Dr. Amit Kumar Pandey is the President, the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Science Officer (CSO) at Hanson Robotics, the creator of world's most advanced human-like expressive humanoid robot, Sophia. Earlier he has served as the Head Principal Scientist (Chief Scientist) at SoftBank Robotics Europe (formerly Aldebaran Robotics), Paris, France, the creator of world's first mass produced humanoid robot Pepper, also serving as the scientific coordinator (R&D) of the collaborative projects of the company. In the past for 6 years he also worked as researcher in Robotics and AI at LAAS-CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Toulouse, France.
At LAAS-CNRS, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Robotics (title: Towards Socially Intelligent Robots in Human Centered Environment), delivered by INSA (National Institutes of Applied Sciences), University of Toulouse. His PhD thesis is among the best three theses and the second prize winner (tie) of the prestigious Georges Giralt Award for the best Ph.D. Theses in Robotics in Europe, awarded by European Union Robotics (euRobotics). With full fellowship, he obtained his MS by Research degree in Computer Science and Engineering with specialization in Robotics, in 2007 from IIIT-Hyderabad, India. He obtained his B.Tech. from JIIT, Noida, India.
His research interest includes Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Impact of robotics & AI technologies, Human Robot Interaction, Robot’s Cognitive Architecture & Learning. On these aspects, he has been actively contributing as principal investigator, researcher, and industrial scientific coordinator in more than 13 large scale national, international and European Union (EU) projects, as well as involved in their design and proposal, has published 60+ scientific research papers, and delivered 100+ invited talks/keynotes/lecture in international venues.
He has served as the General Chair of IEEE/RSJ/KROS Ro-Man 2019 conference, one of the oldest international conference in the domain. Among other responsibilities, he is the founding coordinator of Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications (SIRo-SA) Topic Group (TG) of euRobotics (the European Union Robotics Community), and active contributor in the Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR) and Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of euRobotics, which aim to shape the future of robotics in Europe in collaboration with European Commission (EC) through PPP SPARC (one of the largest civilian-funded robotics innovation programme in the world).
Among other recognitions, he is also the recipient of Innovation Leadership Award; Global Excellence Award for Contribution in Robotics and AI; Achievers Award for Science & Technology, AI, Robotics and Education; and Pravashi Bihari Samman Puruskar 2014 (Non Residential Bihari Honour Award), for Science, Technology and Education, one of the highest level civilian honors, awarded by the state of Bihar, India
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