Prof. Dr. Angela Schoellig


University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS)

4925 Dufferin Street, Room 187
Toronto, ON  M3H 5T6, Canada

Phone: +1-416-667-7518
Fax: +1-416-667-7799
Email: schoellig (at_sign)

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Short Bio

Angela Schoellig is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) and heads the Dynamic Systems Lab. She is also an Associate Director of the newly founded Center for Aerial Robotics Research and Education (CARRE) at the University of Toronto. 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 at

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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Select Awards and Honors

  • Finalist, MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35.
    I am among the 100 finalists for the ’35 Innovators Under 35′ list in 2015. Final decision pending. 2015.
  • First Prize, MIT Enabling Society Tech Competition ($3K).
    With the project Waterfly,  a fully automated “swarm” of drones that can talk to each other and help with data retrieval for environmental monitoring. A collaboration with the MIT SENSEable City Lab. 2015.
  • Participant and Speaker, Oberwolfach Workshops.
    Week-long, by-invitation-only workshop  on ‘Control Theory: A Mathematical Perspective on Cyber-Physical Systems’  held at the Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics, Germany. Other participants included Roger Brockett, Brian Anderson, Stephen Morse, and Roberto Tempo. 2015.
  • Finalist, $1M Drones For Good competition, Dubai.
    Drones For Good finalist with our project Waterfly,  a fully automated “swarm” of drones that can talk to each other and help with data retrieval for environmental monitoring. A collaboration with the MIT SENSEable City Lab. 2015.
  • Finalist, IEEE Control System Society (CSS) Video Clip Contest.
    Our video was among the top seven videos out of 53 submitted to the IEEE Control System Society (CSS) Video Clip Contest. 2014.
  • Best Robotics Paper Award, Int. Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV).
    Paper: “Speed daemon: experience-based mobile robot speed scheduling“, Ostafew, Schoellig,  Barfoot, Collier. 2014.
  • Participant and Member, Science Leadership Program.
    I am one of 21  science faculty members in Canada selected for the Science Leadership Program based on academic achievements. 2014.
  • Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Prize ($5K).
    The award honors innovative Ph.D. research in a wide range of fields, from  life sciences and biotechnology to physics,  computer technology, and engineering. I am  one of 35 recipients worldwide. 2013.
  • ETH Medal ($2K).
    Awarded to the top 8% of Ph.D. dissertations at ETH Zurich. 2013.
  • Named one of “25 women in robotics you need to know about (2013)”.
    A list compiled by, a leading professional robotics online platform. The 2013 list includes robotics researchers such as Daniela Rus (MIT), Manuela Veloso (CMU), and Maja Mataric (USC). 2013.
  • Distal Fellow, NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network (NCFRN).
    A program that supports promising, young  robotics researchers  in Canada.  The NCFRN is a Canada-wide initiative that brings together  academic researchers,   industrial and government partners in the area of field robotics. Selected based on academic achievements and vote of the NCFRN Scientific Steering Committee. Since 2013.
  • Finalist, IEEE Fellowship in Robotics and Automation.
    The award supports prospective leaders in this field. 2008.
  • Professor-Peter-Sagirow Award.
    For outstanding pre-diploma results in the undergraduate program Engineering Cybernetics. Awarded to the top two students. 2005.
  • Three Graduate Scholarships (total value: $90K).
    From the German National Academic Foundation (2005-2008, $33K, awarded to the top 3% of students), from the Cusanuswerk (2005-2008, $35K), and from the German Academic Exchange Service (2006-2007, $22K, included full  tuition for my studies at Georgia Tech). 2005-2008.
  • Two High School Graduation Awards.
    For outstanding achievements in mathematics and  the natural sciences. 2002.

Media Coverage and Public Outreach

  • Live Demos and Exhibitions of the Flying Machine Arena, 2009-2014.
    • TED Global, five-day live demo; Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2013.
    • Zurich Minds, flagship conference of a by-invitation-only community of creative and innovative people in and around Switzerland, December 2012.
    • Google I/O, Google’s yearly developers conference; 4 shows in one evening with around 5’000 visitors; San Francisco, USA, June 2012.
    • Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest industrial fair; 25 shows in 5 days attracted around 5’000 visitors; Hannover, Germany, April 2012.
    • Google[x] Fiesta, Live Demo, Palo Alto, USA: “Aerial Robotics for Photo and Videography” with Z. Marom, S. Lupashin and D. Kanes, June 2014.
    • ETH Zurich, numerous demonstrations to visitors ranging from academic guests, groups of students to engineers, businessmen and government officials; attracted nearly 1’300 visitors (around 30 demonstrations and 300 visitors per year), 2009-2012.
  • Media Coverage, 2009–2015.
    • NZZ Format TV show as part of “Die Intelligenz der Roboter – The intelligence of robots,” aired Aug. 4, 2010, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    • SF Swiss TV as part of “Einstein,” aired Feb. 10, 2011, Switzerland.
    • ProSieben Sat1 TV as part of “Galileo,” aired Aug. 29, 2011, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    • Discovery Channel Canada as part of “Daily Planet,” aired Jan. 20, 2011, Canada.
    • 3Sat TV as part of the series “neues,” aired Feb. 25, 2011, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    • Discovery Channel Canada as part of “Daily Planet,” aired Jan. 30, 2012, Canada.
    • YouTube Channel with more than one million views for the videos featuring my research results.
    • High-profile technology magazines such as Technology Review, c’t and Spiegel.
  • STEM Outreach, since 2008.
    • Maturandentage, open house day at ETH Zurich for high school seniors with information sessions presenting study programs and research projects, 2009-2011.
    • National Daughter’s Day (later called National Future Day), Swiss nation-wide initiative showing 10-13 year-old boys and girls gender-untypical fields of work with the goal of fostering equal career opportunities for men and women; around 40 visitors each year, 2008-2011.
    • TecNight@Kanti, an initiative of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) to bring innovative projects, people, and companies to Swiss high schools during a science night; participated in the science talk “Switzerland needs engineers”, 2011.
    • Nacht der Forschung – Researchers’ Night, city-wide exhibition in Zurich presenting innovative projects and latest research results to the public, part of the “European Researchers’ Night”, an initiative of the European Commission; attracted more than 25’000 visitors each year, 2008-2009.

Invited Talks

A total of 20 invited talks for a scientific/professional audience in 10 different countries and a total of 10 invited talks for the general public in 4 different countries.

  • Keynote at Girls’ Leadership in Engineering Experience; University of Toronto, Canada, 2012, 2013
  • Keynote at Research Days; Lakeside Labs and Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria, 2013
  • Research Seminar; University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2014.
  • FLYNET (Micro and Nano Aerial Vehicle Networks for Civilian Use) Workshop; ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2014.
  • Coordinated Science Lab Lecture Series; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, 2014.
  • Fall Campus Day, open-house day; University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • Lassonde Institute of Mining Research Day; University of Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • International Workshop on Multi Unmanned Vehicles Systems (MUVS); Compiegne, France, 2014.
  • Annual Conference; Canadian Science Writers’ Association, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • Workshop on Open Problems in Multi-Agent Systems; American Control Conference, Portland, USA, 2014.
  • Research Seminar; Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2014.
  • Mechanical Engineering Department Seminar; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, 2013.
  • Research Seminar; Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM), McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2013.
  • “The DIY Innovator” Conference; Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA) organization, Toronto, Canada, 2013.
  • Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference; New York, USA, 2013.
  • Labex MS2T (Laboratories of Excellence “Control of Technological Systems of Systems”) Seminar; Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, France, 2013.
  • 2013 Robot Field Trials; NSERC Canadian Field Robotics Network, Toronto, Canada, 2013.
  • Aerospace and Automotive Night; Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, Toronto, Canada, 2013.
  • Research Seminar; Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies, Sevilla, Spain, 2012.
  • Colloquium Engineering Cybernetics; Institute for Systems Theory and Automatic Control, University of Stuttgart, Germany, 2012.
  • Research Seminar; Bio-Robotics Network in Zurich (BiRoNZ), Zurich, Switzerland, 2012.
  • Annual Meeting; Swiss Association of Aeronautical Sciences, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011.
  • Special Education Session: Emerging Control Education Issues, Plain Talks on Systems & Control for a Wide Range of the Public; American Control Conference, San Francisco, USA, 2011.
  • Robotics Summer School on Autonomous Micro Aerial Vehicles; ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2011.
  • Research Seminar; Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University, USA, 2011.
  • Workshop for middle and high school students and teachers on ”Ideas and Technology of Control Systems”; IEEE Control and Decision Conference, Atlanta, USA, 2010.
  • Workshop on Adaptation and Learning in Autonomous Systems; Lund University, Sweden, 2010.
  • Smart Systems Seminar; Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, 2010.
  • Research Seminar; Automatic Control Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2008.

Professional Activities in Scientific Community

  • Associate Editor of the IFAC journal “Mechatronics – The Science of Intelligent Machines”, since 2013.
  • Technical/Program Committee Member:
    • International Conference on Computer and Robot Vision, 2015.
    • AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Video Competition, since 2014.
    • International Conference of Control, Dynamic Systems, and Robotics (CDSR), since 2014.
    • International Workshop on Wireless Sensor, Actuator and Robot Networks (WiSARN), 2014.
    • Committee on Control Education, IEEE Control Systems Society and American Automatic Control Council, since 2011.
  • Grant Proposal Reviewer:
    • European Union, Horizon 2020, 2015.
    • European Research Council, Consolidator Grant, 2014,
    • Mitacs Accelerate, 2014.
  • Workshop Organizer:
    • Workshop on Machine Learning in Planning and Control of Robot Motion at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2014.
    • International Workshop on Multi Unmanned Vehicles Systems (MUVS), Compiegne, France, 2014.

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