Renaud Detry

Researcher in robot learning & space robotics. Associate Professor at KU Leuven.


inline_image I am an Associate Professor of robot learning at KU Leuven in Belgium, where I hold a dual appointment in electrical and mechanical engineering (groups PSI and RAM). I sit on the steering committee of Leuven.AI, I am a member of the ELLIS Society, and I am a technical advisor for OpalAI.

Formerly I was group lead for the Perception Systems group at inline_imageNASA JPL, Pasadena, CA, and an Assistant Professor at inline_imageUCLouvain, Belgium. I am a visiting researcher at ULiege and KTH.

My research interests include robot learning and computer vision, and their application to manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, on-orbit operations and planetary exploration. At JPL, I was machine-vision lead for the surface mission of the NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return campaign (summarized in this invited lecture), and I worked on fun climbing robots such as the one shown in this video.

I am an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), and I regularly serve as associate editor for IROS and ICRA.

Office: 01.07 (at ESAT)
Post: Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 – box 2441
B–3001 Leuven
Phone: +32 16 37 70 36
Students: email only please.
Web: Google Scholar, LinkedIn,
Twitter, KU Leuven, Leuven.AI
ORCID: 0000-0003-0597-1167


More announcements available on my feed and LinkedIn page.

Mar 13, 2024 Presenting result of our RoBétArmé project at the AI and Robotics in Construction workshop at ERF 2024.
Mar 06, 2024 Freshly rebuilt this page using the wonderful al-folio.
Apr 13, 2022 Co-edited this Frontiers in Robotics and AI special issue on Robotic In-Situ Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing.
Jan 23, 2022 Happily served on the Ph.D. committee of Ali Varamesh at KU Leuven.
Nov 18, 2021 Happily served on the Ph.D. committee of Frederik Haarslev at the University of Southern Denmark.
Jan 03, 2021 I am giving a talk today at the Future In-Space Operations (FISO) Telecon Seminar Presentations, 3pm EST = 2100 CET. See this page for dial-in details. A copy of the slides is available here. Live screen-share of the slides during the talk at this link.
Oct 29, 2020 I will give a virtual talk at the NeurIPS 2020 workshop on AI for Earth Sciences on Dec 12. Title: Autonomous Robot Manipulation for Planetary Science: Mars Sample Return, Climbing Lava Tubes.
Aug 30, 2020 Our ICRA 2020 in-space assembly workshop has moved to IROS, due to the pandemic. Virtual contributions are now welcome: RIMSAS 2020Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly And Servicing
Jan 07, 2020 Our ICRA 2020 workshop RIMSAS 2020Robotic In-Situ Manufacturing, Structural Assembly And Servicing has been accepted!
Aug 06, 2019 The InVADER website is live.

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