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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Can I Help You? The Future of Socially Assistive Robots in Healthcare

Goldie Nejat, University of Toronto

With a low growth rate and an aging population, Canada will soon need intelligent robots to manage the increasing demands for healthcare. Our lab develops autonomous, human-like robots (....Brian, Tangy and Casper...) to assist the elderly and those suffering from dementia. These robots are designed to give care customized to the individual. They provide cognitive and social interventions, facilitate recreational activities and assist with activities of daily living. They interact using natural speech, facial expressions, gestures and body language. Such robotic technology has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for patients, reduce the stress and fatigue of caregivers; and positively transform the global healthcare system.

Professor Goldie Nejat is the Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society and the Director of the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM) at the University of Toronto. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and the Founder and Director of the Autonomous Systems and Biomechatronics Laboratory. She received the Engineers Canada Young Engineer Achievement Award in 2013, the Professional Engineers of Ontario Young Engineer Medal in 2012, and an NSERC University Faculty Award in 2008. Her research team's work has been covered in Time magazine, CBC, Bloomberg TV, and the Discovery Channel, among numerous other international and national media outlets.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after March 6, 2017


Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369