Tarek Hamel was born in Annaba (Algeria) received his Bachelor of Engineering from the ``Institut d'Electronique et d'Automatique d'Annaba'', Algeria, in 1991.
He conducted his Ph.D. research at the ``Laboratoire Heuristique et Diagnostic des systèmes complexes de Compiègne'', France, and received his doctorate degree in Robotics from the University of Technologie of Compiègne in 1996.
After two years as a research assistant at the University of Technology of Compiègne, he joined the ``Centre d'Etudes de Mécanique d'Iles de France'' in 1997 as an assistant professor.
In 2001/2002 he spent one year as CNRS researcher at the Heudiasyc Laboratory.
Since 2003, he has been a Professor at the I3S UNSA-CNRS laboratory of the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis, France.
His research interests include control theory and robotics with particular focus on nonlinear control, vision-based control and complementary filtering.
He is involved in applications of these techniques to the control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Mobile Robots.