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Our credentials are unique

The Urban Robotics Foundation is the originator and project leader for the ISO draft technical standard 4448. This role fuels our deep understanding of the multiple overlapping city systems and stakeholders impacted by the deployment of public-area mobile robots (PMRs). 

We focus on cities and accessibility

Cities lead the way: they decide whether to reject or permit PMRs (and for what purpose) and all other stakeholders follow. Accessibility –  a city that is livable for everyone – is the overarching goal.

We always present pros/cons

We are impartial, neither for or against PMRs. We present the landscape as complex and nuanced, sharing ways that barriers might be overcome, and allow stakeholders to reach their own conclusions. 

April 3, 2023: Our Spring newsletter is now available! We have set the dates for our Municipal Readiness webinars, welcome our new managing director, report on the latest ISO working group meeting and announce a new workshop: "Robots on City Streets - The Big Questions".

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Municipal Readiness Workshops

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Is your city ready for robots? If you work for a municipal government, urban or traffic planning consultancy or an accessibility advocacy group that is likely to be impacted by public-area mobile robots, this webinar is a great place to start.

Scheduled for the last Tuesday in April, May and June from 12:00-12:55pm ET. The introductory session is complimentary.

Open to members and non-members, we invite you to register for the May 30th webinar by clicking this zoom link.

Standards Review Zoom Meeting

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URF hosts tri-annual Standards Review Meetings for members to discuss a particular part or parts of the ISO 4448 draft.

Our next sessions will take place on May 23, 2023 (10am ET) and May 24, 2023 (8pm ET/ May 25 8am SGT). Agenda to be confirmed.

Please log in to the Member Resources section to view the latest documents and to provide your comments and suggestions in advance of the meeting.

Robots on City Streets – The Big Questions

We invite member and non-member organizations to sponsor this engaging introductory workshop for their clients and colleagues. A fee applies.

Download PDF - workshop overview.

Contact us for more information.


Distilling relevant expertise

By opening the ISO 4448 draft standards to input from members, we bring municipal, safety,

accessibility, planning, robotics and logistics expertise to the discussion. Although opinions may

vary, alignment is always possible when the shared goal is safety and shared accessibility.

Educating a broad audience

We are eager to share our message beyond our membership. To request a URF spokesperson to

participate in interviews, podcasts and panels, please contact us.

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Bern Grush, Executive Director of URF,  leads a workshop.

Bern Grush
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Bern Grush

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Bern Grush (Executive Director) is an author, researcher and consultant with expertise in the areas of mobility and automation and how innovative technology might be regulated, governed, socialized, and deployed. After completing a BSc in Human Factors Psychology (U of T), he earned his MSc in System Design Engineering, from the University of Waterloo.

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Lee Haber

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Lee Haber (Engineering Director) loves transportation and cities. With degrees in civil engineering and urban planning, he puts these loves and skills to work at URF as a key drafter of the ISO 4448 standard. His frequent travels in the world’s great cities bring him continuous
insights into pedestrian infrastructure.

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Lee St. James

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Lee St. James (Managing Director) is passionate to explore how social robots can help reduce social isolation and slow cognitive decline among older adults. This passion and her years of tech-savvy business, marketing,  and digital transformation experience contribute tremendous value to our membership and communications priorities.

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Andy Manahan

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Andy Manahan (Board Member) has over two decades of experience in the development and construction. He brings an extensive network and a deep understanding of regulatory reform,
government procurement and infrastructure investment solutions.

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Michael Roschlau 

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Michael Roschlau (Board Member) is a strategic adviser in public transit and urban mobility. Dedicated to efficient and effective public transit, he most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).

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Edona Vila 

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Edona Vila (Board Member) is a Partner with BLG, Canada’s largest national law firm. Her product litigation and regulatory practice is focused on the liability of emerging classes of regulated connected products including Automated Vehicles and Internet of Things.

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