The Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) was established by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering in 2010 to bring focus to research in robotics and mechatronics. IRM accomplishes this through collaborative research projects and innovative educational programs.

Why robotics and mechatronics? Because we can improve our quality of life both with respect to our jobs and our homes. We are developing more intelligent robots and devices to advance medicine and healthcare. We are developing the next generation of autonomous systems to help with rescue and exploration, military and security. New actuator, control and sensory technologies will enable mechatronic and robotic systems to do things that were never possible before. The possibilities are endless, and the researchers at IRM are working together with industry to bring this technology to you.

Researchers in the institute have their academic homes in departments across the University of Toronto, including the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, the Institute for Aerospace Studies, the Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

A Unique Education

IRM offers students the opportunity to enrich their applied science and engineering education at the Unviersity of Toronto by undertaking a concentration of courses in robotics and mechatronics that will lead to an Undergraduate Minor, and Undergraduate Major with the Division of Engineering Science and/or a Graduate Emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics.

Where Robotics Meet the World

It is no hyperbole that we are on the cusp of a robotics revolution. The marriage of mechanical and electronics engineering—mechatronics—has already populated society with its technology and we have been given a glimpse of the world to come. In the not-too-distant future, we will be working and living side by side with robots but as this horizon opens up before us we also recognize the need for significant technological advances that will allow us to realize this new world. We are working together to train engineers that are up to the challenge, and together we see a future where this advanced engineering will be embraced by society.

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