NCCR Robotics focuses on three main research strands:
- The Wearable Robotics Grand Challenge develops a new generation of wearable robotic systems that will help tackle a major societal and clinical challenge: the dramatic increase of people affected by neurological disorders, as a consequence of the continuing increase of life expectancy brought about by modern medicine.
- The Rescue Robotics Grand Challenge investigates and develops highly innovative robotic technologies for Search-And-Rescue (SAR) operations for emergency response.
- The Educational Robotics Grand Challenge develops robots that have already reached thousands of schools, resulting in new institutional initiatives both at EPFL and across Switzerland, and with the potential to radically change the way in which robots are used in schools.
Although they mostly work independently of each other, the three Grand Challenges have several overlaps and collaborations, for example on soft robotics, control and sensors.