Henk Kiela is since 2007 part time professor at Fontys UAS in Eindhoven, the heart of the Dutch Hightech Industry and he owns Probotics AGV Systems, a company that build intelligent mobile robots for industrial logistics. He started his career at Philips Research in 1982 developed Ultro precision nanometer accurate machinery for some years, moved to Philips Semiconductors and other companies. In 1995 He started the company Opteq BV that developed and introduced machine for polish free diamond cutting of free form contact lenses and small optics. In 2007 Henk became a professor at Fontys in Mechatronics and robotics. Today the research applied at Fontys is focusing on safe and natural human-robot interaction. The research team consists of 8 people and 100 students and is active in various projects ranging from hardcore robot technology, system engineering and interaction. Henk is a member of two ISO workgroups working on robot safety and modularity and active in Smart Industry.
In 2010 Probotics was founded bring autonomous vehicles to the industry to improve productivity of companies in this industry.