Mobile Robotic Systems Group (MOBOTS)


Welcome to the MOBOTS group, part of the large robotics community at EPFL. Our main activity is system design for miniature autonomous mobile robots. This field includes a large spectrum of disciplines, spanning from Artificial Intelligence to mechatronics, from navigation techniques to digital electronics, from sensors to actuators technologies. Our research is based on strong competences in digital electronics and system integration.

"Bees and chips" by Rafael Barmak of STI won first prize in the "Locations and instruments" category © Rafael Barmak

Photographs reveal the hidden beauty of research

— Nineteen works, including two by School of Engineering (STI) researchers, particularly impressed the international jury of the 2023 SNSF Scientific Image Competition. They reveal hidden beauty in research, tell tales of happy coincidences and explore new perspectives on the world around us.

The robotic system is shown in an experimental hive © Artificial Life Lab / University of Graz / Hiveopolis

Robotic system offers hidden window into collective bee behavior

— EPFL researchers have developed a temperature-modulating robotic system that can be seamlessly integrated into notoriously sensitive honeybee hives, providing both a never-before-seen view of honeybee behavior and a means to influence it.

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Paper with UNIL and HEP Vaud awarded "Most Impactful"

— The paper "El-Hamamsy, L., Chessel-Lazzarotto, F., Bruno, B., Roy, D., Cahlikova, T., Chevalier, M., Parriaux, G., Pellet, J.-P., Lanarès, J., Dehler Zufferey, J., Mondada, F. (2021). A computer science and robotics integration model for primary school: evaluation of a large-scale in-service K-4 teacher-training program. Education and Information Technologies, 26(3), 2445-2475." has been awarded as Most Impactful Paper of the NCCR Robotics over the 12 years of the program.

© Leonardo Mondada / 2022

Francesco Mondada receives prestigious Polytechnik-Preis 2022

— Francesco Mondada, head of the Center for Learning Science and of the Mobile Robotic Systems Group (MOBOTS) in the School of Engineering, has received the Polytechnik-Preis for his work on the educational robot Thymio II.

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