Dr. C. (Chris) Pek

Dr. C. (Chris) Pek



I am an Assistant Professor in the department of  Cognitive Robotics  (CoR) at Delft University of Technology (TUD) since 2023. Before joining TUD, I was a postdoctoral researcher at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and a PhD student at the Technical University of Munich. During my PhD, I was working as a research assistant in the motion planning group at the  BMW Group  Autonomous Driving Department.


My work focuses on ensuring high degrees of safety, autonomy, and robustness of robotic systems that operate in complex environments with and around humans. Our algorithms will enable new robotic solutions to major societal problems, such as enabling a sustainable food production.  I follow a unique research approach at the intersection of `control theory`, `formal methods`, `machine learning techniques` and `human-robot-interaction`.  My research has been applied to autonomous vehicles, drones, (mobile) manipulators and reinforcement learning agents.   
Do you have questions, would like to learn more about our research or talk about potential collaborations? I am happy to talk to you, just reach out to me via mail.

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  • 2022

    Best paper award IV 2022

    Best paper award for our paper "Foresee the unseen: Sequential reasoning about hidden obstacles for safe driving" at the 33rd IEEE Intelligent
    Vehicles Symposium co-authored with José Manuel Gaspar Sánchez, Truls Nyberg, Jana Tumova, and Martin Törngren.

  • 2019-6

    Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) Pioneer

    The goal of RSS Pioneers is to bring together a cohort of the world’s top early career researchers to foster creativity and collaborations surrounding challenges in all areas of robotics.

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