Henrik I Christensen is the director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at UC San Diego and also a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Prior to this he served as the executive director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech.
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 a large number of international research projects across 4 continents. He has held positions at Aalborg University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Royal Institute of Technology before joining Georgia Tech.
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, ...
Dr. Christensen has published more than 300 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 lead and participated in a large number 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 PI on ARL MAST CTA, the Robotics-Vo and a number of 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 is the co-editor-in-chief of Trends and Foundations in Robotics