So far, flying robots have demonstrated great success in remote sensing and visual inspection tasks. However, there are many tasks that require physical contact in difficult- to-access areas, including contact-based inspection and the painting, coating and cleaning of elevated structures. The quadcopters that are currently on the market are incapable of executing physical work by design, and this is where Voliro innovation comes in.
Voliro is developing the next generation of autonomous flying robots, an omnidirectional platform with the unique capability to approach, touch and interact with the environment.
This expands the abilities of service drones from “flying and seeing” to “flying, seeing and touching.” Voliro robots are “Hands in the Sky.” This novel ability to interact with the environment through a flying platform opens the door to large markets in which construction or maintenance tasks require additional infrastructure. Such tasks include non-destructive infrastructure inspection, which often requires a sensor to be in contact with structures; the spraying of fluids to clean building facades; the cleaning of walls and windows; the painting and coating of surfaces; and even firefighting through the windows of buildings.
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Co-Project Leader, CEO, and Co-Founder Voliro AG
Mina Kamel joined Wyss Zurich in October 2019 as Co-Project Leader of Voliro. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Voliro AG, spin-off from ETH Zurich developing advanced aerial robots for inspection and maintenance tasks. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, Mina completed his PhD studies at the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich. During his PhD, he focused on control and design of aerial manipulation systems. During this engagement, he led and supervised several projects. Mina holds a master’s degree with distinction in Robotics Systems and Control (2014) from ETH Zurich. In 2019 he is selected among 100 Digital Shapers in Switzerland by Bilanz business magazine.
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Co-Project Leader, CPO, and Co-Founder Voliro AG
Timo Müller is the Co-Founder and CTO of Voliro AG. Timo received his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich in 2018. While completing his master’s thesis, he developed the concept and a first prototype of Voliro’s omnidirectional aerial robot. Timo is in charge of the mechanical development of the Voliro platforms and responsible for flight performance and business-related topics. Prior to joining Voliro, he was involved in research projects with Disney Research Zurich. He also spent six years as a member of the Swiss national ski cross team.
CTO and Co-Founder of Voliro AG
Marius Fehr joined Wyss Zurich in June 2020. He is Co-Founder of Voliro AG, a spin-off from ETH Zurich developing advanced aerial robots for inspection and maintenance tasks. Prior to joining Wyss Zurich, Marius completed his PhD studies at the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich under the supervision of Prof. Roland Siegwart. He was a member of the laboratory’s mapping and localization research team and focused on visual-inertial and dense mapping as well as exploration for autonomous robots. Prior to his PhD, he completed his MSc degree in Robotics, Systems, and Control from ETH Zürich.
Architecture Lead and Co-Founder of Voliro AG
Thomas Schneider received a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich, focusing on methods of fault-tolerant control of multi-rotor platforms. After completing his studies, he joined a young startup where he was responsible for the embedded control stack of a quad-rotor platform. In collaboration with ETH Zurich, Thomas co-authored an open-source calibration framework for visual and inertial sensors. Thomas subsequently joined the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich, where he pursued a PhD degree in robotics and computer vision under the supervision of Prof. Siegwart. His research focused on robust visual–inertial motion estimation, mapping and online sensor calibration for robot guidance.
Testing Lead and Co-Founder of Voliro AG
Anurag Vempati joined Wyss Zurich in September 2019 as a Robotics Engineer of the Voliro project. He is a Co-Founder of Voliro AG, where he focuses on path planning algorithms for automated inspection and spraying technology with UAVs. He is also actively involved in UI development of user-friendly interfaces to Voliro's UAV solutions. Anurag obtained his PhD at Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) at ETH Zurich where he was developing UAV based solutions for spraying and painting maintenance tasks. During his PhD, he was collaborating with Disney Research to bring this technology to their theme parks. Prior to his PhD, Anurag obtained his MTech degree in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2014. He also briefly worked with the Fixed-wing group at ASL to develop victim detection pipeline in a search and rescue scenario with fixed-wing planes, as a part of a European project SHERPA.
Meet the entire team behind Voliro, whose members are among the leading research engineers in drone technology and visit www.voliro.com.