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Speaker Series: "A perspective on robotics" with Dr. Henrik Christensen

Please join us in Welcoming Dr. Henrik Christensen (University of California - San Diego) for MnRI's inaugural address and presentation. Celebrating in conjunction with the launch of the Minnesota Robotics Institute, this event will welcome the future of robotics and sensing education for the University and the state of Minnesota.


Robotics has recently celebrated its 60 year anniversary. The field started out almost exclusively in manufacturing for dirty, dull and dangerous tasks. Today robots are leverage far beyond the factory floor for empowering humans across manufacturing, services, healthcare, defense and space. We will provide an overview of the state of robotics. We will also discuss mega-trends that are changing robotics. In addition we will review major opportunities and challenges for robotics with a perspective to business opportunities, technology innovation and systems integration.

About Henrick Christensen

Henrik I Christensen is the Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair of Robot Systems at UC San Diego, a professor of Computer Science and the director of Contextual Robotics Institute. He is also the co-founder of Robust.AI and Robo-Global. Dr. Christensen does research on robust robot systems using methods from perception and AI. The research has a strong systems focus. He has published more than 350 contributions across robotics, AI and computer vision. Dr. Christensen has co-founded 6 companies and was the main editor of the US National Robotics Roadmaps 2009, 2013 and 2016. He serves as a consultant to companies and governments across four continents.

You can learn more about Dr. Christensen on his faculty website.

Shepherd Laboratories Themed Safety Meeting

Join the Minnesota Robotics Institute and the rest of Shepherd Laboratories in welcoming Cassidy from the Minneapolis Fire Department. We will be reviewing general lab and fire safety inside our newly-renovated facilities, on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, no less. Hopefully this talk will ironically prevent the future non-voluntary use of eyepatches!

Visit back here for more details coming soon!

Minnesota Robotics Institute at the Minnesota State Fair

The University of Minnesota shows off its discoveries and expertise through fascinating and fun exhibits and hands-on activities in buildings all over the fairgrounds. Stop by U of M Central to enjoy performances and exhibits, shop for U of M gear and gifts, take advantage of athletics ticket offers, and pick up giveaways. As you stroll the fairgrounds, you can meet U of M horticulture experts, view birds of prey, enjoy art inspired by nature, check out more than 7,000 exhibits by 4-H members, and savor a milkshake at the Gopher Dairy Bar. You can also interact with our research programs at the Driven to Discover Building. To discover all that the University has to offer at the fair, visit


This interactive exhibit will include robotic demonstrations featuring a humanoid robot, robots for search and rescue, and robots you can program with a pen and paper! Meet with researchers and learn about the State of Minnesota's initiative!

Minnesota Robotics Institute Website Kickoff

This event is recognizing the launch of the new Minnesota Robotics Institute website launch