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Note: The News Channel lists all of the news articles published since October 2016 – for older articles please refer to the EPFL News Archive.

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. Previous design methods have included producing bulky protective cages or making them as unlikely to crash as possible. Recently, researchers from Floreano Lab, NCCR Robotics and EPFL …

PhD defense Volker Bartenbach

Congratulations to Volker Bartenbach from Riener Lab who successfully defended his PhD thesis on the design and control of robotic exoskeletons last December.The title was: Constraints Caused by Lower Extremity Exoskeletons.

TWIICE finalists in Robotics for Good

20.02.17 – The TWIICE exoskeleton (Bleuler Lab) has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the UAE Robotics for Good competition.


Using the robot Thymio created out of NCCR Robotics, on 24th January a special edition of the R2t2 event took place in America and the Caribbean with 100 kids and teenagers competing.

Teleoperation of robotic hand

Muscular activity contains information on motion intention. By decoding the muscular activity of an arm during reachig-to-grasp motions, Billard Lab were able to detect grasp type in the early stages of a reaching motion which enables fast activation of a robotic hand by teleoperation. Reference: I. Batzianoulis, S. El Khoury, E. Pirondini, M. Coscia and S. Micera …

Cybathlon 2020

The executive board of ETH Zurich has officially announced that Cybathlon will take place 2020 in Zurich! Also, discover the Cybathlon set of stamps issued by Sierra Leone & find out which Cybathlon image was selected as part of the BBC’s most striking photos of 2016.

Education committee

We are pleased to announce Francesco Mondada as chair of the NCCR Robotics Education Committee as of December 2016. We also take this opportunity to thank Aude Billard for her valuable work as previous chair of this committee.

Six-Legged Robots Faster than Nature-Inspired Gait

Chances are that you’ve never given much thought to how insects walk, or what combination of leg movements – or gaits – is most stable or fastest, but, if like a group of scientists from Ramdya, Floreano and Ijspeert labs, NCCR Robotics, you are trying to create fast and robust robots, taking inspiration some of nature’s most agile movers might give …

Open Position: Senior Officer: Project Development and Coordination

The EPFL Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (Prof. Dario Floreano, http://lis.epfl.ch) invites applications for senior project development and coordination. The position consists in preparing national and international project proposals in the field of intelligent robotics and liaising with European project partners for the development of a European strategic science and technology roadmap and a European technology transfer plan …