Tim Barfoot

Timothy Barfoot received the B.A.Sc. degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto in 1997 and a PhD degree in aerospace science and engineering in 2002. He is a Professor with the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) in Canada where he works in the areas of guidance, navigation, and control of mobile robots in a variety of applications. Tim is interested in developing methods to allow mobile robots to operate over long periods of time in large-scale, unstructured, three-dimensional environments, using rich on board sensing (e.g., cameras and laser rangefinders) and computation.

He took up his position at UTIAS in May 2007 after spending four years at MDA Space Missions, where he developed autonomous vehicle navigation technologies for both planetary rovers and terrestrial applications such as underground mining. He is on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Robotics Research and the Journal of Field Robotics. Tim was on sabbatical from the University from August 2017 to April 2019, and worked as Director, Autonomous Systems at Apple, Cupertino in California. He joined the Centre as a Partner Investigator in 2019.

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