Christoffer Heckman

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Jacques I. Pankove Faculty Fellow in the College of Engineering & Applied Science. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2008 and my PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 2012, where I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I held postdoctoral appointments at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC as an NRC Research Associate, and at CU Boulder as a Research Scientist, before joining the faculty there in 2016.

My research focuses on autonomy, perception, field robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. I directs the Autonomous Robotics and Perception Group, a dynamic and close-knit research team aiming to develop practical and explainable techniques in probabilistic artificial intelligence. My work in computer vision, machine learning and sensor fusion has applications to intelligence, defense, and environmental monitoring. My robotics work is used by both government and industry partners in the development of autonomous vehicles, agricultural platforms and other mobile robots including for medicine, search & rescue, and automation.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Colorado Boulder

Education

  • 2012 
    Cornell University, PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
  • 2008 
    University of California, Berkeley, BS in Mechanical Engineering