International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

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Danica Kragic Interview with the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems

Interviewee: Prof. Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

Danica Kragic, professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden, sat with us for a video interview during which we asked her about her career, her work in the field of robotics as well as current and future projects she is involved with. The viewer might find interesting her opinion on robotics projects financed by Horizon2020 and their role in future robotics research, the collaborative projects she is currently involved with and why she chooses to publish her team’s research efforts in Open Access.

Prof. Kragic underlines the importance of good organisation when it comes to promoting interdisciplinarity among scientific fields and incentives to attract students in taking up robotics. Furthermore, she reflects on possible reasons for having different robotics research focuses in the US, Europe and Asian countries. For those who wonder about the negative perception of robotics applications in the media, Prof. Kragic shares her views from a professional point of view. Finally, will robots be as intelligent as humans? To find out the answers Prof. Kragic gave us, watch our latest video from the IJARS Robotics Video Series.

Type: Interview
Interviewee: Prof. Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
Location: InTech office, Rijeka, Croatia
Filmed: August 2015
Published: September 2015
DOI: 10.5772/61490
Copyright: InTech
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Prof. Danica Kragic, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden

Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received her MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia, in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Young Academy of Sweden. She holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. She chaired IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer and Robot Vision and served as an IEEE RAS AdCom member. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. In 2012, she received an ERC Starting Grant. Her research is supported by the EU, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Swedish Research Council.

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