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 IEEE IRIS 2016 welcomes submission of original and unpublished works related to robotics, sensors and other related areas (see here).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.


22,Dec 2015

Researchers in Reality is a weekly Q&A conducted by Research2Reality, to grant insight into Canada's most prominent scientists and their day to day lives. The most recent interview was with IRM's very own Professor Goldie Nejat! The article can be found here.

4,Sep 2015

Photo Source: Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics

The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) has begun construction and is scheduled for completion in 2017. In the meantime, CEIE is collaborating with street artist SKAM (also known as Jason Wing) to create an art installation featuring the rich history and innovations taking place at the University of Toronto. The ASB lab is pleased that Tangy the Robot was featured on this installation, and it will be exciting once the artwork is complete. At 278 feet (84.7 meters), it will be a longest single graffiti installation in the city of Toronto

18,Aug 2015

Professor Nejat and the ASBLab have been awarded an AGE-WELL grant to co-lead  the project entitled WP3.1 - VIGIL: Mobile Robots for Telepresence and ADL (Activities for Daily Living) Assistant. This project will be developing mobile robots to assist older adults with activities of daily living. 

For the official funding announcement and a research video showcasing Prof. Nejat's work, please visit the AGE-WELL website (Video).

1,Jun 2015

Brian the socially assistive robot featured as a novel assistive technology in the Toronto Star Article entitled: Great advances being made in assistive technology:

22,Jan 2015

Tangy the bingo-playing robot will make its debut as part of a pilot study at a long-term care facility in Toronto in the coming weeks. Tangy along with Casper and Brian were featured in CBC the National's segment on Robot Caregivers:

22,Jan 2015

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), visited the ASBLab and interacted with our socially assistive robots as part of the Canada Research Chairs announcement.

Professor Goldie Nejat, centre, holder of a new Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, leading a tour of her lab. Left to right: Brian the robot, PhD student Derek McColl; Nejat; Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre; Ed Holder, Minister of State for Science and Technology and Member of Parliament for London West. Photo: Canadian Press Images.