Commercial Drones

The market, technology and use of commercial drones is developing rapidly. At the event many drone applications will be discussed and the latest trends and technologies showcased and demonstrated.

Swiss Post will start using drones in 2017. Their project managers will present at the event what they plan to do and how the envision the future.

An international drone exhibition will take place and provide the opportunity to see them in real and talk to the vendors directly.

To demonstrate the high-tech capabilities, a drone race with the best European pilots will take place in Lugano and will be transmitted live into the conference center.


Siddhartha Arora, Moderator

Background information



Program

Companies

Sensefly

At senseFly we develop and produce aerial imaging drones for professional applications.

Safe, ultra-light and easy to use, these highly automated data collection tools are employed by customers around the world in fields such as surveying, agriculture, GIS, industrial inspection, mining and humanitarian aid.

senseFly was founded in 2009 by a team of robotics researchers and quickly became the industry leader in mapping drones. Today we continue to lead the way in developing situationally aware systems that help professionals make better decisions.

senseFly is the commercial drone subsidiary of Parrot Group, the world leader in consumer drones. For more information on senseFly, visit www.sensefly.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Matternet

The mission of Matternet is to make access to goods as frictionless and universal as access to information. Our products will enable people, companies and organizations around the world to build and operate drone logistics networks for transporting goods on demand, through the air, at a fraction of the time, cost and energy of any other transportation method used today.

We are committed to building technology and products that can be adopted at a massive scale to serve everyone on the planet.

We build world-class flying vehicles and intelligent control software, integrated into a complete solution for automated aerial logistics.

We are passionate about achieving the highest quality in our products and operations, and partner with the world’s most innovative technology and logistics companies and most impactful non-governmental organizations.

Fotokite

The Fotokite was born at ETH Zurich’s Flying Machine Arena, one of the world’s most advanced research lab in aerial robotics. While finishing his PhD at the Arena, Fotokite founder and CTO Sergei Lupashin was struck by the growing power and popularity of drone photography. Frustrated by overly complicated existing systems, he set out to build something more robust, and eventually arrived at using a taut tether to sidestep fundamental drone limitations.

Fotokite’s mission is to make aerial photography accessible to everyone. Specifically, we aspire to solve fundamental drone issues like safety, the need for piloting skills, and the lack of accountability.

After a debut at TED2014 (Sergei is now a TED Fellow), the company developed its first product: the Fotokite Pro, a live broadcast aerial camera that can fly for hours thanks to being powered from the ground. The Fotokite Pro was presented for the first time at NAB2015, and has been used for several productions and is being evaluated for more.

Working closely with the broadcasting industry on a professional solution gave Fotokite the experience to start working on a more affordable version: the Fotokite Phi. By being able to shed core drone components such as expensive GPS receivers and by getting rid of an RC controller, we have been able to build what is, to our knowledge, the lightest, friendliest, safest, most portable and most affordable GoPro quadcopter yet.

Skypull

Skypull is a Swiss start-up in the field of airborne wind energy generation. Its aim is to develop a fully autonomous drone that produces cheap and clean electricity from altitude winds.

Skypull has recently been awarded by Venture Kick, StartCupTicino and IMD Business School.

Product

Skypull consists of an on-ground generator with a drum hosting a light cable (made of UHMPE) connected to an autonomous flying device (drone).

The drone transforms the wind power available between 200 and 600 m above ground into traction on the cable, forcing the drum to rotate and the generator to produce electricity.

The duty cycle – after a fully autonomous take-off –comprises a generation phase (the flying device increases in altitude) and a recovery phase (losing altitude).

The duty cycle is automatically and precisely managed by the control system on board the drone.

The system is lightweight and compact, ranges between 0,1 and 1 MW power and may work at rated power up to 55% of the year (compared to 25-30% of traditional wind turbines).

Speakers

Siddhartha Arora

Siddhartha Arora is presently working at the IBM Innovation Center in Zurich.

Siddhartha graduated from ETH Zurich’s Management, Economics and Technology MAS program where his final assignment was focused on understanding the commercial drone industry.

Siddhartha has an MSc in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Jean-Christophe Zuffery

Jean-Christophe is the CEO and co-founder of senseFly, a world’s leading producer of aerial imaging drones for professional applications such as high-precision mapping and industrial inspection.

He is a bona fide pioneer in the field of small, bio-inspired, autonomous flying robots, holding a PhD in Mobile Robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) - where he has taught and managed numerous robotics projects - as well as an MSc in Micro Engineering, the thesis for which he completed at Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

A Swiss national, Jean-Christophe is also a licensed pilot with a passion for flying helicopters and fixed-wing aerobatics.

senseFly

senseFly was founded in 2009 by a team of robotics researchers and quickly became the industry leader in mapping drones.

Today we continue to lead the way in developing situationally aware systems that help professionals make better decisions.

Oliver Evans

Oliver Evans is the Global Head of Business Development at Matternet.

An awardwinning air cargo executive, he served as Chief Cargo Officer and Member of the Management Board at Swiss International Air Lines for over twelve years.

At Swiss, Oliver developed the company’s cargo division, Swiss WorldCargo, into a global leader for the transportation of high-value, care-intensive, urgent shipments.

He previously held executive positions at KLM Cargo and BAX Global, and served as Chairman of the Board of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), engaging with regulators and pushing for modernization of processes in air logistics.

With over 30 years of vast industry experience, Oliver is considered one of the most respected executives in the air logistics industry.

Matternet

Matternet is the leading developer of autonomous drone logistics systems.

The company’s complete solution for automated aerial logistics enables customers to implement and grow modular networks of any size at the scale of their needs.

Matternet has partnerships with some of the world’s most trusted organizations including Mercedes-Benz Vans, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo, UNICEF, World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders.

Janick Mischler

After having accomplished studies in Economies and Computer Science in Fribourg and St. Gallen, I was working for consulting companies and implementing different business and IT projects in Switzerland.

I joint the innovation & development unit of Swiss Post in January 2015 as project manager and initiated and launched the autonomous deliver project together with Andrea Marrazzo.

We are implementing innovative logistics services using new technologies as drones or self-driving delivery robots and trying to invent the logistics services of tomorrow already today.

Nicola Mona

Nicola studied materials science and engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), where he obtained in 2000 a Master of Science in Engineering. Nicola has also an MBA from Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

Nicola acquired his first professional experiences at the World Economic Forum as a Research Analyst in various international automotive and aerospace projects. Later, he was a Technical Lead for national project in sustainable mobility. In 2005 he joined RUAG Aviation, where he occupied over the coming 8 years various management positions in the field of maintenance, repair and overhaul as well as operations for propeller driven aircraft and drones.

As of 2013 Nicola is involved in several innovation and technology based projects as well as entrepreneurial ventures.

He is the CEO of Skypull since the January 2016.

Skypull

Skypull is a Swiss start-up in the field of airborne wind energy generation. Its aim is to develop a fully autonomous drone that produces cheap and clean electricity from altitude winds.

Skypull has recently been awarded by Venture Kick, StartCupTicino and IMD Business School.

Andrea Marrazzo

Before I started working for Swiss Post I was a project manager and consultant for logistics companies.

The focus was to build up new logistics models (multimodal planning) and reorganize their trip planning on the strategic and tactic layer.

I studied "Wirtschaftsinformatik" in Berne and as Janick already mentioned we are the two guys in charge for the autonomous delivery program at Swiss Post.

Christopher McCall

Chris is the CEO at Fotokite, an ETH spinoff company based in Zurich, Switzerland.

Chris has 9 years of experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in unmanned aerial and ocean robotics in Switzerland and the US.

Prior to joining Fotokite, he worked as a Development Engineer on autonomous vehicles and remote sensors at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

He holds an MSc in Mechanical Aerospace Engineering and a BSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego.

Chris is actively involved as TEDxZurich’s Head of Speakers and also a player for the Swiss National Lacrosse Team.

If you don’t find him in the office, he’s testing out the latest system in the mountains or on the waves.