About me  

Resume (For full CV please write me: KirstinHP <at> gmail.com)



2014 - current:

Postdoc in the Physical Intelligence Department with Professor Metin Sitti, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany and Fellow of the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. My research concerns novel actuation methods for untethered small-scale soft robots and soft robot collectives for construction of functional three-dimensional structures.

2009 - 2014:

Research Fellow and Ph.D. student with the Self-Organizing Systems Research lab under Prof. Radhika Nagpal, Harvard University and the WYSS Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, USA. Here, I developed a collective of termite-inspired robots constructing user-specified structures in three dimensions, as well as a tool set to ease the study their natural counter parts (a species of African termites).



Before coming to Harvard I worked with the University of Southern Denmark on the EU-project Cilia, developing demonstrators inspired by the use of lateral lines in certain species of fish.


Prior to this I completed a master's in Computer Systems Engineering and Modern Artificial Intelligence with University of Southern Denmark and the Maersk McKinney Moeller Institute. My master's project involved the design and construction of ant-inspired robots able to construct three dimensional structures out of intelligent building blocks.  


Group leader with the Nordex project at Svenska Yrkes Hogskolan, Finland. The team was concerned with the design of renewable energy platforms.


During my education as Electro-Technical Engineer at the University College of Engineering, Odense, Denmark, I did a prolonged internship and a bachelor's project with the Planetary Robotics Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, under the direction of Staff Electronics Engineer Michael Garrett.