Registration and welcome coffee
Kickstart your Swiss Robotics Day experience with a warm and inviting registration and welcome coffee session. Our friendly staff will provide you with all the necessary event materials at the registration desk. This is the perfect opportunity to network, share your expectations for the event, and establish new connections in a relaxed setting, paving the way for a day filled with innovative ideas and impactful interactions.
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 Start-ups and Next-Generation Innovators Division at Innosuisse
KEYNOTES: Robotics – Control and AI
- 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
KEYNOTES: Emerging Applications for Robotics
- Mollie Claypool, Co-Founder & CEO, Automated Architecture Ltd (AUAR)
"Automating Architecture: Robotic Micro-factories for Housing Production"
- Christoph Hartmann, Head of Academic Alliances, Nestlé Nestlé Research Center
"Food processing: The paradigm shift from artisanal towards data driven and robotics based approaches for nutritious, affordable and sustainable diets"
- Sivestro Micera, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational Neuroengineering, EPFL
"Neuro-robotic systems: from sensory-motor function restoration to human augmentation"
PANEL: Challenges Encountered in 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. The panel will also examine gaps in the educational spectrum related to the use of robotic technology in Switzerland and discuss the role of robotics in promoting sustainability. Through these discussions, the panel aims to provide valuable insights into the current landscape, challenges, and potential of robotic technology in Switzerland.
- Agathe Koller, Head of Institute for Lab Automation and Mechatronics, OST - Ostschweizer Fachhochschule
- Andreas Bong, Head Corporate Research & Technology, Hilti AG
- Jamie Paik, Founder and director of the Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL), EPFL
- Nicola Tomatis, CEO, BlueBotics SA
- Marco Hutter, Professor for Robotic Systems, ETH Zurich
Presentation of the Innovation Booster Robotics
Presentation of the Innovation Booster Robotics
- Anca Rusu, Innovation Booster Robotics
Short highlight 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.
- Andrea Lovera, Chief Technology Officer, 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 - The eye in hand grasper for precise semi-automated teleoperation in micro assembly tasks
Short highlights from start-ups
Presentation of Swiss Robotics Association
Presentation of Swiss Robotics Association.
- Patrick Meier, Robotics Lead, Strategy & Engagement, EPFL
Lunch and the official opening of the exhibition
Parallel sessions: Training and carousel
During this section, the exhibition and networking activities will continue, while SparkeSense will provide training sessions. Additionally, there will be short presentations featuring various startups.
- SparkSense training for startups
- Startup carousel
During this time, participants will have the opportunity to visit all the booths and explore the exhibition in its entirety.
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, there will be a roundtable discussion on the Huawei stage, focusing on academia-industry collaboration.
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.