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Tamim Asfour is full Professor of Humanoid Robotics at the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where he is head of the High Performance Humanoid Technologies Lab (H2T). His research interest is high performance 24/7 humanoid robotics. Specifically, his research focuses on engineering humanoid robot systems, which are able to perform grasping and dexterous manipulation tasks, learn from human observation and sensorimotor experience as well as on the mechano-informatics of humanoids as the synergetic integration of mechatronics, informatics and artificial intelligence methods into integrated humanoid robot systems. He is developer of the ARMAR humanoid robot family and is leader of the humanoid research group at KIT since 2003. In his research, he is reaching out and connecting to neighboring areas in large-scale national and European interdisciplinary projects in the area of robotics in combination with machine learning and computer vision.
Tamim is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE-RAS Humanoids Conference Editorial Board, co-chair of the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Humanoid Robots (2010-2014), Editor of the Robotics and Automation Letters, Associate Editor of Transactions on Robotics (2010-2014). He is scientific spokesperson of the KIT Center “Information ⋅ Systems ⋅ Technologies (KCIST)”, president of the Executive Board of the German Robotics Society (DGR) and member of the founding Board of Directors of euRobotics (2013-2015). He is adjunct Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Computing, USA (2010-2012) and Distinguished Visiting Professor for Global Innovation Research at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan.