Dr Hooman Samani is a roboticist, focusing on AI-Driven Social-Service Robotics, based in London, United Kingdom. He is a Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire. He is the Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
He has worked as a Lecturer in Machine Learning, AI for Robotics at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom; Associate Professor and the founder and director of the AIART Lab (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technology Laboratory) at National Taipei University of Taiwan; Research Fellow at the Keio-NUS CUTE Centre, a joint research centre between National University of Singapore and Keio University of Japan; Engineer at Posco, South Korea and Robotics Researcher at Philips, The Netherlands and Fraunhofer, Germany. He holds a PhD degree in Robotics from the National University of Singapore.
He is actively serving several robotics and AI related journals and conferences as editorial board member, organising committee member, workshop organiser 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 around the world without (much) 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.