Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, PhD

I am a Professor in Software Engineering at the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Institute at University of Southern Denmark, Vice-Head of Research for the two units SDU Software Engineering and Centre for Industrial Software and Head of the software education at SDU. Beyond SDU I am active in Digital Research Centre Denmark (DIREC) and the Danish Data Science Academy.

Research and Innovation

My research focuses on software engineering and data-science with applications in ubiquitous computing and cyber-physical systems. I have contributed with new methods for human sensing and data analytics and methods for the optimization of software qualities including performance, usability, integration, energy efficiency and privacy protection. This has among others led to important contributions for data science methods within robotics, logistics and activity recognition. My research has been published at premier venues such as ACM MobiSys, ACM Ubicomp, ACM TOSN and IEEE RAL. The results have enabled open-source projects and industrial strength research prototypes that have been commercialized.


  • As a research leader I aim to foster collaborate research groups that address important and complex challenges with an innovative mindset.
  • As an educational leader I aim to build meaningful educational programs thought by dedicated teachers in close collaboration with students and other stakeholders.
  • As a project leader I am aim to form teams with the motivation and skills to solve complex research challenges with an outset in societal or industrial needs.


  • For our research activities I am continuously looking for new collaboration partners. This spans short-term industry projects to long-term strategic projects with many partners.
  • For our research groups and projects I am also on the look for new talents to join our teams
  • I give talks at software-related events on a regular basis about my research and educational development.
  • I provide strategic inputs on technology roadmaps, review grant applications and advice hiring processes
  • Contact me to discuss collaboration opportunities

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