FIRA TAROS Plenary Speakers

Professor Sam S Ge
IEEE  & IFAC Fellow, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Professor Sam S Ge received the B.Sc. degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), China, in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree and the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, London, United Kingdom, in 1993.  From May 1992 to June 1993, he was engaged in postdoctoral research at Leicester University, UK.  He has been with the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, The National University of Singapore, Singapore from July 1993. He is a full Professor since January 2005. Since July 2009, Professor Sam S. Ge is also Professor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC).  Professor Ge is currently the Director of Social Robotics Lab, Institute of Interactive Digital Media (IDMI), National University of Singapore (NUS). He is leading a strong research team working on autonomous robotics (sensor fusion, path planning, decision making), intelligence control, intelligent interactive media fusion, and education software development. 

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Alois Knoll
Institut für Informatik VI Technische Universität München, Germany.

Alois C. Knoll received the diploma (M.Sc.) degree in Electrical/Communications Engineering from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 1985 and his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in computer science from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, in 1988. He served on the faculty of the computer science department of TU Berlin until 1993, when he qualified for teaching computer science at a university (habilitation). He then joined the Technical Faculty of the University of Bielefeld, where he was a full professor and the director of the research group Technical Informatics until 2001. Between May 2001 and April 2004 he was a member of the board of directors of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. At AIS he was head of the research group "Robotics Construction Kits", dedicated to research and development in the area of educational robotics. Since autumn 2001 he has been a professor of Computer Science at the Computer Science Department of the Technische Universität München. He is also on the board of directors of the Central Institute of Medical Technology at TUM (IMETUM-Garching); between April 2004 and March 2006 he was Executive Director of the Institute of Computer Science at TUM.