Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs is an Associate Professor with the Departments for Mathematical & Computational Sciences, Computer Science, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, the founding Director of the Continuum Robotics Laboratory, and Associate Director of the Robotics Institute at the University of Toronto, Canada.

From 2013 to 2019 she was with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and from 2010 to 2012 with Vanderbilt University, USA. She received her Diplom and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2006 and 2010 respectively.

Her research focus lies on continuum robotics and in particular on their design, modelling, planning and control, as well as human-robot interaction. Her fundamental robotics research is driven by applications in minimally-invasive surgery, non-destructive inspection, and maintenance, repair, and operations.

In 2015, her research was recognized with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the Lower Saxony Science Award in the category Young Researcher, and she was entitled Young Researcher of the Year 2015 in Germany. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences awarded her the Engineering Science Prize in 2016. She was elected as one of the Top 40 under 40 in the category Science and Society in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the business magazine Capital. In 2019, Jessica was nominated as Young Global Leader from the World Economic Forum.

Academic Positions

Associate Chair, Computer Science

Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Director

Continuum Robotics Laboratory, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada
Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada

Associate Professor

Director Laboratory for Continuum Robotics

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Research Associate

Director Emmy Noether Research Group CROSS
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Honors & Awards

Paper Awards