Kirstin Hagelskjær Petersen

Aref and Manon Lahham Faculty Fellow
School of
Electrical and Computer Engineering (CS, MAE, and SE field membership) 

Prof. Petersen’s interests are on design and coordination of bio-inspired robot collectives and studies of their natural counterparts. She started her career with a B.Sc. in electro-technical engineering at Odense University College of Engineering in 2005, and a masters in modern artificial intelligence with Prof. John Hallam at the University of Southern Denmark in 2008. After a couple of detours, she completed a PhD thesis with Prof. Radhika Nagpal at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering in 2014.

Petersen continued on to a postdoc 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. Petersen started the Collective Embodied Intelligence Lab in 2016 as part of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Cornell University, and has field memberships in Computer Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

Awards and Honors

Other Academic Roles

  • Cornell Institute for Digital Agriculture executive committee member, 2021-current
  • Faculty advisor for CUair, 2021-current.
  • International Academic Advisory Board for the Journal of Advanced Intelligent Systems
  • Editorial Board for the Journal of Swarm Intelligence, Springer, 2020-current
  • Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics Automation Letters (RA-L) 2018-current
  • Area Chair for the International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems (MRS) 2019.
  • Area Chair for the ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication (SCF) 2019
  • Area Chair of Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) 2018
  • Reviewer/PC member for Science Robotics, AAAS, Science Advances, AAAS, Nature Scientific Reports, IEEE Transactions of Robotics, Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS), IEEE International Conference of Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robots and Systems (IROS), International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR), International Symposium on distributed Autonomous Robotic Systems (DARS), IEEE International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO, SOCO workshop), IEEE International Conference Series on Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computing (ICCI-CC).

Favorite (and perhaps most representative) Quote About Petersen’s Research

Michael Connor, Rhizome’s Artistic Director: “I think one of the challenges, honestly, is that Kirstin’s work is already so weird and fascinating. It’s not clear what the role for art is, if the science is already generating such odd forms.”