5,May 2021

Prof. Nejat wins the OPEA Medal in Enginneering Excellence. She and the ASBLab are recognized for their robotics R&D work in the following video:

22,Mar 2021

Richard Hu (MASc candidate in the ASBLab) won a 2019-2020 Teaching Assistant Award. The award is for inspiring, challenging and supporting our MIE and EngSci students in the 4th year robotics course MIE443, especially during the COVID pandemic. Winners were selected based on nominations from students. The full article is at:

Congratulations Richard from the entire ASBLab!


26,Feb 2021

The March 2021 issue of Reader's Digest featured an article on the socially assistive robots developed in the ASBLab.

4,Aug 2020

Prof. Nejat has been awarded a grant from CIFAR and Manulife tonew COVID-19 and population health research projects. This collaborative project, led by fellows in CIFAR’s Innovation, Equity & the Future of Prosperity program Goldie Nejat (University of Toronto) and Amos Zehavi (Tel Aviv University), will investigate how socially assistive robotic technology might help vulnerable populations in the pandemic, and how innovation policy could be employed to advance this goal. The expertise gained through this project will not only be pertinent during the pandemic, but will inform long-term integration of robots in care settings, allowing us to understand how to best implement them, ensuring they stay accessible and economically viable for daily assistance.

25,Feb 2020

Prof Nejat discusses the assistive robots being developed at the ASBLab for healthy aging in the article entitled "Your Health: Vision 20/20" in Zoomer Magazine:

7,Jan 2020

Prof. Nejat speaks with National Geographic about our socially assistive robots to support older adults in the January 2020 issue of the magazine in the article "Could a Robot Care for Grandma"

13,Nov 2019

On Thursday Nov. 14th, our team will be presenting at The Next Big Idea Pitch Session at the 2019 Ontario Economic Summit:

UofT news is covering the story: U of T researchers, innovators to pitch ideas for Ontario's growth at annual economic summit

24,Oct 2019

Prof. Nejat gave a dual keynote on HRI at IEEE Humandois 2019

24,Oct 2019

Mingyang presented the following papers at IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics in Bari, Italy:

M. Chu, Y.-C. Sun, A. Ashraf, S. F. R. Alves, G. Nejat, H. Naguib, “Making Dressing Easier: Smart Clothes to Help With Putting Clothes on Correctly,” IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, pp. 3977 – 3982, October 2019. 

M. Shao, S. Alves, O. Ismail, X. Zhang, G. Nejat, and B. Benhabib, “You are Doing Great! Only One Rep Left: An Affect-Aware Social Robot for Exercising,” IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, pp. 3791 – 3797, October 2019.


15,Oct 2019

Our AGE-WELL research on developing social robots to help older adults was featured in the Life Section of the Globe and Mail on Sept. 20, 2019:



3,May 2019

ASBLab Robotics Research and Prof. Nejat were mentioned in The Softer Side of Robotics and AI article:

3,May 2019

Congratulations to Shane Saunderson, ASBLab PhD Candidate, for winning the 2019 U of T 3 Minute Thesis Competition... and doing it during a power outage! Shane presented on Persuasive Robotics and the Social Machine.

3,May 2019

Congratulations to ASBLab Master's alum Alex Hong for being one of Canada's top 30 developers under 30:

29,Apr 2019

Professor Goldie Nejat, Dr. Silas Alves, Phd Candidate Shane Saunderson and Master's Student Mingyang Shao presented a Talk entitled: How Can I Help You?: A Future with Social and Assistive Robots as well as robot demos:

9,Apr 2019

Dr. Silas Alves was interviewed recently for the article entitled "An Eye on AI"

28,Feb 2019

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Mobile Robot Assistants for the Elderly (MoRobAE) - ICRA 2019 Workshop
Submission deadline: March, 15th 2019.

All around the world, the increasing size of the senior population combined with small population growth brings a decline in the number of people of working age who support the costs of the system, and a lack of resources to treat patients and to provide quality care. Mobile robotics is one alternative to address these issues, and is or has been addressed in large scale initiatives all around the world, such as ENRICHME (ENabling Robot and assisted living environment for Independent Care and Health Monitoring of the Elderly), RAMCIP (Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at home) and MARIO (Managing Active and healthy aging with use of caRing servIce robots, Ireland), all three funded by the European Union H2020 Program, 2015-2018, and VIGIL-Robot, funded by AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence in Canada Program). The goals of the workshop are to learn about such interdisciplinary initiatives and others, what are the lessons learned, and reflect upon what is required to make these robots move out of the labs into real applications. Issues regarding user-centered design in a socially and economically responsible fashion are also going to be addressed.

We encourage researchers to submit their work to be presented at the workshop. Contributions may address but are not limited to the following topics :

- Telepresence robotics for remote assistance
- Robot hardware and software design for seniors
- Sensing capabilities required for seniors-robot interaction
- Autonomous decision-making for robot assistants
- User-centered robot design in a socially and economically responsible fashion
- Qualitative and quantitative approaches for evaluating the experience and impact of robots with seniors
- Outcomes of human-robot interaction pilot studies with seniors
- Long-term autonomy and deployment
- Robot communication and interaction design

Interested authors can submit extended abstracts (2 pages) or papers (4 to 6 pages) to be presented in brief spotlight talks (2-3 min) or oral presentations (12-15 min). The manuscripts should use the IEEE two-column format available on their website in conference mode.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and selection will be based on their originality, technical quality and clarity, and their relevance to the topic of the workshop.

The submission deadline is March, 15th 2019.

To submit your paper, please go to:

The authors of the accepted submissions will be invited to submit a paper for a Special issue of PALADYN Journal of Behavioral Robotics:

        • François Michaud, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
        • Adriana Tapus, ENSTA ParisTech, France
        • François Ferland, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
        • Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto, Canada
        • Eva Barrett, NUI Galway, Ireland
        • Dympna Casey, NUL Galway, Ireland

28,Feb 2019

Our IEEE RA-L entitled "It Would Make Me Happy if You Used My Guess: Comparing Robot Persuasive Strategies in Social Human–Robot Interaction," which will also be presented at IEEE ICRA 2019 in Montreal was highlighted by the Engineering Newsletter:

14,Dec 2018

Congratulations to Daniel for being awarded a prestigous Vector Institute Scholarship in AI:



7,Nov 2018

Prof. Nejat speaks on The Agenda with Steve Paikin regarding our research in socially assistive robots for eldercare:


4,Nov 2018

Prof. Nejat, Shane and Xinyi discuss their research in the ASBLab using the Pepper robt: