Tech Meeting #6: Robotics Night

A longer Tech Meeting with 8 speakers from all over Suisse Romande, in french.

Jean-Daniel Nicoud

Jean-Daniel Nicoud, prof hon EPFL, founder Didel SA ( Jean-Daniel (JD) has been active on logic, minicomputers and microprocessors since 1966. He developped the Logidules, the Smaky and helped with many research devices made by bright students while he was professor at the EPFL (1973-2000). Now he develops and sells educational robots, kits, selected components and micro gears.

Nicola Tomatis

Nicola is the driving force behind the business strategy and market access of BlueBotics. Under his direction, BlueBotics moved from an early startup to one of the key suppliers of navigation and mobile robotics solutions for industrial automation as well as for the emerging service robotics market. Recognized leader and authority in mobile robotics, Nicola received the IEEE Early Career Award in Robotics and Automation (2008), he has been listed in the 300 most influential persons of Switzerland (2010 and 2012), and he seats in the Board of Directors of the euRobotics aisbl association as well as in the Industrial Activity Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation society (IEEE RAS IAB).

Francesco Mondada

Francesco Mondada is professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and leader of the educational part of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics. He co-designed the khepera robot and led the design of e-puck and thymio, commercialized and used worldwide in thousands of schools and universities. He received several awards, including the Swiss Latsis University prize, as best young researcher at EPFL and the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching at EPFL.

Stéphane Magnenat

Dr. Stéphane Magnenat is Associate Research Scientist at Disney Research Zürich. He got his Ph.D. from EPFL in 2010, and before joining DRZ, he worked as a postdoc at ETH Zürich in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. He co-founded the Mobsya association producing the Thymio robot, and created Aseba, the software framework underlying the Thymio, and co-created VPL, its graphical programming language. He is currently doing research at the interface between mobile robotics, computer science education, and visual computing.

Jean-Daniel Dessimoz

Jean-Daniel is a professor of Robotics and Automation at the School of Business and Engineering at Yverdon-les-Bains. He holds a Dr degree in Sciences EPFL and an MBA UniL. Currently he is in particular President of Robot-CH, VP for Eurobot and VP for SGAICO as well, with a strong interest in cognition and cognitics, the science and techniques of automated cognition.

Beat Hirsbrunner

Béat Hirsbrunner is Professor in Computer Science at the University of Fribourg since 1986 and is leader of the Pervasive and Artificial Intelligence research group ( He is in particular active in teaching robotics at bachelor level and conducted several research projects at PhD and postdoc levels in collaborative robotics.

Denis Lalanne

Denis Lalanne is Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Fribourg and heads the new Human-IST research center ( After studying computer and cognitive sciences in Grenoble, he got his Ph.D. from EPFL and worked at IBM Almaden Research, Uni. of Avignon and in two Swiss startUps. His general interest is to develop usable and useful novel technologies to improve human-computer as well as human-human interactions.

Cédric Mattmann

Cédric Mattmann is a first year student in electricity at the College of Engineering and Architecture in Fribourg, part of the University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland (HES-SO). He also has a technician diploma in Microengineering and has completed an apprenticeship as an Automatist at a Geneva technical college.

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