At its meeting of 23/24 September 2015 the ETH Board appointed architect Benjamin Dillenburger (on the right in the picture) and roboticist Marco Hutter as assistant professors. Within the NCCR Digital Fabrication both will play a crucial role as principle investigators.
Professor Benjamin Dillenburger (*1977), currently Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has attracted international attention for his outstanding work in opening up new fields in construction. The theses he has formulated on the basis of digital design and fabrication processes call classical paradigms into question. 3D architectural printing is one of his key areas of research. Here, he focuses on investigating the specific performance and tectonic possibilities of high-resolution additive printing processes. Benjamin Dillenburger has the potential to make a significant contribution to the future of architectural production. He will start in his position as an Assistant Professor of Digital Building Technologies at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in January 2016.
Dr Marco Hutter (*1985), currently Deputy Laboratory Director at ETH Zurich, has achieved global recognition for his pioneering work on mechanical walking. His focus is on innovative concepts of series elastic actuation systems, which enable quadrupedal robots to walk and run in an extremely efficient and dynamic manner. A drive module developed by his team will shortly be used in the industrial manufacture of walking excavators. Beside his role within the NCCR Digital Fabrication Marco Hutter is part of the NCCR Robotics, coordinator of several research projects, industrial collaborations, and international competitions that target the application of high-mobile autonomous vehicles in challenging environments such as for rescue, industrial inspection, or construction operation. Marco Hutter will start in his position as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Robotic Systems in October 2015.