The Max Planck Society has appointed Christoph Keplinger as a director at the Stuttgart location of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS). He will lead the newly established “Robotic Materials” department to pursue research on soft robotics, functional polymers and energy capture – three interrelated areas that are critical to robotic materials, a new class of material systems that tightly integrate actuation, sensing and even computation to provide physical building blocks for the intelligent systems of the future. We are pleased to welcome Christoph Keplinger as a member of CLS faculty.
Christoph Keplinger joins MPI-IS from the University of Colorado Boulder in the US, where he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Fellow of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, and where he held an endowed appointment serving as Mollenkopf Faculty Fellow. He earned his Ph.D. (Dr. techn.) in physics from the Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria, and he did his postdoctoral research at Harvard University in the US. Outside academia, he co-founded the start-up Artimus Robotics in 2018 and currently serves as its Chief Scientist.