Our Research

At the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics we are actively involved in research involving leading edge technologies in the field. We bring together the minds of respected researchers, engaging graduate students to conduct a wide variety of research for academia, as well as commercial applications and industry partnerships.

The research goals of IRM are to:

  • assemble a number of research groups in the areas of robotics and mechatronics in order to enhance cross-disciplinary research and lead cross-disciplinary research programs and initiatives;
  • facilitate the commercialization of technology through proper technology transfer mechanisms and industrial collaborations;
  • enhance the visibility of research within the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto nationally and internationally.

Some of Our Research Activities

For a compilation video of some research highlights, please click here.

Brian the robotRobots Helping People 

Brian 2.0 is playing a memory game in Professor Goldie Nejat’s (MIE) laboratory. Socially assistive healthcare robots will be required to help us face a population that is rapidly aging.

Click here to visit the Autonomous Systems & Biomechatronics Lab.
Click here to view ASB Lab Research Videos.

diff_views_3_smaller_oneSwarm Robotics and mROBerTO

Swarm robotics is an area of research within multi-robot systems, which consists of physical robots exhibiting intelligence and collective behaviors through local interactions directly between the robots.

Click here to visit the ASBLab and CIMLab.
Click here to see the mROBerTO Research Video.


robot roverNavigating on Alien Planets
Professor Tim Barfoot (UTIAS) uses visual odometry and teach-and-repeat strategies to guide robots on the Moon and Mars. The lab is investigating how to navigate these robots for truly long durations (months or years) in order to enable real applications.

Click here to visit the Autonomous Space Robotocs Lab.
Click here to view the ASRL Lab Videos.


Articulchart imageating a New Approach to Robotic Analysis
Professor Manfredi Maggiore and Professor Mireille Broucke (both ECE) are working to provide a better understanding of the theoretical foundations of the control of articulated motion.

Click here to visit the Systems Control Group.


popovicBrain Meets Machine
As robotic devices become more complex, we must develop new and more powerful human-machine interfaces to achieve a more natural degree of control over such devices, a topic of investigation being pursued in Professor Milos Popovic’s (IBBME/ECE/MIE) laboratory.

Click here to visit the Rehabilitation Engineering Lab.
Click here to view REL Videos.


John Kelly_UTIAS_RobotUnderstanding and Interacting with the World
Accurate and robust perception is a critical capability for intelligent robots. Professor Jonathan Kelly (UTIAS) carries out research on robust multisensor perception algorithms, for tasks including navigation and manipulation, with the goal of enabling robots to reliably interpret and understand their sensor data.

Click here to visit the STARS Lab.
Click here to view STARS Videos.


Robot Doctors of the FutureTiny Robots
Tiny robots doctors may be the wave of the future. Operating at the micro-scale, Professor Eric Diller (MIE) focuses on developing tools and techniques for accessing small and confined environments for applications in biotechnology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.

Click here to visit the Microrobotics Lab.
Click here to view a Microrobotics Research Video.


waterfly21-460x270Dynamic Robotic Systems
Professor Angela Schoellig (UTIAS) conducts research at the interface of robotics, controls and machine learning. Motion planning, control and learning algorithms allow her to enhance the performance and autonomy of robots by enabling them to learn from past experiments and from each other.

Click here to visit the Dynamic Systems Lab.
Click here to view the Dynamic Systems Research Videos.


Liu Aeroservoelastic Wing and Active ControlAutonomous Monitoring and Surveillance
With Canada’s extensive forests and vast lands, it is vital to have robust environmental control systems. Professor Hugh Liu (UTIAS) is developing autonomous unammed systems, cooperative control, and integrated modeling and simulation for aircraft systems which can be applied to situations such as wildfire detection.

Click here to visit the Flight Systems and Control Lab.
Click here to view the Flight System and Control Lab Videos.


labs-AMNLManipulation at the Micro- to Nano-Scale
With the advances in technology today, we are able to manipulate and characterize biological cells and nanoscale materials like never before. Professor Yu Sun’s (MIE/IBBME/ECE) group focuses on the development and application of novel micro/nano devices and systems.

Click here to visit the Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Lab.
Click here to view the AMNL Research Videos.


More Research Projects

Aerospace Remote Experimentation
EyeTap: Wearable Computing That Uses the Eye as Both Display and Camera
HyperCast: Using Peer Networking Technologies to Revolutionize Internet Network Protocols
Power Harvesting
Transcriptome: A Universe Beyond the Genome