Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ)



He is a full professor for autonomous systems at ETH Zurich since July 2006. He has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (1983) and Ph.D. in Mechatronics (1989) from ETH Zurich. Previous positions include professor at EPFL (1996-2006) R&D director at MECOS Traxler AG (1990-1990) and senior researcher in robotics at ETH (1990-96). He holds visiting positions at Stanford University (1989/90 and 2005) and at NASA Ames (2005). He was co-initiator and founding Chairman of Space Center EPFL, Vice Dean of the School of Engineering EPFL and currently he is director of studies in ME at ETH. Roland Siegwart is member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, and IEEE Fellow. He served as Vice President for Technical Activities (2004/05), Distinguished Lecturer (2006/07) and AdCom Member (2007- 2009) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is coordinator of various large projects and co-founder of several spin-off companies.



He is a senior researcher at the Autonomous System Lab (ASL) of ETHZ. He received the Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in 2003 and graduated as electrotechnical engineer at ETHZ in 1996. In 2005 he created the spin-off company GCtronic active in electronics and mechatronics, now producing and marketing the educational robot e-puck. He is currently managing an applied research project for inspection robotics and recently participated to the foundation of Skybotix, a company devoted to micro air vehicles.


Christoph HURZELER

He received the M. Eng. degree in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, in 2007, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree at the Autonomous Systems Lab. During his studies he focused on microrobotics and structure technologies. His main research interest is aerial indoor inspection robots with docking capabilities



He is the deputy director in the Autonomous Systems Lab at the ETH Zurich. He is the technical coordinator of various European Space Agency (ESA) funded projects (e.g., ExoMars Chassis and Locomotion) and of two European projects (Robots@Home, 2007-2010 and Nifti, 2010-2014). He is also involved in the development of innovative robotic platforms such as the autonomous sailing boat Avalon. He is a founding member of the ETH start-up Skybotix, within which he is responsible for software development and integration. From 2004 to 2007, C. Pradalier was a research scientist at the CSIRO \footnote{Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation}, Australia. He was then responsible with the development of software for the autonomy of large industrial robots and an autonomous underwater vehicle. The latter was developed and used for research about corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.



He received his Msc degree in signal processing from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 2009. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Autonomous Systems Lab of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, in Zurich.