Modular Inspection Robotics


About us

MIRobotics strives to invent and introduce modular, man-packable inspection and monitoring robots into aquaculture and environmental monitoring, contributing to a healthier environment. The flagship of the technological innovation is the bio- inspired, disguised as fish, low disturbance, and long endurance robot equipped with water quality monitoring, perception, and navigation sensors which operates autonomously and reports back analyzed results to the operators.



Our vision is to change how (environmental) monitoring and inspection is perceived. It will be a detail tool to give analytical results to the private/governmental sectors such that they can make the best actions for a sustainable economy. We believe that our experience and expertise in the field of mobile swimming robotics extended by the feedback we receive during numerous exhibitions and client contacts, enables us to provide the technology and the knowledge to realize this grand goal.



MIRobotics at EPFL drone days

September 1-2, 2018: We had a blast during the EPFL drone days. Lots of visitors and very good feedback from the Swiss community. We showed not all drones are meant to fly, but some swim while having safe interactions with the environment rather than avoiding it. Furthermore, we made so many kids happy by showing demos of our friendly robot swimming with the ducs in the pool. Check the the coverage of our booth on MIRobotics twitter account.

MIRobotics passes the first stage of Venture Kick

June 29, 2018: We are excited to pass the first stage of Venture Kick. We brought home 10,000CHF which helps us in developing and promoting our technology. Check the official press release here.

Archived News

Archived News

April 15, 2018: We are featured at RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY news of Hannover Messe 2018 as "Robots help save the environment". MIRobotics is sharing the stand of the Swiss National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCR) at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 to unveil a new eel-like swimming robot for environmental monitoring. read the complete news here.

April 24-27, 2018: We will be at Hannover Messe 2018, Hall 2, Stand C39. We are super excited to be there and engage with so many experts from all over the world. Special thanks to NCCR Robotics for hosting us at their booth.

April 10-22, 2018: We are excited that MIRobotics has been shortlisted to win the 2018 Global Meetup Wildcard!

March 1st, 2018: We will be at the 5th edition of Lausanne's Technology and Innovation Exhibition, Salon des Technologies et de l'Innovation de Lausanne, @SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL, Lausanne. Meet us there at BioRob booth.

Meet the Team



Behzad Bayat


Control engineer with Ph.D. in Marine Robotics. Eight years of experience and research in European scientific projects with distinctive contributions for autonomous underwater vehicles at IST, Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Laboratory. Three years of experience contributing to the development, navigation, and control of bio-inspired swimming robots at EPFL, Biorobotics laboratory. He is enthusiastic about building efficient bio-inspired robots that co-exist with other species in the ecosystem.


Peter Eckert


After realizing his M.Sc. in Bio-Mechatronics lab. at TU Ilmenau, Peter pursued his Ph.D. at EPFL, Biorobotics laboratory. The development of small, low-cost and human-friendly quadruped robots, inspired by small mammals, deepened his knowledge of bio-inspired mechatronic designs. His passion is the integration of intelligent and often compliant mechanics with efficient solutions for electronics and control to create a harmonic mechatronic system. He is continuing the role of mechatronic designer and building on research work, to contribute keeping our environment safe and healthy.


Auke Ijspeert

Scientific Advisor

Auke Ijspeert is a full professor at the EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne), and head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob). He has a B.Sc./M.Sc. in physics from the EPFL (1995), and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1999). He carried out postdocs at IDSIA and EPFL, and at the University of Southern California (USC). He then became a research assistant professor at USC, and an external collaborator at ATR (Advanced Telecommunications Research institute) in Japan. In 2002, he came back to the EPFL as an SNF assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in October 2009 and to full professor in April 2016. His primary affiliation is with the Institute of Bioengineering, and secondary affiliation with the Institute of Mechanical Engineering.

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