New Prototype

By Ciro Salzmann on August 15, 2020

We have been working on our last prototype, Tina, for more than two years. Now, it is time to build a new version with even better hardware and software!! We have taken all great feedback from companies and researchers to develop an improved version of the Ascento robot. We plan to test the new version and keep on improving to get closer to a complete product.

Stay tuned for new updates.

Ascento on YouTube

By Ciro Salzmann on July 29, 2020

We are absolutely amazed by the sudden success of our video “This is Ascento 2” on YouTube. It took 5 months to reach the first 100’000 views and suddenly 3 days later it reached 200’000 and another 3 days later 300’000 views! Thank you all very much for your interest, your feedback and your support – This is what keeps us going!

If you haven’t already, go watch our "This is Ascento 2" video ! And if you already have… just go watch it again 🙂

Paper Publication at ICRA 2020

By Ciro Salzmann on April 10, 2020

Finally our second paper submission was accepted and published at the International COnference on Robotics and Automation 2020. Unfortunately the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 situation but we hope to meet great minds and robots at the next event.

Read the published paper LQR-Assisted Whole-Body Control of a Wheeled Bipedal Robot with Kinematik Loops"

Paper Publication at ICRA 2019

By Dominik Mannhart on May 21, 2019

In May 2019 we went to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Montreal and presented our first published paper.

Have a look at the paper "Ascento: A Two-Wheeled Jumping Robot"

VDMA Meeting Wiesbaden

By Ciro Salzmann on October 10, 2018

On September 28th team Ascento was kindly invited for a short talk at the annual VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau) meeting in Wiesbaden, Germany. The robot went on stage together with two team members, which presented the project during a talk about startups by Christian Keese, a very renowned german author and journalist.

ETH Industry Day 2018

By Ciro Salzmann on September 12, 2018

On the 5th of September 2018 team Ascento was at the ETH Industry Day 2018. The one day event showcased various presentations, interviews and exhibitions with the main objective of providing insights into successfull collaborations between industry and academia.

More information about the event can be found here.

While Tina was driving and jumping around, we were pleased to talk to all interested people. Thank you everyone who came by and chatted with us!

We were even featured in the official video of the event! Have a look here at the video


By Ciro Salzmann on December 6, 2018

Look how beautiful Tina looks on the stage of the 12th WORLD.MINDS Annual Symposium! With more than 300 scientists, entrepreneurs, professors and politicians it was certainly not the time to make mistakes! But what about WORLD.MINDS?

It is an invitation-only community of 1000 individuals who have made proven contributions in science, the arts, business and government. The main purpose of the symposium is the exchange of ideas and this years theme was “mobility”. It was held in Zurich on the evening of May 9, 2018.

Our speakers Lionel and Alessandro did a great job presenting and, of course, Tina also showed an amazing performance. It was the first time Tina got to show her stunts in front of a real audience. Great job Tina and the Ascento team!

All presentations in the field of research and industry, delicious apéros with great conversations and even a live jazz concert made this evening unforgettable. We would like to thank all volunteers and organizers that made this event happen. A special thanks goes to Rolf Dobelli who invited us to this great evening and Roland Siegwart who helped us along the way.

Checkt out the presentation video