UofT Robotics Survey: Faculty
This survey will require approximately 20 minutes. Its purpose is to gather information to help form a strategic plan for robotics at the University of Toronto.
Inventory Questions
What is your name? (optional)
Your answer
What is your position?
How many years have you been a faculty member at UofT?
Your answer
What is your department?
What is your main area of expertise?
Your answer
Check those boxes that describe your research.
Check any robotics application areas that apply to your research.
Required
What mainstream robotics journals do you publish in?
What mainstream robotics conferences do you publish in?
How many grad students/postdocs do you have on average?
Your answer
How many of your grad students/postdocs work on research related to robotics?
Your answer
Please list the main robotics facilities that you have in your lab (e.g., equipment, testbeds, robots)
Your answer
Approximately how large is the labspace (excluding student desks) that you have access to (prorate if shared)? Answer in square metres.
Your answer
List any academic robotics collaborators you have at UofT (last name only).
Your answer
List any academic robotics collaborators you have outside of UofT (last name, school).
Your answer
How much of your research is funded by the following sources?
0%
1-25%
26-50%
51-75%
76-199%
N/A
Government research grants (unmatched by other sources)
Industrial Sponsorship (possibly co-funded through government matching grants)
Philanthropic Sponsorship (either through an individual or a foundation)
Other
How much of your research time do you devote to acquiring research funding by the following funding sources?
0%
1-25%
26-50%
51-75%
76-100%
N/A
Government research grants (unmatched by other sources)
Industrial Sponsorship (possibly co-funded through government matching grants)
Philanthropic Sponsorship (either through an individual or a foundation)
Other
How much of your research time do you devote to managing the funding source through which your research was funded (i.e. reporting, visits, emails, conference calls, etc.)?
0%
1-25%
26-50%
51-75%
76-100%
N/A
Government research grants (unmatched by other sources)
Industrial Sponsorship (possibly co-funded through government matching grants)
Philanthropic Sponsorship (either through an individual or a foundation)
Other
List any Canadian companies or government organizations you are partnered with on robotics-related projects.
Your answer
List any international companies or government organizations you are partnered with on robotics-related projects.
Your answer
The current intellectual property practices at UofT are
What concerns (if any) do you have when it comes to up-front intellectual property negotiations upon initiating a collaborative research project with an industrial collaborator?
Your answer
What concerns (if any) have your industrial collaborators mentioned when it comes to up-front intellectual property negotiations upon initiating a collaborative research project with U of T?
Your answer
List any undergraduate courses that you teach related to robotics including any courses pertaining to the delivery of the Engineering Science Robotics Option.
Your answer
Please provide any other details about your robotics activities at UofT not covered above.
Your answer
Vision Questions
What are the aspects of society that will be most highly affected by robotics technology in the coming decade(s)?
Your answer
What are the most pressing research challenges to be overcome in robotics in the coming decade?
Your answer
What is UofT's greatest research strength in robotics on which it can build over the next five years?
Your answer
What is UofT's greatest weakness in the area of robotics?
Your answer
What is the most significant opportunity available to UofT relevant to robotics in the next five years?
Your answer
Given the leading edge of research in robotics, what is UofT's greatest challenge to becoming a global leader in this field?
Your answer
How should UofT position itself to make its robotics activities unique with respect to its peers?
Your answer
Should UofT take a leadership role in forming a national robotics plan?
Who are the natural industry and government partners for UofT in robotics over the next five years?
Your answer
If there was just one thing that UofT could invest in to improve its robotics activities, what should it be and why?
Your answer
If UofT had an institution-level presence in robotics (i.e., cross-faculty) do you feel this would improve our ability to attract large federal and industrial research support?
Please provide any other ideas or comments relating to forming a vision for robotics at UofT.
Your answer
Implementation Questions
Are you familiar with the UofT Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM)?
Are you affliated with the UofT Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics (IRM)?
Rate your agreement with the following statement: UofT should create a full-fledged Institute for Robotics (EDU-A or EDU-B) to improve its visiblity to the world and maximize its research and education potential in robotics. Please note that this institute would only have a mandate for robots (rather than robotics and mechatronics as IRM).
Disagree
Agree
What are the potential benefits to UofT if it had highly visible Institute for Robotics?
Your answer
Currently robotics research at UofT spans multiple campuses. Rate your agreement with the following statement: UofT should gather all its robotics research into a single location (on a single campus).
Disagree
Agree
If UofT consolidated its robotics activities at a single location, factoring in the unique nature of some experimental work (e.g., self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, outdoor mobile robots, hospital-based research), which campus would you recommend?
St. George
Mississauga
Scarborough
UTIAS (Downsview)
Other
First Choice
Second Choice
If UofT consolidates its robotics activities on a campus where you are NOT currently located, would you consider relocating your office and research activities there?
Would you support the creation of a robotics graduate program that would provide students with MASc and PhD degrees in robotics?
What graduate courses do you currently offer that could be relevant to a graduate program in robotics?
Your answer
Please provide any other ideas or comments you may have on efforts to coordinate and/or consolidate robotics research and teaching activities at UofT.
Your answer
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