John-John Cabibihan received the Ph.D. degree in bioengineering, with specialization in biorobotics, from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, in 2007. Concurrent with his Ph.D. studies, he received another scholarship grant in 2004 from the École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, France. Therein, he spent one year with the Laboratoire de Mécanique et Technologie. From 2008 to 2013, he was an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, National University of Singapore, where he served as the Deputy Director of the Social Robotics Laboratory and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Singapore Institute of Neurotechnologies (SINAPSE).
He is currently an Associate Professor at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Qatar University. He serves as the Graduate Program Coordinator of the Mechanical Engineering Program and a Member of the Faculty Senate (Research Committee). He is Lead/Co-Lead Principal Investigator of several projects under the National Priorities Research Program of Qatar National Research Fund. His research has attracted more than US$4.91 million in funding from various funding agencies. He mentored the student teams that won consecutive 1st Prizes at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Microsoft Imagine Cup (Innovation Category; Qatar National Finals). He has 20 patent pending inventions / provisional patent applications/IP disclosures; and over 100 publications (journal articles, books, book chapters, and conference papers).
Dr. Cabibihan is an Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Section on Bionics and Biomimetics), the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, and Springer Nature Applied Sciences Journal. He was a co-Founding Assistant Editor/Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of the Social Robotics (2009-2018) and a co-Founding Organizer of the International Conference on Social Robotics (2009).
He actively served the robotics community in the following roles: General Chair of the International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) 2018 in Qingdao, China; and IEEE Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems & Robotics, Automation, and Mechatronics (CIS-RAM) 2013 in Manila, Philippines; Program Chair/Co-Chair of the IEEE Symposium of Robot-Human Interactive Communications (Ro-Man) 2019 in New Delhi, India; ICSR 2019 in Madrid, Spain; ICSR 2017 in Tsukuba, Japan; ICSR 2016 in Kansas City, USA; ICSR 2012 in Chengdu, China; and ICSR 2010 in Singapore; Publication Chair and Proceedings Editor of Ro-Man 2018 in Nanjing, China; Finance Chair of CIS-RAM 2011 in Qingdao, China; and CIS-RAM 2010 in Singapore.
Over the years, his work has been focused toward assistive and social robotics for the therapy of children with autism, lifelike prosthetics, bio-inspired tactile sensing, human-robotic touch and gestures, surgical robotics, and emergent materials. His works were featured by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), MIT Technology Review, PhysOrg, Popular Science, New Scientist, Discovery News, New York Magazine, and the front pages of Peninsula Qatar newspaper.