Heni Ben Amor

Heni Ben AmorHeni Ben Amor, an assistant professor, was previously a research scientist at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, where he led a project to improve robots for future applications in industrial settings, especially manufacturing. Prior to moving to Georgia Tech, Ben Amor worked with Jan Peters at the Technical University Darmstadt as a postdoctoral scholar. Ben Amor’s research topics focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-robot interaction, robot vision, and automatic motor skill acquisition. He received the highly competitive Daimler-and-Benz Fellowship as well as several best paper awards at major robotics and AI conferences. He also serves on the program committee of various AI and robotics conferences, including AAAI, IJCAI, IROS, and ICRA.

Centerpoint 203-07
Interactive Robotics Lab



Ph.D., Robotics, Technical University Freiberg, 2010

Research interests

AI, robotics, machine learning, motor skill acquisition, human-robot interaction, virtual reality

Honors and awards

  • Daimler-and-Benz Awards for Professors and Postdocs (2012), Acceptance rate: 1.25%
  • Bernhard-v-Cotta Best Dissertation Award (2011)
  • Finalist for Best Dissertation in Computer Science Award/Germany, (2010)
  • TU Freiberg Scientific Excellence Award (2010)
  • Leisler-Kiep Award (2009)
  • IEEE ICRA 2015 Best Paper Award Finalist (2015)
  • IEEE Humanoids 2014 Best Paper Award Finalist (2014)
  • IEEE ROMAN 2014 Kazuo Tanie Award Finalist (2014)
  • IEEE ROMAN 2009 Best Paper Award (2009)
  • ACM CASA Best Paper Award (2008)
  • IEEE Virtual Reality Honorable Mention (2007)