Lotfi El Hafi

Lotfi El Hafi received his MScEng in Mechatronics from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium, in 2013. His Master thesis explored the implementation of TICO compression, now JPEG XS, in collaboration with intoPIX for Ultra HD 4K/8K video distribution. In 2014, he joined the Robotics Laboratory of the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan, under the MEXT Scholarship Program where his Doctor thesis focused on STARE, a novel eye-tracking approach that leveraged deep learning to extract behavioral information from scenes reflected in the eyes. Today, Lotfi El Hafi works as a Research Assistant Professor at the Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO), a Specially Appointed Researcher for the Toyota HSR Community, and a Research Advisor for the Robotics Hub of Panasonic Corporation. His research interests include service robotics and artificial intelligence. Lotfi El Hafi is also the recipient of multiple research awards and competition prizes, an active member of RSJ, JSME, and IEEE, and the President & Founder of Coarobo GK.


Nara, Japan


Ritsumeikan Global Innovation Research Organization (R-GIRO)

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