Angela Schoellig
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

    Associate Director, Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE)

    Faculty Member, Vector Institute

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Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Machine learning theory
  • Aerial vehciles
  • Motion planning

Biography

Angela Schoellig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), where she heads the Dynamic Systems Lab. She is also an Associate Director of the Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto. With her team, she conducts research at the interface of robotics, controls and machine learning. Her goal is to enhance the performance, safety and autonomy of robots by enabling them to learn from past experiments and from each other. Angela has been working with aerial vehicles for the past nine years and, more recently, has applied her motion planning, control and learning algorithms to self-driving vehicles. You can watch her robots perform slalom races and flight dances at www.youtube.com/user/angelaschoe.

She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship (as one of two in the area of robotics; US/Canada-wide award), a Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science Early Researcher Award, a Connaught New Researcher Award, and the Best Robotics Paper Award at CRV 2014. She is one of Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about (2013)”, winner of MIT’s Enabling Society Tech Competition, finalist of Dubai’s 2015 $1M “Drones for Good” competition, and youngest member of the 2014 Science Leadership Program, which promotes outstanding scientists in Canada. She has been a keynote speaker at various outreach events including TEDxUofT, Lift China, and the Girls Leadership in Engineering Experience weekend.

Angela received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich (with Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea), and holds both an M.Sc. in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology (with Prof. Magnus Egerstedt) and a Masters degree in Engineering Cybernetics from the University of Stuttgart, Germany (with Prof. Frank Allgöwer). Her Ph.D. was awarded the ETH Medal and the 2013 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award (as one of 35 worldwide).

Highlights

  • Recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship
  • Connaught New Researcher Award
  • Best Robotics Paper Award at CRV 2014
  • Winner of MIT’s Enabling Society Tech Competition
  • Finalist of Dubai’s 2015 $1M “Drones for Good” competition
  • Youngest member of the 2014 Science Leadership Program
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