Danica Kragic

Danica Kragic

Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm


Research Areas

Assembly, Deep Learning in Robotics and Automation, Dexterous Manipulation, Grasping, Human Detection and Tracking, Industrial Robots, Learning from Demonstration, Manipulation Planning, Mobile Manipulation, Object Detection, Segmentation and Categorization, Perception for Grasping and Manipulation, Sensor Fusion, Service Robots, Visual Learning


Danica Kragic is a Professor at the School of Computer Science and Communication at the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH. She received MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Rijeka, Croatia in 1995 and PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 2001. She has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University and INRIA Rennes. She is the Director of the Centre for Autonomous Systems. Danica received the 2007 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award. She is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Roayls Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and Founding member of Young Academy of Sweden. She holds a Honorary Doctorate from the Lappeenranta University of Technology. She chaired IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Computer and Robot Vision and served as an IEEE RAS AdCom member. Her research is in the area of robotics, computer vision and machine learning. In 2012, she received an ERC Starting Grant and in 2019 Distinguished Professor Grant from the Swedish research Council. Her research is supported by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, EU and Swedish Research Council.

Interview Synopsis

In this interview, Kragic talks about topics in her research projects, her collaboration with various institutions and colleagues, her interest in service robotics, and difficulties in balancing her family life and her career. She also gives advice to prospective students who are interested in career in robotics.