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?

11,Oct 2017

Casper, our socially assistive robot, had the opportunity to greet and explain its functionality as an assistant for older adults to the Minister of Health the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor during her visit to TRI.

picture is courtesy of AGE-WELL NCE


18,Sep 2017

Prof. Nejat is featured in the Septembeer 2017 issue of Engineering Dimensions article entitled Welcoming Innovation:

13,Mar 2017

On Feb. 15, 2017, Casper was the feature in the news story "Robot for Seniors” on Timeline Magazine on Fairchild TV.


11,Jan 2017

“Why tiny robots are a big deal for one Ontario Student”

Please see the TVO Link for further details.

31,Oct 2016

26,Oct 2016

27,Sep 2016

Ph.D. student Geoffrey Louie and Tangy the Robot were featured in an article in the Toronto Sun, highlighting the exciting robotics research being conducted at UofT:

7,Sep 2016

Bloomberg TV visited the ASBLab to feature how Brian, Tangy and Casper can be used to assist the elderly as they age:

12,Aug 2016

The 2016 IEEE 4th International Symposium on Robotics and Intelligent Sensors (IEEE IRIS 2016) will be held in Tokyo, Japan, on December 17-20, 2016. The IEEE IRIS 2016 is organized by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE RAS) Malaysia Chapter and Hosei University Japan.

The conference program includes technical oral and poster sessions, keynote sessions (ASB Lab/IRM Director Goldie Nejat is a keynote speaker, and regular session and program co-chair), forums and International Robot PRIDE Competition. IEEE IRIS 2016 welcomes submission of original and unpublished works related to robotics, sensors and other related areas (see here).


(Regular Session)

Final Paper:  31 August 2016

Notification of Acceptance: 30 Sept. 2016

Final Camera-Ready Paper: 31 Oct. 2016

(Workshop/Special Session)

Final Paper:  31 August 2016

Notification of Acceptance: 30 Sept. 2016

Final Camera-Ready Paper: 31 Oct. 2016


Registration Open: 1 Sept. 2016

Early-Bird Registration: 15 Oct. 2016

Normal Registration: 16 Oct. ~ 10 Dec. 2016

For more information, please contact the IEEE IRIS 2016 Secretariat at

Please click here for the IEEE IRIS 2016_informational poster. Instructions for submission process can be found here.

5,Aug 2016

Congratulations to Kyle Booth for winning the Distinguished Student Paper Award for our paper 'A Constraint Programming Approach to Multi-Robot Task Allocation and Scheduling in Retirement Homes' to be presented at the 2016 International Conference on Principles and Practice of Constraint Programming. 

3,Jun 2016

Journalists from around the world came to visit the ASBLab. The visit was organized by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.