News

17,Sep 2021

Professor Nejat and the Robotics Institute featured in Groundbreakers: U of T Initiative brings together experts to address major societal issues:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/groundbreakers-u-t-initiative-brings-together-experts-address-major-societal-issues

21,Jul 2021

 The article below discusses the use of our robots in eldercare at Yee Hong long-term care homes:

https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10421129--time-to-reset-everything-says-new-ceo-of-canada-s-largest-non-profit-nursing-home-group/

13,Jul 2021

Shane Saunderson presents his IEEE RA-L paper entitled "Robots Asking for Favors: The Effects of Directness and Familiarity on Persuasive HRI," at IEEE ICRA 2021. See his presentation on the ASBLab YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jrc40jW9XY&t=5s

13,Jul 2021

Professor Nejat's talk will be on: Growing Old with Socially Assistive Robots: Intelligent Robots that can Help with Everyday Tasks

The conference will be held virtual from Aug. 8th-12th:

https://ro-man2021.org/program/keynote-speakers/

13,Jul 2021

The event focused on accessible technology and innovations:

https://pheedloop.com/Enable2021/site/home/

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQAwNHPd1bk

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:

https://www.mie.utoronto.ca/congratulations-2019-20-teaching-assistant-award-winners-lap-tak-chu-richard-hu-behzad-khamidehi-ben-leung-and-khalil-sidawi/

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.

https://www.magzter.com/stories/Lifestyle/Readers-Digest-Canada/NURSE-ROBOT

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:

https://www.everythingzoomer.com/health/2020/02/11/on-newsstands-now-zoomer-asks-canadian-experts-to-share-latest-research-healthy-aging/

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"

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/01/could-a-robot-care-f...

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

http://humanoids2019.loria.fr/

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:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/adv/article-innovations-support-aging-in-place/

 

 

3,May 2019

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

https://www.convergetechmedia.com/canadas-tech-development/

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.

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/3MT.aspx

3,May 2019

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

https://betakit.com/canadas-2019-developer-30-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:

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/visitors-cram-u-t-campus-one-night-festival...

9,Apr 2019

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

http://kpcnotebook.scholastic.com/post/eye-ai