Spring Semester 2023

March 27

Prof. Sanja Dogramadzi, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK 
Physical Human-Robot Interaction - design and safety aspects for dressing and walk support​

April 24​

Melanie Samson, Acting CEO at Oazis Accelerator and Venture Builder
Meeting with researchers | Please contact Melanie at melanie@bgu.ac.il to set up a meeting on zoom.

May 29

Prof. Hadas Erel, Head of Social HRI research miLAB - Media Innovation Lab, IDC Herzliya
Dark patterns in human-robot interaction

June 26

Dr. Asaf Degani, Technical Fellow at General Motors R&D
Ethical Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles:  A Formal Approach

Fall Semester 2022​/2023

October 31 
Ittay Mannheim, PhD candidate, Tilburg University, The Netherlands 
Implications of Ageism on the Use and Design of Digital Technology for Older Person

November 28 
Daniel Polyakov, PhD student, Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Recruiting Neural Field Theory model for a data augmentation in BCI-controlled drone

December 26 
Dr. Igal Bilik, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Sensing for Autonomous Driving

January 30 
Prof. Erez Karpas, Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Technion
​Situated Planning

February 27 - cancelled ❌
Prof. Firas Mawase, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion ​

Spring ​s​​emester 20​2​2

​March 28​
Time:  10:10-11:00
​Will be given on Zoom

Thinking inside of the box – Exploring Research methods in HRI during a Global Pandemic
Shanee Honig, PhD students in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management
Between Fear and Trust: Factors Influencing Older Adults' Evaluation of Socially Assistive Robots 
Oded Zafrani, PhD students in the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management

April 25

Seminar time: 10:10 - 11:00
Location:  Alon Building 37, Room 202

Adversarial Robotics: From Teamwork to Swarms
Prof. Noa Agmon, Department of Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University


May 9

Speaker: Prof. Hod Lipson, Engineering & Data Science Columbia University, New York
Automating discovery: From cognitive robotics to particle physics 
Seminar time: 10:10 - 11:00
Location:  Alon Building 37, Room 202​


May 11-12 

Creative Collaborations 2: Art, Design and HRI Conference

The conference is a collaborative project between the Department of Arts (Nea Ehrlich), and the Department of Industrial Engineering & Management (Tal Oron-Gilad, Yael Edan) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the graduate program in Industrial Design at Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem.​

May 11:  15:00-18:30, W. A. Minkoff Senate Hall Building #71
May 12:  9:30-17:30, National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev Building #41

Registration is mandatory » Full Program


May 16

Speaker: Prof. Susanne Boll, Department of Computing Science, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Humans, vehicles, and AI - tensions and opportunities​
Seminar time: 10:10 - 11:00
Location:  Alon Building 37, Room 202


​May 30

Speaker: Prof. Lars Oddson, College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
A Wearable Sensory Prosthesis Improves Balance and Gait Function in Patients with Peripheral Neuropathy​
Seminar time: 16:10 - 17:00
Location:  Zoom​

June​​​ 27

​Speaker 1: Michal Rottem-Hovev, Yazamut 360, BGU
‘THE LAB’ Experience

​Speaker 2: ​Shimon Regev, Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering ​, BGU
Optimal Solutions with Multi-objective Considerations in a Non-cooperative Multi-agent Environment

Seminar time: 10:10-11:00
Location: Alon Building 37, room 202

Fall ​s​​emester​ 20​21/22​

February 28, 2022
on zoom
The recording of the seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only

Social Robots in Education: Promoting 21st Century Skills ​
Dr. Goren Gordon, head of the Curiosity Lab in Tel-Aviv University

Abstract ​

January 31, 2022
on zoo​m
The recording​ of the seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only

Hyper Redundant articulated robot for NDT of closed complex structures 
Shmulik Edelman, PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering  

Human Preferences for Robot Eye Gaze in Human-to-Robot Handovers  
Tair Sela, MSc. student, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management ​


December 27, 2021

Upcoming EU Calls
Guest Speaker: David Spivak, Coordinator for Research Funding Opportunities at the Research & Development Authority, BGU

📢​ ​Please note one-time change in location:
Nano Building 51, room 015
Time: 10:10-11:00

Seminar is intended for researchers only

November 29, 2021

Development of novel robotic platforms for mechanical stress induction, and their effects on plant morphology, elements, and metabolism ​
Speaker: Dr. Polina Kurtser, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Mobile Robots and Olfocation (MRO) Lab
at the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden​ 

October 25 , 202​​1​

ABC Robotics Scholars Abstract

The roads to walking stability
 Yogev Koren, PhD student - Department of Physical Therapy

Judging a socially assistive robot (SAR) by its cover:
The effect of SARs’ visual qualities on users’ perceptions and attitude
Ela Liberman Pincu, PhD student - Department of Industrial Engineering & Management

​Spring s​​emester 20​21

​February 22
Time:  16:10-17:00

Speaker: Dr. Aslan Miriyev, scientist at Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, based in Dübendorf, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland.
Title: Fusing Digital and Physical AI into Lifelike Robots​

The recording of Dr. Aslan Miriyev's seminar will be available upon reque​st to ABC researchers and students only.​

March 22
Time:  16:10-17:00

Speaker: Amir Porat, PhD student at Tel Aviv University
Title: A General 3D Model for Growth Dynamics of Sensory-Growth Systems​

The recording of Amir Porat's seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only​.

April 26
Time:  16:10-17:00

Speaker: Prof. Inna Sharf, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University
Title: Path Planning Problems for Timber-Harvesting Machinery

The recording of Professor Inna Sharf's seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only.​

May 31
Time: 10:15-11:00 

Speaker: Prof. Maura Casadio, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa, Italy
Title: Body-machine interfaces from rehabilitation to robot control

The recording of Professor Maura Casadio's seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only.​

June 28 
Time:  16:10-17:00

Speaker: Dr. Mitch Pryor, Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin
Title: Towards routine use of flexible, assistive robotics in hazardous environments

The recording of Dr. Mitch Pryor's seminar will be available upon request to ABC researchers and students only.​

​Fall semeste​r 2020/​21​​​​

1) Speaker: EU ITN SOCRATES Project Early Stage Researcher 
and BGU Doctoral Candidate, Shikhar Kumar. 
Title: The Effect of Dynamic Interaction on User: Evaluation of Politeness in HRI​

2) Speaker: EU ITN SOCRATES Project Early Stage Researcher 
and BGU Doctoral Candidate, Samuel Olatunji. 
Title: Socially Assistive Robots in Eldercare – Interaction Design for varying Levels of Automation

Dr. Reuth Mirsky
​Post Doc in the Computer Science Department of University of Texas at Austin
Using Human-inspired Signals in Social Navigationg

⏺ Seminar's Recording​
Dr. Avishai Sintov
​Senior Lecturer and the head of the Robotics Lab in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University
Learning Models for Underactuated Robotic Hands

⏺ Seminar's Recording​​​


​Prof. Noah Cowan
​Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Locomotion in Mechanical and Biological Systems (LIMBS) La​​boratory at Johns Hopkins University
Neuroscience in The Matrix: Closing the loop around the brain to understand how it controls the body​

 the recording of Prof. Cowan's seminar will be available upon request ​to ABC researchers and students only

Fall semes​ter 201​9/20


bldg. 16
room 150
Prof. ​Ellen Bass​
​College of Computing & Informatics; College of Nursing and Health Professions - ​
Drexel University
Special ABC Robotics and Industrial Engineering and Management Department Seminar on:
An approach to function allocation: bridging the gap between task analysis and function allocation recommendations
​Prof. Oren Saltzman ​
Computer Science Department, Technion 
Toward A​symptotically-Optimal Inspection Planning via Efficient Near-Optimal Graph Search

​Alap Kshirsagar
PhD student

Department of Mechanical Engineering​​, Cornell University
Human-Robot Object Handovers​​
André Potenza
PhD student
​School of Science and Technology, Örebro University​​
De​​velopment of a Telepresence Robot for Research​
​Rick van Essen
PhD student
​Biosystems Engineering, Wageningen University
Dynamic viewpoint selection for maturity detection of sweet peppers​​ 
Prof. Itzik Melzer ​
​Physical Therapy Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, BGU
Properties Balance Control Associated with Unexpected Loss of Balance: Age-related differences​​
Prof. Yoram Halevi
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion

Minimum Energy Control of Redundant Manipulators using Bi-level Optimization

Spring semester 2019






Amit ​Svarzenberg 

Open Innovation Manager at Samsung R&D Institute Israel​

Samsun​g Research Open Innovation Technical Hurdles​


​​​​Karniel Computationa​l Motor Control Workshop

​Due to the Karniel Computational Motor Control Workshop on March 24-25, the ABC Monthly Seminar for March will be on Wednesday March 27 in conjunction with the Biomedical department seminar

Time:  14:00-15:00
Location:  Building 51, room 015
See Details below:


Prof. Allison Okamura​
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University

​​Let's be Flexible: Soft Haptics and Soft Robotics​


​Prof. Simon D. Levy​

​Visiting Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, BGU

Innovative Drone Research: Bridging the Gap betw​een Hardware and Simulation


​Dr. Jessica Cauchard

​​Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, BGU

​Are You Autonomous? Towards Designing Natural Interactions Between People and Drones​

Fall semes​ter 2018/2019






Dr. Raziel Riemer

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, BGU

Biomechanical energy harvesting as a base for exoskeleton: theory, design, and results


​Ephrat Messing

Research & Development Authority, BGU

​Opportunities in the Robotics Area of Horizon 2020 with an emphasis on the upcoming Horizon 2019 Calls


​Polina Kurtser, Post Doctorate student

Boaz Arad, PhD student

Industrial Engineering & Management, BGU

Computer Science, BGU

​Sweeper: Sweet Pepper Harvesting Robot


​Dr. Tal Shafir

​The Emili Sagol Creative Arts Therapies Research Center, University of Haifa

Emotion perception and expression through movement in human-robot interaction

Spring semester 2018​​​​​

26.3.2018Prof. Mindy LevinMcGill University School of Physical and Occupational TherapyMotor abundance, compensation and adaptability in the stroke-damaged nervous syst
30.4.2018Dr. Guillaume DoisyChief Robotics Officer, WycaApplying mobile robotics and human robot interaction research to the startup world: the WYCA experience and other examples
28.5.2018Guy Cohen-Lazry PhD student, Industrial Engineering & Management Department, BGUA Window to Autonomous Vehicles from a Human-Robot Interaction Perspective
25.6.2018Prof. Zvi ShillerMechanical Engineering and Mechatronics, Ariel UniversityOn Optimal Trajectory Planning

​Fall semester 2017/2018


30.10.2017Dr. J. Michael HerrmannInstitute for Perception, Action and Behaviour, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Centre for RoboticsCritical Brains for Autonomous Robots
 27.11.2017Prof. Vladimir GontarBen-Gurion University of the NegevFrom Discrete Chaotic Dynamics of Living and Thinking Systems to Artificial
Brain, Consciousness and Creativity

Nir Dgan


Shir Kashi


Yarden Sharon

Mechanical Engineering


Information Systems Engineering


Biomedical Engineering

(1) Wave-like propulsion robot over flexible surface

(2) Smooth leader or sharp follower? Playing the mirror game with a robot 

(3) Quantitative Characterization of Open and Robot-Assisted Needle-Driving Using the One-Sixth Power Law

Abstract of the talks



Tal-Chen Rabinowitch


University of Washington


The clockworks of human-robot collaboration 
26.2.2018Dr. Hwee-Pink TANSMU-TCS iCity Lab, Singapore Management University (SMU)Large-scale IoT Systems for Ageing-in-Place: Experiences and Lessons Learnt towards Sustainability



Spring semester, 2017

Prof. Ruzena Bajcsy
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
Framework for Individualized Dynamical Modeling of Human Motion

Dr. Aleksandar Jevtić
Institute of Industrial Robotics and Informatics, Barcelona, Spain
Robot-Assisted Dressing

Dr. Oren Friefeld
Department of Computer Sciences, BGU
Bayesian Mixture Models: Variants, MCMC Inference, and Applications

Prof. Michael Goodrich
Department of Computer Science, Brigham Young University, Utah, USA
Human-Robot Interaction

Dr. Guy Rosman
Post-doctoral Researcher, MIT/CSAIL, Cambridge, MA, USA
Life-Long Adaptive Robotic Perception



Fall semester, 2016/2017

Roy Someshwar  ​Department  of Industrial Engineering & Management ​
Human-Robot Collaboration 

Dr. Aharon Bar Hillel Department  of Industrial Engineering & Management ​
Convolutional Table Ensembles – visual classification in the microsecond scale

Prof. Yakir Levin Department of Philosophy
The Classic Model of Human Cognition

Dr. Avinoam Borowsky Department  of Industrial Engineering & Management
Human-machine Interaction in Driving Automation 

Spring semester, 2016


Dr. Gábor Kósa, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
Bio-inspired micro systems, robots and sensing systems


Ola Ringdahl, Dept. of Computing Science, Umea University, Sweden
A software framework for agricultural robotics using ROS

Heather Lum, Heather Lum
Human-robot interaction in context: Individual differences in perception and interaction with anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic robots


Jun Ueda, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Robotic Induction of Neuromodulation in Human Motor System

Zlotowski-ABC seminar:
20.01.2016 - Dr. Armin Biess
Nanoscale quantum magnetic and electric-field sensing of neurons using nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond

08.06.2016 - Dr. Jason Friedman, Tel Aviv University
Modeling distributions of arm movements


Fall semester, 2015/2016

Dr. Ilana Nisky Nisky, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, BGU
Studying Human-Robot Interaction in the Lab and in the Wild to Help Patients

Prof. Gal Kaminka, Dept. of Computer Science, Bar Ilan University
No robot is an island, no team an archipelago

Prof. Alon Wolf, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Technion
The Human Machine Merger: Are we headed for the MMATRIX? 

Prof. Amir Degani, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion
Optimal Orchard Architectures for Optimal Robot Manipulators 

Spring semester, 2015

​Prof. Yitzhar Or, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion
Dynamics and control of (bio-) robotic locomotion: nonlinear, nonholonomic and hybrid mechanical systems

Prof. Ehud Sharlin, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada
“Counting Electric Sheep” Human-Robot Interaction in a Nutshell

Dr. Shelly Levy-Tzedek, ​Dept. of Physical Therapy, BGU
Sensorimotor learning with sensory substitution

Dr. Oren Shriki, Dept. of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, BGU
EEG-based brain computer interfaces

Prof. ​Juan Wachs, School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Embodied Interaction in Healthcare-New Opportunities for Old Challenges

​Dr. Hadas Kress-Gazit, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University​
High-level Verifiable Robotics

Fall semester, 2014-2015


Guillaume Doisy, Industrial Eng. And Mngmt. BGU
Advanced interfaces and interface design for learning robots


Dr. Guy Hoffman, IDC
Human-Robot Teamwork: Fluency and Embodiment in AL


Prof. Vladimir Lumelsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Human-Robot Interaction and Whole-Body Robot Sensing

The 10th Computational Motor Control Conference will host the ABC Robotics Annual Conference
18-20 June, 2014 program | Website


Spring semester, 2013-2014


Prof. Opher Donchin, Department of Biomedical Engineering , BGU
The cerebellum and hierarchical motor control

Dr. David Zarrouk, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Miniature Crawling Robots

Dr. Lior Shmuelof, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
The puzzle of motor learning: bridging the laboratory - real world divide