Professor and Canada Research Chair of Robots for Society, University of Toronto
Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society. She is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory. She is also an Adjunct Scientist at both the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advance Research (CIFAR). Prof. Nejat’s research focuses on developing intelligent service robots for applications in health, elderly care, emergency response, search and rescue, security and surveillance, and manufacturing. Her team’s research is leading the development of intelligent assistive robots that can meet the challenges posed by an aging population. Their intelligent interactive robots, including Brian, Casper, Tangy, Blueberry, Salt and Leia, are being designed to provide cognitive and social interventions, help with activities of daily living, and lead group recreational activities to improve quality of life and promote independence.