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An ASL production: in honour of Christmas, the lab's robots will do a choreographed dance that has taken a long time to rehearse – sorry – program.

ETH-News Article | YouTube | Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems | Autonomous Systems Lab | Prof. Roland Siegwart


Prof. Mazza wins for his excellent teaching the "Goldene Eule 2014", an award from ETH students.

Goldene Eule | ETH Tag | Experimental Continuum Mechanics | Prof. Edoardo Mazza


This year's national "Zukunftstag", November 13, 2014, 43 children spend the day at D-MAVT. They visit the ETH main building and worked on a robotics project in the morning. In the afternoon they visited the ASL Laboratorie with their running roboter dog and flying robots and participated a contest in product development.

Photos (just for participants: Gallery, Download) | ETH-News Article (German) | Nationaler Zukunftstag


The following Doctoral Students won the ETH Medal 2014 for their excellent Doctoral Thesis: Dr. Thomas Cooper, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Steinfeld, Dr. Tommaso Delpero, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Ermanni, Dr. Simone Schürle, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Nelson, Dr. Babak Hejazialhosseini, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Koumoutsaktos, Dr. Marco Righettoni, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Pratsinis, Dr. Martin Iggland, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Mazzotti and Dr. Kathrin Peyer, former Doctoral Student with Prof. Nelson.


Prof. Koumoutsakos received the Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) 2015 award. One unique aspect is that his project will receive scientific support from the Leadership Computing Facility (LCF).

Computational Science and Engineering Laboratory | Prof. Petros Koumoutsakos


Prof. Daraio's paper “Directional Wave Propagation in a Highly Nonlinear Square Packing of Spheres”, A. Leonardo, F. Fraternali, C. Daraio, Experimental Mechanics, 53(3), 327-337, 2013, was recognized with the Hetényi Award 2015, an award presented for the Best Research Paper published in Experimental Mechanics.

Chair of Mechanics and Materials | Prof. Chiara Daraio


Nicolas Thomé, former Visiting Student in Prof. Daraios' group, was awarded the “Prix Chaire André Citroën” for work he performed under Prof. Daraios' supervision.

Chair of Mechanics and Materials | Prof. Chiara Daraio


The electric racing car, ‘Grimsel’, today broke the world record for acceleration in electric cars. The vehicle went from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.785 seconds in under 30 meters. The new record was set by students from ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, who also designed and built the vehicle.

ETH News Article


Doctoral students from the PhD-Program «Computational Science» of UZH and ETH Zurich looked for solutions to current, specific industry research questions during the Academia Industry Modeling Week.

This event, organized for the first time this year, offered the opportunity for networking among the students and with industry.

ETH News Article (German)| Computational Science and Engineering Laboratory | Prof. Petros Koumoutsakos

Picture: Björn Gerdes, IMTEK
Picture: Björn Gerdes, IMTEK

Ivo Leibacher and Peter Reichert, Doctoral Students in Prof. Dual’s group, won the “2014 ASME Swiss Section Young Engineer Award " and the „Best Poster Award" at the MFHS 2014.

MFHS 2014 | Mechanics and Experimental Dynamics | Prof. Jürg Dual


An article on Nanolithography, co-authored by Prof. Park and Ali Altun, Doctoral Student in Prof. Park’s group, and Dr. Tiziana Bond, scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  is the featured cover article in “Advanced Materials Interfaces”.

More | Institute of Energy Technology | Nanoscience for Energy Technology and Sustainability | Prof. Hyung Gyu Park


After four-years of construction, we finally reached the goal: The first ETH building from the 2003 Master Plan was officially opened on Monday, October 13. The Department Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) and the KOF Swiss Economic Institute of ETH Zurich now share one of the most sustainable university buildings in Switzerland.

ETH-News Article (German)| NZZ (German)| Tages Anzeiger (German)| Tele Top (German)| Bluewin (German)| Baublatt (German)| TEC21 (German)| Swiss-architects (German)| SRF Regionaljournal ZH SH (German)


Sebastian Trimpe, former doctoral student of Prof. D'Andrea and currently Research Scientist at the Autonomous Motion Department of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, Germany, has been awarded the "Klaus Tschira award for achievements in public understanding of science."  His award-winning article "Only if there is something to say" describes his Doctoral research and appeared in the German popular science magazine "Bild der Wissenschaft."

More (German)| Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control | Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea | Sebastian Trimpe


On Monday, October 6, 2014, „Schweiz Aktuell“ from „Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen“ reported on the Focus Project SUNCAR Bagger, the first solar excavator.

More (German)| SUNCAR


The paper “The Distributed Flight Array” by Dr. Raymond Oung and Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea was selected as one of three best papers for the IFAC Mechatronics Paper Prize for 2011-2013.

Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control | Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea


ETH Zurich and ETH spin-off company Verity Studios AG have teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to demonstrate the value of technology to entertain and delight us.

ETH-News Article | Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control | Prof. Raffaello D'Andrea | Verity Studios AG | Cirque du Soleil


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