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Stanford Computer Science professor honored for robotics work

Oussama Khatib is a winner of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award

Stanford Computer Science professor honored for robotics work

June 6, 2013
Oussama Khatib

Stanford professor Oussama Khatib won recognition for his work with robotics by the IEEE. | Photo courtesy of Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib, a professor of computer science, is one of three winners of this year's IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the society and to the Robotics and Automation community.

Khatib was honored for his "vision and leadership for the Robotics and Automation Society," the group said, adding that he has established and sustained conferences in robotics and related areas, published influential monographs and handbooks, and trained and mentored the next generation of leaders in robotics education and research. 

In 2010, Khatib received the Pioneer Award from the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, which cited his"fundamental pioneering contributions in robotics research, visionary leadership, and life-long commitment to the field."  In 2011, he was general chair of the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.

At Stanford, Khatib's research centers on methodologies and technologies of autonomous robots, cooperative robots, human-centered robotics, haptic interaction, dynamic simulation, virtual environments, augmented teleoperation and human-friendly robot design. He holds a courtesy appointment in the department of mechanical engineering.

Khatib has served the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as a Distinguished Lecturer, a member of the administrative committee and as a program chair of IEEE's International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

He is co-editor of the Springer Tracts in Advanced Robotics series, and has been a member of editorial boards of several journals, as well as chair or co-chair for numerous other international conferences. He co-edited the Springer Handbook of Robotics, which received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics and was also the winner in the category Engineering & Technology.

Additionally, he is president of the International Foundation of Robotics Research and a recipient of the Japan Robot Association Award in Research and Development.