NCCR Robotics

NCCR Robotics

Intelligent Robots for Improving the Quality of Life The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics is a Swiss nationwide organisation funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation… Read more

Dronistics: new NCCR Robotics spin-off

The NCCR Robotics Spin Fund committee has granted Przemyslaw Kornatowski the Spin Fund for Dronistics. Dronistics is the 11th NCCR Robotics Spin-off and is hosted at Floreano Lab.

NCCR Robotics drones showcased at VivaTech 2018 in Paris

Several drones were provided by NCCR Robotics to be exhibited at VivaTech 2018 in Paris last May, including a Dronistics drone. L’Agefi published a special “Home of Drones” magazine in support of this event, which features NCCR Robotics director Dario Floreano, as well as some of our spin-offs (Flyability, Foldaways Haptics and Fotokite).   You …

NCCR drones can now be effortlessly controlled with pointing gestures.

NCCR drones can now be effortlessly controlled with pointing gestures. A video demonstration of the system developed by IDSIA has been published at the Human-Robot Interaction (HRI 2018) conference, March 5-8, 2018, Chicago, IL, USA. More info:

Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

Developed by UZH researchers, the algorithm DroNet allows drones to fly completely by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments. Therefore, the algorithm had to learn traffic rules and adapt training examples from cyclists and car drivers. All today’s commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in …

Scaramuzza lab at IROS 2017

Scaramuzza lab was nominated for the Best Paper Award on Safety Security and Rescue Robotics Finalist and ranked 2nd at the IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Race.

Swiss Robotics Industry Day 2017 – extra seats added!

Thank you for your great interest in this year’s Swiss Robotics Industry Day organized in conjunction with digitalswitzerland and supported by the Canton of Vaud! We are happy to announce that some more seats are available at: Please kindly note that applications for tickets are treated on a first-come, first-served basis and that the overall …

Upcoming Events

Date/Time Event Description
31 Jul – 2 Aug 2018
All Day
EPFL Drone Days
EPFL, Lausanne Suisse
Some NCCR Robotics laboratories will present demos at the EPFL Drone Days 2018.

Looking for publications? You might want to consider searching on the EPFL Infoscience site which provides advanced publication search capabilities.

Science, technology and the future of small autonomous drones

  • Authors: Floreano, Dario; Wood, Robert J.

We are witnessing the advent of a new era of robots — drones — that can autonomously fly in natural and man-made environments. These robots, often associated with defence applications, could have a major impact on civilian tasks, including transportation, communication, agriculture, disaster mitigation and environment preservation. Autonomous flight in confined spaces presents great scientific and technical challenges owing to the energetic cost of staying airborne and to the perceptual intelligence required to negotiate complex environments. We identify scientific and technological advances that are expected to translate, within appropriate regulatory frameworks, into pervasive use of autonomous drones for civilian applications.

Posted on: May 31, 2015