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Marko Bjelonic

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Marko Bjelonic was born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, in 2013 and 2016, respectively. He was with the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group of CSIRO, Australia, in 2015/16. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree with the Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zürich, Switzerland. His research interest includes whole-body motion control and planning for wheeled-legged robots in challenging environments, and the transfer of this technology to robotic and non-robotic applications. The supervisors of his PhD are Marco Hutter from ETH Zurich and Sangbae Kim from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Education

Sep 2016 - Sep 2020
PhD in Robotics, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Jul 2014 - Aug 2016
M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)
Aug 2013 - July 2014
M. Sc. in Engineering (Exchange), NTNU in Trondheim (Norway)
Oct 2010 - Oct 2013
B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany)

Professional Career

Jan 2017 - Sep 2020
Researcher, NCCR Digital Fabrication (Switzerland)
Jan 2017 - Sep 2020
Researcher, NCCR Robotics (Switzerland)
Sep 2016 - Sep 2020
Roboticist, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Nov 2015 - Aug 2016
Postgraduate Student at Autonomous Systems Lab of CSIRO in Brisbane (Australia)
May 2015 - Oct 2015
Research Assistant at Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt (Germany)
Jun 2014 - Feb 2015
Engineering Intern at Mercedes-AMG GmbH in Affalterbach (Germany)
Oct 2008 - Oct 2012
Summer Job at Daimler AG, PKI Zerspanungstechnik GmbH, Kantwerg Isoliertechnik GmbH and Unilever GmbH in Mannheim (Germany)

Talks, Presentations and Media Coverage

May 2020
Live presentation at ICRA 2020 "Hybrid Locomotion for Wheeled-Legged Robots", Paris, France
Sep 2019
Live demonstration "Roller-Walking ANYmal" at Digital Day 2019, Zurich, Switzerland
Sep 2019
ANYmal on wheels with arm featured on armasuisse promotion video, Zurich, Switzerland
July 2019
Talk at Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at University of Washington, invited by Dieter Fox, Seattle, USA
May 2019
Talk at Robotics at Google, invited by Ken Caluwaerts, New York, USA
May 2019
Talk at Boston Dynamics, invited by Kevin Blankespoor, Waltham, USA
May 2019
Talk at Biomimetics Robotics Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), invited by Sangbae Kim, Cambridge, USA
Jan 2019
Talk at Autonomous Systems Group at Apple, invited by Juergen Wiest, Zurich, Switzerland
May 2019
Organizer of workshop “Towards Real-World Deployment of Legged Robots” at ICRA 2019, Montreal, Canada
May 2019
Presenting paper “Keep Rollin'- Whole-Body Motion Control and Planning for Wheeled Quadrupedal Robots” at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Montreal , Canada
Dec 2018
Interview with RTL Aktuell “ANYmal shows its skills on TV”, Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 2018
Presenting paper “Skating with a force controlled quadrupedal robot” at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid , Spain
Oct 2018
Presenting paper “An Adaptive Landing Gear for Extending the Operational Range of Helicopters” at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid , Spain
Mar 2018
Interview with BBC News about “Rollerskating robot to the rescue”, Zurich, Switzerland
May 2017
Presenting paper “Autonomous Navigation of Hexapod Robots with Vision-based Controller Adaptation” at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Marina Bay Sands , Singapore
Oct 2016
Presenting paper “Terrain-dependant Control of Hexapod Robots using Vision” at International Symposium on Experimental Robotics (ISER), Tokyo, Japan
Oct 2016
Presenting paper “Proprioceptive control of an over-actuated hexapod robot in unstructured terrain” at IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Deajeon, South Korea

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