The Robotics Technologies Platform of Wyss Zurich is a dedicated, technology and engineering team, who supports Wyss Zurich Projects in their transfer to the market by providing highly specialized services, expertise and equipment.
The platform comprises specialists covering core competences such as systems and industrial design, fast prototyping, electronics development, advanced sensing (e.g. computer vision), embedded software and intelligent algorithms. In the near future, the platform will also include an advanced prototyping facility for mechatronic systems.
The Robotics Technologies Platform is gradually being built up based on the needs of the Wyss Zurich Projects and the available space. Presently the platform has a workshop and a dedicated space for the development and assembly of electronics. Full operation is expected to be in early 2017, once the refurbishing of the corporate Wyss Zurich building will be completed.
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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 Ph.D. 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. Lijin has now begun the process of building up the Platform, with an initial focus on defining its strategy, processes, and services. As of April 1, 2017, she will be on a three-month sabbatical leave, returning in July. During this period, Stefan Bertschi will be responsible for all matters related to the Robotics Platform.
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.
Tel: +41 44 632 04 16
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.
Tel: +41 44 632 43 62
Benjamin Geisser joined Wyss Zurich as Electrical Engineer in February 2015. He completed an apprenticeship in electronics before receiving a B.Sc. 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.
Tel: +41 44 632 58 55
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 B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences Fribourg (2012) and a M.Sc. 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.
+41 44 632 99 65
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 Melzer has long years of experience working as a hardware developer in various industries and fields. He holds an M.Sc 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.
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.