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SEMINAR ANNOUNCEMENT - Oussama Khatib, 2/7/2012, h16:00

Seminars in Robotics

Date and location: Monday, July 2, 2012, 16:00, Aula Magna, DIAG

Speaker: Oussama Khatib
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Computer Science Department, Stanford University, CA, USA

Title: Robots and the human

Abstract: Robotics is rapidly expanding into the human environment and vigorously engaged in its new emerging challenges. From a largely dominant industrial focus, the field of robotics is now rapidly expanding into the human realm. This expansion has been brought about by the maturity of the field and the advances in its related technologies. Interacting, exploring, and working with humans, the new generation of robots will increasingly touch people and their lives, in homes, workplaces, and communities, providing support in services, entertainment, education, health care, and assistance. The discussion focuses on new design concepts, novel sensing modalities, efficient planning and control strategies, modeling and reconstruction of human movement and motion skills. These are among the key requirements for safe, dependable, and competent robots. In addition, methodologies and techniques developed in robotics are providing new avenues and host of effective tools for exploring human motion synthesis -- with exciting prospects for novel clinical therapies, athletic training, and performance improvement.

Bio: Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.  His work on advanced robotics focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics including humanoid control architectures, human motion synthesis, haptics, and human-friendly robot design. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR) and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development. Professor Khatib received the 2010 IEEE RAS Pioneer Award in Robotics and Automation for his fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field.

Contact: Alessandro De Luca


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