Academic and Industry Tours

Tours take place on Friday, August 25th.

IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND THE TOURS: Please email by August 10th and specify-

(1) If you will be attending either:

(a) the morning Lab Tours 

(b) the afternoon Industry Tours

(c) the whole day of tours


(2) If you will be having the lunch at 11:30

UBC Lab Tours (9:00 – 11:30)

09:00     CARIS Lab Human-robot interaction design

The Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CARIS) Lab focuses on research related to cooperative robotics in both industrial applications and assistive applications in workplace, home and healthcare environments. Our vision is for design research that brings safe, friendly and helpful robotic assistance into our daily lives. CARIS activies range from research in trajectory planning and industrial robot controls to advancing roboethics to developing novel designs for human-robot interaction utilizing new approaches to sensing, control, motion and task planning.

In this tour, we will demonstrate a Stewart platform robot used for human balance research, a humanoid robot programmed to exhibit human-like behaviours in object handling tasks, and an augmented-reality system for intuitive robot programming in industrial settings.

10:00     SPIN/MUX LabMulti-modal and haptic design.

11:00     HATCHIncubator space for start-ups.

HATCH is UBC’s on-campus incubator for UBC technology ventures that are at the stage of developing their products and launching their businesses. As UBC’s tech incubator, HATCH helps promising entrepreneurs develop their research at a pace determined by the technology itself. HATCH gives entrepreneurs the realistic, comprehensive support they need to address the world’s challenges and launch their ventures. See for more information.

11:30     Lunch in ICICS

Off-site Industry Tours (12:00 – 18:00)

MistyWestProduct design consultancy company



MistyWest is an engineering design consultancy that blends equal parts deep technical knowledge, creative fervour, aesthetics, experience, and the tools of our craft to serve our clients. Our carefully selected team of engineers, scientists, designers and developers can take ideas for complex products from napkin sketch to full production rapidly. Beyond this, we have a strong focus on positive impact focused projects. We work across verticals such as medical diagnostics, education, sustainable energy and transport to create truly world changing products.

On this tour, one of the founders, Josh Usher, and his colleagues will explain the company’s design philosophy and provide examples of designs that resulted from an application of that philosophy to solve clients’ “hard problems”. These problems often involve first-principles research and development and have led to highly innovative, patented designs at scale.

Stantec  – Architectural and engineering design


From the iconic welcome at Vancouver International Airport to the brightly lit fabric of BC Place Stadium, you can see how Stantec has shaped our community. We unite approximately 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations across 6 continents. Our work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, construction services, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through to design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, decommissioning, and remediation—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Come tour our Vancouver office to hear more about our innovative people and projects.


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