AMIT KUMAR PANDEY
 Ph.D. (Robotics and AI)
Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications, Human Robot Interaction, Cognitive Architecture, Learning

 
akpandey@aldebaran-robotics.com
amit.kr.pandey@gmail.com
 
 
43, rue du Colonel Pierre Avia
75015 Paris
France
 
Head Principal Scientist (Chief Scientist)
Scientific Coordinator - Collaborative Projects
 
SoftBank Robotics (formerly Aldebaran Robotics)
Paris, France
 
 
Head Principal Scientist / Coordinator / Principal Investigator
euRobotics Multi-Annual Roadmap
Scientific R&D Roadmapping and Projects
EU/EC Collaborative Projects
Founding and Primary Coordinator of ​Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications (SIRo-SA) Topic Group in euRobotics AISBL, aims to derive the Multi-Annual Roadmap (MAR) & shape the future of Robotics in Europe,  http://www.eu-robotics.net
Principal Investigator of European Commission Horizon2020 (EC H2020) projects: ​MuMMER Project, L2TOR Project, CARESSES Project, ... and EU FP7 RoboHow Project, Dream Project, ... and French Romeo2 Project
Head Principal Scientist for Innovation R&D, designer of new Projects, and Scientific Co-ordinator of collaborative projects of company
https://www.ald.softbankrobotics.com
Organizer/Organizing Committee
IJCAI 2017 - WS on Social Robots
Human Robot Engagement in the Home, Workplace and Public Spaces
International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, (IJCAI) 2017, Melbourne, Australia
ERF 2017 Session Social Robots and Market
The Contemporary Societal Applications of Social Robots and the Barriers to the Market
European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2017
22-24 Mar 2017 Edinburgh, UK
The Smart World Congress - UIC 2016
The Smart World Congress 2016 : 13th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, Toulouse, France
SMART World - UIC 2017
14th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing

4-7 Aug. 2017, San Francisco, USA
Romart-City WS - Smart World Congress, UIC 2016
"The International Workshop on Robotics and Smart City (Romart-City)",
in the Smart World Congress 2016, UIC 2016, July, 2016, Toulouse, France
ICSR 2016
International Conference on Social Robotics, 2016, Kansas City, USA

Robot Design Competition Chair
SMART LabEx - euRobotics WS 2015
euRobotics workshop on Human Robot Interaction- summer school on SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences,​ Paris, Sept., 2015
ERF 2016 - Social Robot and Smart City WS
Workshop on "Socially Intelligent Robot and Smart Cities, Where the Smarter World’s Future Lies" in European Robotics Forum, Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2016
ERF 2014 - Social Robotics WS
Workshop on “Societal Applications of Humanoid Robots” in European Robotics Forum (ERF)2014, Rovereto, Italy 
ICAR 2015
17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2015)  
ERW 2012 - HRI WS
Workshop on Practical Advancements in Human-Robot Interaction and Social Robotics, EU Robotics Week 2012.
ERF 2015 - Social Robotics WS
Social Robotics workshop on “Robot's Social Intelligence and Natural Interaction Capabilities with End User Development” , in European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2015, Vienna, Austria
IROS 2013 - DevSoR WS
“International Workshop on Developmental Social Robotics (DevSoR): Reasoning about Human, Perspective, Affordances and Effort for Socially Situated Robots” in IROS 2013. 
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Invited Talks / Keynotes / Lectures
  1. Nov. 2015, Seoul, South Korea
    Towards Developing Socially Intelligent Robots: Some building blocks and some challenges
    Seoul National University
  2. Nov. 2015, Seoul, South Korea
    Developing Socially Intelligent Robots: A Commercial Perspective, where End User Needs and Research Meets
    Towards Intelligent Social Robots – Current Advances in Cognitive Robotics, 15th IEEE RAS Humanoids Conference (Humanoids)
  3. Sept. 2015, Hamburg, Germany
    Evaluation and benchmarking of robot's social intelligence, the challenges and some ideas
    Evaluation of results, replication of experiments and benchmarking in robotics research, IEEE/RSJ IROS (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems)
  4. July 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
    Development of Socially Intelligent Robots and the need of Learning: an industrial perspective and use cases
    Workshop on Robot Learning Bottom-up and top-down development of robot skills, 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)
  5. July 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
    Humanoid robot for everyone
    Industrial Session, 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)
  6. Sept. 2015, Paris, France
    Affordance and Human Robot Interaction
    euRobotics workshop on Human Robot Interaction, summer school on SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  7. Aug. 2015, Aland, Finland
    Socially Intelligent Human-Robot Interaction - Applications and Needs from a commercial perspective
    International Summer School in Social Human Robot Interaction
  8. Aug. 2015, Noida, India
    What we can learn from Human Robot Interaction for human centered design in Human Computer Interaction
    JIIT, Noida
  9. Aug. 2015, Noida, India
    Some major European Union Projects on Socially Intelligent Robots and some of the Societal Applications: R&D Challenges and Results so far
    IEEE Eighth International Conference on Contemporary Computing (IC3)
  10. Jun. 2015, Elche, Spain
    The need of closing the loop of Natural Social Interaction, Perception and Emotion for robot companion: an Industrial Perspective
    Robot autonomy revised. 6th International Work-conference on the Interplay between Natural and Artificial Computation (IWINAC)
  11. Mar. 2015, Vienna, Austria
    Cognition and AI in Robotics: A statement of Interest from an Industry Perspective
    Cognition in Robotics: pre-programmed vs. learning, European Robotics Forum (ERF)
  12. Mar. 2015, Vienna, Austria
    Statements of interests and scope of Socially Intelligent Robots: from the perspective of SIRo-SA topic group of euRobotics
    Robot's Social Intelligence and Natural Interaction Capabilities with End User Development, European Robotics Forum (ERF)
  13. Dec. 2014, Örebro, Sweden
    AI and Robotics from a commercial perspective
    Winter School on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics- Lucia 2014
  14. 2014, Noida, India
    Socially Intelligent Robots: Towards Human Robot Coexistence (Talk) ; Human Robot Interaction and Human Computer Interaction (Lecture)
    JIIT, Noida
  15. 2013, Yamagata, Japan
    Principles to Develop Socially Intelligent Robots for the Human Society … and some Results
    Yamagata University
  16. 2013, Hyderabad, India
    When robots will begin to co-exist with us: what are HRI and Social Robotics, and their building blocks
    IIIT-Hyderabad, India
  17. 2013, Lyon, France
    Towards Socially Intelligent Robots in Human Centered Environment
    European Robotics Forum (ERF) (as part of Georges Giralt Best PhD Thesis in Robotics 2013 finalist)
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  19. Feb. 2016, Hausen, Germany
    Domestic Collaboration with Humanoid Robots
    SCHUNK 9th International Expert Days on Service Robotics
  20. March 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Humanoid Robots for Smart Cities and Smart Living
    European Robotics Forum (ERF 2016)- Socially Intelligent Robots and Smart Cities, Where the Smarter World's Future Lies
  21. March 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Socially Intelligent Robots for Happier Life: An Industrial Perspective on the Need of AI and Cognition
    European Robotics Forum (ERF 2016)- AI and Cognition in EU (European Union) Robotic Projects: Current Landscape and Future Priorities
  22. March 2016, Stanford University, USA
    Some Challenges for Ethical and Moral Intelligence: an Industrial Perspective Towards Socially Intelligent Robots
    AAAI 2016 Spring Symposium - Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents
  23. March 2016, Christchurch , New Zealand
    Social Robot for Everyone: Learning is the Key
    University of Canterbury
  24. Sept. 2016, Ohrid, Macedonia
    Socially Intelligent Robots, the need of next generation of Consumer Robots
    8th International Conference on ICT Innovations 2016
  25. July 2016, Toulouse, France
    The next generation of Intelligent Consumer Robots for Smarter World - where we are and how far to go?
    IEEE Smart World Congress 2016
  26. May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
    Socially Intelligent Robots, towards the next generation of Consumer Robots
    IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2016, Industry Forum
  27. April 2016
    An Industrial Perspective on Intelligent Service Robots: Where the Smarter Future Lies
    TATA Communications, Moonwalk - Robotics in Service Industry talk series
  28. June 2016, Paris, France
    The industrial needs of AI and Social Robots: The skills young graduates should have for socially intelligent Robots Industry
    33th week of technical conferences, EPITA-Paris, (The Graduate School of Computer Science and Advanced Technologies)
  29. Sept. 2016, ISIR, UPMC, Paris, France
    Socially Intelligent Robots, the next generation of Consumer Robots: Where we are, the needs and the R&D challenges
    SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences 2016
  30. Nov. 2016, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    From Artificial Intelligence towards Social Intelligence of Robots, the ultimate need but a grand R&D challenge: an Industrial Perspective
    Joint Symposium On Social Robotics, 2016, United Arab Emirates University And New York University Abu Dhabi
  31. Nov. 2016, Cracow, Poland
    Contemporary Issues on Ethical Intelligence and Laws for a Socially Intelligent Consumer Robot
    Machine Law and Machine Ethics conference, 2016
  32. Nov. 2016, University of N. Carolina, USA
    The Social Robotics Revolution: Robots from labs to society. How to be an active player in this?
    University of N. Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
  33. Nov. 2016, Vanderbilt University, USA
    The next generation robotics revolution: Socially Intelligent Robots. How can you contribute?
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA
  34. Oct. 2016, Daejeon, South Korea
    Robots, AI, Human, Society and Needs - Where are all these conversing? Towards Coexisting Socially Intelligent Robots of the Future!”
    IEEE IROS Futurist Forum, Sustainable Robotics for Humanity- Discussing and Shaping the Future TOGETHER, 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
  35. Oct. 2016, Daejeon, South Korea
    Socially Intelligent Robots, towards the Next Generation of Consumer Robots
    IEEE IROS Industry Forum 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016)
Editor / Editorial Board

  • Springer International Journal of Social Robotics (Associate Editor)
  • Springer International Journal of Social Robotics- special issue on Developmental Social Robotics (IJSR-DevsoR) (Guest Editor)
  • International Journal of Humanoids Robotics (Associate Editor)
  • Humanoid Robotics, specialty section of Frontiers Journal in Robotics and AI (Review Editor)
  •  Journal of Lovotics (Editor)
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International Program Committee / Technical Committee

  • International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) 
  • AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence Special Track - Integrated Systems (AAAI 2017)
  • International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Robotics Track (ICAPS 2017) 
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2016)
  • International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AIR 2016 )
  • The Smart World Congress (SWC 2016 )
  • IEEE International Symposium on Signal Processing and Information Technology (ISSPIT 2014)
  • International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Robotics Track (ICAPS 2016) 
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2015)
  • IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2015)
  • International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling, Robotics Track (ICAPS 2015) 
  • Ph.D. Symposium  for winter School on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (Lucia 2014)
  • IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN 2014)
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2014)
  • International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER 2014)
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR 2013)
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Session Chair / Panelist / Panel Discussion Moderation / Jury Member /     Selection Committee    

  • RoboCup@Home Standard Platform League, 2017    
  • Session Chair, Engagement in Human-Robot Interaction Session, The Eight International Conference on Social Robotics, Nov. 3rd, 2016, Kansas City, USA
  • Session Chair and Moderator, Should we develop robots that deceive?, Machine Law and Machine Ethics conference, 18th Nov. 20156, Cracow, Poland
  • Panelist, Panel Discussion on Robot Competition, Benchmarking and Evaluation, 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), Daejeon, South Korea 
  • Jury Member, Entrepreneurship Forum and Start-up Contest, IROS 2016, Daejeon, South Korea 
  • Panelist, Social Robotics Evaluation Special Session, 7th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2016), Saariselkä, Finland, Jan. 2016
  • Chair, Robotics for Education Session,  European Robotics Forum (ERF 2016), Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2016
  • Panelist, AI and Cognition in EU (European Union) Robotic Projects: Current landscape, overlaps, gaps and burning problems, European Robotics Forum (ERF 2016), Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2016
  • Chair, Socially Intelligent Robot and Smart City Session,  European Robotics Forum (ERF 2016),  Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 2016
  • Panelist, Social Robotics Evaluation Special Session, 7th International Workshop on Spoken Dialogue Systems (IWSDS 2016), Saariselkä, Finland, Jan. 2016
  • Panelist, Towards Intelligent Social Robots – Current Advances in Cognitive Robotics, 15th IEEE RAS Humanoids Conference (Humanoids), Seoul, South Korea, November 2015
  • Chair, Cognitive Robotics Session in 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2015, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Session Chair, euRobotics workshop on Human Robot Interaction in summer school on SMART School on Computational Social and Behavioral Sciences, Paris, September, 2015.
  • Panel Discussion Moderator, “Social Robotics, the current challenges and the needs”, in Robot's Social Intelligence and Natural Interaction Capabilities with End User Development, European Robotics Forum (ERF), Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • Session Chair, Socially Intelligent Robots Session in Robot's Social Intelligence and Natural Interaction Capabilities with End User Development, European Robotics Forum (ERF), Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • Panel Discussion Moderator, “What are the immediate needs of the society from the Humanoid robots?” in Societal Applications of Humanoid Robots, European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2014, Rovereto, Italy
  • Session Chair, Workshop on “Societal Applications of Humanoid Robots” in European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2014, Rovereto, Italy
  • Panel Discussion Moderator, “Developing Socially intelligent Robot: What are the immediate challenges?” International Workshop on Developmental Social Robotics (DevSoR): Reasoning about Human, Perspective, Affordances and Effort for Socially Situated Robots, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2013, Tokyo, Japan
  • Session Chair, Human-Robot Interaction session in 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2011, Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewer: International Journal 

  • IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO)
  • International Journal of Social Robotics (IJSR)
  • Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS)
  • Journal of Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC)
  • International Journal of Humanoid Robotics (IJHR)
  • Elsevier Journal of Neurocomputing Robotics Journal, MDPI
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Reviewer: International Conference 

  • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot INteraction (HRI)
  • IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
  • IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
  • International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER)
  • International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR)
  • IEEE Scientific Visualization Conference (SciVis)
  • IEEE Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)
  • IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (Ro-Man)
  • Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS
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Member and Contributor

  • IEEE  
  • euRobotics and MAR (Multi-Annual Roadmap) of euRobotics
  • euRobotics Topic Group on Socially Intelligent Robots and Societal Applications (SIRo-SA)
  • Active task force of IEEE Smart World
  •  EU Robotics Topic Group on Natural Interaction with Social Robots
  •  EU Robotics Topic Group on Standardisation
  •  EU Robotics Topic Group on AI and Cognition in Robotics
  •  EU Robotics Topic Group on Autonomous Navigation
  •  IEEE Robotics and Automation Society 
  •  IEEE Computer Society 
  •  International Association of Engineers Member (IAENG)
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Awards / Honors / Achievements 

  • 2017 Among the only two newly appointed Associate Editors of International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer 
  • 2015 Five Most Notable Reviewers award of International Journal of Social Robotics, Springer (based on timeliness, helpfulness and overall quality of reviews)
  • Recipient of Pravashi Bihari Samman Puruskar 2014 (Non Residential Bihari Honour Award), for Science, Technology and Education category. It is one of the highest level civilian honors, awarded by the Honorable Chief Minister of Bihar state, India.
  •  EU Robotics Jury awarded the Ph.D. Thesis to be published as Monograph (book) in the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics (STAR)
  • Ph.D. thesis qualified as the Best 3 Finalist Theses in Robotics in Europe for the prestigious Georges Giralt PhD Award-2013. (Link) (and some News)
  •  Top 5 Finalist for Best Student Paper Award in 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), 2011. (Paper title: Towards Multi- State Visuo-Spatial Reasoning based Proactive Human-Robot Interaction)
  •  Doctoral Research Fellowship from CNRS (The French National Center for Scientific Research),  France
  •  Full Fellowship for MS by Research, IIIT-Hyderabad, India
  •  Masters’ research project (fully autonomous mobile robot navigation system) selected among top research projects in India by Microsoft Research to showcase at Microsoft Research TechVista - 2007, Bangalore. 
  •  98.48 percentile in GATE-2005 (National Level Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) 
  •  Top performers during MS by Research at IIIT-Hyderabad, with 9.43 CGPA out of 10. 
  •  Among the top 10 rank holder of the branch in B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology).
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PhD Degree Awarding Jury's Remark

"...work of Substantial Scientific Quality and Quantity." 
 
"The Jury was likewise inpressed with...unification of these distinct aspects into a coherant theoretical and fucntional framework"
 
"It makes a strong and substantial original contribution to the field of Robot Social Intelligence."
    
  • Ph.D. thesis titled “Towards Socially Intelligent Robots in Human Centered Environment”
  • Qualified as the Best 3 PhD Theses in Robotics in Europe for the prestigious Georges Giralt PhD Award
  • Awarded with the second prize (tie) to be published as Monograph (book) in the Springer Tracts on Advanced Robotics (STAR) 
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