Juxi (Jürgen) Leitner is a roboticist with global impact and recognition. For more than 20 years, Juxi has designed, developed, and deployed smart robotic systems. Juxi is a senior lecturer at Monash Robotics, in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering withing the Faculty of Engineering.
His research is at the intersection of robotics, computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) with publications across three decades. He has given more than 50 invited talks across the globe and has been an author to more than 100 publications.
Juxi has been active as an entrepreneur with a particular focus on transferring fundamental research (deeptech) into fundamentally useful products. He is currently CTO and co-founder of LYRO Robotics. Before starting LYRO, Juxi led the robotic manipulation efforts of the Australian Centre of Excellence on Robotic Vision (ACRV) in Brisbane, Australia. He has been awarded a PhD from USI (Università della Svizzera Italiana) for his work at the Swiss AI Lab (IDSIA) on the iCub humanoid robot under the guidance of Prof. Jürgen Schmiduber and Dr. Alex Förster.
Juxi joined IDSIA after being part of the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team in the Netherlands and a research stint at the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Juxi’s background is in computer science and space technology. He holds degrees from the Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology (SpaceMaster) – a master’s in space science and technology as well as a master’s in technology, specifically space robotics. He earned a bachelor’s in software and information engineering (TU Wien, Austria) and graduated from a vocational high school in informatics.