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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.

Dillenbourg and Mondada Labs win Best Paper Award at HRI 2017

Congratulations to the team from the Dillenbourg and Mondada Labs who received the Best Paper Award at the Human-Robot Interaction (HRi) 2017 conference in Vienna, Austria for their work on the Cellulo Educational Robot. The award was presented for the paper “Cellulo: Versatile handheld robots for education” authored by Ayberk Ozgür, Séverin Lemaignan, Wafa Johal, …

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.

R2T2americaraibe

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 …