ECE 1762H1 - Algorithms & Data Structures

MIE 506H1 - MEMS Design and Microfabrication
MIE 1740H1 - Smart Materials and Structures
MIE 1809H1 - Advanced Mechatronics


The Emphasis in Aerial Robotics Program is not tracked through ACORN. The CARRE Program Coordinator will confirm the successful completion of the Emphasis requirements.

Please review the Overview of Program Requirements.

To register your interest in the program, please complete the following survey.


We acknowledge the support of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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