Head of the Research Department Robotics Innovation Center

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner

  • Address (Bremen)
    RH1-A (Bürogebäude)
    Robert-Hooke-Straße 1
    D-28359 Bremen

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Frank Kirchner

Publications

Thomas M. Roehr, Daniel Harnack, Oscar Lima, Hendrik Wöhrle, Frank Kirchner

In: Poster at the ICRA 2019 Workshop on Robot Design and Customization: Opportunities at the Intersection of Computation and Digital Fabrication. International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA-2019) May 20-24 Montreal Quebec Canada Pages 1-2 5/2019.

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Elsa Andrea Kirchner, Niels Will, Marc Simnofske, Luis Manuel Vaca Benitez, José de Gea Fernández, Peter Kampmann, Frank Kirchner

In: Mario A. Pfannstiel, Patrick Da-Cruz, Harald Mehlich (editor). Digitale Transformation von Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitswesen V. Chapter 20 ISBN 978-3-658-23986-2 Springer Nature 3/2019.

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Personal Information

Short Biography

Frank Kirchner is site spokesman of the 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).

CV

Academic Positions

  • 05.11.2018 Appointment as Research Fellow of the Tsinghua University Beijing
  • 31.07.2017 Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the Centro Universitário SENAI CIMATEC, Brazil for contributions in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence.
  • 2017– Co-Founder of the ‘Schwerpunkt Program’ Softrobotics at the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2016– Associate Professor at the University CIMATEC, Senai, Bahia, Brasilien
  • 2015– Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
  • 2013– Scientific Director of the Brazilian Institute of Robotics (BIR) in Salvador, Bahia. The BIR is an institute formed by the involvement of the two non-profit organizations: Senai Cimatec and the DFKI focused on developing robots in Brazil.
  • 2010– Initiator and co-founder of the “Institut für Maritime Technologien“ (MarTech) at the University of Bremen
  • 2009–2013 Member of the Advisory Board and Co-coordinator of the Personal Mobility Center (PMC) of the Electric Mobility Model Region NorthWest
  • 2009–2010 Initiator of the joint project „Maritime Intelligente Meerestechnologien für das 21. Jahrhundert“ (MarIT21)
  • 2008– Spokesman of the Bremen location of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) which was inaugurated in February of 2008.
  • 2005– Head of the Robotics Group at the University of Bremen and speaker of the newly founded Bremen laboratory of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • 2002– Holder of the chair of Robotics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Bremen
  • 2002– Appointment as Full Professor – C4 – at the University of Bremen
  • 1999–2002 Appointment as Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Northeastern University in Boston (MA, USA); management of a series of national German and US-American projects focusing on autonomous intelligent robots in real-world applications in cooperation with the MIT (Boston) and the National Space Agency NASA.
  • 1998–1999 Senior Scientist und Principal Investigator at the Northeastern University in Boston (MA, USA), setting up a branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems; team leader of the workgroup Biomimetic Autonomous Robots (BAR)
  • 1997–1998 Head of Department “Biomimetische Autonome Roboter (BAR)“ at the Institut für Autonome Intelligente Systeme (AIS) der FHG, Sankt Augustin
  • 1996–1997 Project leader at the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) in Sankt Augustin
  • 1994–1996 Researcher at the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (GMD) in Sankt Augustin

Education

  • 1999 Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat) at the University of Bonn
  • 1994 Diploma of Informatics, Neurobiology at the University of Bonn
  • 1988–1994 Student of Computer Science and Neurobiology at the University of Bonn
  • 1985–1988 Student of Business Sciences at the University of Cologne
  • 1983 German “Abitur” at the Gymnasium “Am Hammer”, Leichlingen

Offices

Membership in Professional Societies

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

Projects

Virtual Crater


Virtual Crater: Development of Virtual Simulation and Demonstration Environment for Planetary Exploration with Focus on Extraterrestrial Crater

The goal of the “Virtual Crater” project is to develop a virtual test environment (virtual testbed) where it is possible to program, test, and optimize robot systems in a realistically simulated lunar...

Virtual Crater

Lunares


Reconfigurable Robots for Extraterrestrial Exploration

The aim of this project (funded by the DLR and BIG Bremen) is the evaluation of state-of-the-art robot technologies for future cooperative, heterogeneous, extraterrestrial missions with reconfigurable...

Lunares

SpaceClimber


A Semi-Autonomous Free-Climbing Robot for the Exploration of Crater Walls and Bottoms

The goal of the "SpaceClimber" project is the development of a biologically inspired, energy-efficient and adaptively free-climbing robot for steep slopes. This project builds on the experience of the...

SpaceClimber

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz