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From disinfection and remote triage, to logistics and delivery, countries around the world are making use of robots to address the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. But the story of robots and COVID-19 is not just about which countries are using robots to help manage their pandemic response; it is also about how the pandemic has become an inflection point for accelerating investment in robotics more broadly.

At the UofT Robotics Institute, we wrote our first collaborative paper on robots and the pandemic. Written in plain language and free of technical jargon, this paper aims to provide decision-makers with a primer on the use of robots and their potential in the fight against COVID, both in the global and the Canadian contexts.

To understand how to best make an impact with robots here in Canada, we conducted interviews with robotics industry professionals and stakeholders in areas as diverse as hospitals, public health, public transportation, manufacturing/retail industries, education, and government labs. We used these dialogues, along with our collective 130 years of experience working across the spectrum of the field to identify Canada’s biggest strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for robotics innovation.

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September 21st, 2020

Robots and the Pandemic

From disinfection and remote triage, to logistics and delivery, countries around the world are making use of robots to address […]

July 27th, 2020

Paper on continuum structures in planar parallel robots accepted

Our paper on modelling, calibration, and evaluation of a tendon-driven parallel continuum robot was accepted for publication in the IEEE […]

July 17th, 2020

CRL @RSS 2020

What a great virtual RSS conference! A big shout out to the RSS 2020 organizing committee and to the organizers […]

May 20th, 2020

CRL Summer Research

COVID-19 is affecting our research @CRL since end of March 2020. Everyone is working from home, or better, trying to […]

March 9th, 2020

Welcome Quentin!

The past few weeks have been challenging for all of us facing measures to conquer the global COVID-19 pandemic. CRL […]

December 19th, 2019

Happy Holidays

This has been an exciting year for CRL. The lab relocated from Hannover, Germany to Toronto, Canada. Most of us […]

December 13th, 2019

CNRS-UofT Joint Research Programme

We are delighted that our collaborative project Dual-Arm Continuum Robots for Single-Port Interventions (DOORS) receives support within the 2019 CNRS-University […]

December 6th, 2019

CRL wins Gingerbread House Contest

Getting into the holiday spirit, CRL participated in a gingerbread building contest on 6th December. It was an amazing day as the […]

November 18th, 2019

5 Years of Research on Extensible Tendon-driven Continuum Robots

We have been working on dextrous extensible tendon-driven continuum robots since 2014. After 3 prototype iterations, a patent, conference and […]

November 8th, 2019

CRL visits Toronto Aquarium

Continuum robots are largely inspired by animals. This fall’s CRL excursion took us to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto. […]