Prof. Francesco Mondada

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Mondada received his M.Sc. in micro-engineering in 1991 and his Doctoral degree in 1997 at EPFL. During his thesis he co-founded the company K-Team, being both CEO and president of the company for about 5 years. He is one of the three main developers of the Khepera robot, considered as a standard in bio-inspired robotics and used by more than 1,000 universities and research centers worldwide. Fully back in research in 2000 and after a short period at CALTECH, he has been the main developer of the s-bot platform, which was ranked on position 39 in the list of “The 50 Best Robots Ever” (fiction or real) by the Wired Journal in 2006. The SWARM-BOTS project was selected as FET-IST success story by the EU commission. He is author of more than 70 papers in the field of bio-inspired robotics and system level robot design. He is co-editor of several international conference proceedings. In November 2005 he received the “Swiss Latsis University prize”, worth 16,500 EUR, for his contributions to bio-inspired robotics.


Research Area

My core activity is in the design of mobile miniature robots from a mechatronic perspective. This activity imply research in robot hardware and software architecture, vertical integration of control algorithms, design methodologies exploiting specific phenomena such as morphological computation etc.
Because robots can be applied in many areas, we are used to make our research in the frameworks of interdisciplinary collaboration projects where we can find synergies with chemists, biologists, artists, designers, architects or teachers, to cite some of them. This allow us to innovate, for instance, in robot-animal interactions, functional robot design, swarm robotics, integration of robots in our daily life and in educational programs. The resulting technology is applied in industrial collaborations or by spin-offs.


Francesco MONDADA
ME B3 426 (Bâtiment ME)
Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne