Markus Waibel                                                                

Senior Researcher, ETH Zurich
Co-Founder, ROBOTS Association
Markus Waibel

Markus Waibel has been researching robotics and artificial intelligence for more than 10 years. He is co-founder of two award-winning robotics podcast series, conducting and publishing more than 250 in-depth interviews with leading roboticists since 2006. He is co-founder of the ROBOTS Association and its flagship publication Robohub, an online platform that brings together leading communicators in robotics research, education, start-ups, and business from around the world. He is also the founder of Robotics by Invitation, an online panel discussion of 30 high-profile roboticists.

He received his PhD in Robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007 and an MSc in Technical Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 2003. As part of his academic career, he has authored 15 peer-reviewed robotics publications in the field's leading conferences and journals and has reviewed more than 100 publications in robotics and artificial intelligence. He is the supervisor of two robotics PhD students and has acted as an adviser for 25 students pursuing Bachelor and Master theses in robotics. As an inventor, he is the holder of a U.S. patent for a robotic locomotion method and a mobile robot, and four other technologies. He has won numerous start-up awards. In 2006 he co-founded the IT project routeRANK, resulting in the world's first multi-modal travel-planning tool and a successful company, which he jointly ran with the company's founder until returning to robotics in 2008. From 2007 to 2011 he acted as the Academic Contributor to IEEE Spectrum's robotics blog Automaton. Mr. Waibel is a Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich and Program Manager of the pioneering Cloud Robotics project RoboEarth.

Select Awards
  • Awarded Amazon Web Services in Education Research Grant Award 2013 (with the RoboEarth Cloud Engine, USD 5’000)
  • Awarded Swiss National Science Foundation Grant "Agora" 2013 (with ROBOTS Association, CHF 198'000)
  • Winner 2013 European Podcast Award, Swiss Non Profit Category (with the ROBOTS Association)
  • Awarded Swiss National Science Foundation Grant "Agora" 2012 (with ROBOTS Association, CHF 63'000)
  • KPMG Tomorrow's Market Award 2008 (with routeRANK, CHF 50’000)
  • Finalist PICNIC Green Challenge 2008 (with routeRANK)
  • Winner Venture Kick Switzerland 2008 (with routeRANK, CHF 130'000)
  • Winner of IMD Business School Start-up competition 2007 (with routeRANK)
  • Awarded CTI Swiss Confederation Innovation Promotion 2006 (with routeRANK, CHF 180'000)

  • Lupashin, S., Hehn, M., D'Andrea, R., Waibel, M. Flying camera with string assembly for localization and interaction, US61684292, 2012.
  • Waibel, M and Paschoud, L. Drawing Method and Computer Program, US20110261060, 2010.
  • Waibel, M. and Duerr, P. Robotic Locomotion Method and Mobile Robot, US Patent 7,934,575, 2007. Issued 2011.
  • Mundinger, J. and Waibel, M. Optimized Route Planning, EP2217880, WO2009065637, 2007.
  • Mundinger, J. and Waibel, M. Personalized Real-Time Location-Based Travel Management, EP2218061, US2010228574, WO2009065638, 2007.
  • Mundinger, J. and Waibel, M. Optimized Route Planning and Personalized Real-Time Location-Based Travel Management, US2010280748, 2007.

Select Speaking Engagements

  • Studerus Technology Forum (Zurich, Switzerland, November 2012)
  • Adept Technology (San Francisco, USA, June 2012) 
  • Tokyo University (Tokyo, Japan, November 2011)
  • SONY Research (Tokyo, Japan, November 2011)
  • European Robotics Forum (Vaesteras, Sweden, April 2011)
  • SCHUNK Expert Days (Hausen, Germany, February 2011)
  • Willow Garage (Menlo Park, USA, May 2010)
  • KUKA Roboter (Augsburg, Germany, May 2010)

Select Papers

  • Usenko, V., Singh, M., Waibel, M., Mohanarajah, G. Cloud-based Collaborative 3D Mapping in Real-Time with Low-Cost Robots, ICRA, submitted.
  • Hunziker, D., Gajamohan, M., Waibel, M., D'Andrea, R. Rapyuta: The RoboEarth Cloud Engine, ICRA, 2013.
  • Waibel, M. et al. RoboEarth: A World Wide Web for robots, Robotics and Automation Magazine, 2011.
  • Waibel, M., Keller, L., Floreano, D. Genetic Team Composition and Level of Selection in the Evolution of Multi-Agent Systems. IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, 2009.
  • Waibel, M. Evolution of cooperation in artificial ants. Ph.D. Thesis, 2007.