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Sami Haddadin is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Automatic Control at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. As 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 purses their democratization in his Munich-based robotics start-ups. 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.
He received degrees in EE, CS and Technology Management from TUM and LMU. He obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen. He organized/edited several international robotics conferences and journals and published more than 120 scientific articles. He received numerous awards at the top international robotics conferences and journals. 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".