Markus Waibel

Co-Founder and COO, Verity AG

Markus Waibel

Markus Waibel is a Swiss entrepreneur. He is a co-founder, director, and COO of Verity AG, a Swiss deep-tech company creating autonomous indoor drone systems and related technologies.

He received his PhD in Robotics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007 and an MSc in Technical Physics from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 2003. As part of his academic career, he has authored 15 peer-reviewed publications in robotics in the field's leading conferences and journals, acted as an adviser for 2 PhD students and 25 students pursuing Bachelor and Master theses in robotics, and acted as reviewer for more than 100 academic publications. His main research focus has been on multi-robot systems and cloud computing. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Deputy Director of ETH Zurich's Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, and the Program Manager of the pioneering Cloud Robotics project RoboEarth.

He has won numerous start-up awards. In 2006, he co-founded the IT project routeRANK, resulting in the world's first multi-modal travel-planner and pioneering CO2 emission transparency for consumer travel. The company was a finalist in the PICNIC Green Challenge awarded by Bill Clinton. It was acquired in 2022.

In earlier work, he co-founded a non-profit that has grown into one of the world's premiere media outlets on robotics, comprising the ROBOHUB online platform and two award-winning podcast series that have published more than 300 in-depth interviews with the world's leading roboticists since 2006.

From 2018 to 2020, he was the first president of Switzerland's Drone Industry Association.

As an inventor, he is the holder of a U.S. patent for a robotic locomotion method and a mobile robot and more than ten other robotics, algorithmic, and cloud technologies.


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