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The Laval University Robotics Laboratory is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The Lab was first established in 1989 by Professor Clément M. Gosselin.  From January 2001 until December 2021, Professor Gosselin was holding a prestigious Canadian award: the Canada Research Chair in Robotics and Mechatronics.  Professor Philippe Cardou joined the laboratory in 2007, followed in 2015 by Professor Alexandre Campeau-Lecours and in 2022 Professor Patrice Lambert joined the team.  Our research team is now composed of more than twenty graduate students and research associates.

Over the years our research team has produced numerous publications and technical achievements. The research carried out in the Robotics Laboratory is funded by several major funding agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT). The laboratory has also been involved in research contracts with many organisations including: the Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ), Government agencies and ministries, the Institut de Recherche en Santé et Sécurité du Travail du Québec (IRSST), the Canadian Space Agency, CAE Electronics, Opal-RT, MDA Space Missions and GM Canada, just to mention a few.

Research activities in the laboratory are mainly focused on the study of parallel mechanisms, articulated robotic hands, cable-driven parallel mechanisms, physical human-robot interaction, haptic devices and assistive devices —  all research areas in which the laboratory has gained international recognition.

The laboratory is equipped with state of the art facilities, including several serial and parallel robots, robotic hands, a parallel processing system for real-time control and simulation, a rapid prototyping machine, and a wire EDM machine.

Laval University is located in Quebec City, which is the capital of the province of Quebec in the heart of French speaking North America. The University was founded in 1852, and its origins go back to 1663. Today the student population is more than 40,000 and courses continue to be taught in French.


07 June 2023

Award of professional excellence

On May 31, 2023, Clément Gosselin received the ` Grand Prix d’excellence professionnelle’ of the Order of Engineers of Québec. This distinction is…

31 March 2023

UL Robotics Day

On January 27, the very first edition of the UL Robotics Day was held at the Adrien-Pouliot Pavilion, an event that brought together around a hundred…

09 January 2023

Congratulations to Pascal Dion-Gauvin

The thesis defense of Pascal Dion-Gauvin, a student under the supervision of Clément Gosselin, was held on December 22th 2022.  The thesis entitled "P…

08 August 2022

New Professor

The Laboratory welcomes a new associate professor: Patrice Lambert.

11 April 2022

Honorable mention for an article from the Robotics Laboratory

The following  paper

A Backdrivable Kinematically Redundant (6+3)-dof Hybrid Parallel Robot for Intuitive Sensorless Physical Human-Robot…

16 May 2020

An interview with Clément Gosselin in the IEEE Soft Robotics Podcast series

An interview with Clément Gosselin entitled ‘Mechanical Intelligence in Robotics’ was published in the IEEE Soft Robotics Podcast series. 


06 January 2020

Exhibition: Exploring 3D printing

The Laval University Robotics Laboratory participated in the exhibition Exploring 3D printing presented by Quebec City at the Maison Hamel-Bruneau in…

01 November 2019

Professor Clément Gosselin received the Award of Merit from IFToMM

Professor Clément Gosselin received the Award of Merit from the International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM).…

19 March 2019

Rehabilitation engineering

Professor Alexandre Campeau-Lecours, who specializes in robotics, and his colleague Laurent Bouyer, who specializes in neuroscience, present us how,…

25 October 2018

A dexterous hand

PhD candidate Vincent Babin and professor Clément Gosselin talk about the development of a robotic hand for small objects grasping.

Link to article…

28 September 2018

Article published in the Journal de Montréal

Professor Clément Gosselin spoke with a journalist from the Journal de Montréal about the future of robotics. Here is the link to the article (in…

23 March 2018

Scientific developmental program

Professor Clément Gosselin is the first recipient of the new developmental program to give a boost to the coming generation of scientists.  This…