Sami Haddadin is one of this year's speakers at the fifth edition of the World Manufacturers Forum held at Messe Munich/Germany on November 14-15, 2017. Sami Haddadin is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Automatic Control at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. He is one of the main driving scientific and technical forces behind intelligent robots and prostheses that can physically interact with the world via an artificial sense of touch. He is the creator of FRANKA EMIKA, which is considered to be the first robot of its kind: human-centered, intuitive, affordable and safe. Sami Haddadin was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and consulting scientist of Willow Garage, Palo Alto. Among other things, he is a recipient of the 2015 IEEE/RAS Early Career Award, the 2015 RSS Early Career Spotlight, the 2015 Alfried Krupp Award and was selected in 2015 and 2016 as 2015 Capital Young Elite Leader under 40 in Germany for the domain "Politics, State & Society"

Our vision is to make robots a commodity by putting the human at the center of the robot design.

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Sami Haddadin
Director, Institute of Automatic Control, Leibniz Universität Hannover

WFSGI: What would you say is one of the primary goals of robotics research over the past decades?

HADDADIN: One of the primary goals of robotics research is to enable robots for direct physical interaction and corporation with humans and potentially unknown environments.


HADDADIN: Our vision is to make robots a commodity by putting the human at the center of the robot design. This allows us to connect efficiency, digitalization and intelligent automation in order to achieve the optimal user experience.

WFSGI: What is your primary objective in creating a human centered robot design?

HADDADIN: The primary objective of a robot's action around humans is to ensure that "a robot may not injure a human being or (through inaction) allow a human being to come to harm" (Asimov's 1st Law).

WFSGI: How can you ensure that a robot is safe?

HADDADIN: For this we have what is called the "safe robot body", compliant and force/impedance controlled ultra-lightweight systems capable of full collision handling. This enables high performance human assistance over a wide variety of application domains.

WFSGI: You have the first presentation slot at the World Manufacturers Forum 2017, ultimately starting off the forum, what will you present?

HADDADIN: I will outline the concepts behind the new generation of soft lightweight robots that are fully connected to the cloud and can be programmed by anyone via their APP framework. Besides being very cost-efficient and having high performance in both accuracy and force/impedance control, I will show the presumably first robot that can actually build itself: FRANK EMIKA; therefore it is perfectly suited for mass production.

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