Robert is a professor of robotics at ETH. He takes inspiration from living creatures and develops robots with deformable properties that adapt better to their environment when compared to traditional robots. His lab designs, fabricates, models, and controls soft robotic systems such as robotic fish for ocean exploration, arms for dynamic manipulation tasks, and drones for swift grasping. Robert’s work has appeared in leading academic journals, such as Science Robotics, and has been featured in major outlets, including New York Times. Robert is one of 20 TED Fellows in 2022. Robert is a member of the ETH AI Center, the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems (CLS), and the ETH Competence Center for Materials and Processes (MaP). Robert is an Area Chair for Robotics Science and Systems (RSS), an Associate Editor for IROS, an Associate Editor for RA-L, and a reviewer for leading peer-reviewed journals, including Science and Nature.