Institute for Future


14 July 2017

Society is still in the initial phases of the robotic revolution and Dr Henrik Christensen, from the Institute for Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego, will present the problems and challenges to progress this technological metamorphosis.


Over the last five decades, we have seen tremendous progress on the use of robots. Yet we have barely started the true adoption of robot systems across manufacturing, services, healthcare, defence and space. The significant drivers are mass customisation in manufacturing, automation of logistics, support for an ageing population, securing our first responders and exploration of the universe. In this presentation, Dr Christensen will present the most significant drivers, and biggest challenges faced in the deployment of robots. He will also outline some of the key research questions to be addressed for major new progress and present new use cases that exemplify state-of-the-art ongoing research.

About the speaker

Dr Henrik Christensen (Institute for Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego)

Dr Henrik I. Christensen is a Professor of Computer Science at Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering UC San Diego. He is also the director of the Institute for Contextual Robotics. Dr Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. The research is performed within the Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. He has published more than 350 contributions across AI, robotics and vision. His research has a strong emphasis on ‘real problems with real solutions’.

He is actively engaged in the setup and coordination of robotics research in the US (and worldwide). Dr Christensen received the Engelberger Award 2011, the highest honour awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the "Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011". Dr Christensen is a fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). His research has been featured in major media including CNN, NY Times and BBC.

14 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
Level 4, P Block, QUT Gardens Point
Kindler Theatre
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Dr Henrik Christensen (Institute for Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego)


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