This was the first conference that we organized at the Airfoce Conference Center in Herzliya. It was sponsored by academia, industry and the department of defense (MAFAT). The guest of honor was Mr. Stef Wertheimer, the funder of ISCAR. The keynote speakers were Prof. Steve Dubowsky from MIT, Prof. Ken Goldenberg from UC Berkeley, Prof. Sukhan Lee from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, and Prof. Andrew Goldenberg from University of Toronto, Canada. It was a very successful conference that united the Israeli robotics community and set the standards for the conference that followed. It also served as an impetus for the creation of the Israeli Robotics Association.
IROB founder and Chair. Professor at Ariel University and founder of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics and the Paslin Robotics and Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory. Head of the Master program in Mechanical Engineering. His main research interests include model-based motion planning and control of autonomous vehicles, and the development of affordable assistive robotic devices.