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:

4,Nov 2018

UofT News interview with Prof. Nejat on the impact of the ASBLab research using AI:

21,Sep 2018

The article entitled "DR. GOLDIE NEJAT BUILDS SOCIALLY ASSISTIVE ROBOTS FOR AN AGING POPULATION" was published o Aug. 29, 2018 in the magazine:


21,Sep 2018

Prof. Nejat gave an interview with the Globe and Mail Newspaper discussing our socially assistive robots. The article entitled "Cylons, they are not. These intelligent and friendly robots are designed to help the elderly live a better life," appeared in the national newspaper on Aug. 26, 2018:

12,Sep 2018

Congrats to Shane!

6,Sep 2018

Dr. Alves gave a invited talk at RESNA 2018 in Arlington, VA, on our work on Healthcare and Socially Assistive Robots as part of the Workshop "Smart and Robotic Homes":

10,Aug 2018

Our paper entitled "Robot Navigation of Environments with Unknown Rough Terrain Using Deep Reinforcement Learning," by Kaicheng Zhang, Farzad Niroui, Maurizio Ficocelli, Goldie Nejat won Best Student Paper Award at IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics.

10,Aug 2018

Prof. Nejat was a invited keynote speaker for the International Federation on Ageing Global Conference on Ageing on Aug. 9, 2018:

Image Courtesy of Age-Well

12,Jun 2018

Professor Nejat gave a keynote talk at IEEE ICRA in Brisbane on our work on Healthcare and Socially Assistive Robots:

9,May 2018

Professor Goldie Nejat was an Invited Keynote Speaker at the International Society for Gerontechnology World Conference in St. Petersburg Florida on May 8th, 2018 and had a chance to talk to Fox 13 News about our Casper robot.

Robots could deliver home-care to aging populations


14,Nov 2017

Our Social Robot Casper and Prof. Nejat are featured in the NBC news article Can These Little Robots Ease the Big Eldercare Crunch?