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Friday, June 7, 2013

Robotics according to Dr. Henrik I. Christensen are definitely not about Hollywood's characterization. Robots in the real world are about doing the "dirty, dull and dangerous stuff."

R obotics according to Dr. Henrik I. Christensen are definately not about Hollywood's characterization.  Robots in the real world are about doing the "dirty, dull and dangerous stuff." Christensen says that soon this capability will even extend into our homes.

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After conducting a general survey, Christiensen found that people most want robots to 1) Clean their house and 2) Clean their windows.  This need coincides with the aging population.

Robots, for Christiensen, represent the physical connection to the digital world. Showing a demonstation where the subject tries to light a match with an anesthetised hand, he shows why tactile feedback is an important area of robotics research.   This work was essential to the Robots for Humanity project.

Christensen is the KUKA Chair of Robotics at the College of ComputingGeorgia Institute of Technology. He is also the director of the Center for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (RIM@GT). Dr. Christensen does research on systems integration, human-robot interaction, mapping and robot vision. He has published more than 280 contributions across AI, robotics and vision.

His research has a strong emphasis on "real problems with real solutions". As such a problem needs a theoretical model, implementation, evaluation, and translation to the real world. 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 higest honor awarded by the robotics industry. He was also awarded the "Boeing Supplier of the Year 2011" with 3 other colleagues at Georgia Tech. He collaborates with institutions and industries across three continents. His research has been featured in major media such as CNN. He serves as a consultant to companies and government agencies across the world.

Henrik Christensen


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