Is there a robot in your future? Find out at Research Matters event April 9

York engineering professor Michael Jenkin
Michael Jenkin

York University is taking part in Research Matters, a campaign hosted by the Council of Ontario Universities a collaboration among Ontario’s 21 universities, which finds new ways to tell stories about how research is changing lives.

As part of the initiative, Professor Michael Jenkin in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science in the Lassonde School of Engineering, will be participating in a panel presentation held at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection gallery located at 10365 Islington Avenue in Vaughan on April 9. Jenkin will discuss “Is there a robot in your future?”

The event is free to the public and will be held from 6:30 to 9pm.

Research Matters brings together Ontario university researchers to discuss why their research matters to Ontarians on how they live, work, and play. Five researchers will present and there will be a Q & A period for participants to ask questions. Below is a list of the researchers and the questions they will be answering at this event:

  • Michael Jenkin from York University – Is there a robot in your future?
  • Irene Gammel from Ryerson University – What is missing from Canada’s culture?
  • Emma Master from University of Toronto – Can plant materials replace plastic?
  • Pierre Côté from UOIT – What can be done about a pain in the neck?
  • Kathleen Martin Ginis from McMaster University – How can Canadians with physical disabilities live more active, healthy lives?

“Members of the York community and the general public are welcome to attend and learn more about the important research taking place in Universities across Ontario,” said Robert Haché, York’s vice-president Research & Innovation.

This event is moderated by CBC radio host Piya Chattopadhyay.

Jenkin is a professor of computer science and engineering, and a member of the Centre for Vision Research at York University. Working in the fields of visually guided autonomous robots and virtual reality, he has published more than 150 research papers including co-authoring Computational Principles of Mobile Robotics with Gregory Dudek and a series of co-edited books on human and machine vision with Laurence Harris.

To indicate your attendance, RSVP to organizers.