A special highlight at the beginning of this year’s European Robotics Week (ERW 2017) mid of November was the visit of the famous robotics specialist Prof. Oussama Khatib at the institute ROBOTICS. Oussama Khatib is professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Robotics Laboratory. He is one of the leading robotics experts of the world. His research interests are methodologies and technologies of autonomous robots, cooperative robots, human-centered robotics, haptic interaction, dynamic simulation, virtual environments, augmented teleoperation, and human-friendly robot design. Prof. Khatib received numerous awards for his excellent research achievements. Moreover he is president of IFRR – International Foundation for Robotics Research.
Subsequent to the lab exploration tour at ROBOTICS including the presentation of the institute`s fields of research Prof. Khatib impressed his audience with his speech: “Robots: A 50 Year Journey”. After a lively discussion about the future of robotics and a culinary “get together” Prof. Khatib held his keynote at the 10 years anniversary of the faculty of technical sciences of the Alpen-Adria University.