Author Archives: Jonathan Kelly

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!

Open source ‘Hummingbird’ tail-sitter platform released!

We’ve just open sourced our Hummingbird tail-sitter MAV project! The Hummingbird is a dual-rotor tail-sitter platform for research and education. We’ve included design documents, CAD files, code, parts lists, simulation tools, and more – everything you need to build and fly your own Hummingbird drone!  Check out the GitHub repository and have a look at the YouTube video!

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.

ICRA 2018 Long-Term Autonomy Workshop talk by Prof. Kelly

Thanks to everyone who attended the ICRA 2018 Workshop on Long-Term Autonomy and Deployment of Intelligent Robots in the Real World; Prof. Kelly gave a talk about developing collaborative robots for long-term service roles (“Designing for Long-Term Autonomy: Experiences with Collaborative Robots”). The panel discussion was great!

Prof. Kelly elevated to IEEE Senior Member

Prof. Kelly has been elevated to the status of Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – an award given for “significant contributions to the profession.” He began working with the IEEE as an undergraduate volunteer, initially holding the position of Student Branch Secretary.

Paper accepted at RSS 2018!

Work by our own Matt Giamou, in collaboration with Jonathan How’s Aerospace Controls Lab at MIT, will appear at Robotics: Science and Systems 2018 in Pittsburgh! The paper, “Near-Optimal Any-Com Framework for Resource-Adaptive Inter-Robot Loop Closure Detection,” focussed on loop closures under communications constraints. Congratulations Matt!