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Ilian Bonev is professor at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Precision Robotics. Prior to joining ETS in 2004, he completed a Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellowship in parallel robotics at Université Laval (Quebec) and a Master’s degree in mechatronics at G-JIST (South Korea). Professor Bonev is also head of the Control and Robotics Lab at ETS (CoRo). Research activities at CoRo are mainly focussed in the areas of parallel robots, precision robotics, mechatronics, haptics and collaborative robots (  In terms of technology transfers, Professor Bonev is mainly collaborating with aerospace companies in the field of robot calibration (Pratt & Whitney Canada, AV&R, L-3 MAS, GE Aviation, etc.). In addition, Professor Bonev has provided consulting services in the area of collaborative robots to Teradyne and Barclays Capital. He is also Scientific Advisor of Mecademic (, one of two spin-offs of CoRo that develops desktop precision collaborative robots for research and development. Professor Bonev is active on Twitter ( and on CoRo’s blog (, where he tries to bridge the gap between academia and industry in the field of robotics.

by   -   October 18, 2018
Baxter – Rethink Robotics

With the recent demise of Rethink Robotics, there were dozens of testimonials that the company revolutionized industrial robotics and kickstarted the collaborative robotics trend. There is no doubt that Baxter and Sawyer were truly innovative and more sophisticated than the average industrial robot. They were also safer than most other cobots, though at the expense of precision. So was Rethink Robotics the pioneer of collaborative robots?


Many researchers think that robot calibration is an issue that has been successfully resolved decades ago, but they are wrong. While the underlying theory is well established, its practical application continues to be in its infancy. This is the first of a series of posts that will provide evidence that it is still very hard for a user to get an accurate industrial robot. So hard indeed that a company in New Zealand didn’t hesitate to ask one of my postdocs to fly in for help.

by   -   March 26, 2015