The NCCR Robotics consortium will showcase its pioneering technologies in a dedicated Pavilion at the EPFL Open Days, on 14 & 15 September 2019 – during a very special edition of EPFL’s annual public event, that will coincide with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the institution. Aimed at the general public and families, in addition to the professional audience, the NCCR Robotics Pavilion will provide a unique opportunity to witness, gathered in a single place, the work carried out by the consortium’s researchers in three main areas of robotics: wearable systems for rehabilitation, rescue robotics and educational robotics. The event will involve all partner institutions in NCCR Robotics: EPFL as well as ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the University of Bern and IDSIA (Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence).

Across the 400m2 area of the NCCR Robotics Pavilion, demonstrations and posters will highlight the consortium’s main achievements in developing exoskeletons for rehabilitation and assistance, supporting recovery of locomotion and grasping after spinal cord injuries or cerebrovascular accidents; in developing and testing walking, flying and swimming robots that can support human operators during search and rescue operations in disaster scenarios; in designing robots to be used in classrooms and learning activities specifically designed around them.

Highlights from the very successful NCCR Robotics spin-fund program, that has supported 13 spin-offs since 2014, will also be included, showcasing how the consortium’s work is already translating into commercial applications.

We invite all visitors – from families and students to high-profile representatives of the industry and academia – to visit the NCCR Robotics Pavilion and to discover how intelligent robots can improve our quality of life.


Projects and labs present at the Pavilion


  • Cowriter, Tegami, Cellulo
    Cowriter: improve writing by teaching a robot to write.
    Tegami: improve handwriting on a tablet.
    Cellulo: A robot for rehabilitation.
  • Unplugged, plugged and remote-controlled activities with the Thymio robot
    Get the chance to participate in different activities to discover original ways of approaching computer science and robotics problems.


  • The Foldable Drone
    A morphing quadrotor that can modify its shape to squeeze through narrow passages while flying.
  • Human-Robot Proximity Interaction Using Pointing Gestures
    Demonstration of an intuitive pointing-based interaction system for controlling a small drone in close proximity to the user
  • LISHawk: Avian-Inspired MAV with Synergistic Morphing Wing and Tail for Multi-Role Flight
    LISHawk is a bird-inspired flying vehicle with artificial feathers. By adjusting the feathers, it can modify its configuration and its stability, greatly increasing its agility and maneuverability.
  • Radiation Mapping with a Drone
    A flying vehicle equipped with cameras, flying around while mapping the 3-D structure of the environment augmented with (simulated) radiation measurements.


  • Flight of mind
    Multimodal stimulation boosts piloting performance and embodiment while flying an avatar.
  • FlyJacket
    The FlyJacket is a wearable system that allows the control of a flying robot through instinctive body motion.


  • ANYmal Show
    ANYmal is a legged robot specifically designed for search-and-rescue operations. It recently got a significant upgrade and has a new set of skills you can discover. 
  • Bio-inspired, amphibious robotic
    Amphibious robots test locomotion hypotheses for extinct species, aid in search and rescue tasks, and capture up-close footage of animals in nature documentaries.
  • Low-level event-based computing platform for Robotics
    This demo will show a low-latency and low-power consumption, embedded computing platform for a Dynamic Vision Sensor for robotics. 
  • Socially-aware Mobility
    A new type of AI enabling crowd-robot interaction.
  • Wireless operation of microrobots
    We will show how to control and operate robots in the millimeter range using magnetic fields that can be manually operated by the user.


Spin-Offs present at the Pavilion

  • ANYbotics
  • Dronistics
    Drones and software for person-to-person last-centimetre aerial deliveries. The safe drones are enclosed in a protective cage and can be folded inside a backpack for easy storage and transportation.
  • FES-ability
    Technology for personalized neuro-rehabilitation treatments, thanks to functional mobilization and electrical stimulation.
  • Foldaway Haptics
    Ultra-portable and low-cost haptic interfaces that interact with human fingers by tracking their motion and providing force, stiffness and texture perception.
  • Fotokite
    We develop tethered drones for public safety teams to gain situational awareness, helping them save lives and preserve property.
  • Myoswiss
    Myosuit, a garment-like set of active and passive layers designed to assist people with muscle weakness when performing movements.
  • Sevensense Robotics
    We present innovative technology based on computer-vision, to overcome the limitations of today’s navigation systems and push the frontier of service robotics forward.