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Christian Schlette

Dr.-Ing. Christian Schlette
Professor, Center head Large Structure Production (LSP), Vice section head
SDU Robotics
The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute
[SDU Robotics]

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University of Southern Denmark
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Christian Schlette is a Professor at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute (MMMI) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). He is heading SDU’s Center for Large Structure Production (LSP), dedicated to strengthen the twin transition (green & digital) of the sectors energy, construction and maritime with novel robotization and digitalization solutions.

In his research, Christian is interested on synergies across the fields of automation, robotics, simulation and control in application areas such as factory automation and large structure production. He is working on workflows, methods and tools for model-, simulation, and data-based engineering of robot technologies (systems and services) by means of Digital Twins, multi-agent systems, sampling-based problem solving, database technologies and VR/AR interfaces. He is responsible for the design and implementation of robotic technologies (systems and services) in various national and international research projects with partners from academia and industry.

Christian received his Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 2002 and joined the Robotics Research Institute (IRF) in Dortmund as research associate to develop control approaches for industrial multi-robot systems. In 2005/2006, he worked for EFR-Systems GmbH, Dortmund as research associate for commercially oriented research in 3D simulation. In 2006, he joined the foundation of Institute for Man-Machine Interaction (MMI) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany as principal investigator and received his doctorate summa cum laude (Dr.-Ing.) from RWTH Aachen University in 2012. For his thesis, he was awarded the “Borchers medal”. In 2017, he joined SDU Robotics as Associate Professor at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute (MMMI) at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). In 2018, he was appointed to take the position of a Full Professor at SDU Robotics.

[Christian Schlette on ResearchGate]
[Christian Schlette on Google Scholar]


Short CV

Professional experience

 since 02/22: Head of SDU's Center for Large Structure Production (LSP) - SDU Robotics, The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute (MMMI), University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

 since 09/18: Professor (Full) - SDU Robotics, The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute (MMMI), University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

 01/17 - 08/18: Associate Professor - SDU Robotics, The Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute (MMMI), University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

 04/06 – 12/16: Principal Investigator and Group Head “Industry” - Institute for Man-Machine Interaction (MMI), RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Germany

 02/05 – 03/06: Research Assistant - EFR-Systems GmbH, Dortmund, Germany

 08/02 – 02/05: Research Assistant - Robotics Research Institute (IRF), University of Dortmund, Germany


 November 2012: Doctorate summa cum laude (Dr.-Ing.) - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Germany

 October 2002: Degree in Electrical Engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Dortmund, Germany



 Large Structure Production (LSP) - digitalization and robotization in the sectors construction, martime and energy

 Industrie 4.0, and Digital Twin-based methods in robotics and automation

 Multi-agent system control of complex systems in robotics and automation

 Model-based resp. simulation-based control of complex technical systems

 Sampling-based robot motion planning in new applications

 3D simulation technologies and development of 3D simulation systems

 3D simulation-based tools for virtual commissioning and visual programming

 Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality, technologies and applications



 SDU LSP: Large Structure Production (LSP)

 IFD ShipWeldFlow: Digital Twins for robotic welding in ship production

 ELFORSK: Energy-efficient programming of collaborative robots using AR

 MADE FAST: Agile interacation with industrial robots

 MADE FAST: Agile robot programming based on services and Digitial Twins

 IFD N3XTCON: Next generation 3D concrete printing

 InnoRC-20: Mobile interaction/ Mobile manipulation

 InnoRC-19: Simulation of genuine collaborative robot solutions

 SDU I4.0-Lab: Cell-based, multi-robot production system

 MADE Digital: Robotic support system for LEGO injection mould assembly

 H2020 ReconCell: Reconfigurable multi-robot cells for assembly at SMEs

 H2020 Centauro: Simulation-based support of robotic missions in disaster areas

 FP7 IntellAct: Intelligent observation and robot execution of action sequences

 ERANET DeLas: Simulation-based control of multi-agent assembly cells

 ERANET Scalab: Multi-agent control architecture for distributed systems

 DLR FastMap: 3D map generation for robotic planetary exploration missions

 DLR Selok: Self-localization for robotic planetary exploration missions

 AIF ProDemo I+II: Model-based programming ‘by demonstration’



 Bachelor theses/ Master theses

 SDU: Simulation

 SDU: Expert in Teams Innovation

 SDU: Kinematics

 SDU: Automation

 RWTH: Robotics and Man-Machine Interaction I/II

 RWTH: Human engineering in robotics, vehicle and process control

 IRF: Robotics


Honors and commissions of trust

 Initiator and co-founder of the Danish Academic Society of Robotics (DACAS-Rob)

 Advisor in the Digital Twin International Advisory Committee since 2021

 Associate Editor for Springer Journal Construction Robotics since 2018

 1st place Industrial Category / World Robot Challenge 2018

 JSAI Award for Assembly Challenge / World Robot Challenge 2018

 Keynote speaker at MADE conferences 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

 Keynote speaker at ICINCO, 2018

 Member of the Danish Censor Corps since 2018

 Member of the Danish Maritime Research Alliance since 2021

 Associate Editor for ICRA since 2016

 Associate Editor for IROS since 2020

 euRobotics AISBL Primary contact for SDU since 2018

 euRobotics AISBL Primary contact for MMI/ RWTH Aachen 2015/16


 Borchers Medal of RWTH Aachen University, 2013

 Best Paper Award at SIMEX, 2013

 2x Best Session Paper Award at SCI, 2009

 Best Session Paper Award at IMETI, 2009



 PhD J. Park, SDU, Denmark

 PhD (Co) K. Zielinski, SDU, Denmark

 PhD (Co) A. Avhad, Aalborg University, Denmark

 PhD (Co) D. Tola, Aarhus University, Denmark

 Postdoc J. Mukherjee, SDU, Denmark

 PhD (Co) J.E.H. Mena, SDU, Denmark

 PhD A. Sartori, SDU, Denmark

 PhD (Co) S. Madsen, SDU, Denmark

 Postdoc L.C. Sørensen, SDU, Denmark

 Postdoc S. Mathiesen, SDU, Denmark

 PhD (Co) D. Losch, RWTH, Germany

 PhD (Co) T. Cichon, RWTH, Germany

 PhD (Co) B. Sondermann, RWTH, Germany

 PhD (Co) E. Kaigom, RWTH, Germany


PhD evaluator

 N.W. Leth 2022, SDU, Denmark

 V. Stojanovic 2021, University of Potsdam, Germany

 T. Gaspar 2020, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 E. Hansen 2020, Arhus University, Denmark

 D.G. Hansen 2020, SDU, Denmark

 L.C. Sørensen 2018, SDU, Denmark

 J.S. Laursen 2017, SDU, Denmark

 L. Kiforenko 2017, SDU, Denmark

 T.N. Thulesen 2016, SDU, Denmark


Invited speaker

 From lab to building site – presentation of one of the biggest construction centers for new robotics, Invited talk at Market Board Live demonstration day – robot technology in the construction industry, 2022, Denmark

 Robotby, Invited talk at Dansk Byplan Laboratorium 2022, Denmark

 Challenges in robotic welding to keep up with shipbuilding 4.0, Invited talk at Shipbuilding & Lifecycle Tech 4.0 2022, United Kingdom

 Digital Twins for pushing the limits of today's robotic applications, Invited talk at ATV-SEMAPP 2022, Denmark

 Ambitions versus reality – Examples of what we can automate today, and where we fail, Invited talk at TechForum 2021, Denmark

 Digital Twins to enable more digitization and robotization on shipyards, Invited talk at MARLOG TITBITS 2021, Denmark

 Cobot deployment based on simulations in Virtual Reality, Invited talk at Robot Innovation Summit 2020, Denmark

 Simulation of flexible cobots, Invited talk at MADE Open Lab 2020, Denmark

 User perspectives on robotics in construction industry, Invited talk at Design School Kolding 2020, Denmark

 Towards hyper-modular robot cells for high mix/ low volume assembly, Invited talk at IROS Workshop 2019, China

 Hvordan bliver man verdensmestre i industrirobotter? Keynote DAU Conference 2019, Denmark

 Digital Twins - Applications in Industrial Robotics, Keynote International Colloqium on Adaption Intelligence of Factories, 2018, Germany

 Hvordan kan digitale tvillinger anvendes til optimering af produktionsceller? Keynote MADE Innovation Conference 2018, Denmark

 Robotics is spearheading Smart Production - but we need to deliver too, Keynote ICINCO 2018, Portugal

 ReconCell – EU project providing services, European Robotics Forum 2018, Finland

 Large-scale/ long-term digital models in robotics, MADE Open Lab Event 2017, Denmark

 iBOSS and related production technology, European Robotics Forum 2017, United Kingdom

 Database technologies for long-term/large-scale mental models in robotics, Robotics in the 21st Century: Challenges and Promises 2016, Germany

 New user interfaces for industrial automation based on 3D simulation, European Robotics Forum 2016, Slovenia

 eRobotics – New roles of 3D simulation in robotics research and industry, Seminar at SDU Robotics, University of Southern Denmark 2016, Denmark

 Virtuelle Inbetriebnahme in der mikrooptischen Montage, Industriearbeitskreis Virtuelle Techniken im Sondermaschinenbau 2015, Germany

 Sehen wir uns das doch gemeinsam an! – 3D-Simulation als Kristallisationspunkt von Expertenwissen, 1. Industrie & Produktion 4.0 Wissensmanagement Tage 2015, Germany

 3D-simulationsbasierte Prozessentwicklung in der Optikmontage, Seminar Optikmontage des Fraunhofer IPT& ILT 2015, Germany

 Humanoide Serviceroboter und die Komplexität des Alltags, Geschichte(n) der Robotik: 18. Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte 2009, Germany



 European Robotics Forum 2023, Denmark

 Large Structure Production workshop 2021, Denmark

 International Elite Robotics Summer School 2021, Denmark

 Danish Robotics Research Webinar Series 2020-21, Denmark

 Curious today, partner tomorrow? Series, 2020-21, Denmark

 User perspectives on robotics in the construction industry 2020, Denmark

 Large Structure Production workshop 2018, Denmark

 Exzellente Fabriken planen + bauen 2016, Germany

 VEROSIM Developer Days 2016, Germany

 European Robotics Forum 2016, Slovenia

 Exzellente Fabriken planen + bauen 2015, Germany




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