We turned 5! Quite a journey so far, which was adequately celebrated in the Swiss mountains in Ticino. Stunning views, great atmosphere and looots of fun! Thanks to everyone who made this possible, we look forward to the next 5 years!
We have obtained our first series contract with a leading European wind turbine manufacturer. The optimization software from Embotech, FORCES PRO, will be implemented on electronic control units (ECUs) that are embedded in the advanced control systems of wind turbines. This allows for better structural stability, longer run-times of wind turbines, stable power production under diverse wind conditions, and for less maintenance over lifetime optimizing profitability for wind turbine operators. Read more.
Embotech has received the Frost and Sullivan "2018 Best Practices -- European Autonomous Driving Software Technology Award" for its software FORCES PRO. Read more.
Embotech has been selected to the finals of the Pioneers'18 festival, where 50 startups from all areas are pitching (from more than 500 applicants) for the final win on the main stage. Embotech has been selected as the best Mobility startup after the pitch and Q&A of CTO Alexander Domahidi, putting us among the top 8 startups from more than 500 applications. The overall winner of Pioneers'18 is the startup SzelesTIM from the health-tech sector, creating a minimal-invasive device for pain treatment. Congratulations to the overall winner of Pioneers'18 - very well deserved!
“We are delighted to appoint Andreas as CEO. In a short time, he has had a very positive impact on the way we work. We are confident that his experience, vision and determination will drive the company to the next level”, says co-founder Juan Jerez, who hands over the CEO position to Mr Kyrtatos. A mechanical engineer and business law graduate, Andreas has a strong background in product development and digitalization in the energy and marine businesses. Andreas had initially joined embotech in March 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. Read more.
To optimally serve our customers while staying at the forefront of innovation in the area of motion planning for autonomous vehicles, we have increased our team size to 15, with bright minds from ETH Zurich and other top European universities. We also welcome our new COO Andreas Kyrtatos, who is joining the embotech management team from an industry-leading Energy company. We are still looking for more people - check out our jobs section.
Volkswagen has launched the second batch of the Future of Mobility Incubator in Dresden, where we will work on automated low-speed manoeuvring of cars in complex environments such as in a factory or in a valet parking garage. Before getting to work, we had some fun in pushing the VW models to their limits on a test track. It is amazing how good today's ESC systems actually are! Read more
After an event in which autonomous and shared driving emerged as perhaps the most dominant talking points, embotech made it to the finals from the Autonomous Pitching Track Powered by Magna. After the pitch on the main stage, we have been selected as Mobility.Pioneers 2018 due to our "deep tech" and business scaling potential. Winning Mobility.Pioneers 2018, we are excited to be fast-tracked to the best 50 Startups pitching at the main Pioneers event in Vienna, where 2500 investors, startups and corporates are expected to gather for discussions, networking and business relations. Read more
Following today's pitch event at the Gläserne Manufaktur Dresden, a beautiful glass building hosting the final assembly of Volkswagen's all-electric compact car e-Golf, embotech has been selected for the Volkswagen Future of Mobility Incubator. We will work on automated low-speed manoeuvring of cars in complex environments such as in a factory or in a valet parking garage. Read more
The Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) has awarded embotech with the CTI Label. This signals that the technology and the company is mature, and business prospects are outstanding. Read more
We congratulate AMZ, the academic racing team of ETH Zurich for their big success in the first Formula Student Driverless competition, which has been held on the well-known race track Hockenheim, Germany. AMZ has been using embotech software for motion planning in the track drive discipline, in which they ranked first, beating the second placed team by 50 seconds - per lap! Browse the official results here.
Based on embotech motion planning technology, an ETH doctoral student has developed an application that allows camera drones to implement desired cinematographic shots automatically, making filming of difficult scenes much easier and cost-effective. See the press coverage by ETH and 20minuten, a Zurich commuter paper.
We happy to announce that we have closed a seed financing round of 1.05M Swiss Francs. The funds will be used to adapt our core technology for automotive applications and to fund go-to-market activities. Lead investors in the round are Swiss business angels and the Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB). Read more.
We have been selected by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) to participate in their Market Validation program in San Francisco. We were able to meet numerous companies working on novel automotive and drone applications in the Bay Area that require the sort of intelligent decision making that is provided by our software.
We are excited about the recent start of the software development project together with the Future Launchers Preparatory Program (FLPP) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is titled "On-board real-time trajectory generation" and will bring European space flight one step closer to automated, flexible launch mission planning and reusability of launcher technology, e.g. by enabling the autonomous return of launcher stages to earth (think: SpaceX Falcon 9). You can find more details after the jump.
FORCES Pro is now a featured third-party product as part of the MathWorks Connections Program. Our sophisticated MATLAB® and Simulink® interfaces enable engineers to use the full power of embedded optimization algorithms generated by FORCES Pro as part of their usual design and simulation workflow. Please contact us if you want to know more.
The BKW-blog published an article (in German) today that describes how FORCES Pro shapes the future of energy generation, energy management, and building control. The article is also available in French.
venturelab today announced that we are part of the venture leaders in technology team that will go to New York City for a week in June to put their business development in the US market into overdrive. The newest member of our management team, Andreas Hempel, will represent embotech across the Atlantic and show how optimization technology can change how people design and implement autonomous systems that have to make intelligent decision independently and often in real-time.
FORCES Pro is now capable of handling complex nonlinear programs directly. The software comes with a new easy to use high-level interface for defining convex and non-convex programs in MATLAB.
embotech has been awarded an acceleration prize by UBS to develop fast portfolio allocation software that could enable more efficient wealth management applications and services. Read more.
Over 600 contestants entered the UBS Future of Finance Challenge, an innovation competition to change the way finance works and how banks meet their client’s needs. From these 15 were chosen to take part in the EMEA regional final in Zurich. embotech, Biowatch and Wayerz progressed to the global final.
Many practical problems involve discrete variables, for example when modeling a switch that can be either on or off. In our effort to increase the flexibility of our solvers, we have integrated support for problems with binary variables into FORCES Pro, which can now generate a highly customizable branch-and-bound solver that can be embedded in every device.
embotech's CTO discusses about embedded optimization technology and its potential as a key tool for real-time trajectory generation in space missions. You can download the slides here.
The Swiss Comission for Technology and Innovation has evaluated embotech's progress and decided to maintain coaching support for our company. We will now work with our coach Christoph Heidelberger towards the CTI label, a certificate for quality and readiness for sustainable company growth.
The new version of FORCES Pro comes with a new ADMM variant which efficiently handles general polytopic constraints. Also all ADMM variants allow now time-varying parameters. Further FORCES Pro can now import user-defined projection functions for use with first-order methods. Also the range of supported interfaces is extended to Python 3. Find new examples of FORCES Pro applications here. Read more.
A consortium consisting of leading researchers in the electrical distribution grid sector and the software company Adaptricity has successfully launched a CTI-supported project on decision support software for optimal sizing and planning of electricity grids, for which embotech will supply the large-scale optimization engine. Read more
Generate and simulate high performance controllers from Python scripts. FORCES Pro now has code customization for x86 platforms and can be fully integrated in the dSpace design flow.
Introducing a novel control interface for Simulink® for an intuitive integration into your control design flow. For the first time, FORCES comes with a first order method: ADMM, which can be extremely fast for many control problems. Test it for free.
With our new flexible licensing scheme, you pay only for what you really need. After a free 30 day trial, you can choose between a basic version for simulation and control design, a prototype version for code generation or the deployment version. Read More.
embotech has launched its new website with a new powerful Simulink block for predictive control. We continue to work to add more content and to improve the user experience. Read More.
embotech's co-founder Juan Jerez has been awarded with the Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize for his outstanding PhD thesis on code generation for embedded optimization on embedded hardware platforms. Read More.
Keep track of the latest developments at embotech.
embotech, short for embedded optimization technologies, was founded in September 2013. We strive to lead the market for numerical optimization solutions that will be integral part of tomorrow's decision making systems. The company is a spin-off of the Automatic Control Laboratory from ETH Zurich.
We are located at Technopark Zurich, 10 minutes from Zurich main station and 20 minutes from Zurich International Airport.