Abderrahmane KHEDDAR received the ingenieur degree from the Institut National dInformatique (INI), Algiers, the DEA (Master by research) and Ph.D. degree in robotics, both from the University of Paris 6, Paris. He is currently Directeur de Recherche at CNRS and the Director of the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotic Laboratory, UMI3218/CRT, Tsukuba, Japan, that he created in December 2008 by promoting the formal joint associated laboratory he was codirecting with Dr. Yokoi (2003-2008) into a full fledged international mixed unit (JRU). He is also co-heading a newly team he created at LIRMM, Interactive Digital Human. Prior to that, he was successively an assistant professor (1998-2002) and then a tenured professor (2003-2008) at the University of Evry. His research interests include haptics and humanoids. He is a founding member and a senior advisor of the IEEE/RAS chapter on haptics and is with the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics (founding member), IEEE Transactions on Robotics and the Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, he is a member of the IEEE and OHBM. He was the coordinator of two CNRS national specific research actions (haptics and collision detection). He is involved in the VERE FP7 IP, coordinated the FP6 ROBOT@CWE STREP, and was involved in Touch-HapSys? 5th PC, FP6 ImmerSence? IP, FP6 INTUITION NoE, FP6 PEACH CA.