Author Archives: Jonathan Kelly

STARS Laboratory member Erin Richardson featured in CNN promo with Natalie Panek!

We’re super-proud of Erin Richardson, our lab alum, who was featured with the awesome aerospace engineer, tireless STEM promoter, and UTIAS graduate Natalie Panek in “Path Among the Stars” – a short segment aired during the CNN Apollo 11 documentary film (June 23, 2019). Congratulations Erin and Natalie – you inspire us to reach for the stars!


STARS Laboratory organizes Robotics Debates Workshop at ICRA 2019 in Montreal!

Interested in where robotics is headed and how we can shape its future? We are organizing a day of head-to-head discussions at the ICRA 2019 “Debates on the Future of Robotics Research” workshop. Join us for a day of interesting debates and deep insights! And consider submitting a short position paper for the lighting talks session! Speaker lineup and position paper submission at

U of T launches Self-Driving Cars Specialization on Coursera

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Self-Driving Cars Specialization on the Coursera platform, with instructors Prof. Steven Waslander (TRAIL) and Prof. Jonathan Kelly! You can find out more about the Specialization here, and check out the overview video on YouTube.

Huge thanks to Lee Clement, Valentin Peretroukhin, Trevor Ablett, and Filip Marić as well as staff and students at the University of Toronto and to Coursera for making this happen!

Welcome to new and returning students!

We’re excited to kick off the fall semester with two news students! Adam Hall (co-advised with Prof. Angela Schoellig) will be working on interactive perception, and Justin Tomasi (co-advised with Prof. Sanja Fidler) will be conducting research with our self-driving vehicle platforms. Welcome!

Dr. Kelly named Dean’s Catalyst Professor

Dr. Kelly has been appointed Dean’s Catalyst Professor by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, a title he will hold for three years. The Professorship is an early-career award to promote and accelerate the contributions of the Faculty’s most promising junior academic staff. Funding from the award will be used to further the Lab’s research in collaborative robotics.