Competitive research, development and applied robotics technologies

Waterloo Engineering has the largest and most active robotics and factory automation research group in Canada. With over 45 faculty members conducting research, we have a wide breadth of expertise in all areas of advanced robotics, factory automation and complementary fields.

Our vision is to look at robotics in terms of fundamental research and applications from designing robots that deliver coffee, to robots that can defuse land mines or perform surgery. In the realm of factory automation, we explore areas including human-robot interaction, material tracking and full-cycle manufacturing.

Welcome to the RoboHub

With the fall 2018 opening of the Waterloo RoboHub, we’re now able to further revolutionize robotics. Located on the first floor of the Faculty's new Engineering 7 building, the RoboHub is one of the most technologically sophisticated robotics research, testing and training facilities in North America and around the world. 

The state-of-the-art space provides a collaborative environment where students, researchers and industry partners can put robots through their paces and analyze performance with a 24-hour camera motion tracking system.

The Waterloo Region is well known for its robotics expertise, due in large part to Waterloo Engineering. Just a few kilometres from campus, Aeryon Labs, 2G Robotics, Clearpath Robotics, Avidbots and Intellijoint, all founded by Waterloo Engineering graduates, have earned reputations as global industry leaders.

  1. Aug. 14, 2019Robots, self-driving car featured on Amazing Race

    Humanoid robots in an Engineering 7 maze and a self-driving car being developed by a University of Waterloo student design team were featured last night in an episode of CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada.

    Filmed on campus in early May, the events showcased the state-of-the-art RoboHub and work by WATonomous, and were broadcast in an episode that also included several other locations in Kitchener and Waterloo.

  2. July 11, 2019New robotics technology improves bridge inspections

    Researchers at Waterloo Engineering have developed new technology to automate bridge inspections for structural defects and deterioration.

    The system uses autonomous robots, cameras and lidar to systematically collect data for detection and analysis, making mandatory safety inspections both cheaper and more reliable.

  3. May 21, 2019Top robotics researcher tackles the tough questions

    Technical challenges and ethical issues are both on the agenda as Waterloo Engineering researcher Kerstin Dautenhahn continues her work on social and intelligent robots.

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