International Collaborative Robots Workshop
Biography for Ebsen H. Østergaard, Universal Robots
Esben H. Østergaard is Chief Technology Officer at Universal Robots. Esben H. Østergaard is responsible for the enhancement of existing UR robots and the development of new products. He has a Ph.D. in Robotics.
Esben H. Østergaard is one of the inventors behind the UR robots. During his years from 2001 – 2005 as researcher and assistant professor in robotics and user interfaces at University of Southern Denmark, he created the foundation for a reinvention of the industrial robot. Therefore, in 2005, he founded Universal Robots together with two of his research colleagues. Universal Robots have taken about 30 patents on the technology of the robot. Besides his work as CTO, Esben H. Østergaard is participating in national research projects and he is also an external examiner at several universities in Denmark.
Earlier in his career, he worked as research scientist at USC Robotics Labs and also at AIST in Tokyo as a visiting researcher. During his studies in Computer Science, Physics and Multimedia at Aarhus University in Denmark, he also focused exclusively on robotics, and he became world champion in his hobby; robot football in 1998.