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Council Approves Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics


On Wednesday, February 24 members of Faculty Council voted in favour of the establishment of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM). This Extra-Departmental Unit grows from an initiative in the fall lead by Professor Ridha Ben Mrad (MIE) and Professor Mireille Broucke (ECE).

The group consulted with Departments and Institutes across the Faculty. They found that rapid development of fundamental enabling technologies, such as robots, micro-motors or operating systems, makes the establishment of an EDU in robotics and Mechatronics timely. It will respond to these developments and will enhance the visibility for our researchers and our Faculty nationally and internationally.

The primary objective of the IRM, is to coordinate the large number of academic and research activities already underway at the Faculty. The assembly of a number of research groups will enhance cross-disciplinary research and initiatives. It will also facilitate the commercialization of technology and, going forward, will consider teaching programs focused on Robotics and Mechatronics in both undergraduate and graduate levels.

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