Professor Angela Schoellig on why Amazon is testing drone deliveries in Canada

March 31, 2015

Angela Schoellig, a drone researcher at the University of Toronto, said she and her collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tried in two different ways to get licences to conduct drone tests for research in the U.S. and weren’t successful. “And that’s pretty standard,” she said. The researchers ended […]

PrecisionHawk and UTIAS to Develop Solution for UAV Platforms in GPS-Denied Environments

March 12, 2015

PrecisionHawk and the University of Toronto today announced a collaboration to develop a solution for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the event of GPS loss or jam. The partnership, named ‘Project Breadcrumb’, will facilitate safe UAV travel even when all other communications or navigations systems are lost. The objective will be […]

Drones could keep watchful eye on construction sites

January 30, 2015

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, act as sensors in the sky and could change the way inspections are carried out, providing a whole new view on construction sites, states Professor Angela Schoellig of the Institute for Aerospace Studies at the University of Toronto. Drones could keep watchful […]

U of T Engineering receives over $1 million in CFI research funding

January 23, 2015

Somewhere across a massive water system, a toxic bloom of algae is polluting drinking water. But what’s the fastest way to find it? To U of T Engineering professor Angela Schoellig (UTIAS), the answer is flying drones—an entire swarm designed to zigzag across landscapes and spot environmental hazards. Schoellig and […]

UTIAS Alumna Named On The Forbes 30 Under 30 List

January 22, 2015

Congratulations to Natalie Panek, an engineer at MDA Robotics, and a UTIAS alumna, who has been named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Some of the amazing work that Natalie does to encourage girls in science can be seen on her blog “ThePanekRoom”.

Drone Plus Drum Machine Equals This Killer Flying Musical Instrument

January 9, 2015

A Research collaboration between the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and WaveDNA resulted in a drone drum. The drum experiment wasn’t just about building a newfangled instrument. It was designed to test how humans can interact with robots, specifically flying ones. Full article: Drone Plus Drum Machine […]

How do I leave a footprint when I’m not touching the ground?

December 11, 2014

Jets, once the epitome of exotic travel, now face a hard truth: lifting a crowd of people into the sky and carrying them a long distance requires a large amount of energy. High fuel consumption and carbon footprints, in part, can temper the thrill of takeoff, burdening it with ecological […]

UTIAS Professor Angela Schoellig selected as one of Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about”

December 1, 2014

“In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, we’ve compiled a short list of some women in robotics that everyone should know about. There are so many many more that we’re already looking forward to featuring them next year. But first, simply creating this post has reopened many arguments about gender and […]

Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million donation

October 27, 2014

Creating a multimillion-dollar company directly out of graduate school may not be rocket science, but for alumnus Francis Shen (UTIAS MASc 8T3), a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) certainly helped. Full article: Alumnus elevates UTIAS entrepreneurship with $1-million donation

UTIAS Start Entrepreneurship Program

October 1, 2014

Entrepreneur Francis Shen, an alumnus of UTIAS, has committed a $1 million donation to establish a new entrepreneurial incubation program at UTIAS called Start. The purpose of this program is to encourage and facilitate UTIAS graduate students to utilize the knowledge and skills that they have gained through their education […]