Henrik I Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics and a Distinguished Professor of Computing with the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines. Dr. Christensen was initially trained in Mechanical Engineering and worked subsequently with MAN/BW Diesel. He earned M.Sc. and Ph.D. EE degrees from Aalborg University, 1987 and 1990, respectively.
Dr. Christensen does research on robotics with a particular emphasis on a systems perspective to the problem. Solutions must have a strong theoretical basis, a corresponding well-defined implementation and it must be evaluated in realistic settings. There is a strong emphasis on “real systems for real applications!”. The research has involved collaborations with ABB, Electrolux, Daimler-Chrysler, KUKA, iRobot, Apple, Volvo, SAIC, Boeing, GM, PSA Peugeot, BMW, Yujin, ...
Dr. Christensen has published more than 300 contributions across robotics, vision and artificial intelligence.
He served as the PI for the CCC initiative on US Robotics. He is a PI on ARL MAST CTA, the Robotics-Vo and numerous projects with industry. He was awarded the Joseph Engelberger Award 2011 and also named Boeing Supplier of the Year 2012. He is a fellow of AAAS (2013). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering (Dr. Techn. h.c.) from Aalborg University 2014.
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