The RoboHub is affiliated with a number of world-renowned research labs, centres, and institutes at the University of Waterloo. For more details on each of these affiliates, see the brief summaries below.
Autonomous Systems Laboratory
The Autonomous Systems Laboratory specializes in motion planning for mobile robots in uncertain, dynamic and complex environments. The goal is to create robots capable of learning about their environment, leading to improving performance over time. This research includes applications in ground-vehicle navigation, autonomous driving, aerial-vehicle mapping, and collaborative tasks with humans. It is led by Professor Stephen L. Smith, the Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Systems.
Centre for Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence
The Centre for Pattern Analysis & Machine Intelligence (CPAMI) is an interdisciplinary centre, bringing together experts on artificial intelligence, computer science, cognitive science, mathematics, and engineering. It is led by Professor Fakhri Karray, the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence, and Professor Otman Basir.
Coordinated Robot Control Laboratories
The Coordinated Robot Control Laboratories (CRClabs) provide over 1,500 sq ft of space for the investigation of multi-robot path planning and motion control. Led by Professor Chris Nielsen and Professor Stephen L. Smith, initial infrastructure funding was provided in 2011 via a $93K NSERC Research Tools and Instruments grant. Further support for this research exceeds $300K from NSERC, industry sources, and start-up investment from the University of Waterloo.
Laboratory of Computational Intelligence and Automation
The Laboratory of Computational Intelligence and Automation (LCIA) conducts advanced research in modular manufacturing, reconfigurable robotics, sensor-based state estimation and intelligent control. The laboratory incorporates a cleanroom facility housing an advanced micromanipulation work cell and several reconfigurable robotic systems. Directed by Professor William Melek, the LCIA has received over $2.65M in research funding, including $1.7M from the ORF Green Intelligent Transport Systems program, $480K from NSERC programs, and $240K from Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Maglev Microrobotics Laboratory
The Maglev Microrobotics Laboratory (MML) designs and develops magnetically levitated microrobots. The advanced control system deploys custom-made electromagnets, amplifiers and a laser-positioning system to create a 0.2m3 free-space maglev research environment. Directed by Professor Behrad Khamesee, MML was established in 2005 with a $230K investment by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the ORF and the University of Waterloo. It has attracted over $660K in additional support, including $361K from NSERC, $120K from OCE, and $163K from the Auto21 network.
Mechanical Systems & Control Lab
Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Lab
The Mechatronic Vehicle Systems Lab is tasked with addressing the difficult challenges that arise due to the electrification of vehicle systems. It is led by Professor Amir Khajepour, the Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems and the NSERC/General Motors Industrial Research Chair in Holistic Vehicle Control.
Motion Research Group
Neuromechanics and Assistive Robotics Lab
The Neuromechanics and Assistive Robotics Lab uses machine learning techniques, system identification, and mathematical models to better understand the neural control of our movements and neuromechanics, and applies this understanding to the design of assistive controllers for robotic systems which assist human subjects in a collaborative manner. It is led by Professor Arash Arami.
Sedra Student Design Centre
The Sedra Student Design Centre (SSDC) is a revolutionary hotbed of innovation, catalyzing collaboration between University of Waterloo’s undergraduates and research teams. The world-class 20,000 sq ft facility is the largest of its kind in North America, funded via a $500K investment from the University of Waterloo. Five student robotics teams are headquartered here: the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UW Student Branch; the UW Nanorobotics Group (UW_NRG); the UW Micro Aerial Vehicles Team (UWMAV) supervised by Professor Steven Waslander; the UW Robotics Team (UWRT), supervised by Professor William Melek and Professor Waslander; and the Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group (WARG).
Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory
The Social and Intelligent Robotics Research Laboratory conducts research in the fields of social robotics, human-robot interaction, cognitive and developmental robotics, and embodied artificial intelligence. The goal of this research is to advance knowledge in social and intelligent robotics and to develop robots that can make a positive contribution to human society. Directed by Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn, the Canada 150 Chair in Intelligent Robotics, and Professor Chrystopher Nehaniv.
Vision and Image Processing Lab
The Vision and Image Processing Lab is a research group under the Systems Design Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. The VIP Lab is dedicated to understanding visual processes and finding solutions for the outstanding problems in visual processing and perception, as well as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and intelligent systems for a wide variety of applications. It is led by Professor Alexander Wong, the Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems, along with Professor David Clausi, Professor John Zelek and Professor Paul Fieguth.
Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute
The brand new Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (Waterloo.ai) aligns with the current Strategic Plan and its theme of Transformational Research. The Institute’s goals are: to identify and seize opportunities to lead in new and emerging areas; to enable conditions that support excellence and impact; to increase interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary research; and to build greater awareness, nationally and globally, of Waterloo’s research productivity and impact. It was founded by Professor Fakhri Karray, the Loblaws Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence, and Professor Peter van Beek.
Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory
The Waterloo Autonomous Vehicles Laboratory (WAVELab) provides two separate indoor positioning facilities with 6- and 18-camera arrays, respectively, enabling fine-tuning of vehicle controllers. These systems have ~1cm positioning accuracy over a 1m3 and 2m3 volume, respectively. Directed by Professor Steven Waslander, the WAVELab has attracted over $1.1M in research funding over the past five years including $450K from NSERC programs, $250K from Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and $300K from the Ontario Research Fund’s (ORF) Green Intelligent Transport Systems program.