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Microtechnics - Materials Science - 30.11.2023
Lightweight insulating building elements from a 3D printer
Lightweight insulating building elements from a 3D printer
A doctoral researcher studying architecture at ETH Zurich is using 3D printing to produce lightweight insulation building components from cement-free mineral foams derived from recycled industrial waste. These could cut heating and cooling costs for buildings, and encourage more efficient use of construction materials.

Microtechnics - 22.11.2023
Autonomous excavator constructs a six-metre-high dry-stone wall
Autonomous excavator constructs a six-metre-high dry-stone wall

Materials Science - Microtechnics - 25.09.2023
Three researchers appointed professors
Three researchers appointed professors

Microtechnics - 31.08.2023
Autonomous robot dogs, drones and racing cars

Microtechnics - 30.08.2023
Challenge Accepted: High-speed AI Drone Overtakes World-Champion Drone Racers
Challenge Accepted: High-speed AI Drone Overtakes World-Champion Drone Racers
In a milestone for artificial intelligence (AI), the AI system -Swift-, designed by researchers, has beaten the world champions in drone racing - a result that seemed unattainable just a few years ago. The AI-piloted drone was trained in a simulated environment. Real-world applications include environmental monitoring or disaster response.

Microtechnics - Architecture - 11.08.2023
ETH historic building renovated to current-day standards
ETH historic building renovated to current-day standards
An ETH Zurich architectural centrepiece - the machine laboratory- has been renovated. The historically significant machine hall has been extensively restored to its original condition.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 17.07.2023
Robot snake slithers brilliantly after much trial and error
STUDENT PROJECT - Intelligent robots - for search and rescue, exploration and surveillance - are a new and challenging field. Unique and versatile, could robot snakes advance the abilities of machines in these fields? Serpentine robots are a ground-breaking innovation in robotics. These flexible and slithering machines excel at navigating complex and confined spaces, offering immense potential in various fields.

Microtechnics - 05.05.2023
New inspection drone uses wind to lengthen flight times
New inspection drone uses wind to lengthen flight times
Elythor, an EPFL spin-off, has developed a new drone whose wing shape can adapt to wind conditions and flight position in real time, reducing the drone's energy consumption.

Microtechnics - 05.04.2023
This robot is a security guard
This robot is a security guard

Microtechnics - Health - 14.03.2023
'I want to build medical robots that others really want to use.'
’I want to build medical robots that others really want to use.’
Georg Rauter develops micro robots as tools for brain surgeons and dentists, and for operations on bones.

Microtechnics - 03.03.2023
The One-Wheel Cubli balances with only a single reaction wheel
The One-Wheel Cubli balances with only a single reaction wheel

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 16.12.2022
In search for the intelligent machine
In search for the intelligent machine
Elvis Nava teaches robots to carry out oral and written commands. To this end, he sends them to "training camps" where they learn to combine image, text and motion data.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 14.12.2022
Security robotics for Switzerland
Security robotics for Switzerland

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 14.11.2022
IDSIA drones among top research at the Center of Competence in Robotics

Innovation - Microtechnics - 31.10.2022
Robots come out of the research lab
Robots come out of the research lab

Astronomy / Space Science - Microtechnics - 13.05.2022
Building materials and the race to net zero
Building materials and the race to net zero
The robotic explorer GLIMPSE, created at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, has made it into the final round of a competition for prospecting resources in space.

Microtechnics - 12.05.2022
Robot dog on the way to the moon

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 14.04.2022
How to compete with robots
How to compete with robots
Swiss roboticists and economists from EPFL and University of Lausanne developed a method for estimating the probability of jobs being automated by future intelligent robots and suggesting career transitions with lower risks and minimal retraining effort. When it comes to the future of intelligent robots, the first question people ask is often: how many jobs will they make disappear?

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 29.03.2022
Developing a crowd-friendly robotic wheelchair
Developing a crowd-friendly robotic wheelchair
Robotic wheelchairs may soon be able to move through crowds smoothly and safely. As part of CrowdBot, an project, researchers are exploring the technical, ethical and safety issues related to this kind of technology. The aim of the project is to eventually help the disabled get around more easily. Shoppers at Lausanne's weekly outdoor market may have come across one of EPFL's inventions in the past few weeks - a newfangled device that's part wheelchair, part robot.

Environment - Microtechnics - 18.03.2022
ProteusDrone: A shape-shifting soft drone
ProteusDrone: A shape-shifting soft drone

Microtechnics - 02.11.2021
Cybathlon 2024 to include the visually impaired and robot aides
Cybathlon 2024 to include the visually impaired and robot aides

Campus - Microtechnics - 10.09.2021
A first road test for EPFL Xplore's space rover
A first road test for EPFL Xplore's space rover

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 02.08.2021
Will drones define the future of aviation?

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 29.06.2021
Robots for comfort and counsel
Robots for comfort and counsel
From robots that offer solace to algorithms that help judges make fact-based decisions, robotics and machine learning are entering new domains that were once the preserve of humans. Five years ago, while studying in Pennsylvania for a Master's degree in robotics, Alexis E. Block was asked to choose a topic for her thesis.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 08.04.2021
Smart robots need intelligent materials
Smart robots need intelligent materials

Art and Design - Microtechnics - 04.12.2020
Art in Construction reflects on research
Art in Construction reflects on research
ETH Zurich supports art in construction, and, as part of a project competition, has selected art projects by Maya Rochat and Yves Netzhammer that take an innovative approach to reflecting on teaching and research in the two ETH buildings BSS and ML-FHK.

Microtechnics - Health - 09.11.2020
Medical microrobots score the Breakthrough of the Year
Medical microrobots score the Breakthrough of the Year

Microtechnics - 28.10.2020
Raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail
Raptor-inspired drone with morphing wing and tail
EPFL engineers have developed a drone with a feathered wing and tail that give it unprecedented flight agility. The northern goshawk is a fast, powerful raptor that flies effortlessly through forests. This bird was the design inspiration for the next-generation drone developed by scientifics of the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems of EPFL led by Dario Floreano.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 09.10.2020
The algorithm on my team
The algorithm on my team
The automation of work is increasing at a tremendous pace. But how well do technology and humans really work together in a digitised world?

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 02.07.2020
Crooked to the millimetre
Crooked to the millimetre
The technology pioneered by the ETH spin-off incon.ai allows blocks to be positioned with pinpoint accuracy, creating structures with aesthetic designs and augmented acoustics. Shadow plays, wavelike patterns or acoustic effects: bricks can be placed at special angles to create aesthetic architectural designs.

Health - Microtechnics - 09.04.2020
How robots can help fight pandemics
Robots allow people to interact with each other without physical contact. This means they can protect us from infectious diseases, which has been given too little consideration in robotics, says Brad Nelson. The most popular phrase that has entered our vocabulary in the past few months is "social distancing", more accurately termed, "physical distancing".

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 21.01.2020
The robot that grips without touching
The robot that grips without touching
ETH Pioneer Fellow Marcel Schuck is developing a robotic gripper that can manipulate small and fragile objects without touching them. The technology is based on sound waves. The small installation that Marcel Schuck has assembled on his workbench is reminiscent of a school physics lesson: an arrangement, comprising two semi-spheres and resembling a pair of headphones, is connected to a circuit board carrying microchips.

Microtechnics - Materials Science - 14.01.2020
Vertical take-off
Vertical take-off
Mirko Kovac is heading the new Materials and Technology Center of Robotics of Empa and Imperial College London.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 07.01.2020
EPFL spin-off's tiny robots turn heads in Las Vegas
Yesterday evening, tiny robots developed by EPFL spin-off Foldaway Haptics were the center of attention at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Astronomy / Space Science - Microtechnics - 26.11.2019
An EPFL robot in space
An EPFL robot in space
The crew of the International Space Station has taken delivery of a haptic interface designed by EPFL spin-off Force Dimension. Astronauts could one day use the device, based on the famous delta robot developed at EPFL by Reymond Clavel, to control unmanned Martian and lunar rovers from afar. In a project called METERON, the European Space Agency (ESA) is exploring how advanced robots could be used to repair satellites in orbit or probe hostile environments like the Martian and lunar surfaces.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 11.09.2019
A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control
EPFL scientists have successfully tested new neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users' voluntary control, opening avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies. EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands - in particular for amputees - that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation.

Event - Microtechnics - 05.09.2019
EPFL marks its 50th anniversary with a two-day open house
EPFL marks its 50th anniversary with a two-day open house
EPFL will open its doors to the public on 14-15 September as it celebrates its 50th year as a federal institute of technology.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 23.08.2019
EPFL provides over 350 local teachers with computer science training
EPFL provides over 350 local teachers with computer science training

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 08.08.2019
Self healing robots that
Self healing robots that "feel pain"
Over the next three years, researchers from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Cambridge, École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI-Paris) and Empa will be working together with the Dutch Polymer manufacturer SupraPolix on the next generation of robots: (soft) robots that 'feel pain' and heal themselves.

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 02.07.2019
Robots programmed to follow you
Robots programmed to follow you

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 15.05.2019
New extracurricular activities at EPFL for Vaud schoolchildren
New extracurricular activities at EPFL for Vaud schoolchildren

Microtechnics - Innovation - 18.04.2019
Jamie Paik's robots to take the stage at the TED conference
Jamie Paik's robots to take the stage at the TED conference
Jamie Paik, the head of EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab, will present her reconfigurable robots at the TED2019 conference in Vancouver on 18 April.

Microtechnics - Materials Science - 03.12.2018
Our new roommate, the drone
Our new roommate, the drone

Microtechnics - Event - 03.09.2018
Visitors of all ages try their hand at flying a drone at EPFL
Visitors of all ages try their hand at flying a drone at EPFL

Microtechnics - Event - 20.08.2018
Be a drone pilot for a weekend
Be a drone pilot for a weekend

Computer Science - Microtechnics - 22.03.2018
Robotic collaboration in timber construction
Robotic collaboration in timber construction
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real project for the first time.

Microtechnics - 23.02.2018
Meet Tribot, the Swiss Army knife of robots for rescue missions

Microtechnics - Innovation - 19.01.2018
Using haptic feedback joysticks to fly drones
A new joystick developed by startup MotionPilot lets users fly drones with just one hand in a fun, intuitive way.

Microtechnics - Materials Science - 28.09.2017
Biodegradable microsensors for food monitoring
A new generation of microsensors could provide the vital link between food products and the Internet of Things. ETH researchers have developed an ultra-thin temperature sensor that is both biocompatible and biodegradable. Nowadays microsensors are already used in many different applications, such as the detection of poisonous gases.

Microtechnics - Computer Science - 20.09.2017
Drones can almost see in the dark
A conventional camera and an event camera (on the right) picture the same building. The latter reports changes in brightness for each pixel.