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Researchers are making self-driving cars safer by enhancing tracking abilities

May 24, 2024

A team of University of Toronto engineering researchers are working to enhance the reasoning ability of robotic systems, such as autonomous vehicles, with the goal of increasing their reliability and safe operation in changing environments.   Multi-object tracking, a critical problem in self-driving cars, is a big focus at the Toronto Robotics and […]

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UTAT division launches first satellite into space

January 16, 2024

On November 11, 2023, U of T Engineering students gathered in the basement of the Sandford Fleming Building — known to many as The Pit — to witness the deployment of HERON Mk. II into space.   The 3U CubeSat satellite, built and operated by the University of Toronto Aerospace Team […]

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Researchers partner with Siemens Energy to tackle sustainable energy production

January 4, 2024

U of T Engineering researchers have partnered with Siemens Energy to tackle a key challenge in the energy sector: sustainable energy conversion for propulsion and power generation – such as developing gas turbine engines that can run on sustainable energy sources like hydrogen. Led by Professor Swetaprovo Chaudhuri (UTIAS), the […]

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Reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions challenging but not impossible

December 6, 2023

For aviation, the path to reduced climate change impact and eventually net-zero carbon dioxide emissions is clear. We must replace fossil fuels with net-zero energy sources, and improve aircraft energy efficiency. The latter is essential given that future energy sources under consideration—such as sustainable aviation fuel and liquid hydrogen—introduce substantial […]

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U of T Engineering student pitches green hydrogen startup at international competition in Berlin

November 22, 2023

Ambrish Kumar (MSE MEng candidate) didn’t expect to win when he made his pitch for net-zero hydrogen production at the Falling Walls Lab Toronto this past August — but he did just that.   “I was working on Nanodes, the startup I co-founded with Rutvik Solanki (UTIAS MEng 2T3) and Siva Subramaniam (UTIAS MEng 2T2) at The Entrepreneurship Hatchery, […]

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New machine learning algorithm aims to improve predictive models of complex dynamical systems

November 15, 2023

Researchers at the University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) have made a significant step towards enabling reliable predictions of complex dynamical systems when there are many uncertainties in the available data or missing information. This work could have numerous applications ranging from predicting the performance of aircraft engines to forecasting […]

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aUToronto team creates a supportive environment to build a winning autonomous vehicle

September 29, 2023

How does a group of U of T Engineering students build an autonomous vehicle that bests its competition year after year? For the aUToronto team, the secret to success is an inclusive and supportive environment. Since 2018, aUToronto, U of T’s self-driving car team, has put in a consistently strong […]

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Celebrating Vanier Scholar Sean Wolfe

September 15, 2023

Join us in celebrating Sean Wolfe, an exceptional PhD candidate in the Aerospace Mechatronics Research Group at U of T. His remarkable achievement of winning the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship underscores his dedication to shaping the future of aerospace. Professor Reza Emami, Wolfe’s accomplished supervisor, highlights Sean’s pioneering potential, […]

Dumitru Diaconu, head of mechanical engineering at SFL, and Alexandre Florio (UTIAS MASc candidate) test a 3D-printed prototype of the hinges that will allow the solar wings of NASA’s StarBurst satellite mission to deploy and lock into position

Graduate students design and build satellites for NASA and other clients

August 29, 2023

For Alexandre Florio (UTIAS MASc candidate), one of the most thrilling aspects of spacecraft design is that the team only has one chance to get the mission right.  “If your car breaks down on a road, you can go to an auto repair shop,” he says. “But if your satellite breaks down […]

Jonathan Kelly, Mia Thomas, and Olivier Lamarre presenting their award

Spotlight on Robotics Achievers: Olivier Lamarre & Mia Thomas!

August 24, 2023

In June, the first-ever University of Toronto Robotics Institute end-of-year celebration brought together faculty, students, staff, partners and friends from across the University of Toronto’s St. George and University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) campuses to mark a year of progress, leadership and research excellence. Professor Jessica Burgner-Kahrs, Associate Director of the […]