ABOUT US

We Build Robots, you can too

UTRA is the face of robotics at the University of Toronto (U of T). We design and build robots to compete in international competitions like RoboGames and the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, among others. We have five different subteams that work independently and also host talks and workshops. Our mission is to foster interest in robotics and teach anybody who is interested all that they need to know to be able to contribute.

History

The U of T Robotics Association (UTRA) was created in the fall of 2004 by four engineering students passionate about building robots. Inspired by the spectacle of BattleBots—a thrilling show in which contestants build robots to engage in all-out battle—the founding group of UTRA students set their sights on Combat Robotics. After a few years of training and team development, UTRA battled at RoboGames for the first time in 2006. In the following years, they made many appearances and won several gold and bronze medals in the process.

With the momentum of success at RoboGames, UTRA expanded to new projects—the Autonomous Firefighter Robot and RoboSoccer—and it obtained space and partnerships with external organizations, such as TD and the U of T Engineering Society. UTRA joined with UTAIR, the U of T Artificial Intelligence and Robotics club, to work together on the Firefighter project, while Combat remained UTRA’s flagship team.

In 2008, under new leadership, UTRA established the Sumo program, fostering spirited in-house competition among teams and a strong learning experience for beginners. In a consolidation of the Firefighter and RoboSoccer teams, the Autonomous Rover Team (ART) was founded, and ART has since built a fully functional autonomous rover and participated in several international competitions.

In 2010, recognizing the rapid advances in 3D printing and their importance to manufacturing and other fields, UTRA created a fourth team dedicated to this technology. Initially coined the RepRap team, UTRA Fabrication built a Mini-Kossel 3D Printer and continues to keep up with the most recent developments in the field. Finally, in 2014, UTRA initiated the Top Secret Project, rounding out the five subteams that the club is comprised of today.

In 2011, the Autonomous Rover Team would shift gears and aim for a new competition: the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition. Being the only team designing both the chassis and drive system, the team was able to bring home bronze at the International competition. With the new victory, the team would go on to aim for a new competition, the International Ground Vehicle Competition that boasts much larger robots and more difficult terrains.

In 2012, the combat team gained traction under new and improved leadership, leading to modular and sturdy robots that would go on to win gold in 2012 and bronze in 2014 at the International Robogames Competition.

In 2016, UTRA kicked off its first Robonars workshops, marking the beginning of a new team geared towards teaching a variety of robotic skills to interested members. The Robonars team would later organize our first hackathon, UtraHacks in fall 2018. Gaining well over 120 participants and very positive feedback, UtraHacks further expanded our presence in the U of T community and helped foster exciting new connections and sponsorships.

In 2018, having gained both a new surge of interest and new faculty support, the Robosoccer team would go on to be the only Canadian team that qualified for both humanoid leagues for Robocup 2018 at Montreal, and later for 2019 at Sydney. Also within 2018, UTRA would establish its newest subteam Pacbot, aiming to compete at Harvard to play the classic arcade game Pacman in a robotic real life setting, making the 7 subteams that we have to date.

Current Executive Team
Admin
Helen Wang
EngSci 2T1 + PEY
President
Matthew Lourenco
ECE 2T2 + PEY
VP Internal,Advisor
Sarah Khan
Mech 2T3 + PEY
VP Communications
Rosie Wang
EngSci 2T2 + PEY
VP Partnership
Directors
Chirag Saxena
Mech 2T3 + PEY
Sponsorships
Haocheng(Leo) Li
ECE 2T4 + PEY
Webmaster
Emily Jiao
Indy 2T3 + PEY
Marketing/Graphics
Hao You
ECE 2T4 + PEY
Marketing/Graphics
Zhitian Guan
ECE 2T3 + PEY
Marketing/Graphics
Team Project Managers
Zeynep Tibik
Mech 2T3 + PEY
Treasurer, Robonars
Chahit Uppal
ECE 2T4 + PEY
Combat
Spencer Teetaert
EngSci 2T2 + PEY
ART
Eric Wang
EngSci 2T1 + PEY
RoboSoccer
Jonathan Spraggett
EngSci 2T1 + PEY
Advisor, RoboSoccer
Michael Ruan
EngSci 2T1 + PEY
ART
Benny Li
ECE 2T1 + PEY
Robonars
Ben Natra
EngSci 2T2 + PEY
Combat
Bobby Graydon
Mech 2T1 + PEY
Combat
Arash Ahmadian
ECE 2T3 + PEY
PacBot
Eric Ji
Mech 2T2 + PEY
PacBot
Past Executive Teams

2020 - 2021

Admin

Michael Ruan
President
Kailin Hong
VP Partnerships
Zoe Wen
Student Advisor
Helen Wang
VP Communications
Jason Yuan
VP Internal

Directors

Sarah Khan
Webmaster
Rosie Wang
Marketing + Sponsorship
Madison Wong
Marketing
Daniel Ding
Graphics Design
Tina Sokhanvar
Graphics Design
Zhitian Guan
Graphics Design
Manik Chaudhery
Sponsorship
Benny Li
Treasurer

Team Project Managers

Enzo Gao
ART
Matthew Lourenco
Fabrication
Chandra Gummaluru
ART
Rishikesh Devsot
ART
Sarp Kavalcioglu
Combat
Michelle Ji
Combat
Jason Li
Combat
Bobby Graydon
Combat
Anne Xie
Combat
Ben Natra Ihilov
Combat + Fabrication
Jimin Kwon
SUMO
Navidur Rahman
SUMO
Lareina Xu
SUMO
Jonathan Spraggett
Robot Soccer
Eric Wang
Robot Soccer + Pacbot
Tiffany Yau
Pacbot
Jessica Cui
Robonars
Selina Wan
Robonars

2019 - 2020

Admin

Michael Ruan
President
Kailin Hong
VP Operations
Zoe Wen
VP Partnerships
Helen Wang
VP Communications

Directors

Johnny Zou
Webmaster
Aditi Maheshwari
Marketing
Selina Wan
Marketing
Daniel Ding
Graphics Design
Shashwat Panwar
Graphics Design
Eric Wang
Sponsorship & Finance
Joy Liu
Sponsorship & Finance
Bao Tian Fu
Treasurer

Team Project Managers

Chloe Shao
Fabrication
Matthew Lourenco
Fabrication
Trudie Cheung
ART
Rishikesh Devsot
ART
Sarp Kavalcioglu
Combat
Michelle Ji
Combat
Jason Li
Combat
Bobby Graydon
Combat
Jason Yuan
SUMO
Jessica Cui
SUMO
Hunter Huang
SUMO
Nam Nguyen
Robot Soccer
Maytham Mahroos
Robot Soccer
Tiffany Yau
Pacbot
Yuxuan Yao
Hackathon
Jennie Hu
Hackathon

2018 - 2019

Admin

Crystal Liu
President
Khaled Khalil
VP Operations
Larry Kei
VP Partnerships
Syed Kamran
VP Communications

Directors

Johnny Zou
Webmaster
Zoe Wen
Marketing & Graphic Design
Raman Mangla
Marketing & Graphic Design
Paul D'Pong
Sponsorship & Finance
Helen (Yiru) Wang
Marketing & Graphic Design
Yuxuan Yao
Marketing & Graphic Design
Bao Tian Fu
Treasurer

Team Project Managers

James Xu
ART
Rishikesh Devsot
ART
Sarp Kavalcioglu
Light Combat
Michelle Ji
Light Combat
Crystal Liu
Heavy Combat
Michael Ding
Heavy Combat
Chloe Shao
3DP
Jiyu Nam
3DP
Katie Chiang
SUMO
Michael Ruan
SUMO
Kailin Hong
SUMO
Farwa Khan
SUMO
Jason Wang
Robot Soccer
Shahryar Rajabzadeh
Robot Soccer
Daniel Campo
Robot Soccer
Tyler Gamvrelis
Robot Soccer
Edward Luo
PacBot

2017 - 2018

Admin

Michelle Leung
President
Gallop Fan
VP Operations
Crystal Liu
VP Partnerships
Syed Kamran
VP Communications

Directors

Johnny Zou
Webmaster
Zoe Wen
Marketing & Graphic Design
Yudian Shi
Marketing & Graphic Design

Team Project Managers

Brian Aly
ART
Oleg Milyutin
ART
Jessie Hu
Light Combat
Ganeshan Sivakumaran
Light Combat
Crystal Liu
Heavy Combat
Wesley Heung
3DP
Charles Bullingham
3DP
Abhishek Arya
SUMO
Khaled Khalil
SUMO
Susan Wang
SUMO
Jason Wang
Robot Soccer
Shahryar Rajabzadeh
Robot Soccer

2016 - 2017

Admin

Gallop Fan
President
Michelle Leung
VP Operations
Crystal Liu
VP Partnerships
Syed Kamran
VP Communications

Directors

Chokpisit Kasemphaibulsuk
Treasurer
Larry Kei
Marketing & Graphic Design
Tabitha Maeda
Marketing & Graphic Design
Wesley Heung
Website & Social Media
Kathryn Yu
Website & Social Media
Lidia Injac
Robinar & Business Dev
Kasra Koushan
Robinar & Business Dev
Oishe Farhan
Sponsorship & Finance

Team Project Managers

Brian Aly
ART
Charles Bullingham
ART
Albert Liu
Combat
Alan Stagg
Combat
Dhruv Chawla
3DP
Oreoluwa Kolade
3DP
Reem Tawfik
SUMO
Kevin He
SUMO
Mahsa Naserifar
Robot Soccer
Sabrina Lokman
Robot Soccer
Gallop Fan
UTRA X
Arkady Arkhangorodsky
UTRA X

2015 - 2016

Admin

Adam Chan
Co-President
Jason Wang
VP External
Chiora Mba-Uzoukwu
VP Internal

Directors

Akshaya Sekar
Treasurer
Abe Ratnofsky
Marketing Director
Crystal Liu
Sponsorship
Clare Kim
Sponsorship
Harley Lee
Sponsorship
Arkady Arkhangorodsky
Webmaster
Kasra Koushan
Archivist
Andrew Romano
Technical Lead for Robonars

Team Project Managers

Chengran (Harvey) Zhang
ART
Sandro Young
ART
Liam Horrigan
Combat
Andrew Effat
Combat
Michelle Leung
RepRap
Dhruv Chawla
RepRap
Aron Sankar
SUMO
Gallop Fan
SUMO
Tim Tang
Top Secret
Paul Seufert
Top Secret
Get In Touch
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MY 015D at 55 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4