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Goldie Nejat

Dr. Goldie Nejat is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is the founder and director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at SUNY at Stony Brook, where she was also the director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Rockwell/Anorad Mechatronics Laboratory. Dr. Nejat received her Ph.D. and B.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Toronto.

Prof. Nejat’s research focuses on developing intelligent service/personal robots for applications in health, elderly care, emergency response, search and rescue, security and surveillance, and manufacturing. Her research is leading the development of intelligent assistive robotic aids that can meet the challenges posed by an aging population. Prof. Nejat has over 160 international publications in both the natural and health sciences domains. She has been invited to speak about her research to researchers, scientists, and healthcare professionals at many events and institutions around the world. She is the 2013 recipient of the Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award and the 2012 Ontario Professional Engineers Young Engineer Medal. Her team's work has been featured in numerous international and national media outlets including Time magazine, Bloomberg, NBC News, The Naked Scientists, Reader's Digest, the National on CBC, Zoomer magazine, and the Discovery Channel.

She has served on the organizing and program committees of over thirty international conferences on robotics, automation, human-robot interaction and medical devices. Prof. Nejat is also an Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and IEEE Transactions on Autonomation Science and Engineering.


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