Short bio


Since January 2015 Jens Kober is an assistant professor at TU Delft, Netherlands. He is member of the Cognitive Robotics department (CoR), the TU Delft Robotics Institute, and RoboValley.

Jens is the recipient of the IEEE-RAS Early Academic Career Award in Robotics and Automation 2018. Before joining CoR he was member of the Delft Center for Systems and Control (DCSC). He worked as a postdoctoral scholar jointly at the CoR-Lab, Bielefeld University, Germany and at the Honda Research Institute Europe, Germany.

Jens has graduated in Spring 2012 with a Doctor of Engineering from the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Group, Technische Universität Darmstadt. His Ph.D. thesis has won the 2013 Georges Giralt PhD Award as the best Robotics PhD thesis in Europe in 2012.

Jens joined the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in 2007 as a Master's Student in the Robot Learning Lab (part of the Department of Bernhard Schölkopf) working with Jan Peters and stayed on as a Ph.D. student. From 2011 to 2012, he was a member of the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems as his lab had moved there. Before doing so, he studied at the University of Stuttgart and at the Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP).

He has been a visiting research student at the Advanced Telecommunication Research (ATR) Center, Japan and an intern at Disney Research Pittsburgh, USA.

Jens serves as co-chair of the IEEE-RAS TC Robot Learning, associate editor for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, as editorial board member of the Journal of Machine Learning Research, as area chair for the Conference on Robot Learning as well as Robotics: Science and Systems, and as associate editor for conferences such as IROS, Humanoids, ICRA, NIPS and IJCAI. He has served as reviewer for most well-known journals and conferences in the fields of machine learning and robotics.

Please also see my old website Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and IAS, Technische Universität Darmstadt for code of some of my older publications.