ETH Zurich at WEF 2017 in Davos: ‘Magic through Technology’

 ETH is inviting guests to a public exibition at Time-Out, the restaurant of the

ETH is inviting guests to a public exibition at Time-Out, the restaurant of the Davos ice hockey team. (Photograph: ETH Zurich / Andreas Eggenberger)

ETH Zurich is presenting its latest research findings in a public exhibition at the World Economic Forum 2017. ETH’s début WEF appearance was launched with a meeting with politicians, public authorities and businesspeople from the canton of Grisons.

In his welcome address, ETH President Lino Guzzella emphasised the many connections between ETH and the canton of Grisons, including a number of impressive constructions such as the Sunniberg Bridge near Klosters, designed by ETH engineer Christian Menn. He also mentioned the research conducted at Alp Weissenstein, the Villa Garbald in Castasegna, Bergell, and the recently launched concept for a transalpine railway between Scuol (CH), Mals (IT) and Landeck (A). In addition, ETH architecture student Ursin Huonder has produced plans and a model for improvements to the Lower Engadine village Tschlin, home to just 300 residents. Lino Guzzella: ‘One of the reasons we’ve come to Davos is to explore and deepen opportunities for collaboration with the canton of Grisons.’

International exchange

The ETH delegation is also using the World Economic Forum 2017 as an opportunity for exchange with the huge range of WEF participants from around the world. There are numerous meetings on the agenda with representatives of various elite universities, international associations and industries.

ETH is also inviting selected guests to two evening receptions at Time-Out, the restaurant of the Davos ice hockey team. These events are dedicated to robotics and gaming technology as well as the new research area of media technology , which ETH will be establishing along with the Swiss media concerns Tamedia, Ringier, NZZ and SRG.

Latest gaming technologies

Alongside official ETH appearances at closed events and WEF workshops, the Zurich university will also be presenting its latest research findings from the fields of game development and robotics in a two-day public exhibition at Time-Out. ETH President Guzzella underlined the public dimension of ETH’s appearance at WEF: ‘We invite the general public to visit our exhibition and we look forward to interesting encounters and lively discussions in Davos.’

The free exhibition, open today and tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., is titled ‘Magic through Technology’. Researchers from ETH Zurich will lead visitors through the world of new digital games and other innovations. These games include a digital race in which the difference between winning and losing is decided by the players’ control over their own brain waves. The game premiered successfully last October at Cybathlon , ETH Zurich’s competition for people with disabilities who use assistive technology.

ETH professor Bob Sumner’s digital colouring book brings drawings created on a tablet to three-dimensional digital life. Also making an appearance is a magic cube by the name of ‘Cubli’, which can balance on one corner, jump or go into a controlled fall.

Robots in the kitchen

The ETH exhibition is also an opportunity to see some of ETH Zurich’s innovative new robots in action. Exhibits such as a robot that can move unassisted through large crowds of people and anticipate human movement patterns strengthen ETH Zurich’s reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley of robotics’.

Science and cooking combine in Tastelab , which is bringing its high-tech cookware to a tent in front of Time-Out today and tomorrow. ETH physicist Susanne Tobler and her colleagues apply the latest findings and methods from the scientific world to preparing dishes, resulting in a true adventure for the senses.