Meet the Innovators Under 35

Angela Schoellig, University of Toronto

2017 Innovator Under 35: Her algorithms are helping self-driving and self-flying vehicles get around more safely

Angela Schoellig, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Angela Schoellig is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, associate director of the Centre for Aerial Robotics Research and Education at U of T, and instructor of Udacity’s flying-car nanodegree program. She conducts research at the interface of robotics, controls, and machine learning. Her goal is to enhance the performance, safety, and autonomy of robots by enabling them to learn from past experiments and from each other. Self-flying and self-driving vehicles are her platforms of choice. She is a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, a Canadian Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science Early Researcher Award, and a Connaught New Researcher Award. She is one of Robohub’s 2013 “25 women in robotics you need to know about,” winner of MIT’s 2015 Enabling Society Tech Competition, a 2015 finalist in Dubai’s $1 million “Drones for Good” competition, and the youngest member of the 2014 Science Leadership Program, which promotes outstanding scientists in Canada. Her PhD was awarded the ETH Medal and the 2013 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award (as one of 35 worldwide).


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.