Krzysztof Walas became a member of the Adra Board of Directors

Krzysztof Walas, IDEAS NCBR researcher, leader of the Physical Interaction Robotics research team, and member of the ELLIS Unit Warsaw, on June 17, 2024, was elected by the General Assembly of the Adra Association to be a Member of the Board of Directors in the “Robotics” section.

What is Adra?

AI, Data and Robotics Association (Adra) is an organization of leading European institutions related to AI, data and robotics. It stimulates the implementation of specific solutions in these three key areas so that Europe can confront socio-economic challenges – with particular emphasis on protecting the natural environment. Adra connects European research institutions and the ADR industry so that they can take a common stance towards international and local institutions. It helps its members formulate research and innovation goals based on the analysis of issues such as sustainable development, environmental impact, and regulations of new technology. It contributes to creating favorable conditions for the development of new ideas in Europe.

On January 8, 2024, IDEAS NCBR joined the Adra. The association was founded in 2021 within the European Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics, one of the European Partnerships in Cluster 4 (digital, industrial and space) in the Horizon Europe program.

Krzysztof’s experience

Krzysztof is a distinguished researcher integrating AI and Robotics in his work. He actively participates in the works of Adra, euRobotics, and ELLIS; fosters connections between these communities and has bridged Central and Eastern Europe with Western and Southern Europe by organizing events like the 2019 European Robotics Week Central Event.  He was a successful organizer of Legged Robots Workshops (ICRA), and 6DOF Pose Estimation Workshops at ECCV/ICCV.

Krzysztof’s excellence is evident through his publications in top venues such as Science Robotics, Transactions on Robotics, and Robotics and Automation Letters. Krzysztof has strong managerial skills, serving as Principal Investigator on two Horizon 2020 projects, establishing closer ties with leading European universities and RTDs. His energetic involvement in ADRA’s operations, exemplified by his contribution to the GenAI and Robotics 4EU policy paper, showcases his commitment. He will help diversify Adra by representing underrepresented EU13 countries and building bridges between member organizations at ADRA, euRobotics, and ELLIS Society.