6th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management 2013


Robots: The New Generation


Robotics is rapidly expanding into the human environment and vigorously engaged in its new emerging challenges. From a largely dominant industrial focus, robotics has undergone, by the turn of the new millennium, a major transformation in scope and dimensions. This expansion has been brought about by the maturity of the field and the advances in its related technologies to address the pressing needs for human-centered robotic applications. 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, health care, entertainment, education, and assistance. The discussion focuses on new design concepts, novel sensing modalities, efficient planning and control strategies, modeling and understanding of human motion and skills, which are among the key requirements for safe, dependable, and competent robots. The exploration of the human-robot connection is proving extremely valuable in providing new avenues for the study of human motion -- with exciting prospects for novel clinical therapies, athletic training, character animation, and human performance improvement.


Prof. Oussama Khatib received his Doctorate degree from Sup'Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research, IFRR. Professor Khatib is the Co-Editor of Springer Handbook of Robotics and the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series. He is a Fellow of IEEE and has served as a Distinguished Lecturer, as the Program Chair of ICRA 2000, and the General Chair of IROS 2011. He is a recipient of the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award in Research and Development, the 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. He has also received the IEEE RAS Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his vision and leadership for the Robotics and Automation Society, in establishing and sustaining conferences in robotics and related areas, publishing influential monographs and handbooks and training and mentoring the next generation of leaders in robotics education and research.