Angela Schoellig - Canada & Germany

Fields of expertise: autonomous robots, drones, algorithms
Head of the Dynamic Systems Lab, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

Angela Schoellig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and heads the Dynamic Systems Lab. With her team, she conducts research at the interface of robotics, controls and machine learning. Her goal is to enhance the performance 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 six years and, more recently, has applied her motion planning, control and learning algorithms to large, outdoor ground vehicles. You can watch her vehicles perform slalom races and flight dances here.

Angela received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich (at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, 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).

She was selected as the youngest member of the 2014 Science Leadership Program, which promotes outstanding scientists in Canada. In 2013 she was named one of “25 women in robotics you need to know about” by, a leading professional robotics online platform. She was finalist of the 2008 IEEE Fellowship in Robotics and Automation, which supports prospective leaders in this field. Her past research has been published in journals such as Autonomous Robots and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, and has received coverage worldwide in mainstream TV, print and online media.

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