Robotics & intelligent systems

The silicon valley of robotics

The Greater Zurich Area continues to be a global leader in robotics, drone technology and computer vision. The close ties between the industry, world-class universities and researchers, and innovation-friendly authorities have driven revolutionary advancements, attracted leading technology firms and talent, and encouraged entrepreneurship. Multinationals, SMEs and start-ups that locate in Greater Zurich enjoy a high availability of talent, thanks to a plethora of renowned higher education institutions in the region. 



Switzerland is proud to be known as the Silicon Valley of Robotics. Greater Zurich contributes considerably to this peak position, and its universities and technology companies belong among the world’s leaders in information science, computer vision, sensor technology and artificial intelligence. 

Drone technology

Drone technology

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

Computer vision

Computer vision

The Greater Zurich Area is one of the world’s leading centers for computer vision - thanks to leading universities, top talents, a dynamic start-up scene and global tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, Huawei, Oracle and Disney.

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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

Featured video

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
Marc Rudolf
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