B.Sc. in Computer Science (ICT), M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Ph.D. in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (AI)
More than 25 years of experience (since 1988) in robotics with expertise in development, innovation and entrepreneurship. Educated and researcher at the University of Southern Denmark (1988-1994). Robotics engineer at Odense Steel Shipyard A/S (Lindø) (1995-1999), including a leadership and management education from the A.P. Møller-Mærsk industry group. Created one of Europe’s largest innovation-institutes in robotics with more than 85 experts as the founder and head of the Centre of Robot Technology at DTI (Danish Technological Institute). Founder and President of DTI Robotics, Inc. in Atlanta, USA (2010-2012). Holds a NLP Master Practitioner degree from FuturePace and Executive Programme Certificate from Singularity University (NASA/Silicon Valley). Experienced entrepreneur and leader of robotic companies in Europe, USA and Asia with more than 10 startups (joint ventures). Co-Founder of the Blue Ocean Robotics group and Co-Founder and Partner (Co-CEO) of Blue Ocean Robotics in Denmark. Member of the Board of Directors in a number of the subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the Blue Ocean Robotics group (check Claus' LinkedIn profile to see more), including but not limited to; Scape Technologies A/S, RoboBusiness Europe ApS, LapTics IVS, Green Robots ApS and Blue Ocean Robotics in Sweden, USA, Hong Kong and Germany.
Holds an extensive international network to more than 5.000 piers in Europe and around the world. He is a member of more than 20 boards and panels in Europe and outside. Has given more than 200 talks about robotics and holds international positions at IFR and formerly EURON/EUROP. Co-organiser of RoboBusiness Europe. Assisting the European Commission in reviewing and evaluating European proposals and projects.
Claus has been leading several large cross-disciplinary research- development- and innovation projects focused on creating impact for the industry and individual businesses. Experienced with Public-Private Partnerships and bridging from academia to business. Portfolio includes more than 100 projects like; hybrid grippers; tele-presence and service robots for elderly care; AGVs; Paro robot-seal for dementia care; modular assembly robot system; 3 cooperating robots for winding unique and complex carbon fibre based products; advanced bin-picker grippers and vision systems; 2-armed robots for handling paper in graphics industry; robot co-workers for intuitive skill-based programming via multi-modal interfaces; web-based services to support gripper development and operation; apple-picker robot; robotic-game system for exercising elderly; eating assistive and bathing robots for disabled; garbage-can robot for efficient public maintenance of parks; tele-operated lightweight robot co-workers for manipulation in manufacturing; Humaniod robots in Danish schools as an efficient learning tool and for increased inclusion; and more. Science and technological skills include; robot motion-/path planning; simulation; grippers; manipulation; gripper-design; grasp-simulation; AGV navigation; SLAM; mobility; sensors; sensor-fusion (basic); vision (very basic); AI; Decision-Support; search-based optimization (Genetic alg./Simul.Ann.); design; Human-Robot Interaction; Multi-Modal interactions; and more.
Rune K. Larsen
B.Sc. Data Technology, M.Sc. Robotics, E-MBA Change Management
As the former co-founder and CEO of Amrose A/S, co-founder and Head of RoboCluster, CEO Scape Technologies and Head of Business Development at DTI, current and previous board positions in technology companies he has an in-depth know-how about robotics and its industrial application, industrial robot systems as well as development of new robotic solutions for other areas. Rune is responsible for Blue Ocean Robotics’ incubation activities which bring robots from a research state to a product in a market.
John Erland Østergaard
B.Sc. Electrical Eng., M.Sc. Physics & Comp.Sc, Ph.D. Physics, MBA
As a former Professor MSO and Institute Director-SDU, CEO-Alight Technologies, Project Manager-NKT Research and Innovation, he has a Ph.D. degree within semi-conductor optics and his research led to startup of the company Alight Technologies (2002) and DOPS Annual Price 2002. He has been research leader on large research project under the Strategic Research Council within plasmonic sensing (2006-2008). As Innovation Professor he founded the company Fionia Lighting A/S (2008) which today produces LED based light for greenhouses, as well as Othonia Curing Technology A/S (2012).