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2019 Southwest Robotics Symposium

ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop

Plenary Speakers

Ruzena Bajcsy, PhD

Ruzena Bajcsy, PhD

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Plenary Presentation Title:“Predictive models of kinematic and dynamic of Human and robotic physical activities”

Ruzena Bajcsy received the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, in 1957 and 1967, respectively, and the Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1972. She is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and NEC chair holder at the University of California,Berkeley, and Director Emeritus of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Science (CITRIS). Prior to joining Berkeley, she was a professor of the Computer Science and information department at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. There is founded the GRASP (General Robotics and Active Perception) laboratory in 1979 which is flourishing now. In 1999 she was appointed to be headed the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. In 2001 after she finished her stay at NSF, she retired form University of Pennsylvania and joined the faculty at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bajcsy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine as well as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), fellow of IEEE and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. In 2001, she received the ACM/Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Allen Newell Award. Since 2008 she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Computer and Cognitive Sciences (2009) and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Award (2013) for her contributions in the field of robotics and automation.
She received the 2016 NAE Simon Ramo Founders Award for her life achievements.


Oussama Khatib, PhD

Oussama Khatib, PhD

Professor, Stanford

Plenary Presentation Title: “The Age of Human-Robot Collaboration: Deep Sea Exploration”

Oussama Khatib received his PhD from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France, in 1980. He is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Robotics Laboratory at Stanford University. His research focuses on methodologies and technologies in human-centered robotics. He is a Fellow of IEEE, Co-Editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics (STAR) series, and the Springer Handbook of Robotics. Professor Khatib is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He is recipient of the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award, the George Saridis Leadership Award, the Distinguished Service Award, the Japan Robot Association (JARA) Award, the Rudolf Kalman Award, and the IEEE Technical Field Award. In 2018, Professor Khatib was selected to the National Academy of Engineering.


Invited Speakers

Yiannis Aloimonos, PhD

Professor, University of Maryland

Jaydev Desai, PhD

Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marcia K O’ Malley, PhD

Professor, Rice University

Barry Trimmer, PhD

Professor, Tufts University

Nora Ayanian, PhD

Assist. Prof., Univ. of Southern California

Rafael Fierro, PhD

Professor, University of New Mexico

Herbert Tanner, PhD

Professor, University of Delaware

Joel Burdick, PhD

Professor, California Institute of Technology

Michael Goldfarb, PhD

Professor, Vanderbilt University

Xiaobo Tan, PhD

Professor, Michigan State University

Louis Whitcomb, PhD

Professor, Johns Hopkins University