Short Bio

Hedvig Kjellström is a Professor in the Division of Robotics, Perception and Learning at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and also affiliated with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Silo AI, Swedish e-Science Research Centre, and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany. She received an MSc in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Computer Science from KTH in 1997 and 2001, respectively, and thereafter worked at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, before returning to a faculty position at KTH. Her present research focuses on methods for enabling artificial agents to interpret human and animal behavior. These ideas are applied in the study of human aesthetic bodily expressions such as in music and dance, modeling and interpreting human communicative behavior, and the understanding of animal behavior and experiences. In order to accomplish this, methods are developed for agents to perceive the world and build representations of it through vision.

Hedvig has received several prizes for her research, including the 2010 Koenderink Prize for fundamental contributions in computer vision. She has written around 150 papers in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, robotics, information fusion, cognitive science, speech, and human-computer interaction. She is mostly active within computer vision, where she is an editor for PAMI and CVIU and regularly serves as area chair for the major conferences.