About Hydromea

Founded in December 2014, Hydromea SA is a new start-up from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, with the goal to bring the latest advanced technology from microengineering and robotics to the environmental market. The Hydromea technology is the result of over 10 years of experience gained through research of the founders in underwater communication, localization, propulsion and distributed systems. By leveraging automation and multi-robot systems Hydromea aims to provide high-resolution in-situ data (which to date cannot be obtained by other means), cost-effectively and fast.



The Founders

Dr. Felix Schill

Dr. Felix Schill completed his Diploma degree in Computer Science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 2003, and was awarded a PhD in Computer Science at The Australian National University (ANU) in 2008 for his thesis on Distributed Communication in Swarms of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. He started working on underwater robots in 2003 at the Australian National University, where he worked on underwater communication channels, scalable ad-hoc networks for robotic swarms, and the development of underwater robots. He joined the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2011 to work on collision avoidance for swarms of aerial robots. His research results are published in over a dozen peer-reviewed conference and journal papers. Formally educated in computer science, Dr. Schill is an expert in real-time systems, ad-hoc communication networks, aerial and underwater robotics, and also has extensive experience in designing and building electronics, embedded systems, rapid manufacturing/3D printing, composite manufacturing and mechanical design.

Dr. Alexander Bahr

Dr. Alexander Bahr received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University Aachen, Germany in 2003. Being interested in the subject of underwater robotics for a long time he went to the Australian National University (ANU) to work in this field during a seven month project as a research scientist. During that time he developed the first prototype of the Serafina, a small AUV. In 2004 he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received his PhD in Ocean Engineering from the Joint Program of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and MIT in 2009. His work was focused on the cooperation and navigation of large groups of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV). As part of his PhD research he participated in several cruises and vehicle deployments where he acquired an in-depth understanding of the inner workings and operational details of several commercial and research AUV systems. In addition to his PhD work he participated in numerous projects which required the design, testing and deployment of underwater sensing equipment.


Sponsors

EPFL MICS spin fund KTI/CTI Swiss Confederation Venturelab SPECo Canton Vaud Innovaud