Faculty

Andrew A. Goldenberg, PhD, PEng, FAAAS, FIEEE, FASME, FEIC, FCAE

Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering
Consulting Engineer

Research: Mobile robots for defense and security; Industrial robots for manufacturing and modular robot arms for space applications; Custom robotics for nuclear plants, gas pipes, and laboratory automation; Robots for image-guided medical surgery; Personal robots for remote telecommunication, domestic help, and private security.

Laboratory: Robotics and Automation Laboratory (RAL)

Email: golden@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-595-5519- | Office: N/A

Research Areas

  1. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation

Biosketch

Dr. Goldenberg is the founder of the field of Robotics at University of Toronto where he has been since 1982 as a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, cross appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and previously cross-appointed in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Goldenberg is also an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University and Guest Professor at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, P.R. China. From 1975-1981 Dr. Goldenberg has been an employee of SPAR Aerospace Ltd., of Toronto, working on the development of the first Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (Canadarm).

Dr. Goldenberg has supervised the largest number of graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (46 PhD and 64 MASc). He has an exceptional publication recordwith over 4500 citations (128 archival journal papers, 294 papers in major conferences, 15 book chapters and 55 patents granted and applied). The citations count is the highest in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and one of the highest in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering.

Though now a Professor Emeritus, since 2011, he maintains a full time load of graduate students and research. He is currently involved in technology development projects that include: mobile and modular robots, medical surgery robots, robots for hazardous environments, smart materials, and expert systems.

Dr. Andrew Goldenberg, PhD, is the founder and President of Engineering Services Inc. (ESI) - www.esit.com, established in 1982. ESI is a high-technology company involved in the development of robotics-based automation. Under his leadership the company has achieved significant growth and a global leading role in a wide range of industrial sectors. From 2000-2001 Dr. Goldenberg was also the President of Virtek Engineering Science Inc. (VESI), a high-technology company formed after the acquisition of part of ESI by Virtek Vision International Ltd., a publicly-listed company. Dr. Goldenberg is also President of Anviv Mechatronics Inc. (AMI), which he founded in 2006. Anviv is a high-technology company involved in the development of mechatronics products. Since May 2015 ESI has been acquired by a Chinese consortium located in Shenzhen, P.R. China. Dr. Goldenberg is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE), a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a Member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEng), and a Designated Consulting Engineer in Ontario. He is the recipient of the 2010 PEO Engineering Medal for Entrepreneurship and the 2013 EIC Sir John Kennedy Medal for Outstanding Merit in the Engineering Profession.

Dr. Goldenberg is a former editor of the archival international journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and a member of the editorial boards of Robotica, Robotics in Japan, Journal of Robotics, Robotics Journal, Scientific World Journal, Industrial Engineering and Management Journal, SOJ Robotics and Automation and International Journal of Automation and Computing.

Dr. Goldenberg obtained his PhD in 1976 from the University of Toronto, and his MSc and BSc degrees from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1969 and 1972, respectively. Dr. Goldenberg was born in Bucharest, Romania.

Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society
Director, Institute for Robotics & Mechatronics (IRM)

Research: Autonomous Systems; robotics and mechatronics; assistive devices; service robots/vehicles; robot-assisted emergency response; sensor agents; socially assistive robots; human-robot interaction.

Laboratory: Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics (ASBLab)

Email: nejat@mie.utoronto.ca | Tel: 416-946-5033 | Office: MC418

Research Areas

  1. Applied Mechanics and Design
  2. Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
  3. Human Factors/Ergonomics
  4. Robotics, Mechatronics and Instrumentation
  5. Biomedical Engineering

Biosketch

Goldie Nejat, PhD, P.Eng. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics (ASBLab) Laboratory. Dr. Nejat is also an Adjunct Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She received both her BASc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Nejat is a world renowned expert in developing intelligent service/personal robots for applications in health, elderly care, emergency response, search and rescue, security and surveillance, and manufacturing. A major goal of her research is to develop and integrate intelligent socially assistive robots for assistive human-robot interactions (HRI) in healthcare facilities, private homes and for high stress and dangerous jobs. Dr. Nejat’s research is leading the development of intelligent assistive robotic aids that can meet the challenges posed by an aging population. She collaborates with international researchers, healthcare experts and healthcare facilities to develop robots and devices that can be effectively transferred and integrated into people’s everyday lives. Dr. Nejat is helping to change the face of robotics and her work is at the forefront of robotics research. Her research is constantly pushing the envelope of the capabilities of current robots.

In 2008, Dr. Nejat received an NSERC University Faculty Award. She also received the 2012 Professional Engineers of Ontario Young Engineer Medal and the 2013 Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award, both awards are for her exceptional achievements in the field of robotics at a young age.