The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Robotics History Project is an ongoing project with efforts to capture the history of robotics by curating a compilation of roboticist interviews, photos and videos.

The history of robotics begins 
with pioneering roboticists

Video Highlights

Roboticists

Shinichi Yuta

University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Japan Research Areas Robots

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Mark Yim

University of Pennsylvania, PA United States Research Areas Control Design & Engineering Biography Mark Yim was born in …

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Jing Xiao

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Robots Interview Synopsis In this interview, Dr. …

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Alan Winfield

University of Bristol, Bristol United Kingdom Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Machine …

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Brian Wilcox

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), CA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Brian …

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Red Whittaker

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Design Automation, Robots Biography Red Whittaker grew up in…

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Kenneth Waldron

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Control Systems, Design Automation, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Ken …

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Richard Volz

Texas A&M University, TX United States Research Areas Robots Biography Dr. Richard Volz received his BS, MS and PhD in …

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Richard Volpe

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), CA United States Research Areas Control Design & Engineering, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors…

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Gianmarco Verrugio

Scuola di Robotica, Genova Italy Research Areas Robots Biography Gianmarco Veruggio is an experimental robotic scientist who is also…

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Manuela Veloso

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Human-computer …

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Hendrik Van Brussel

KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Control Systems, Robot Programming, Robots Biography …

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Masaru Uchiyama

Tohuku University, Sendai Japan Research Areas Aerial Systems: Applications, Flexible Robots, Haptics and Haptic Interfaces, Humanoid …

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Carme Torras

Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), Spain United States Research Areas AI-Based Methods, Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction, …

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Dawn Tilbury

University of Michigan, MI United States Research Areas Robots Biography Dawn Tilbury was born in Minnesota in 1966. Tilbury studied…

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Chuck Thorpe

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Robots Biography Charles E. “Chuck” Thorpe was born in …

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Russ Taylor

Johns Hopkins University, MD United States Research Areas Robot Programming, Robots Biography Russ Taylor was born in Hampton, …

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Gaurav Sukhatme

University of Southern California, CA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Robots Biography Gaurav Sukhatme received his …

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Shigeki Sugano

Waseda University, Tokyo Japan Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Control Design & Engineering, Human-computer …

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Luc Steels

Vrije Universitiet Brussels, Brussels Belgium Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, …

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Michael Sims

NASA Ames, Mountain View, California United States Research Areas Automation, Control Design & Engineering, Machine Intelligence, …

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Reid Simmons

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Computer Science, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer …

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Roland Siegwart

ETH Zurich, Zurich Switzerland Research Areas Automation Applications, Control Design & Engineering, Mechatronics, Robot Programming, …

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Bruno Siciliano

University of Naples, Naples Italy Research Areas Control Design & Engineering, Machine Intelligence, Mechatronics, Robots …

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Yoshiaki Shirai

Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo Japan Research Areas Robots Interview Synopsis In this interview, Shirai discusses his …

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Bruce Shimano

Precise Automations, CA United States Research Areas Automation Applications Interview Synopsis In this interview, Bruce Shimano …

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Vic Scheinman

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Manufacturing & Production, Mechanics Interview …

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Stefan Schaal

University of Southern California, CA United States Research Areas Control Theory, Machine Learning, Robot Programming, Robots …

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Ken Salisbury

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Design Automation, Human-computer Interaction, Man Machine Systems, Robot …

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Carl Ruoff

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), CA United States Research Areas Automation, Control Design & Engineering, Control Systems, …

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Bernie Roth

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Control Design & Engineering, Design …

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Robert Riener

ETH Zurich, Zurich Switzerland Research Areas Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Equipment, Control Theory, Prosthetics, Robot …

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Rolf Pfieffer

University of Zurich, Zurich Switzerland Research Areas Automation, Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Robot Programming, Robots …

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Lynne Parker

University of Tennessee, TN United States Research Areas Agent-Based Systems, AI-Based Methods, Autonomous Agents, Behavior-Based Systems,…

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George Pappas

University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania United States Research Areas Control Systems, Control Theory, Robot …

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Allison Okamura

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Human-computer Interaction, Robot Programming, Robots …

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JunHo Oh

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon Korea, Republic of Research Areas Automation, Control Design & …

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Illah Nourbakhsh

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Human-computer Interaction, Robots Biography Illah Nourbakhsh was born …

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Nils Nilsson

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer …

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Jean-Daniel Nicoud

EPFL Lausanne & K-Team, Lausanne Switzerland Research Areas Robots Biography Jean-Daniel Nicoud was born on August 31, 1938 in …

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Brad Nelson

ETH Zurich, Zurich Switzerland Research Areas Bioengineering, Robots Interview Synopsis In this interview, Brad Nelson discusses his…

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Radhika Nagpal

Harvard University, MA United States Research Areas Behavior-Based Systems, Biologically Inspired Robots, Education Robotics, Education …

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Richard Murray

California Institute of Technology, CA United States Research Areas Automation Applications, Control Design & Engineering, Control …

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Francesco Mondada

EPFL Lausanne & K-Team, Lausanne Switzerland Research Areas Mechanics, Mechatronics Biography Francesco Mondada was born on …

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Max Mintz

University of Pennsylvania, PA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Control Theory, Robot Programming, Robots Biography …

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Bob McGhee

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA United States Research Areas Automation, Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computer …

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John McCarthy

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Computing and …

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Larry Matthies

Senior Research Scientist Jet Propulsion Laborary/California Institute of Technology, CA United States Research Areas Aerial Systems: …

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Maja Mataric

University of Southern California, CA United States Research Areas Robots

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Matt Mason

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Assembly, Compliance and Impedance Control, Control Design & Engineering, …

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Tomas Lozano-Perez

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA United States Research Areas AI-Based Methods, Collision Avoidance, Grasping, Learning and …

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Daniel Lee

University of Pennsylvania, PA United States Biography Daniel Lee was born near San Francisco, California. He received a B.A. in Physics …

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Jean-Paul Laumond

LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France Research Areas Control Design & Engineering, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Jean-Paul Laumond …

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Vijay Kumar

Ohio State University, OH United States Research Areas Kinematics, Robots Biography Vijay Kumar was born in Patna, India in 1962. …

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Danica Kragic

Royal Institute of Technology - KTH, Stockholm Sweden Research Areas Assembly, Deep Learning in Robotics and Automation, Dexterous …

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Kazuhiro Kosuge

Tohoku University, Sendai Japan Research Areas Robots Biography Kazuhiro Kosuge is a professor in the department of Robotics at …

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Jana Kosecka

George Mason University, VA United States Research Areas Robots Biography Jana Kosecka was born in modern day Slovakia, and received…

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Petar Kokotovic

University of California, CA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics Biography Petar Kokotovic was born in Belgrade, …

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Daniel Koditschek

University of Pennsylvania, PA United States Research Areas Robots

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Richard Klafter

Temple University, PA United States Research Areas Education Robotics, Optimization and Optimal Control, Robots Biography Richard D.…

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Sara Kiesler

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Human-computer Interaction, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Sara …

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Pradeep Khosla

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Control Design & Engineering, Robot Programming, Robots Biography …

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Oussama Khatib

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Automation, Man Machine Systems, Robot Programming, Robots Biography Oussama …

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Lydia Kavraki

Rice University, Texas United States Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Robots Biography Lydia Kavraki is the …

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Frederic Kaplan

EPFL Lausanne Switzerland Frederic Kaplan EPFL Lausanne Switzerland Research Areas Computational and Artificial …

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Makoto Kaneko

Osaka University, Osaka Japan Research Areas Mechatronics, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors, Sensors systems and applications …

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Ray Jarvis

Monash University, Melbourne Australia Research Areas Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Computing and Electronics, Human-computer…

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Hiroshi Ishiguro

University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan Research Areas Human-computer Interaction, Image Processing, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors …

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Hirochika Inoue

University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan Research Areas AI-Based Methods, Assembly, Compliance and Impedance Control, Compliant Assembly, …

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Seth Hutchinson

Georgia Tech Atlanta (GA), USA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Localization, Mapping, Path Planning for Multiple Mobile …

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Ayanna Howard

Ohio State University, OH United States Research Areas AI-Based Methods, Autonomous Agents, Behavior-Based Systems, Biomedical Equipment, …

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Ralph Hollis

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Automation, Mechatronics, Robots Biography Ralph Hollis was born in 1941…

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John Hollerbach

University of Utah, UT United States Research Areas Machine Vision, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors Biography John Hollerbach was…

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Gerd Hirzinger

TU Munich, Munich Germany Research Areas Control Design & Engineering, Man Machine Systems, Robots, Sensors, Sensors systems and …

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Shigeo Hirose

CEO, CTO HiBot Corp. Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan Research Areas Automation, Biomimetics, Cellular and …

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Norihiro Hagita

Norihiro Hagita ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communicatuon Laboratories Japan Research Areas Humanoid Robots, Robots Biography …

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Ken Goldberg

Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics Biography Ken Goldberg grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S. in …

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Brian Gerkey

Open Robotics United States Research Areas Multi Robot systems, Robots, Simulation and Animation, Software, Middleware and Programming …

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Toshio Fukuda

Nagoya University, Nagoya Japan Research Areas Automation, Robots Biography On 5 October 2018 IEEE announced that Toshio Fukuda, …

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Jodi Forlizzi

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Robots Biography Jodi Forlizzi was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She…

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Terry Fong

NASA Ames Research Center, CA United States Research Areas Agent-Based Systems, Autonomous Agents, Cognitive Human-Robot Interaction, …

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Ruedigger Dillman

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany Research Areas Autonomous Vehicle Navigation, Computer Science, Computer Vision for Medical …

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Ernst Dickmanns

Bundeswehr University, Munich Germany Research Areas Automation, Computer Science, Control Systems, Machine Intelligence, Machine Vision, …

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Paolo Dario

University of Pisa & SSSA, Pisa Italy Research Areas Bioengineering, Human-computer Interaction, Robot Programming, Robots, Sensors …

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Ron Daniel

Oxford University, Oxford United Kingdom Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Control Design & Engineering, Control …

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John Craig

Stanford University, CA United States Research Areas Automation, Automation Applications, Control Design & Engineering, Robot …

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Steve Cousins

Willow Garage, California United States Research Areas Robots

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Peter Corke

Queensland University, Brisbane Australia Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Control Systems, Machine Vision, Robot Programming, …

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Howie Choset

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Robots Biography Howie Choset was born in New York and grew up on Long …

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Raja Chatila

LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France Research Areas Automation, Automation Applications, Control Design & Engineering, Human-computer …

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Alicia Casals

Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona Spain Research Areas Robots Biography Alicia Casals was born in Barcelona, Spain and …

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Brian Carlisle

Vicarm United States Research Areas Robots Biography Brian Carlisle was born and raised in San Francisco. He studied mechanical and …

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Norm Caplan

National Science Foundation (NSF), VA United States Research Areas Automation, Bioengineering, Communications, Computing and Electronics, …

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Joel Burdick

California Institute of Technology (CalTech),NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, …

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Herman Bruyninckx

KU Leuven, Leuven Belgium Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Control Systems, Mechanics, Robot Programming, Robots Biography …

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Gary Bradsky

CEO, Founder OpenCV.org & OpenCV.ai United States Research Areas Agricultural Automation, Autonomous Vehicle Navigation, Calibration …

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Bob Bolles

SRI international, CA United States Research Areas AI-Based Methods, Robots Biography Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Bob C. Bolles was…

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Jim Bobrow

University of California (Irvine), CA United States Research Areas Algorithm Anaylsis, Biomedical Electronics, Computer Science, Computing…

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George Bekey

University of Southern California, CA United States Research Areas Automation, Robots Biography George Bekey was born in Slovakia …

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Ruzena Bajscy

University of California (Berkeley), CA United States Ruzena Bajscy University of California (Berkeley), CA United States Watch…

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Chris Atkeson

Carnegie Mellon University, PA United States Research Areas Humanoid Robots Biography Chris Atkeson was born in 1959 in Washington …

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Minoru Asada

Osaka University, Osaka Japan Research Areas Automation, Computational and Artificial Intelligence, Image Processing, Machine …

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Ronald Arkin

Georgia Institute of Technology, GA United States Research Areas Computing and Electronics, Engineering and Society, Ethics and Morals …

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Michael Arbib

University of Southern California, CA United States Research Areas Computer Science, Man Machine Systems, Robot Programming, Robots …

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Tatsuo Arai

Osaka University, Osaka Japan Research Areas Robots Biography Tatsuo Arai was born in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. He received a B.S., …

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Robert Ambrose

NASA Johnson Space Center, TX United States Research Areas Computer Science, Mechanics Biography Robert Ambrose was born in Boston, …

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Richard Alami

LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse France Research Areas Automation, Computing and Electronics, Control Design & Engineering, Man Machine Systems, Robot…

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