Plenary Talk: Social Robotics

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Salichs
Director of RoboticsLab, Department of Systems Engineering and Automation, Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain.
Description: For many years, robots have usually been isolated from human beings due to, among other reasons, safety requirements (i.e. industrial robots). Nevertheless, future robots will work in most occasions close to humans in professional as well as in personal activities. This fact has originated a new research area in the robotics field: social robotics. In social robots, the human-robot interaction has become a very relevant issue, since this interaction is not eventually a secondary feature of the robot. In fact, in many cases, this will be the central element of its utility. Social robots will play in future a very important role as companions and assistants of humans. In this keynote, it is presented the current state of the art of social robotics.
 About the Speaker:
 Prof. Dr. Miguel A. Salichs is a full professor of the Systems Engineering and Automation Department at the Carlos III University of Madrid. He received the Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. degrees from Polytechnic University of Madrid. He was member of the Policy Committee of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), chairman of the Technical Committee on Intelligent Autonomous Vehicles of IFAC, the responsible of the Spanish National Research Program on Industrial Design and Production, the President of the Spanish Society on Automation and Control (CEA) and the Spanish representative at the European Robotics Research Network (EURON). He is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the Spanish Robotics Technology Platform (HispaRob). He is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Social Robotics. His research interests include autonomous social robots, multimodal human-robot interaction, mind models and cognitive architectures.

 Sponsorship: This talk is organized by IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) – Egypt Chapter