Dive right at the centre of innovation
A unique occasion for an exclusive first look
Open to the general public and free access, these sessions are a unique opportunity to learn first hand about the latest technological developments which will revolutionize tomorrow’s world, presented by those who are developing them. From avalanche rescue to humanitarian field work, from personalised delivery to printable drones, not forgetting sport in various guises: drones have a wide array of potential applications. Switzerland is a recognized center of excellence in flying robotics, and at the forefront of their development. Be the first witnesses to the most forward thinking inventions!
Session 1 – 13.00-14.00
Autonomous System Lab (ETHZ)
Session 2 – 14.30-15.30
Fédération suisse des drones civils
Session 3 – 16.00-17.20
Quadcopter Racing League
SenseFly believe in using technology to make work safer and more efficient. As the global leader in fixed-wing drones, their range of eBee drones simplify the entire data collection process. From mission-planning and flying large- and small-areas to the generation of accurate outputs—such as detailed orthomosaics, 3D point clouds and digital surface models—their advanced solutions help professionals working in mining, agriculture, surveying, research, education, humanitarian aid, and many other industries, to collect geospatial data quickly, safely and with exceptional accuracy – helping them make better decisions, faster.
Speaker : Benjamin Pinguet
Jürg Germann is the Head of Engineering at WeRobotics. WeRobotics is a Swiss-based organization dedicated to the use of robotics for social good. They have been working on smart release technology extensively since 2016 and deployed disease-reducing mosquitoes with greater precision, speed and efficiency than ever before. This has allowed public health experts to scale their efforts and reduce the incidence of mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika. They have actively tested and successfully applied our release technology in Brazil and the South Pacific.
Chris Ballard has been involved with drone since 2012. He organised and ran his first drone race in 2014, followed by Australia’s first state level racing series shortly after. In 2016 he invented giant drone racing as a way to improve the spectator and live broadcasting experience for the drone racing sport. In 2018 Chris was race director of the first FAI drone racing world championship, along with organising, hosting and running the Spanish 2018 drone racing world cup. Since then, Ballard has been involved in professionalising the drone racing industry, with an emphasis improving and raising the standard for live spectators and live broadcast.
RigiTechnologies is a Swiss company from Lausanne, pioneering drone delivery technology by developing the next generation of aerial logistics vehicles enabling faster, cheaper and more eco-friendly deliveries. Their first target market is healthcare, where drone delivery is set to disrupt traditional workflows.
Nicholas Lawrance is a Senior Researcher at the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zürich. His interests include informative path planning, exploration/exploitation problems, autonomous soaring and aerial vehicles. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, and has worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Oregon State University.
Cristian Mendez Carmona was born in Chile and raised in Austria. Having spent many years at Formula 1, he moved to Lufthansa First Class Terminal, MotoGP and FIFA World Cup among others. Cristian founded the Quadcopter Racing League in 2017 with the idea to serve the future urban air mobility as a platform for their technologies that can have an impact in many fields such as ambulance, security, agriculture and many more. At Quadcopter Racing League he functions as CEO and is excited to contribute in the development of racing vehicles and hosting VTOL racing events. He is supported by a team of motor sport experts and engineers who are currently working on the new design and specifications of the racing vehicle for a spectacular and entertaining event for all generations.
Guided by the vision of technology being at the service of man, Nivitec creates innovative and personalised solutions in safety and rescue field via drone technology.