Dr. Mohammad Khansari is a post-doc at Robotics Group, at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University. His research study lies at the intersection of two exciting fields: control theory and machine learning. More specifically, He uses control theory to properly define dynamics of robots, and leverage machine learning to endow them with the ability to perform a wide variety of tasks in complex unstructured environments. He received his PhD in Robotics from EPFL (2012) and his MSc (2008) and BSc (2005) in Aerospace Engineering from Sharif University of Technology.
Dr. Sylvain Calinon is a permanent researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Switzerland since May 2014. He is also a lecturer at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and an external collaborator at the Department of Advanced Robotics, Italian Institute of Technology. He holds a PhD from EPFL (2007) awarded by Robotdalen, ABB and EPFL-Press awards. His research interests cover robot learning and human-robot interaction.
Prof. Dongheui Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany. She is the head of Dynamic Human Robot Interaction for Automation System Lab. She received her PhD at the University of Tokyo in 2007. Her research interests include human motion understanding, physical human robot interaction, machine learning in robotics, humanoid robots, and human-robot collaboration.
Prof. 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, interactive dynamic simulation, haptics, and human- friendly robot design. He is Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has served on the Editorial Boards of several journals as well as the Chair or Co-Chair of numerous international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as a Distinguished Lecturer, as a member of the Administrative Committee, and as the Program Chair of IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 2000. 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. He also 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.