About

Robots is a non-profit association based at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Robots is dedicated to providing free, high quality, educational information for the robotics community and the general public. Robots‘ main publication, the Robots podcast, is available via Apple iTunes and all other major podcast servers.

Robots is the podcast for news and views on robotics. In addition to insights from high-profile professionals, Robots will take you for a ride through the world’s research labs, robotics companies and their latest innovations.

New episodes are released every two weeks, on Fridays at 9am GMT.

Team

Lijin Aryananda has been a long-time robot fan. After working on humanoid robotics during her phd at MIT, she came to the University of Zurich for more robotics, legged robots this time. Now still in Switzerland, she is working at a start-up in agriculture automation. When not working, she keeps track of robot news in Switzerland and abroad. She also dreams about building a miniature robotic doll house, but has not had the time, but hopefully soon.
Adrien Briod Adrien Briod has always been a technology fanatic, and after thinking he was at the edge of high-tech playing with his LEGO TECHNICs as a kid, he eventually landed at EPFL studying robotics. He is now just a taller kid pursuing a PhD in aerial robotics and enthusiastically taking care of the maintainance and improvement of the Robots website, for your sole pleasure.
Peter Durr Peter Dürr‘s dream is to construct a “Little Helper” just like his childhood hero Gyro Gearloose. So after his degree in mechanical engineering from the ETH in Zurich he is now pursuing a PhD in robotics at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. As an experienced amateur musician, he was responsible for recording, editing and mixing of every episode of the Talking Robots podcast. Peter now edits the episodes of the Robots podcast, is in charge of the online forum, and acts as a spiritual adviser for the Robots podcast team.
Ioannis K. Erripis lives in Athens, he is studying mechanical engineering and works as a graphic designer. His passion for robotics and UAVs emerged as the sum of everything that fascinated him, from aviation and space, to science fiction, cyborgs and even industrial design. He blogs regularly on technology related subjects and when he is not in front of a pc you could found him outside trekking or cycling.
Sabine Hauert Sabine Hauert is a Swiss-American robot geekette with a heart pinching enthusiasm for application oriented robots. If a robot can make her life better, or vaccum her apartment while she’s doing interviews for Robots, then all the better! Of course, her work on Talking Robots has also left her intrigued and optimist about today’s and tomorrow’s ground breaking research in robotics. To catch the breeze, she is currently doing a PhD on swarming micro air vehicle networks (SMAVNETs) at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
 ajung AJung Moon is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She recently completed her Master’s in Applied Science at UBC where she designed robots to ‘hesitate’ when it is about to collide into people. Prior to entering the world of research, she received her Honours Mechatronics Engineering degree and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. Her interdisciplinary interests in exploring how robots affect people and how this knowledge should inform interactive robot design fuels her passion in human-robot interaction and roboethics. She has been passionate about discussing roboethics issues since undergrad, and has been blogging about social, legal, and ethical issues pertaining to robotics on Roboethics Info Database.
 audrow Audrow Nash is an active robotics nerd based in Charlotte, NC. He is finishing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at UNC Charlotte and seeking more schooling. His current research focuses on establishing swarm formations of miniature quadrotors with on-board processing. If he is not found in his research lab or reading about robotics, he is probably rock climbing or sleeping.
Christine Pachinger Christine Pachinger is the only “non-geek” of the Robots podcast team. A medical doctor working in the field of oncology, her pragmatic take on robotics and AI provides an important counterbalance to the “dreamworld” of the team’s scientists and engineers. With her generalist knowledge, love of literature and her sound background in history and politics, Christine has opted to add a new angle to the Robots podcast by co-editing and reading the news section.
While growing up in the central U.S., John Payne was surrounded by the children of farmers, nearly all of whom possessed a seemingly innate understanding of machinery.  He was so envious of this that in high school he opted for an industrial arts track rather than advanced mathematics.  His first exposure to computing was introductory CS course using punched cards to program in FORTRAN IV (1972).  In 1976 he attended the Social Ecology Summer Program at Goddard College in Vermont, where he saw his first personal computer. Combining other experiences from that summer with the realization that computing was about to become ubiquitous, he had the first glimmer of a dream that has continued to evolve ever since, a dream about making use of a technological revolution to accomplish a qualitative improvement in land management.  The persistence of that dream has led him into a general interest in robotics.
Amanda Prorok Amanda Prorok was first attracted to robotics with the rise of ‘swarm intelligence’, which demonstrated to her the power of apparently simple yet very smart multi-agent systems. After spending 2 years in Japan working in the fields of industrial robotics and international science diplomacy, she is back in Switzerland pursuing her PhD in distributed robotic systems. Taking advantage of her broad perspectives, Amanda contributes to the Robots interviews, hoping to encourage knowledge dissemination and interdisciplinarity.
Per Sjoborg is an all around robotics geek with a particular interest in Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robotics (SRCMR), which is also the focus of his blog www.FlexibilityEnvelope.com. He believes that SRCMR will shape the future and be the ultimate material in robotics, space exploration, architecture etc, as well as being an essential tool in many diverse areas like environmental sustainability and poverty relief. He is interested in all the facets of robotics from hardware to software, from research to business and startups, from industrial automation to humanoids with full AI and beyond. He frequently attends robotics conferences like ICRA, IROS, RSS etc and likes to chat about anything and everything robotic. So be sure to have a chat the next time you attend a conference. He is @Perblog on Twitter.
Priscila Soares is a Brazilian-American girl with wild imaginations and totally fascinated with robots. She dreams of a world where everyone “drives” autonomous cars, has cleaning robots, has a smart house and has sweet little pets that won’t be any trouble at all… It would be a much easier human life with the help of robots. She lived most of her childhood in the United States, but she now lives, and was born, in Brazil and at the moment she is only a undergraduate student of Mechatronic Engineering at UFSJ and is most definitely planning on doing a lot of researches and getting degrees on robotics. Robots Podcast is a wonderful site for everyone who is passionately in love with robots such as she is. Being part of this team is a great pleasure.
Ron Vanderkley is currently a Project Automations Specialist at leading Global Engineering Company. His education has specialised him in the Physical and Computer Sciences. Ron has always had an interest in Robotics, Automation and Space technology. He has previously worked in electronics and engineering for a Government agency building advance remote logging devices for monitoring environmental problems and other devices. In his youth, Ron watched Armstrong and Aldrin land on the moon and listened to Viking 1 make the first successful Mars landing thus developing a fascination with Robby the Robot from “Forbidden Planet”, Robot B9 in “Lost in Space” and HAL9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and an interest in stories from the likes of Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Adams, and Bradbury. Stories of man venturing forth, exploring the future, with his Artificial Intelligence co-worker at his side. “It is the everyday jobs that make the robot challenge, from exploring the deep oceans, mines or taking care of the disabled and elderly to driving our cars or flying our planes. In the past, this was called ‘Man and the Challenge’. Today, it is about Man and his new tools to improve the success of the Challenge. Robots are the extension of man, the Evolution of Humanity.”
Markus Waibel Markus Waibel is a robot enthusiast with a background in evolutionary robotics and collective systems. After peppering high-profile guests with questions on the future of robotics and AI as part of the Talking Robots podcast series, he headed the Robots podcast team until March 2010. Now Markus is on the lookout for robot news, events, facts and discoveries for Robots. To share something with Robots’ listeners, feel free to send it his way at markus.waibel–at–robotspodcast.com.
Jana Witt originally obtained a degree in microbiology, but soon realised that the laboratory was not the place for her. So, she branched off and did a Masters in Science Communication, which – among many other things – brought her to EPFL in Lausanne, where she had her first hands-on experience with robots and got to interview a whole bunch of brilliant roboticists. Jana currently lives in Cardiff and is doing a PhD in medical genetics and psychology (please note: not in a lab!). However, she maintains a strong interest in science communication and has become part of the Robots team to be the new presenter.

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Amanda Prorok Amanda Prorok was first attracted to robotics with the rise of ‘swarm intelligence’, which demonstrated to her the power of apparently simple yet very smart multi-agent systems. After spending 2 years in Japan working in the fields of industrial robotics and international science diplomacy, she is back in Switzerland pursuing her PhD in distributed robotic systems. Taking advantage of her broad perspectives, Amanda contributes to the Robots interviews, hoping to encourage knowledge dissemination and interdisciplinarity.