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Monday, February 11, 2013

In Memoriam Georges Giralt

Georges Giralt
Georges Giralt passed away on Sunday 10th February 2013. 
He was a pioneer in robotics, a leader and an example for generations of roboticists. He worked hard to promote robotics and scientific collaboration at national, European and International level.
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Georges Giralt, Research Director at LAAS-CNRS, obtained his PhD (1958) in the field of Electronics Systems. He launched in 1976 the autonomous mobile robot project, HILARE. In 1980, he organized and led (1980-1985) a very large French national programme (ARA) on Advanced Robotics and Automation. In the framework of the French Space Agency effort on robots for planetary exploration, he led a consortium of four (CEA, CNRS, INRIA, ONERA) major R&D institutions (October 1989-September 1996). He created (1983) with five other researchers (United States: Mike Brady, R. Paul ; Japan: H. Anafusa, H. Inoue ; Europe: O. Faugeras) the International Foundation for Robotics Research (President in 1989 and Secretary from 1992 to 2001). He was France Representative and Programme Secretary of the International Advanced Robotics Programme, originated by the G7 at the Versailles Summit (1982) which associates today 16 countries (G7, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Korea, New-Zealand, Russia, Spain) and the EC as an Observer. His most recent personal field of interest is robot decisional autonomy and machine intelligence. He received the CNRS Silver Medal for his work in Electronics and Systems (1972), and the Joseph Engelberger Award for his contribution to Robotics Technology Development (1997). He was promoted Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur for his contribution to international research cooperation (January 1988). He is also IEEE fellow (2002).  Source: Rachid Alami on behalf of LAAS-CNRS robotics researchers

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