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Sami Haddadin to Deliver Plenary Talk at ICRA 2024 Conference


The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is set to host its 2024 edition in Yokohama, Japan, under the theme “Connect+.” The conference promises to be a convergence of cutting-edge research, groundbreaking innovations, and collaborative discussions in the field of robotics and automation.

Plenary Speaker Announcement

In a significant development, the organizing committee has confirmed that Prof. Sami Haddadin, renowned for his groundbreaking work in robotics and human-robot interaction, will deliver the plenary talk during the conference on 15. May, 2024. Prof. Haddadin, currently affiliated with the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence – The AI Mission Institute at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, will explore the autonomous co-evolution of embodiment and intelligence —a central challenge in robotics and the role of Collective Learning and Optimal Embodied AI as crucial pillars in this transformative journey toward accelerated robot evolution.

Prof. Sami Haddadin: A Trailblazer in Robotics

Prof. Haddadin’s contributions focus primarily on Collaborative Control and Learning in Human-Robot Interaction. Prof. Haddadin’s research delves into understanding the connection between intelligent machine development and the fundamental principles of the human body. This understanding is crucial for creating autonomously interacting machines to assist humans in sectors such as work, health, mobility, environment, and space. His work has implications across industries, from manufacturing to healthcare, and also spans various types of robots, including manipulators, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), mobile systems, humanoids, intelligent prosthetics, and exoskeletons.

Germany represented at ICRA

In a remarkable milestone for German academia, Professor Sami Haddadin is the first representative from a German university to hold this prestigious role in the past decade. Germany has previously seen distinguished academics as plenary speakers at ICRA. The last was MIRMI member Professor Alois Knoll from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), who presented the Human Brain Project in 2014. Before that, in 2013, Professor Alexander Waibel from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) showcased his work on multi- and cross-lingual robotic assistants. Haddadin's inclusion in the list of plenary speakers signals Germany's continuing innovation and leadership in the field.

MIRMI’s Role in ICRA 2024

MIRMI is actively involved in ICRA 2024. With more than 50 scientific publications and seven workshops and video sessions, MIRMI researchers are making significant contributions to the conference. Their work spans diverse areas, including medical robotics, assistive systems, and intelligent control.

About ICRA: The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is a premier global event that brings together researchers, practitioners, and industry leaders in the field of robotics. With a rich history spanning decades, ICRA continues to shape the future of robotics through its technical sessions, workshops, and plenary talks.