Lars Asplund is Professor in Computer Science at Mälardalen University since 2001. He received his PhD in Physics in 1977 from Uppsala University. After five years at the Swedish National Institue for Building Research Lars returned to Uppsala University 1982. First at the Department of Physics, where docent competence was received and he created a new direction including electronics, computer engineering and physics. Later moved to Department of Computer Systems (DoCS). At DoCS both as researcher and head of department.
From 2001 Lars has been working as professor and was one of the driving forces behind Robotdalen, and created 2003 the first Civilingenjörsprogram in Robotics in Sweden, and Lars has been the leader of that program. Among projects that have been well know the following can be mentioned: Dasher – a running robot; Roony, a Lunar Rover; Ralf II, an underwater robot; Robocygne, a dancing swan robot.
Lars has written ten text books, and the latest will appear fall 2011, in robotics. Industrial experiences are Navatron, where all constructions were sold to Silva AB, Asplund Data AB, that is still active and the creation of Robyn Robotics. Asplund currently holds four patents.
Lars Asplund’s current research include vision sensors for robots – underwater, running or soccer playing…
Privately Lars Asplund as a great interest in Citroën-cars and is currently the chairman for Svenska B11-klubben.