Outstanding talents, bright ideas

Former Excellence Scholar receives ERC Starting Grant

09.09.2019 – Fifteen talented young researchers from ETH Zurich are each to receive an ERC Starting Grant, which is more than for any year previously. 3 women and 12 men each received an average of 1.5 million euros for their research projects. Among them is Marco Hutter, former Excellence Scholar and today Professor at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems.

Marco Hutter specialises in developing quadrupedal robots, some of which can operate autonomously. In his ERC project, he aims to apply new machine learning methods to enhance the robots’ mobility and prepare them for autonomous locomotion in extremely difficult terrain. In the future, these robots could take over dirty and dangerous tasks for humans, for example in disaster areas, sewers and mines, or on offshore platforms.

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