Service robots have the potential to dramatically increase efficiency in various industries by taking over repetitive tasks. However, the capabilities of such systems are limited by current navigation technologies. Sevensense has set out to change this.

Project Description

Robots have become a crucial tool in many industries. Robotic manipulators are efficient at manufacturing and assembling all kinds of goods. Yet their use is limited to very constrained and static surroundings. The evolution of robotic tools for a broader range of applications requires more versatile technologies if these tools are to be used not only in highly structured factories, but also in more dynamic and busy environments that are shared with humans.

The fundamental technology needed to propel this evolution provides for autonomous mobility in unfamiliar and changing environments. It makes it possible to employ service robots in a wide range of applications, including industrial cleaning, material handling, delivery, surveillance, and inspection.

Particularly in indoor spaces, where global positioning systems (GPS) are unavailable, the solutions currently on the market are either not sufficiently accurate or too expensive.

At Wyss Zurich, the Sevensense team has developed solutions to enable robots to measure their position with a high level of accuracy and to navigate precisely and safely in dynamic environments. Similar to the human eye and inner ear, these systems process images from cameras and an inertial measurement unit to construct a map of the surroundings and pinpoint their position on the map.


Sevensense Robotics AG

Faculty Mentor

Roland Siegwart

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Partners and Funding

  • ESA BIC Switzerland
  • ETH Foundation
  • Gebert Rüf Stiftung
  • NCCR Robotics
  • Venture Kick


ABB acquires Sevensense

Sevensense will continue its innovation in AI and 3D vision with ABB. Read more.

Swiss Logistics Award

Innovation with Visual SLAM technology. Read more.

Series A

Sevensense Robotics AG secures USD 7.7m and a partnership with ABB Robotics. Read more.

Wyss Zurich project completion

The project Sevensense exits Wyss Zurich and continues operations in its startup company Sevensense Robotics AG.

Sevensense awarded by Deutsche Bahn's Mindbox

Sevensense convinces judges of the Deutsche Bahn Mindbox and CEE Startup Challenge. Read more.

Finalist of the W. A. de Vigier Award 2020

Sevensense among the top 10 startups of the W. A. de Vigier Award 2020. Read more.

Successful seed financing round

Sevensense closes Seed financing round of CHF 1.25 million.

Sevensense joins the InnoBooster program

In joining the program Sevensense receives InnoBooster financing by the Gebert Rüf Foundation. Read more.

Sevensense Robotics AG incorporation

The ETH Zurich spin-off is incorporated under the name Sevensense Robotics AG. 

Wyss Zurich admission

Sevensense is accepted as full project at Wyss Zurich.

Founding Team

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Gregory Hitz

Project Leader & Co-Founder

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Fabian Blöchlinger

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Mathias Bürki

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Gianluca Cesari

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Renaud Dubé

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Marcin Dymczyk

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Kevin Egger

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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Andreas Pfrunder

Robotics Engineer & Co-Founder

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