Henrik I. Christensen
Dr. Christensen is a globally renowned roboticist, a serial entrepreneur, and a respected IEEE Fellow as well as an active volunteer with IEEE and the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society working as a collaborative leader across a wide variety of multi-disciplinary science and technology fields that intersect across robotics and groundbreaking robot systems.
As Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems and a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego, Dr. Christensen is also the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Henrik Christensen performs academic research on robotics and artificial intelligence, is the main editor of the US National Robotics Roadmap.
Dr. Christensen does research on robotics and AI with an emphasis on a systems view to problems. The research has been published in 350+ contributions across AI, Computer Vision and Robotics. The research has been adopted by companies such as Electrolux, ABB, KUKA, Weda, BMW, Boeing, iRobot, PerMobil, General Motors.
Henrik has been active in community organization such as the European Robotics Network and later as the main organizer of the US Robotics Roadmaps ( 2009, 2013, and 2016), which was the basis for the National Robotics Initiative. A new roadmap is in preparation for release 2020.
Dr. Christensen has co-founded a number of companies including ROBO Global and Robust.AI. He serves as an advisor to a large number of companies and agencies across four continents.
Dr. Christensen is a fellow of IEEE and AAAS. He was awarded the “Joseph Engelberger Award” 2011, the highest honor awarded by the industry and named “Boeing Supplier of the Year” 2011. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (Dr. Techn. h.c.) in engineering from Aalborg University 2014. His work has been featured in major media such as CNN, BBC, NY Times, and the Financial Times.