State-of-the-art technology platform to support Wyss Zurich projects in their transfer to the market
The translation of technologies into products, within the available time and resources, is one of startups' major challenges. The Robotics Platform's mission is to support and accelerate Wyss Zurich projects in their transfer to market, by providing multidisciplinary expertise and services, covering a range of core competences such as engineering, prototyping, product development, and entrepreneurship.
Through an interdisciplinary team, state-of-the-art mechatronic prototyping facilities, and network of external partners, the Platform provides a range of services in the following topics:
Engineering & Prototyping
Download Robotics Technologies fact sheet
Lijin Aryananda Blatter
Head of Robotics Platform
Lijin Aryananda Blatter joined Wyss Zurich in January 2017. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has 17 years of experience in Robotics in the context of research, startups, and industry. Her research work has spanned a range of topics. She wrote her doctoral dissertation at the Humanoid Robotics Laboratory, under the supervision of Prof. Rodney Brooks, and subsequently conducted a number of research projects related to bio-inspired robotics and legged locomotion at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Zurich. As CTO of QualySense AG, she ventured into the startup world and led the development of a quality assessment system for use in agriculture. She spent the last 5 years at Hocoma AG, serving as technical lead for the lower-extremity rehabilitation robotics portfolio, where she innovated and brought two new products from idea to market.
Deputy Head of Robotics Platform
Stefan Bertschi joined Wyss Zurich as ICT Coordinator in 2016. He holds a professional bachelor HF in electronics and a postgraduate "Diplom" NDS-HF in computer science. From 2007 to 2016 he worked at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich, where he led the robot electronics laboratory, supported the research teams and established a school outreach program. He has many years of experience working as a test engineer in civil aeronautical systems (navigation, autopilot) and as an operations manager for a Swiss machine manufacturer.
Coordinator Robotics Platform
Corinne Eichenberger joined Wyss Zurich in November 2016. She is the coordinator of the Robotics Platform and is responsible for the office management, the administrative coordination and human resources related matters. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich she gained experience as a leader in HR administration and in the office management in different companies and organizations. She also implemented and managed projects in SAP HR and conducted various process optimization tasks.
Benjamin Geisser joined Wyss Zurich as Electrical Engineer in February 2015. He completed an apprenticeship in electronics before receiving a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Switzerland. His main interests are in signal processing, control theory and microelectronics. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, he worked for Supercomputing Systems AG as an all-rounder in the development of analog circuits, own sensors, algorithms mostly for smart grids, high level software, HDL and DSP programming. He is co-inventor of a patented algorithm for automated topology identification in smart grid applications.
Product Designer Robotics Platform
Robin Hanhart joined the Wyss Zurich Robotics Platform as a Product Designer in January 2018. He completed an apprenticeship in IT system technology (Systemtechnik) before receiving a BA in Visual Communication with specialization in Illustration Fiction from the HSLU Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, he worked for the ETH drone spin-off Wingtra AG. He owns a Zurich based laser cut design studio where he works part-time for clients and on his own design projects. He supports the Wyss Zurich Robotics Platform with his expertise in Product Design and Prototyping.
Stefan Huber joined Wyss Zurich in October 2015 as a multi-skilled mechanic. In 2011, Stefan completed his apprenticeship as a design engineer ("Konstrukteur"), focusing on medical device development and prototype construction. In 2015, Stefan completed his second apprenticeship as multi-skilled mechanic ("Polymechaniker"), focusing on the precision machining and manufacturing of designed parts. Stefan has several years of experience as a technician, design engineer and mechanic in various industrial fields. He will support the Robotics Platform of Wyss Zurich with his core competences in computer-aided design, creating complex programs on computer-aided manufacturing and precision manufacturing.
Silvan Januth joined Wyss Zurich in February 2017. He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Fribourg (2012) and a MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Bern (2015). During his studies, he was working part-time for a hearing instrument company (Bernafon AG). After graduating he worked as Software Developer at the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, where he developed a tablet-based language rehabilitation application for stroke patients with aphasia.
Michael Kummer joined the Wyss Zurich Robotics Platform in January 2018. He earned both his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and his PhD in Robotics at ETH Zurich. Before joining Wyss Zurich he volunteered as a guest lecturer at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek, and worked as a Project Manager and Development Engineer at MECOS AG, a provider of magnetic bearing components and subsystems. His PhD thesis primarily focused on using controlled electromagnetic fields for the wireless control of tiny magnetic structures suspended in a medium. During his tenures in academia and industry he has gained extensive experience in the development of electromechanical systems.
Ulrich Samuel Nino Lemann
Ulrich Samuel Nino Lemann joined Wyss Zurich in September 2017 as a Mechanical Engineer. Nino received his master degree from ETH Zurich in 2015 after extensive studies at the ‘Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen’ (IWF). During his studies, he worked at Climeworks AG, an ETH Spinoff company, where he was involved in constructing the first industrial grade absorber for carbon dioxide from ambient air. Soon after graduation, he worked as a scientific assistant at inspire AG, an ETH-related consulting and research group, where he investigated machining concepts of cemented carbide and diamond cutting edges of tools using tangential laser ablation until 2016. Before joining Wyss Zurich, he worked as a research & development engineer at ZURIGA AG, a small startup company from Zurich which manufactures high quality espresso machines.
Senior R&D Engineer
Amir Melzer joined Wyss Zurich as Electrical Engineer in 2015. Prior to joining the Center, he was working since 2012 as principal electrical engineer at ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), where he was leading the electronics and avionics system development. In this role, he contributed to the development of many robotic platforms, in particular solar powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Amir has long years of experience working as a hardware developer in various industries and fields. He holds an MSc in Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil. His main focus and expertise lie in hardware design, sensory systems and estimation techniques for guidance and navigation of autonomous systems. His research interests include aerial robotics and navigation techniques.
Ilia Sergachev joined the Wyss Zurich Robotics Platform as a R&D Engineer in May 2018. Ilia received his master’s degree in Physics from Moscow State University in 2012. His diploma work was focused on a highly sensitive optical method for detection of molecular binding. In 2017 he earned a PhD degree in Physics for the research on high-power and narrow-linewidth quantum cascade lasers he did in a collaboration between the University of Basel and Alpes Lasers SA in Neuchatel. Academic and commercial projects he intensively worked on include lasers and laser drivers, fast signal processing systems, optical measurement and control devices.
Business Coach Robotics Platform
Michael Stucky is currently a coach and mentor for future entrepreneurs at the ETH Zurich and the Robotics Platform of Wyss Zurich, where as COO, he helped to successfully establish this joint center of ETH and the University of Zurich. Prior to joining ETH and Wyss Zurich, Michael was CFO and co-founder of GlycoVaxyn, a Swiss biotech start-up and ETH spinoff (sold to GSK), as well as a co-founder of Silicon Valley software start-ups. Prior to this, Michael spent 10 years at Swiss bank Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, both in Switzerland and North America. Michael holds Masters’ degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of Zurich.