Shamel Fahmi was born in Cairo, Egypt. He received the B.Sc. degree in Mechatronics from the German University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt, in 2015, the M.Sc. degree in Systems and Control from the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, in 2017, and the PhD degree in Advanced and Humanoid Robotics from the Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy, in 2021. During his research career, he focused on robotics and controls where he worked at the Institute of Automatic Control, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, in 2014, the Institute of Automotive Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany, in 2014, the Robotics and Mechatronics lab, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, in 2015, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Wessling, Germany, in 2016. During his doctorate, he focused on terrain-aware locomotion for legged robots using the robot’s perception system, and using optimization and learning techniques. After his doctorate he was a PostDoctoral Researcher at the Dynamic Legged Systems Lab, Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, Italy. Currently, he is a PostDoctoral Researcher at the Biomimetic Robotics Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA, where he is focusing on vision-based locomotion for legged robots. His research interests include robotics, controls, optimization, and learning for dynamical systems.
Pronouncing my name is supposed to be easy, at least according to my dad. It’s not a common name though (not even in Egypt), so here we go: Shamel (شامل) means “inclusive” or “complete” or “comprehensive”. You should pronounce it as “Schämel” with a German “Sch” and “ä”. Fahmi (فهمي) comes from the verb fahima which means “to understand”. You should stress on the “h”. If you’re lost, you can pretty much prounounce my first name like you’d pronounce Chanel, but with an “m”.