Biography

Hooman Samani is a Lecturer in Machine Learning, AI for Robotics at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, UK. He is the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

He has worked as an associate professor and the founder and director of the AIART (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Laboratory) lab at National Taipei University of Taiwan. He holds a PhD degree in Robotics from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and has worked as a Research Fellow at the Keio-NUS CUTE Centre, a joint research centre between NUS and Keio University of Japan.

He is actively serving several robotics and AI related journals and conferences as editorial board member, organizing committee member, workshop organizer and reviewer. Apart from academia, he has work experience in Philips and Posco as well as R&D projects in different industrial sectors that have rounded-out his experiences. He was featured in many international media such as Discovery Channel, New Scientist and Reuters, starring his research in robotics. In tandem with his research in robotics, he has participated and won several international RoboCup competitions.

He is a proponent of “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. He enjoys the serendipity of traveling without planning as a real life implementation of SLAM (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) and Reinforcement Learning (Taking actions in an environment to maximize the notion of cumulative reward). In his spare time, he plays guitar when he is in the mood and tennis when he is not.