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Watch this omnicopter fetch a ball

We have developed a computationally efficient trajectory generator for six degrees-of-freedom multirotor vehicles, i.e. vehicles that can independently control their position and attitude. The traject...
17 May 2017, by

Meet the labs of NCCR Robotics: Paik Lab

Meet the NCCR Robotics Paik Lab (RRL, EPFL) - headed by Professor Jamie Paik, the lab is dedicated to creating interactive robotic systems using cutting edge manufacturing techniques. The lab speciali...
15 May 2017, by

Insect-inspired mechanical resilience for multicopters

Over recent years the explosion in popularity of drones, both professionally and for amateur use, has inspired researchers to consider how to make flying robots as safe and robust as possible. Previou...
27 February 2017, by

Switzerland invites international startups to disrupt key industries

Kickstart Accelerator, one of Europe’s largest multi-corporate, zero-equity technology accelerators and an initiative of digitalswitzerland, has today announced that applications are open to inte...
16 February 2017, by

The art of drone flight: Creating drone costumes

Drone costume designer Léa Pereyre showcases several of her imaginative designs and describes her experience with dreaming up new concepts for this emerging art form. Check out more designs on the...
07 February 2017, by

A look back at Cybathlon 2016

On 8 October 2016, the world's first Cybathlon took place in Zurich, Switzerland. The event, organised by ETH Zurich with NCCR Robotics as presenting sponsor, offered the opportunity for people with d...
27 December 2016, by



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Tackling the European refugee crisis with solar-powered UAVs: A fully autonomous 26 hour search-and-rescue flight

One year after having demonstrated the 81-hour continuous solar-powered flight that is still the current world record in flight endurance for all aircrafts < 50kg total mass, the AtlantikSolar UAV ...
24 August 2016, by

Flying Ring robot can fly on its side

The Flying Ring is a new flying vehicle being developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich. The goal of the project is to fully characterize all aerodynamic properties of th...
09 August 2016, by

Flying robots perform 100th show on Broadway, using new localization technology and algorithms

Since April, a troupe of eight flying machines has been performing in a Cirque du Soleil Broadway show called Paramour. This group of quadcopters has now completed its first 100 shows in front of a li...
29 July 2016, by and

‘IDSC Tailsitter’ flying robot performs vertical loops and easily transitions between hover and forward flight

The IDSC Tailsitter has been designed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, as a testbed for novel control algorithms for tailsitter vehicles. The goal of the project is to dev...
28 July 2016, by

Autonomous exploration planning using aerial robots

Autonomous exploration of unknown environments corresponds to a critical ability and a major challenge for aerial robots. In many cases, we would like to rely on the ability of an intelligent flying s...
23 May 2016, by and

Call for euRathlon/TRADR Summer School 2016 on heterogeneity in robotic systems

The University of Oulu will host a summer school on heterogeneity in Robotic Systems this August in Oulu, Finland, where the latest advances and developments in the field of European research within t...
04 May 2016, by

The Monospinner: world’s mechanically simplest controllable flying machine

The Monospinner (Fig.1), developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich, is the mechanically simplest, controllable, flying machine in existence. It has only one moving part ...

New startup accelerator looks to enable smart and connected machines

The Kickstart Accelerator program in Switzerland is currently accepting applications from early-stage startups making "smart and connected machines", namely robots....
14 April 2016, by

Drones to help farmers with weed control

by Fintan Burke The last place you might expect to find drones and rovers is checking up on a corn field, but they could soon join tractors and ploughs on a farmer’s list of must-have agricultura...
01 April 2016, by

ROSCon 2015 recap and videos – part 2

ROSCon is an annual conference focused on ROS, the Robot Operating System. Every year, hundreds of ROS developers of all skill levels and backgrounds, from industry to academia, come together to teach...

Tickets for Cybathlon now on sale

On Saturday, 8 October 2016 ETH Zurich is organising the very first Cybathlon at the SWISS Arena in Kloten, Switzerland.  Individuals with physical disabilities will compete side by side in six deman...
11 March 2016, by

Applying direct transcription methods to robot motion planning

When you walk across a room or down a path, your brain is making thousands of decisions on how best to move. For example, how best to use your weight, scanning for any obstacles or uneven surfaces, ...
08 March 2016, by

SPARKED wins at New York City Drone Film Festival

SPARKED: A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters won the 2016 New York City Drone Film Festival (NYCDFF) Featuring Drones category. NYCDFF is the world's first event exclusively dedicated ...
07 March 2016, by

A new quadrupedal robot, the ANYmal

ANYmal is a quadrupedal robot designed for autonomous operation in difficult terrains. It is capable of running and climbing, and with its incorporated laser sensors and cameras, the robot can perce...
25 February 2016, by

Raffaello D’Andrea at TED2016: Novel flying machines and swarms of tiny flying robots

Last week Raffaello D'Andrea, professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and founder of Verity Studios, demonstrated a whole series of novel flying machines live on stage at T...
22 February 2016, by

Understanding joint impedance with a knee exoskeleton

When designing exoskeletons for rehabilitation of patients after spinal cord injury or stroke, a constant concern is creating them to be as natural as possible to best enable user training to rebuild ...
09 February 2016, by

This flying machine uses ducted fans for propulsion and control

The Flying Platform is a new flying machine developed at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. Its purpose is to study the use of electric ducted fans as control and propulsion ...
05 January 2016, by

New video shows bionic athletes rehearsing for upcoming Cybathlon competition

In 21 countries across the globe, hundreds of people are preparing for Cybathlon 2016, where cutting edge robotic assistive technologies will help people with disabilities to compete in a series of ra...
19 November 2015, by

What’s new in robotics this week? Robots can now teach each other new tricks

Robots teach each other new tricks; versatile construction bots; Leeds to employ robot utility inspectors and workers; Hollywood drone mishap; Robopocalypse Now! and more....
30 October 2015, by and

Four-legged robot that efficiently handles challenging terrain

StarlETH is a multi-purpose legged transporter robot developed at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab. Combining versatility, speed, robustness, and efficiency, StarlETH walks, climbs, and runs over...
30 October 2015, by

In-situ Fabricator: An autonomous construction robot

Digital fabrication enables the seamless combination of digital design with physical construction processes. To fully exploit this emerging technology within architecture, robotic fabrication must be ...
09 October 2015, by

Rock Print: A zero-waste 3D-printed structure made only of rock and thread

Inspired to take 3D printing technology to new heights, ETH Zurich and MIT researchers create "Rock Print" -- a full-scale architectural installation on display at the Chicago Architecture Biennial u...
07 October 2015, by and
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Micro and Nano Robotics, with Brad Nelson

Transcript below. In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Brad Nelson, Professor at ETH Zurich, about his research regarding micro and nano robotics. They discuss many of Nelson’s projects: ret...
02 October 2015, by

Watch flying machines weave a rope bridge you can walk on

[tweetquote]Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across.[/tweetquote] Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridg...
18 September 2015, by







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