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3D map maintenance in dynamic environments | ASL, ETHZurich

“This video support the ICRA 2014 publication "Long-term 3D map maintenance in dynamic environments" and presents the results of dynamic elements filtering.”See on www.youtube.com...
11 May 2014, by

Disney & ETHZurich create Pixelbots | WIRED

“Walt Disney pioneered the art of animation and pushed the boundaries of robotics with his audio-animatronic presidents, but now the research lab that bears his name, along with ETH Zurich, have...
09 May 2014, by

Quadrocopter failsafe algorithm: Recovery after propeller loss

UPDATE 04/03/2014: In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, ...
04 March 2014, by

Academic and industry collaboration (Part 4): Interview with Raffaello D’Andrea

In this 4th interview of our four-part ECHORD series, conducted last June, Sascha Griffiths from TUM talks to Raffaello D'Andrea, Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich and technical c...
28 February 2014, by

Microsoft pays 5M CHF to ETHZ and EPFL for research on flying robots and new memory architectures

ETH Zurich and EPFL are jointly entering into a new research partnership with Microsoft Research. Over five years, Microsoft Research will provide five million Swiss francs of funding to support IT re...
07 February 2014, by

Swiss to invest almost CHF30 million in digital fabrication research over next 4 years

Photo credit: Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zurich Over the next four years, the Swiss will invest almost CHF30 million to build a new National Centre of Competence in Research for digital fabrication i...
13 January 2014, by


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Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk

2022 update: A new, one-wheeled version of the Cubli has been developed. The one-wheel Cubli is a three-dimensional pendulum system that can balance on its pivot using a single reaction wheel, as it i...
20 December 2013, by and

Robot Holiday Video 2013: Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich

The Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich proudly presents this year’s Robotics Christmas Video: Movement at night and a stolen tree, who the heck let the robots free? They gather and cheer, ...
17 December 2013, by

Three new quadrotor videos demonstrate agile control and the power of machine learning

Quadrocopters assembling tensile structures in the ETH Flying Machine Arena. Photo credit: Professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication and the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH...
18 November 2013, by

Students hope their ship inspection robot will significantly reduce dry-dock time for maritime transport industry, improve safety for inspectors

Students take a research tour with Damen ship repairs in Rotterdam. A team of students from ETH Zurich and ZHdK have developed a prototype for a robotic ship inspection unit that is capable of cond...
30 September 2013, by , and

Research Days: Multi-UAV systems

Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster r...
17 July 2013, by and

Why fostering high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship matters to the economy, and what universities can do about it

For many people, the term “innovation” implies having a great idea, and hoping that somehow it will take off. According to H. Chesbrough, this is clearly insufficient, and in his definition, he is...
11 July 2013, by and

Minimally-invasive eye surgery on the horizon as magnetically-guided microbots approach clinical trials

Unlike larger robots, microrobots for applications in the body are too small to carry batteries and motors. To address this challenge, we power and control robots made of magnetic materials using exte...
26 June 2013, by

The Distributed Flight Array: Modular robots that self-assemble, coordinate and take flight

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the Distributed Flight Array: a modular robot consisting of hexagonal-shaped single-rotor units that can take ...
12 June 2013, by

Timelapse: Building an arena for flying robots | TED Blog

Our photographer Duncan Davidson loves to shoot time-lapses; before every TED, you can find him behind the scenes hiding cameras to snap away for hours and days. In his latest piece, he tracks the c...
12 June 2013, by

TED Global 2013 speaker Lian Pin Koh on “Conservation Drones”

Lian Pin Koh (left) and Serge Wich (right) in Zurich with an early prototype of Conservation Drone. TED Global speaker/drone ecologist Lian Pin Koh and fellow researcher Serge Wich share how drones a...
11 June 2013, by and

Live at TED Global 2013: Tweets, photos and video for quadrotor fans

Raffaello D'Andrea demos his quadrotor "athletes" at TED Global 2013. Update with the full video below Check out live tweets, amazing photos, TED blog posts and awesome video coverage of the session...
11 June 2013, by

Behind the scenes at TED Global: Raffaello D’Andrea and team demo amazing quadrotor “athletes”

With reporting and photos by Dario Brescianini and Mark Mueller and timelapse video by  James Duncan Davidson. Raffaello D'Andrea juggles quadrotors at TED Global 2013. A quadrocopter swoops th...
11 June 2013, by and

Athletic machines: Raffaello D’Andrea at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

“Athletic” is a term we use to describe human beings. But could it also be used to describe a machine? In a demo recorded yesterday in his robot lab at TEDGlobal 2013, systems engineer Raffaell...
11 June 2013, by

Those Flying Things: The speakers in Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2013 | TED Blog

When it comes to drones, a lot of ideas float in the ether. Technologists see potential for flying machines to help us in all sorts of unexpected ways, governments take measures that seem hard and fix...
11 June 2013, by

The Swinging Blind Juggler

How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! Child's Garden of Verses by Robert L. Stephenson...
03 May 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 9 “Ontogenetic development”

In the 9th part of the ShanghAI Lecture series, we look at ontogenetic development as Rolf Pfeifer talks about the path from locomotion to cognition. This is followed by two guest lectures: The first ...
25 April 2013, by

ShanghAI Lectures 2012: Lecture 6 “Evolution: Cognition from scratch”

In this sixth part of the ShanghAI Lecture series, Rolf Pfeifer introduces the topic “Artificial Evolution” and gives examples of evolutionary processes in artificial intelligence. The first guest...
30 March 2013, by

Designed to mingle: Rezero ballbot’s smooth moves can handle a crowd

Designing robots that can function outside of controlled, factory environments isn’t easy. When those environments have people in them, they are especially unpredictable and difficult for a robot to...
05 March 2013, by

Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine

In recent years cloud computing has made an entrance into our lives. Naturally, this begs the question how cloud computing can be used in robotics applications. With Rapyuta, the RoboEarth Cloud Engin...
25 February 2013, by

Video: Throwing and catching an inverted pendulum – with quadrocopters

Two of the most challenging problems tackled with quadrocopters so far are balancing an inverted pendulum and juggling balls. My colleagues at ETH Zurich's Flying Machine Arena have now combined the t...
21 February 2013, by

Surrounded by his quadrocopter drones on stage, Raffaello D’Andrea explains feedback control and talks about the coming Machine Revolution

During the 20 minute presentation, Raffaello D'Andrea revealed some of the key concepts behind his group's impressive demonstrations of quadrocopters juggling, throwing and catching balls, dancing, an...
04 February 2013, by

Analysis: Robot learning in the cloud

Cloud robotics, a shorthand for the idea of leveraging the Internet for robots, offers unprecedented opportunities for robot learning. Apart from using the World Wide Web for faster communication or f...
21 January 2013, by

Robot holiday season videos 2012

My colleagues at the Autonomous Systems Christmas Lab at ETH Zurich have created an awesome Christmas video featuring some of their cool robots:...
18 December 2012, by

Video: Quadrocopter learns from its mistakes, perfects air racing

Manual programming of robots only gets you so far. And, as you can see in the video, for quadrocopters that's not very far at all (see the "Without Learning" part starting at 1:30):...
08 November 2012, by







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