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
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.
HR & Facility Manager
Corinne Eichenberger joined Wyss Zurich in November 2016. She is the HR & Facility Manager of Wyss Zurich and responsible for human resources related matters and the office management. 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.
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.
Additive Manufacturing Operator
Yannick Hauswirth joined Wyss Zurich as a 3D printing expert in January 2021. He holds a MSc. in mechanical engineering from ETH Zurich. During his studies he discovered his passion in additive manufacturing and learned to operate 3D printers for FDM, SLA and ink based microprinting. His previous experiences in the field include the fabrication of filament, the design of parts, and the creation of software for the analysis of g-code. In his current role he works jointly for Wyss Zurich and for the competence center for materials and processes (MaP) of ETH Zurich as a 3D printer operator. In his current position he assists Wyss Zurich and MaP with the creation of specialized 3D prints for various research groups.
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 supports 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.
Senior Electrical Engineer
Oskar Klockar holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering and Economics from KTH Stockholm (2000). He started his work in the domains around digital electronics and Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA). In 2002, he relocated to Switzerland and worked on electronics development of applications around traction and medium voltage drives at ABB in Turgi. Between 2008 and 2010, he gained further experience in developing ruggedized computer systems for Redfox AG in Fahrweid. Later, Oskar worked for more than nine years at Varian Medical Systems on the development of FPGA, electronics, and embedded software to be used in radiotherapy, robotics, and manufacturing test systems. In Nov 2020, he joined the Robotics Platform team of Wyss Zurich.
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.
Jonathan Perraudin joined the Wyss Zurich Robotics Platform as a Robotics Engineer in March 2020. He completed his MSc in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich in February 2020. In his bachelor studies, he worked on novel methods for minimally invasive drug delivery at the Multi-Scale Robotics Lab (ETHZ). His master studies focused on robotics and computer vision. He contributed to an automated intubation system in collaboration with the University Hospital Zurich (USZ). Jonathan graduated with a work on a collaborative SLAM system using smartphones.
Throughout his studies, he worked part-time as an engineering consultant for the start-up rqmicro AG, in the R&D department of the company, where he contributed to a patented portable flow cytometry device.
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Medical Systems Engineering Expert
Since joining Wyss in August 2019, Philipp has been assisting Wyss projects in navigating the interdisciplinary challenges posed by sometimes contradictory product requirements, which are driven by such aspects as intended use, technology, usability and regulatory compliance. Philipp had previously developed novel medical device systems for startup clients, first at Zühlke Engineering (2007 – 2013) and later at Kangaroo Group/StarFish Medical in Canada (2013 – 2018). In over 30 projects ranging from eye implants to organ perfusion systems, he has created sustainable value as an innovative and agile project manager and systems engineer. Philipp holds a Master’s degree in Microengineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
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Irene Zimmermann joined Wyss Zurich in June 2022. With her financial background and proven experience in project management, she is the Coordinator of Wyss Zurich Robotics Technologies Platform. Her skills in project management (IPMA D), maintaining client relationships and cost monitoring, makes her a valuable member of the robotics team. She is the interface between the projects, the platform as well as external partners for financial and administrative matters.
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