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National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Mobile Information and Communication Systems
MICS was started in 2001 as a National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) in the area of wireless sensor networks (WSN). It is a nation-wide center encompassing more than 40 faculty members across different Swiss universities and about 80 PhD students. The NCCR MICS is tackling all the technological challenges that have to be addressed in order for WSN to realize their full potential, from the study of fundamental principles to the development of platforms, and to their deployment in applications (mainly in the environmental area).


DARS2008 Committee as sponsor for the best paper award.
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is the most important Swiss agency promoting scientific research. It supports, as mandated by the Swiss Federal government, all disciplines, from philosophy and biology to the nanosciences and medicine.

The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) on Robotics will be launched on 1 Dec 2010 as a nation-wide competence center in the area of human-oriented robotics in Switzerland. A rapidly aging population requires technology that increases their autonomy and mobility well into the old age. Within this center, seventeen research groups across four Swiss universities will join forces towards the fundamental breakthroughs needed in developing 'helper' robots, a new generation of intelligent machines that perform tasks for and safely co-exist with people in our everyday environments. The NCCR Robotics constitutes an ideal and timely platform for creating the desired synergies bearing the potential of a quantum leap in human-oriented robotic technology.


Industrial partners (booths at the industrial exhibition)

logo cyberbotics Cyberbotics
Cyberbotics Ltd. develops Webots: a software for 3D simulation of mobile robots, developed since 1996. Webots is used in over 750 universities
and research centers worldwide for both research and education purposes. It has been continuously developed according to users needs and thoroughly documented. Cyberbotics also resell the e-puck mini-robots that are simulated and interfaced with Webots (remote control and cross-compilation).


Skybotix and GCtronic have concluded a strategic collaboration agreement. Skybotix is a leading developer of safe, autonomously navigating Miniature Aerial Vehicles (MAV) and related technologies. GCtronic is active in the fields of electronics, robotics, mechatronics and computer science. It proposes services and consulting for development of projects, products and system integration.
k-team K-Team
High quality mobile robots, a standard for academic research and advanced education. Miniature controller boards, perfect solution for automation and custom robotics developments. Successfully deployed in over 600 universities and industrial research centres in the world.
BlueBotics BlueBotics
BlueBotics SA aims to become world leader in autonomous navigation with the mission to enable the mobility of vehicles for the automation in the professional use market. The company proposes ANT®, the innovative navigation solution, as well as standard platforms, and custom designed platforms.