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Oussama Khatib

Oussama Khatib is a Syrian American roboticist and a professor of computer science at Stanford University. He is credited with advances in robot motion planning and control, human-friendly robot design, haptic interaction, human motion synthesis, and more. 

He was born in the year 1950 in Aleppo, Syria, and focused his work on theories, algorithms, and technologies that control robot systems, and allow them to interact with their environment in real-time. Oussama was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2018 for his work. 

Before his rise to fame, Oussama received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from a University in Montpellier, France. He then received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Sup’Aero, Toulouse, France. 

Throughout his career, Oussama has received multiple  IEEE Awards, such as the RAS Robotics and Automation Technical Field Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Pioneer Award. In 2018, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions to robotic systems’ development and operation.


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