Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen
Assistant Professor of ECE (Field membership of CS and ME)
Kirstin is interested in design and coordination of bio-inspired robot collectives and their natural counterparts. Her thesis work on a termite-inspired robot construction team made it to the front page of Science and was ranked among the journals top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2014. Kirstin did her postdoctoral work with Director Metin Sitti at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems 2014-2016 and became a fellow with the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems in 2015. Her thesis was completed in 2014 with Professor Radhika Nagpal at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. She completed a masters in modern artificial intelligence with Professor John Hallam at the University of Southern Denmark 2008, and a bachelors in electro-technical engineering with Odense University College of Engineering 2005. As of May 2016, Kirstin is also a member of the Elisabeth Schiemann Kolleg of the Max Planck Society.