Frank Kirchner is Executive Director DFKI Bremen and in charge of the research department „Robotics Innovation Center“ with more than 100 employees. Founded in 2006 as a DFKI laboratory in Bremen, the institute is building upon the fundamental research of the Robotics Research Group led by Kirchner at the University of Bremen. Since 2002, the university professor has held the chair for robotics in the faculty of mathematics and computer science. Kirchner studied and obtained his doctorate at the University of Bonn and worked as a senior researcher at the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) in Sankt Augustin and at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston (USA). In 2013, under Kirchner’s leadership and following the model of the DFKI, the Brazilian government founded the "Brazilian Institute of Robotics" in Salvador da Bahia, where he was the Scientific Director during the development phase. There he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2017 for his achievements in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence. Frank Kirchner is one of the leading experts in the field of biologically inspired behavior and motion sequences of highly redundant, multifunctional robot systems. In addition, he supervises a variety of doctoral theses, is a regular reviewer for a number of international scientific journals and conferences and is the author of more than 350 publications in the field of robotics and AI. In 2015, Frank Kirchner was elected and accepted as a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW).
18.01.2018 Appointment to the Scientific Advisory Board of AITC (Artificial Intelligence Technology Center) Beijing
26.10.2017 Appointment to the Platform 'Learning Systems’ of the BMBF (The Federal Ministry of Education and Research) as head of the working group "Hostile-to-life Environments"
2017– Member of NCE (Networks of Centres of Excellence) Standing Selection Committee, Canada
2017– Chair of the Program Committee ‘Robotics and Automation’ for the German National Space Agency, (DLR)
2016– Associated Professor at the University CIMATEC, Senai, Bahia, Brazil
2015– Member High-tech Forum – Expert forum “Autonomous Systems”
2015– Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Technical/Scientific Class
2013– Spokesman high-profile research area Robotics at the University of Bremen
2013– Scientific Director of the Brazilian Institute of Robotics (BIR) in Salvador, Bahia
2013–2017 Vice Chair of the Program Committee ‘Robotics and Automation’ for the German National Space Agency, (DLR)
2013– Member of the advisory board on Space Robotics, at the German National Space Agency (DLR)
2012–2013 Core team Excellence Cluster application University of Bremen
2012– IEEE Task Force on Intelligent Space Systems and Operations
2012– Founding Member of the Institute „Ground Truth Robotics’
2012– Committee member: Nationale Masterplan Maritime Technologien (NMMT)
2010– Founding Member of the Institute 'MarTech’ with DLR, MARUM and DFKI
2009–2010 Member of the Board 'Maritime Intelligente Meerestechnologien für das 21. Jahrhundert" (MarIT)
2007– Member of the Board 'GMT Gesellschaft für Maritime Technik’, Hamburg
2006–2013 Member of the Advisory Board and coordinator of the Personal Mobility Center (PMC)
2006– Founding Member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation's Technical Committee on: Space Robotics
2006– Founding Member of International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems
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