“Over the last 5 years the National Robotics Initiative has been active in the US. The program has sponsored $350m in new robotics R&D. The program was based on the US Robotics roadmaps from 2009 and 2013. A new roadmap is in preparation. In this presentation we will review some of the on-going research in the US and also point to a number of new avenues of research that are considered for the next US robotics Roadmap. In addition, we will discuss how the research is not only generating new IP but also how it is being deployed in companies for economic impact.”
– Henrik I. Christensen
After receiving his Ph.D., Christensen held teaching and research positions at Aalborg University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Royal Institute of Technology. In 2006, Christensen accepted a part-time position at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and the KUKA Chair of Robotics, and transitioned to full-time in early 2007. At Georgia Tech, Christensen served as the founding director of the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM), an interdepartmental research unit, which consists of the College of Computing, College of Engineering, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. He also serves as an advisor to President Obama on robot technology.
Christensen received his Certificate of Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering from the Frederikshavn Technical School, Denmark in 1981. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Aalborg University in 1987 and 1990.
Honors and Awards
- The Foundation Vision North 1991 Research Award. Awarded for contribution to advancement of research at the Laboratory of Image Analysis, Aalborg University. August 1991.
- Elected Oﬃcer of International Foundation of Robotics Research (2003)
- IEEE RAS Distinguished Lecturer in Robotics (2004–2006)
- Engelberger Award for Education (2011)
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