Robotics and intelligent systems in the Greater Zurich Area

Robotics & intelligent systems in the Greater Zurich Area

The Silicon Valley of robotics

The Greater Zurich Area continues to be a global leader in robotics, drone technology and computer vision. There are close ties in the region between the industry, world-class universities and researchers and innovation-friendly authorities. This has driven revolutionary advancements, attracted leading technology firms and talent and encouraged entrepreneurship in the region, leading to unmatched opportunities for robot technology companies.

Multinationals, SMEs and startups that are in Greater Zurich enjoy a high availability of talent. This is thanks to a plethora of renowned higher education institutions in the region. On an international level, the European Commission has made artificial intelligence in Europe a priority for the next several years. These advantages have attracted some of the finest robotics companies in the world to the Greater Zurich Area.

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Switzerland is proud to be known as the Silicon Valley of Robotics. Greater Zurich's robotics output is a key factor in this. Its universities and technology companies belong among the world’s leaders in information science, computer vision, sensor technology and artificial intelligence.

Advancements in intelligent robots and systems move at an unprecedented pace. Robotics companies in Switzerland are uniquely positioned for exponential expansion. The excellence of Swiss robotics is already known worldwide, and the robotics companies in the Greater Zurich Area continue to bolster this reputation.

Drone technology

Drone technology

The Greater Zurich Area is the world’s leading location for the development of core technology for drones and robots in commercial applications. There are several leading universities here, such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. These universities are home to a large and active community of developers, numerous drone and component manufacturers and innovation-friendly authorities. Greater Zurich’s contributions to drone robotics in Europe further Switzerland’s reputation as the “Silicon Valley of Robotics”.

See why the Greater Zurich region is home to some of the latest advancements in drone robotics and artificial intelligence in the world.

Computer vision

Computer vision

The Greater Zurich Area is one of the world’s leading centers for computer vision. This is due to the leading universities, top talent, dynamic start-up scene and global tech giants that call the region home. These tech giants include Google, Apple, Meta, Microsoft, IBM, Huawei, Oracle and Disney Research | Studios. These companies, along with a growing startup ecosystem in the field, make the region a hotbed for machine learning in Europe.

Rankings, facts and figures

Home to 94 drone companies

24 research laboratories are part of the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Robotics

#3 worldwide for robotics patents in relation to number of inhabitants

Home to Google’s largest research campus outside of the U.S.

Robotics software makes up the largest robotics segment in Switzerland

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Greater Zurich’s vibrant drone and robotics ecosystem continues to attract innovative start-ups and leaders in the field. Watch the video to find out why:


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Beryl Kern
Senior Project Manager
Lukas Sieber Executive Director USA
Lukas Sieber
Executive Director USA
The Greater Zurich Area offers highly skilled and diverse engineering talent, a strong ecosystem in drone technology, solid international connections, and an unrivaled quality of life. This made it the ideal location to found Auterion, a deep-tech company focused on international customers.
Kevin Sartori
Kevin Sartori - Co-Founder of Auterion, Honorary Ambassador of the Greater Zurich Area