Martin Rufli received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Ph.D. degree in Robotics from ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in 2006, 2008, and 2012, respectively. He conducted his M.Sc. thesis on Robotic Motion Planning at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), and completed a research stint at Harbin Institute of Technology (P.R. China).
From 2012 to 2013 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich. At ETH, his research involved the design of novel algorithms for robotic navigation with the aim to bring robots out of factory lines and into our everyday lives. The main focus in this regard concerned system-based online methods and algorithms that model robot–robot interaction.
Martin joined IBM as a Research Staff Member in 2013. He presently leads a team of scientists in the domain of Robotics / Spatial Cognition with a vision to make the physical world more readily perceptible by AI systems.
Martin is a lecturer at ETH Zurich and co-teaches the Autonomous Mobile Robots graduate-level course.