Conversation with Oussama Khatib, Director of Stanford University’s Robotics Laboratory and coordinator of a CNRS IRP

On February 28, 2024, the CNRS office in Washington D.C. and the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States organized the screening of a1 52-minute documentary entitled “Ocean One K – Archaeologist of the Abyss”, recounting the conception of Ocean One K, a remotely operated humanoid underwater robot. This robot, capable of diving to depths ranging from 100 m to 850 m, can carry out shipwreck excavations, seabed sampling and various other scientific experiments. Like an authentic archaeologist, the robot reveals the secrets buried by the oceans, and even manages to restore tactile sensations when excavating, thanks to the cutting-edge sensors of its haptic feedback system.

The inventor behind Ocean One K is Professor Oussama Khatib, Director of Stanford University’s Robotics Laboratory and coordinator of a CNRS “LIRMM-Stanford” International Research Project (IRP) in underwater robotics and surgical robotics.

In an exclusive interview, Professor Oussama Khatib talks about his career, the design of the robot and his long-standing collaboration with France, in particular with the Laboratoire d’analyse et d’architecture des systèmes (LAAS-CNRS – CNRS Intramural research unit) and the Laboratoire d’Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM – Joint research unit).

Production: Press and Communication Office of the French Embassy in the United States

  1. The documentary, directed by Mathieu Pradinaud, is co-produced by Gedeon Programmes and Planete+, as well as the French Department of Subaquatic and Marine Archaeological Research (DRASMM), the French Defence Communication and Audiovisual Production Establishment (ECPAD) and Stanford University. ↩︎

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