In today’s world, the ability of robots to interact with humans and objects in the environment is still very limited.
Truly dynamic interactions are hardly possible because interaction forces cannot be accurately controlled. Also, for the same reason, robot mobility is typically restricted to a delimited working area, except for some simple and slow household devices. Since mobile robots are usually wheel based, mobility is additionally limited to unobstructed and even terrain. The next major step in robot evolution will see robots leaving the structured factory environment. This requires versatile and highly mobile mechanical devices to move and operate autonomously in unstructured environments, collaborating with humans where needed.
As a consequence, robot capabilities need to be massively improved in three areas:
At Wyss Zurich, the ANYmotion team is addressing these challenges by developing a set of three closely related products, each one providing its unique customer benefits for a wealth of robot applications:
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Hanspeter Fässler joined the ANYmotion team in 2015 as a Business Lead for the future startup company and Project Leader for the Wyss Zurich project. After studying Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich and Stanford University, he completed the first Ph.D. in robotics awarded at ETH Zurich in 1989. During his 25 years’ experience in various industrial executive roles, mostly at ABB, and with more than 10 years non-executive board experience, he gained a deep insight into many global industries and their important business processes.
Samuel Bachmann received his M.Sc. in Robotics, Systems and Control at ETH Zurich in 2015. His master thesis was about the visual inspection of pressure gauges and valve positions for the ARGOS Challenge. Afterwards, he continued his work at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich and was responsible for all the ARGOS visual inspection tasks as well as detecting various sound patterns. He contributed a great part of the robot user interface and is part of the software deployment team.
Remo Diethelm received his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2013. During his master’s studies, using state of the art contact laws, he programmed a physics simulation that can be used for gait learning and optimization in walking robots. His subsequent work at the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich was dedicated to ANYmal’s high level software development, including localization, mapping, navigation and mission execution. In the beginning of 2015, he took charge of the software lead for the ARGOS (Autonomous Robot for Gas and Oil Sites) Challenge participation.
Andreas Lauber holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich (2011). He started his work on legged robotics as an undergraduate student, designing the first quadrupedal robot at the Autonomous Systems Lab (ETH Zurich). Later on, Andreas implemented a whole-body control strategy during his master’s studies. Andreas also worked for two years at Helbling Technik AG, where he was part of an interdisciplinary team developing laboratory systems. With his experience in mechanical development, he joined the Robotic Systems Lab (ETH Zurich) in 2014 where he rapidly took charge of the hardware lead for the ARGOS challenge. With his strong interest in development processes, he will focus on mechanical design and production within the ANYmotion team.