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 RoboHub

With the fall 2018 opening of Waterloo Engineering's RoboHub, we’re now able to further revolutionize robotics. Located on the first floor of the Faculty's new Engineering 7 building, RoboHub is one of the most technologically sophisticated robotics research testing 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. Jan. 11, 2019Waterloo recognized for AI and robotics innovation

    An online magazine has recognized the University of Waterloo as one of the five most innovative universities in North America and South America in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.

  2. Oct. 19, 2018State-of-the-art robot impresses in RoboHub debut

    The latest addition to the RoboHub, a new, state-of-the-art robotics facility at Waterloo Engineering, took its first tentative but impressive steps during an impromptu demonstration this week.

    A full-size, electric, humanoid robot capable of seeing, hearing and feeling the world around it via sensors, it also shuffled sideways, waved and took a bow as students stopped to shoot videos with their smartphones through the glass walls.

  3. July 20, 2018Developing a robotic companion with human-like dexterity
    A robot glides across a warehouse floor, picks up an object from a top shelf, boxes it and then carefully loads the wrapped package on a delivery truck – all in record time and without bumping into anything.
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