Robotics Innovator

Christoph Keplinger | Robotics Innovator

Christoph Keplinger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, the principal inventor of HASEL artificial muscles, and the co-founder of Artimus Robotics. Originally from Austria, he studied soft matter physics at Johannes Kepler University Linz, before moving to the U.S. to research mechanics and chemistry at Harvard. His interdisciplinary research group works on muscle-mimetic actuators, functional polymers, and energy harvesting. Christoph and his wife are raising their two daughters to be tri-lingual in German, Russian, and English.

I fully admit that my choice is biased… Before moving to Boulder, I have worked in the group of George Whitesides at Harvard University as a postdoctoral research fellow. But I truly appreciate his ideas on simplicity and have adopted my style of research to embrace simple and elegant approaches.

What sparks your curiosity?

The elegance, adaptability, and efficiency of the designs of animals and plants found in nature inspire me to invent new technologies that mimic the astonishing capabilities of biological systems. More generally, I also love getting lost thinking about the mysteries of the universe, the origin of life, and the future of humanity. Watching science fiction movies is another great way to spark my curiosity, and of course to have fun!

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

That is an easy question. The biggest turning point in my life was the birth of my first daughter. I believe all parents remember the impact this event has on everyday life. Also, the difference between important and essential contributions towards a fulfilling life becomes much clearer. Being a father now of two daughters has made me fully understand and embrace our duty to protect the interests of future generations by ensuring long-term sustainability of life on earth and beyond.

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

I love portrait photography, badminton, and beautiful cars. I always aim (with fluctuating levels of success) to live “Ridiculously happy and stubbornly optimistic, no matter what!”

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