2nd Call for Proposals: Winning Teams

We have the pleasure of announcing the winners of the 2nd call!  In response to September 15th, 2022 Call for Proposals, 14 eligible proposals were submitted with allocated funding to 5 applications (acceptance rate 36%). We thank all teams who put the effort and time into submitting their applications.


Flexible Pick and Place for Transparent Micro-devices


Research partner:

HuCE cpvrLab – Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). Our research aims at bringing human flexibility into automation efficiency. We leverage technologies such as 6D-tracked tools and augmented reality to develop context-aware systems that aim at simplifying human-machine interaction without reducing performance.

IDSIA Robotics Lab – SUPSI. Our research applies state-of-the-art AI and Deep Learning techniques to enable novel applications of mobile and industrial robotics. In particular, we focus on challenging tasks related to robot perception, and human-robot interaction.

Implementation partner:

FemtoPrint  FEMTOPRINT® is the sole 3D microfabrication platform capable of material structuring using arbitrary patterns to produce challenging, monolithic 3D shapes in glass with high precision, sub-micron resolution, and with an additional polishing step, optical surface quality.

No-Touch Robotics No-Touch Robotics is a pioneer in the area of robotic micro handling. We provide gripping solutions for the damage-free handling of small and fragile components by using acoustic forces.

Project description:

In this project, a robotic solution for picking and placing glass micro-devices that is generic enough to be rapidly adapted to new products by the company itself will be developed.


Investigating robot-assisted thermal ablation of complex liver malignancies in a perfused ex-vivo model

Research partner:

ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Multidisciplinary research team bridging the gap between university, clinical and industry knowledge

Implementation partner:


Medical device development expert and pioneer in stereotactic image-guidance and robotic surgery

Project description:

Current clinical challenges of thermal ablation treatment can be surpassed through synchronous robot-assisted probe retraction and energy modulation. Various ablation volume shapes will be tested in a lifelike environment using perfused ex-vivo livers.


EMG-controlled hand exoskeleton for assistance and rehabilitation in motor-impaired patients