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

When RoboHub opens its doors in 2018, we’ll be able to further revolutionize robotics. Located on the first floor of Engineering 7, which is currently under construction, RoboHub will be one of the most technologically sophisticated robotics research testing facilities in North America and around the world. 

The state-of-the-art space will offer 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. Mar. 29, 2018Top robotics researcher coming to Waterloo from UK

    A leading international researcher is joining Waterloo Engineering as part of a federal initiative to attract top-tier scientists and scholars to do groundbreaking work in Canada.

    Kerstin Dautenhahn, one of the founders of the field of social robotics, was announced today as a Canada 150 Research Chair with funding for the next seven years.

  2. June 8, 2017Rise of the robot: The 'technological renaissance' automating the energy patch

    Before oil prices fell from more than US$100 per barrel three years ago, jobs driving heavy-haul mining trucks in the oilsands were sought after for their six-figure salaries.

    A four-part look at how robots are changing the way we work. First up, robots aren’t killing jobs, they’re creating new ones and more of them — at least at a GE Aviation plant in Quebec.

  3. Aug. 31, 2016Funding will help team develop ‘plug-and-play’ robots

    With more and more robots headed for the commercial world, a Waterloo Engineering researcher hopes to speed their arrival by developing cheaper, general-purpose control systems.

    At the moment, the high cost of customized robotics applications in workplaces such as warehouses and manufacturing plants largely limits them to huge companies with plenty of money to invest.

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