Design and Navigation of Wheeled, Running, Swimming and Flying Robots
Robots are rapidly evolving from factory work-horses, which are physically bound to their work-cells, to increasingly complex machines capable of performing challenging tasks as search and rescuing, surveillance and inspections, planetary exploration or autonomous transportation of goods. This requires robots to operate in unstructured and unpredictable environments and various terrains. My talk will focus on design and navigation aspects of wheeled, legged, swimming and aerial robots operating in complex environments.
Our wheeled inspection robots are designed for crawling into machine and take various measurement. For our quadruped walker we are researching optimal ways for exploiting the natural dynamics and serial elastic actuation. Our swimming robots take inspiration from natural counterpart for optimal propulsion and with our micro-helicopters projects we approach autonomous flight and inspections in cluttered and very narrow indoor environments as well as GPS denied visual navigation in cities. And with the solar airplanes we develop a small fixed-wing airplane capable of staying in the air indefinitely due to its solar powered generator.
Roland Siegwart (1959) is Full Professor for Autonomous Systems and Vice President Research and Corporate Relations at ETH Zurich since 2006 and 2010 respectively. After a Master and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, senior researcher at ETH and R&D director at MECOS Traxler AG. From 1996 to 2006 he was Professor for autonomous robots at the EPFL Lausanne and member of the board of directors at the School of Engineering (2002-06).
Roland Siegwart is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE Fellow and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He served as Vice President (2004/05) and AdCom Member (2007/10) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and was a member of the decision-making body of the German Excellence Initiative. He is and was coordinator of four European projects in the field of UAVs and autonomous robot navigation. Roland Siegwart was general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007, ISRR 2009 and is a co-founder of multiple successful spin-off companies in robotics.