Conference and Networking Activities

(registration-based only)

Moderated by DIAS (Drone Industry Association Switzerland): Moderator Eszter Kovács, Co-founder of DroneTalks

Have you ever wondered about the Swiss Drones Ecosystem and the importance of robotics in the future of drones? Are you aware that as a stakeholder in the Swiss Robotics Ecosystem you can benefit from funding for a proof of concept or feasibility study related to your future drone innovation? Perhaps, you are lonely as a drone robotics stakeholder and are looking for your future collaborator? Well, come and join us to learn, network and ideate.


As part of Swiss Drones Days 2022 on June 11th (09:00-13:15 on Saturday), Innovation Booster - Robotics) are cordially inviting you to a conference + networking activities dedicated to drone robotics topics. Innovation Booster Robotics) aims to establish robotics as a core pillar of the Swiss economy. They act as a central infrastructure for the Swiss robotics community, including key business, research and societal actors. Innovation Booster Robotics is under the leadership of Professor Aude Billard (EPFL) and Professor Roland Siegwart (ETH). I wish to invite you as a participant in this event. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to listen to various speakers from the Swiss Drones Ecosystem. The presentation session will feature speakers from academia, industry, and associations. Throughout the day you are invited to join an assisted networking speed-dating activities. You can also learn about funding opportunities from Innovation Booster Robotics. Throughout the event, you are invited to join matchmaking sessions. We anticipate audience from the Swiss drones: academia, start-ups, industry, and associations.

Who is Speaking?

Andreas Hoffmann

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)

Dr. Fabiola Maffra

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ)

Eszter Kovács

Drone Industry Association Switzerland (DIAS)

Guillaume Catry


Lorenzo Murzilli

Murzilli Consulting

Marcel Kaegi

Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA)

Prof. Dario Floreano

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Prof. Davide Scaramuzza

University of Zurich (UZH)

Prof. Michel Guillaume

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Prof. Mirko Kovac

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Romeo Durscher



Start End Duration (min) Section Speaker Moderator
8:30 9:00 Registration + Coffee & Tea Innovation Booster Robotics
9:00 9:05 5 Welcome and Overview of Agenda Eszter Kovacs, Co-Founder of DroneTalks DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:05 9:10 5 Innovation Booster Robotics & Funding Michael Opieczonek, Project Manager, Innovation Booster Robotics Innovation Booster Robotics - Michael Opieczonek
9:10 9:15 5 Talk 1- Bio-inspired Drones for Infrastructure Systems and Natural Environments -
EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology)
Prof. Mirko Kovac DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:15 9:20 5 Q&A DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:20 9:25 5 Talk 2- Robotic Perception of Drones
ETH Zürich - Computer Vision and Mapping
Dr. Fabiola Maffra DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:25 9:30 5 Q&A
9:30 9:35 5 Talk 3 - Safety Driven Unmanned Aviation by the SORA Process
ZHAW School of Engineerin - Centre for Aviation
Prof. Michel Guillaume DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:35 9:40 5 Q&A
9:40 9:45 5 Talk 4 - Bio-inspired multimodal and multifunctional drones
EPFL, Laboratory of Intelligent Systems
Prof. Dario Floreano DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:45 9:50 5 Q&A
9:50 9:55 5 Talk 5 - Autonomous Drones
University of Zürich - Robotics and Perception
Prof. Davide Scaramuzza DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
9:55 10:00 5 Q&A
10:00 10:45 45 Networking Break & Assisted Matchmaking I DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
10:45 10:55 10 Talk 1 - Global trends and regulations (Murzilli Consulting) Lorenzo Murzilli, Founder & CEO at Murzilli Consulting DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
10:55 11:05 10 Talk 2 - Policy and strategy in Switzerland (FOCA) Marcel Kägi, Director Aviation Policy and Strategy, FOCA DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
11:05 11:15 10 Talk 3 - Big industry user perspective of drones & collaboration with start-ups (SBB) Andreas Hoffmann, Project Engineer Drones /
Nicolas Ackermann, Development Engineer Drones, SBB
DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
11:15 11:25 10 Talk 4 - Drone company - perspective on hard-ware (Fotokite) Guillaume Schavann - Sales Account Manager, Fotokite DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
11:25 11:35 10 Talk 5 - Drone company - perspective on software (Auterion) Romeo Durscher, VP of Public Safety, Auterion DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
11:35 11:45 10 Talk 6 - Enabling drone operation through testing (WindShape) Guillaume Catry, CEO and Co-founder, WindShape DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
11:45 12:20 40 Panel Discussion moderated by DIAS DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
12:20 12:50 30 Lunch Innovation Booster Robotics
12:50 13:10 30 Networking Activity & Assisted Match-making II Includes: Coffee, tea, snacks, apero DIAS - Eszter Kovacs
13:10 13:15 5 Closure + QR Survey Innovation Booster Robotics

If you wish to participate, please register via the registration button.
Please note there is a limit of participants.

Conference Venue

    Zürichstrasse 94 / 96
    8600 Dübendorf
  • +41 44 802 12 82
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  • Air Force Center
    Überlandstrasse 255
    8600 Dübendorf
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Air Force Center
Überlandstrasse 255
8600 Dübendorf