The Robotics Institute
RI | Seminar | December 5

Robotics Institute Seminar, December 5
Time and Place | Seminar Abstract | Speaker Biography | Speaker Appointments

Human-centered Robotics

Oussama Khatib
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University

Time and Place

Mauldin Auditorium (NSH 1305)
Refreshments 3:15 pm
Talk 3:30 pm


The successful introduction of robotics into human environments will rely on the development of competent and practical systems that are dependable, safe, and easy to use. The discussion focuses on models, strategies, and algorithms associated with the behaviors needed for robots to work, assist, and cooperate with humans. A key aspect in these developments is the robot compatibility with the human, which is essential for effective human-robot interaction. The presentation describes methodologies and algorithms that attempt to capture the fundamental characteristics of human motion. These characteristics are then encoded into generic behaviors implemented and demonstrated on complex human-like robotic structures.

Speaker Biography

Professor Khatib received his Ph.D. in 1980 from Sup'Aero, Toulouse, France. His current research is in human-centered robotics, human-friendly robot design, dynamic simulations, and haptic interactions. Professor Khatib was the Program Chair of ICRA2000 (San Francisco) and Co-Editor of ``The Robotics Review.'' He is the President of the International Foundation of Robotics Research, IFRR, and Co-Editor of STAR, Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics. Professor Khatib is a ``Distinguished Lecturer'' of IEEE and a recipient of the JARA Award.

Speaker Appointments

Please contact James Kuffner ( for appointments.

The Robotics Institute is part of the School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University.