[an error occurred while processing this directive] Mobile Robots Group - MOBOTS

Biorobotics Laboratory BioRob


Welcome to the MOBOTS group. 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.

Latest news

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    Francesco Mondada listed as swiss digital pioneer

    April, 2020: SwissInfo, the multilingual swiss information channel, included Francesco Mondada in its list of the Swiss digital pioneers. This short list mainly includes Swiss people who had initiatives worldwide, outside Switzerland. Only exceptions: Francesco Mondada and the legend Niklaus Wirth, from EPFL and ETHZ respectively.

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    Francesco Mondada becomes academic director of the LEARN center

    October, 2018: EPFL launches its Center for Learning Sciences to promote translational research in education, following the model of projects like Thymio.

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    Frank Bonnet wins the George Girault PhD Award from EuRobotics

    March, 2018: The George Girault PhD Award from EuRobotics, the most presigious European PhD award in robotics, has been awarded to a PhD student of our group, Frank Bonnet, for his work on animal-robot interaction.

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    Outstanding Demo Award at AMAM2017

    July, 2017: Our paper on fish-robot interaction presented at the AMAM2017 conference, in Sapporo, got the Outstanding Demo Award. Look at our video.

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    Best Best Paper Award at HRI 2017

    March, 2017: Our paper on Cellulo presented at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), in Vienna, got the Best Paper Award in Human-Robot Interaction design. Congratulations to the NCCR Robotics team!

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    Best Poster Paper Award

    August, 2016: Our paper presented as poster to the 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics got a Best Poster Paper Award. Congratulations to the ASSISIbf team!

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    Three new PhD issued at MOBOTS.

    April, 2015: Fanny Riedo, Philippe Rétornaz and Florian Vaussard got their PhD in various fields of robotics. Fanny in educational robotics, Philippe in robotic construction and Florian in indoor energy harvesting by mobile robots. Congratulations!

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    Best paper award at IAS13.

    July, 2014: Our paper on autonomous construction using the marXbot robot got the best paper award of the conference. This paper is the resul of a collaboration with the group of Marco Dorigo of the University of Brussels.

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    Francesco Mondada becomes member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

    May, 2014: During a ceremony held on 15 May 2014 in Neuchâtel, Francesco mondada has been introduced as elected ordinary individual member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW).

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    The Thymio project among the three best projects by the IERA Award.

    May, 2013: The project on our Thymio II Educational Robot has been presented to the 9th annual Invention and Entrepreneurship Award in Robotics and Automation (IERA) at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Karlsruhe, Germany. The project has been selected as one of the three finalists.

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    Dr Francesco Mondada appointed Adjunct Professor.

    May 24th, 2013: Francesco Mondada, head of the MOBOTS group, has been appointed Adjunct Professor at the School of Engineering (STI).

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    17'000 visitors came to our robotic festival this year.

    April 20th, 2013: Our annual robotic festival attracted again the public on campus for its 6th edition. There is a nice video report on vimeo.

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    Francesco Mondada got the polysphère 2012 award.

    October 6th, 2012: Each year the student association Agépoly gives an award, called Polysphère, for the best teacher of each school, nominated by the students. This year the award for the school of engineering went to Francesco Mondada.

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    We won the "Best Demonstration Award" at ECAI 2012.

    September 1st, 2012: The demonstration "Lonley Builder - Autonomous Construction with a Mobile Robot in a Resource-limited Environment: a Demonstration of the Integration of Perception, Planning and Action" won the "Best Demonstration Award" at the ECAI 2012, the biennial European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the leading conference on Artificial Intelligence in Europe.

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    We won the "Most Innovative Technology" award at the "Robot Film Festival" in New York

    July 17th, 2012: The movie "swarmanoid - the movie", describing the result of the swarmanoid project, won the "Most Innovative Technology" award at the "Robot Film Festival" in New York. The foot-bot and hand-bot robots featured in this video were developed by our group.

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    Our vacuum cleaner test on TSR1

    Jan 10th, 2012: Our test on vacuum cleaners and our work on robots for daily life has been featured in a TV broadcast called "A Bon Entendeur" and seen by 36.7% of the people looking at TV this evening. More than 350'000 people have seen at least a small part of the broadcast.

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    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Dec 20th, 2011: Merry Christmas and a happy new year from our group!.

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    Crédit Suisse Award for Best Teaching 2011

    Oct 15th, 2011: Francesco Mondada got the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching.

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    CLAWAR Highly Commended award 2011

    Sept 7th, 2011: Our paper at CLAWAR ("Tremo: an inspection climbing inchworm based on magnetic switchable device") got the Highly Commended award.

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    We won the AAAI-2011 Best Video Award

    August 9th, 2011: Again (was the case already with the swarm-bots project) we won the AAAI-2011 Best Video Award with the movie "swarmanoid - the movie", describing the result of the swarmanoid project where we developed the foot-bot and hand-bot robots. See also the article on the NewScientist.

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Prof. Francesco Mondada

Laboratoire de Biorobotique
Station 9, room MEB330
CH-1015 Lausanne
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Tél: +41 (0) 21 693 73 57
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