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Department of Robotic Systems

Short CV - Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin, Scientific coordinator "Human-Centered Robotics"

Sami Haddadin was born 26.06.1980 in Neustadt am Rübenberge/Germany. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University of Hanover, the University of Oulu, and the Technical University of Munich. He graduated from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where he received both, the BSc. and the MSc. in Electrical Engineering. His Master thesis was "Evaluation Criteria and Control Structures for Safe Human-Robot Interaction".

Additionally, he graduated from TUM , where he received both, the BSc. and MSc. in Computer Science, which he began at Distance University Hagen (FUH). His Master thesis was "Towards the Human-friendly Robotic Co-Worker".

Furthermore, he holds an Honours degree in Technology Management from the Center for Digital Technology and Management (CDTM) embedded in the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), and the Elitenetwork Bavaria (ENB).

He obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen.

Sami Haddadin is with the Robotics and Mechatronics Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) since 2005. There, he is the scientific coordinator on "Human-Robot Interaction" (www.safe-robots.com).

He is also a lecturer at TUM, where he teaches "Robotics", "Human-Friendly Robotics", and guest lectures "Dynamic Human-Robot Interaction".

In 2011 he was a visiting scholar at Willow Garage and at Stanford University. He is a visiting scholar of Stanford University since February 2012.

Awards & Honours

  • Finalist SfN BCI Award 2012
  • Winner 2012 IROS Best Video Award
  • Winner 2012 IROS Best Jubilee Video Award
  • Winner 2011 King-Sun Fu Best Transactions on Robotics Paper Award
  • Winner 2012 George Giralt PhD Award (best European thesis in robotics)
  • PhD. (Dr.-Ing.) with "summa cum laude" from RWTH Aachen
  • Winner: euRobotics Technology Transfer Award 2011 (DLR LWR team together with KUKA LWR team)
  • IROS 2010: Finalist Best Application Paper Award
  • 3rd place Walter Reis Innovation Award 2010
  • Finalist: Robotdalen Scientific Award 2009, "Honorable Mention"
  • ICRA 2009: Best Service Robotics Paper Award
  • IROS 2008: Best Application Paper Award
  • 2008 Literati Best Paper Award
  • 2008 Honours of the Elitenetwork Bavaria in Techology Management
  • ICRA 2007: Best Video Award

  • 2 x Invited Paper IROS2012
  • Invited Paper ICRA2012
  • Invited Paper ARSO2011
  • Invited Paper IFAC2011
  • Invited Paper Automatisierungstechnik at 2010
  • Invited Paper IROS 2010
  • Invited Paper IJRR2009

Professional service

Project activities

Standardization activities

  • DIN representative and committee member of ISO Working Group (WG) 7, Personal care robot


  • Organizer & Chair: ERF2013:Safety in Physical Human-Robot-Cooperation - euRobotics Topic Group
  • Program committee, Robotics: Science & Systems 2013, Berlin, Germany
  • Associate Editor, ICRA 2013, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Organizer and Chair: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation:
    Workshop Human Robot Interaction (HRI) for Assistance and Industrial Robots. Scien-
    tific Knowledge, Standards and Regulatory Framework. How do I design for the real
    world? ICRA2013, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Human-Friendly Robotics, HFR2012: Co-Organizer
  • Organizer and Chair: IEEE/RSJ IROS: Workshop Safety in pHRI
  • Program committee, Robotics: Science & Systems 2012, Sydney, Australia
  • Human-Friendly Robotics, HFR2011: Co-Organizer
  • Organizer and Chair: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation: Workshop Towards Autonomous Physical Human-Robot Interaction, Shanghai, China
  • Human-Friendly Robotics, HFR2010: Co-Organizer
  • ICRA 2010: Session Chair 
  • Robotics: Science and Systems 2010 Strategies and Evaluation for Mobile Manipulation in Household Environments
  • Robotics: Science and Systems 2009 Workshop Mobile Manipulation in Human Environments, PC member
  • Robotics: Science and Systems 2008 Manipulation Workshop: Intelligence in Human Environments, Co-Organizer


  • Books

  • Journals

  • Conferences

  • Associate Editor ICRA 2013
  • International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)
  • IFAC World Congress (IFAC WC)
  • IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS)
  • IEEE Human-Robot Interaction

Academic teaching

      • "Robotics" at TUM (winter semester 2009/2010, winter semester 2010/2011)
      • "Human-Friendly Robotics: Human factors in control and planning strategies" at TUM (summer semester 2010,2011,2012)
      • "Dynamic Human-Robot Interaction" at TUM (winter semester 2010/2011, winter semester 2011/2012)
      • "Robotics" at TUM (winter semester 2009/2010, winter semester 2010/2011)


      • List of publications
      • # journal paper: 13 (2 invited)
      • # conference & workshop paper: 38 (6 invited)
      • # book chapter: 7
      • # video publications: 3
      • # posters: 2 (1 invited)
      • # talks: 27





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