MnRI Showcase-Guest Speaker Henrik Christensen

Plenary Speaker: Henrik Christensen - UC San Diego

About the speaker: 

Henrik I Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair of Robot Systems and the director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego, and also a Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 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. Upon graduation, Dr. Christensen has participated in many international research projects across four continents. He has held positions at Aalborg University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech before joining UC San Diego. 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, Partek Forest, Volvo, SAIC, Boeing, GM, PSA Peugeot, BMW, Yujin, Qualcomm, ...

Dr. Christensen has published more than 400 contributions across robotics, vision and artificial intelligence. Dr. Christensen served as the Founding Chairman of EURON (1999-2006) and research coordinator for ECVision (2000-2004). He has led and participated in a many of EU projects, such as VAP, CoSy, CogVis, SMART, CAMERA, EcVision, EURON, Cogniron, and Neurobotics. He served as the PI for the CCC initiative on US Robotics. He is a Co-PI on ARL DCIST RCA, TILOS, the Robotics-VO, and several projects with industry. He was awarded the Joseph Engelberger Award 2011 and also named a Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011. He is a fellow of AAAS (2013) and IEEE (2015). He was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering (Dr. Techn. h.c.) from Aalborg University, 2014. Dr. Christensen has served / serves on the editorial board for many of the most prestigious journals in the field, incl. Intl. Jour. of Robotics Research (IJRR), Autonomous Robots, Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), IEEE Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), and Image & Vision Computing. In addition, he serves on the editorial board of the MIT Series on Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Agents. He was the founding co-editor-in-chief of Trends and Foundations in Robotics.

Calls for Presentations

This research showcase aims to make up for the missed in-person networking due to the pandemic. Students, postdocs, industry researchers, and faculty are all encouraged to participate. The event is free.

The symposium will be an all-day affair featuring a plenary talk, faculty talks, student posters, and social events. 

Please consider presenting your past and current research in the showcase. 

The deadline for indicating your interest is October 31, 2023. We plan to archive the recordings of the presentations (talks and posters) after the event. We will also welcome unpublished as we can selectively avoid archiving them.

Visit MnRI Research Showcase 2023 for more details. 

Start date
Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, 8 a.m.
End date
Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

Morning Session: Drone Lab - 164 Shepherd Labs:

08:00 Breakfast, Check-in, Poster Setup

08:30 Welcome - Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos

09:00 Student Poster Session

11:30 Demos & Lab Tours

12:30 Lunch Break

Afternoon Session: 4th floor of Walter Library:

13:30 MnRI Faculty Talk Session 1

14:30 Plenary Talk 


15:30 MnRI Faculty Talk Session 2

16:30 MnRI Social