Registration and welcome coffee
Attendees are kindly requested to make their way to the registration desks at StageOne to retrieve their badges. Following this, initiate your Swiss Robotics Day experience with a pleasant coffee session and the opportunity to meet fellow participants.
Welcome & Introduction
- Welcome from EPFL, Aude Billard, Professor at the School of Engineering at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne
- Welcome from ETHZ, Roland Siegwart, Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich
- Current funding opportunities available, aimed at boosting innovation, Maria Anselmi, Head of Division Start-ups and Next Generation Innovators, Innosuisse
- A Quick Look into Future Innovations, Michael Yang, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Technologies Switzerland AG
- Al Rizzi, Chief Technology Officer, The Boston Dynamics AI Institute
- Moritz Baecher, Associate Lab Director, Robotics, Disney Research
"Robotics at Disney Research: Model- and learning-based techniques"
- Melanie Zeilinger, Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich
"Safety and efficiency in learning-based control"
- Josie Hughes, Assistant Professor, EPFL
"Robotics and Food: From Farm2Fork"
- Sivestro Micera, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational Neuroengineering, EPFL
"Neuro-robotic systems: From sensory-motor function restoration to human augmentation"
PANEL: Fostering Innovation in Switzerland
The panel discussion will cover key themes surrounding robotic technology in Switzerland. These include addressing gaps in its industrial use and development, exploring the challenges involved in transferring new robotic developments to the industry, and identifying the strengths of robotic technology in Switzerland. Additionally, the discussion will focus on the most promising areas of robotic technological development both domestically and internationally.
- Andreas Bong, Head Corporate Research & Technology, Hilti AG
- Marco Hutter, Professor for Robotic Systems, Robotic Systems Lab at ETH Zurich
- Agathe Koller, Head of Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics, OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
- Nicola Tomatis, CEO, BlueBotics SA
Presentation of the Innovation Booster Robotics
Innovation Booster Robotics is a program powered by the Swiss Innovation Agency, Innosuisse and based at Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It promotes knowledge transfer and encourages co-operation with partners along the entire value chain of robotics.
Short highlights from three innovative projects
The purpose of this session is to showcase three projects funded by the Innovation Booster Robotics that have been specifically chosen for their radical innovations.
- Sarah Dégallier Rochat, Research Partner, FEMTOprint - Flexible pick and place for transparent micro-devices
- Luca Randazzo, CEO-CTO Emovo - An intention-controlled hand exoskeleton for assistance and rehabilitation in motor-impaired patients.
- Cornelius Niemeyer, Head of the Automation Business Division, Brütsch Elektronik AG - Seezer – the seeing tweezers
Short highlights from start-ups
The objective of this session is to feature emerging start-ups that will present their products and their journey.
- Audrey Marullaz, Team Lead Field Engineering, ANYbotics
- Jürg Germann, Co-founder, Inverto
- Ryan Luke Johns, Co-founder and CEO, Gravis Robotics
- Fabio Zuliani, Co-founder, MIROS Technology
Presentation of Swiss Robotics Association
Presentation of Swiss Robotics Association.
- Patrick Meier, Robotics Lead, Strategy & Engagement, EPFL
Lunch, official opening of the exhibition and radical innovation posters presentation
While enjoying your lunch break, we invite you to explore the Innovation Booster Robotics poster presentation. Here, you'll find 15 radical innovation ideas funded by the booster, showcasing posters about their respective projects. This poster presentation is scheduled to take place in the specially allocated cube in the gallery
Parallel sessions: Training and carousel
During this section, the exhibition and networking activities will continue, while Sparksense will engage Entrepreneurs in an interactive sales workshop to bring Robotic tech to market.
- Sparksense training for startups (room at the gallery)
- Join the Accelerate Sales for your Tech workshop, for a dynamic 60-minute interactive session on Business Development fundamentals. Whether you’re a startup or established company, this event is your chance to find actionable solutions to your commercial challenges in the rapidly growing field of Robotics & automation. Click for details
- Space is limited; registration is free but mandatory. Click here to register: https://shorturl.at/szHO8
- Startup carousel (Huawei stage)
- The start-up carousel will feature a selection of Swiss start-ups and companies who have three minutes to pitch their ideas and concepts.
Exhibition and Networking
During this time, participants have the opportunity to thoroughly explore the exhibition by visiting all the booths.
At the same time, Networking Sessions will be held. These are 10-minute meetings with other participants that have been scheduled using the b2match platform. Please find your assigned table and commence discussions with other attendees.
Announcing the winners of the 'Innovative robotics ideas competition'
We are organizing an "Innovation Robotics Ideas Competition," in which bachelor's and master's students can share their innovative ideas with us. The application form should be submitted to us by October 20th.
Parallel sessions: Industry roundtable
As the exhibition continues, join us for a high-level industry roundtable. Come hear about the biggest opportunities and challenges, along with what to expect going into 2024.
- Max Erick Busse-Grawitz, Head of Technology Transfer, Maxon Group
- Jonas Eichenberger, Head Development Robotics, Helbling Technik AG
- Jonas Grossenbacher, CEO, FAULHABER SA
- Tobias Pforr, Business Lead, Hexagon Geosystems
- Martin Sturzenegger, Managing Director, Switzerland Innovation Park Zurich
The apéritif session is a relaxed gathering to conclude the Swiss Robotics Day. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments, continue conversations, and solidify connections made throughout the event. It's a chance to discuss the day's highlights and look forward to future collaborations in an informal setting.