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Prof. Torsten Kröger

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Torsten Kröger

Director, Head of Institute
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phone: +49 721 608-43898
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Room 121, Bldg. 40.28

Engler-Bunte-Ring 8

D-76131 Karlsruhe


Research Interests

    • On-line trajectory generation
    • Hybrid switched-system control
    • Safe human-robot interaction
    • Transfer Learning
    • Robot programming with primitives
    • Distributed real-time systems
    Research Projects
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    WS 17/18
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    SS 2017

    Short Bio

    Torsten is a Full Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Intelligent Process Control and Robotics Laboratory (IPR) of the Institute for Anthropomatics and Robotics (IAR) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is also a Visiting Scientist at Stanford University. Torsten received a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from TU Braunschweig, Germany, in 2002 and a Doctorate degree in Computer Science in 2009 (summa cum laude).

    In 2010, he joined the Stanford AI Lab as a lecturer and research associate.

    From 2014 to 2017, he was a Staff Roboticist and the Head of the Robotics Software Division at X, an Alphabet entity.

    He conducts research on autonomous robot systems, real-time trajectory generation, perception, sensor fusion, dynamics, system identi cation, force/torque control, hybrid switched-system control, safe human-robot interaction, humanoid robots, robot programming paradigms, machine learning, and distributed real-time hard- and software systems. Application domains of his research include industrial robotics and automation, mobile service robots, surgical robotics, machine tools, haptic devices, and space telescope control.

    Torsten has been working as a research consultant for Volkswagen AG, KUKA Roboter GmbH, Manz Automation AG, Auris Surgical Robotics, Inc., Redwood Robotics, Inc., and Google, Inc..

    He is also the founder and former CEO of Reflexxes GmbH, a startup working on research and development of real-time motion generation software. In 2014, Reflexxes was acquired by Google, where Torsten became the Head the Robotics Software Division. This included coordinating robotics and machine learning research activities between DeepMind, Google Research, Boston Dynamics, and X.

    Torsten is an editor or an associate editor of multiple IEEE conference proceedings, books, and book series and the Multimedia Editor of the Springer Handbook of Robotics. He received the 2014 IEEE RAS Early Career Award, the 2011 Heinrich Büssing Award, the 2011 GFFT Award, two fellowships of the German Research Association, and he was a finalist of the 2012 IEEE/IFR IERA Award and the 2012 euRobotics TechTransfer Award