Prof. Einar Nielsen

Lecturer in Automation, Robotics and Systems Engineering


Important technical successes as a result of projects

2017World’s First Robotically Assisted Cochlear Implantation performed by a robot that was developed and produced by the NTB Competence Center Robotics

Directly Financed Contract Projects

2018Battery Changing Robot for Artwork Play by Urs Fischer (NY, USA)
2018Moving Office Chair, Artwork Play by Urs Fischer (Gagosian Gallery, NY, USA)
2014Prototype of novel Laser Scanner (Hexagon Techology Center GmbH, Heerbrugg)


2017MIRACI- Minimally lnvasive and Robotically Assisted Cochlear lmplantation (CAScination AG, ARTORG Center of the University of Bern, Bern University Hospital)
2015Neurological Gait Trainer (ZHdK, ZHAW and ABILITY Switzerland AG)
2014Fast high precision robot, accuracy < 1 mm (Hexagon Techology Center GmbH, CH)


since 2006NTBFull Professor in the field of Automation and Robotics and Head of the Robotics Competence Center
1999-2006ZHAWSenior Research Engineer / Scientist
1999-2001EMPAConception and design of an intelligent water pipe inspection robot; project management, design and production
1997-1998Huber+Suhner AGOptimization of the mecos robot production system
1996-1997RobotInstall GmbHRealisation of a video- and force-sensor guided robot system for fully-automated production of HF-cable-assemblies for the telecommunication industry
1992-1996mecos Robotics AGFounder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors
1989-1993Institute of Robotics, ETHZResearch associate
1984-1989ETHZMechanical Engineer ETH with specialization in higher mechanics (focus on mechatronics) and lightweight structure engineering (examinations: 5.51, theses 5.64)
1982-1984Brown, Boveri & Cie BBCDesign and calculation engineer, designing air cooling generators up to 250 MVA and calculating rotor dynamics
1979-1982HTL WinterthurMechanical Engineer HTL at Technikum Winterthur (examinations: 5.63, theses 5.5)


  •  Nielsen E., Graf U., Züger M., Specker J. „EEROS, an Easy, Elegant, Reliable, Open and Safe robotic software framework” Internationales Forum Mechatronik 2013, Winterthur, Schweiz, ISBN (78-3-033-04189-9
  • Jung B., Nielsen E. „Regelung mit steifen aerodynamischen Aktuatoren“, Internationales Forum Mechatronik 2011, Cham, Deutschland, ISBN 978-3-000-35785-5
  • Hausammann M., Schöll B., Nielsen E., Kirchhof J., Nagel G. „Kompensation parasitärer Getriebeeinflüsse“, Internationales Forum Mechatronik 2011, Cham, Deutschland, ISBN 978-3-000-35785-5
  • Nielsen E., Graf U., Ritter L. „Kooperierende Roboter in der Grundausbildung des Systemtechnikingenieurs“, Internationales Forum Mechatronik 2010, Winterthur, ISBN 978-3-033-02655-1
  • Widmer D., Nielsen „Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Roboter für Fräsarbeiten an der lateralen Schädelbasis“, Internationales Forum Mechatronik 2010, Winterthur, ISBN 978-3-033-02655-1
  • Bell, B., Salzmann, J., Nielsen, E., Gerber, N., Zheng, G., Nolte, L., Stieger, C., Caversaccio, M., Weber, S. An Accuracy Approach to Robotic Microsurgery in the Ear [1524] 2010, Annual Conference of the German Society for Computer and Robot assisted Surgery CURAC, Düsseldorf
  • Bell B., Gerber N., Salzmann J., Nielsen E., Zheng G., Stieger C., Nolte L., Caversaccio M., Weber S.:  Improving System Accuracy in Computer Aided Robotic ORL Surgery; Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (2010)
  • R. Hüppi, E. Nielsen, R. Grüninger und C. Brom: „Effizienter Robotereinsatz schon bei kleinen und mittleren Serien“, Key-Session am Internationalen Forum Mechatronik (ifm 2006), Linz, 16.-17. Oktober 2006
  • B. Osmani, E. Nielsen, H. Dave, C. Brom, G. Zünd: „A concept for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery using a four-armed robot“, Publizierung eingereicht aber noch nicht angenommen (2004-9)
  • R. Hüppi, E. Nielsen, C. Neuweiler: “Automatic Horizontal Container Transshipment System”, ITSC 2004, 7th Intern. Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Washington, D.C., USA, 3-6. October 2004
  • E. Nielsen: “Anforderungen an eine schnelle Robotersteuerung”, Institutsbericht, Institut für Robotik, 6.9.1993, Neuauflage IMS, 18.5.2002
  • E. Nielsen, D. Diez, R. Hüppi, R. Roshardt: “A Modular Concept for an Application-Adapted Robotic System”, Journée microtechnique, EPFL 10/92
  • E. Nielsen, R. Hüppi: “MODRO: A Modular Concept for an Application-Adapted Robotic System”, 23rd Intern. Symposium on Industrial Robots, Barcelona, Spain, 6-9. October 1992
  • D. Diez, N. Gürman, E. Nielsen: “Neural Network Applications in Robotics”, Workshop on Industrial Applications of Neural Networks, Ascona, Switzerland, 16-20. September 1991
  • E. Nielsen: „Entwurf und Implementation eines Pingpong-Algorithmus“, Diplomarbeit am Institut für Robotik, ETHZ, 1988
  • E. Nielsen, J. Wilhelm: „Entwurf eines schnellen Teleskoparms“, Semesterarbeit am Institut für Leichtbau, ETHZ,  Juli 1988
  • H. P. Fässler, K. Buffinton, E. Nielsen: „Design for a high speed robot. Skilled in the play of ping-pong“, Int. Symposium on Industrial Robots, April 1988
  • E. Nielsen: „Konzept zum Bau eines Reinstraumroboters“, Semesterarbeit am Institut für Mechanik, ETHZ, 8. März 1988
  • E. Nielsen: „Konstruktion eines schnellen Roboters“, Institutsbericht Institut für Mechanik, ETHZ, Januar 1988



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