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Security and safety
of industrial sites


Robots to keep workers out of harm's way

Everyday people are sent into uncomfortable or risky environments to gather information that fixed sensors or fixed cameras fail to provide.

This is our motivation to develop autonomous agile robots for security and safety monitoring of industrial sites.

We incorporated ROVENSO SA in 2016 with the ambition to become the world leading provider of civilian security and safety robots.


ROVéo: Agile robot for security and safety monitoring of industrial sites

Autonomous Navigation

Unsupervised patrolling

ROVéo is able to fully autonomously monitor security of your assets when you are not around. It patrols silently, 24/7, choosing his own routes. When an anomaly is detected, it reports it instantly to security forces.

AI for Anomaly detection

Multimodal anomaly detection

ROVéo performs multi-modal sensor fusion to detects the slightest anomalies. Combining 3D laser scanning, night vision, thermal vision and acoustic analysis, it detects intrusions, liquid or gas leaks and incipient stages fires.


Extended urban mobility

Based on a unique, patented technology, ROVéo can swiftly tackle rough terrain, as well as steps and stairs, by simply adapting to their shape. It is ideal to monitor security both outside AND inside big industrial sites.

Its lightweight (50kg) and compact size allows for easy transportation and quick deployment. ROVéo is now used in pilot projects for security and safety monitoring of sensitive warehouses, industrial sites and energy plants.

ROVéo scenarised in autonomous suveillance of warehouses

ROVéo detecting water leaks and thermal anomalies

ROVéo, scenarised in outdoor patrolling


These are much more than partner companies. They are real supporters.
With money, means, advice or even sweat, they make rovenso's vision possible.

Nivalis Group is a Swiss Holding that supports and invests in startups specializing in automation, robotics, additive manufacturing and artificial intelligence.
Nivalis Group advocates innovation and uses smart money investments to help these high-tech startups develop unique products and technologies.
Focusing on Seed and Series A equity investments, the group supports startups with a technology park and a team of professional experts in business development, finance, human resources, IT, marketing and communications.

SOSV (Sean O’Sullivan Ventures) is a venture capital fund focused on accelerating over 120 startups every year.
SOSV has funded over 300 startups and their net IRR over the last 20 years puts them in the top 5% of all venture funds worldwide. They are now a global fund with $250M assets under management and a staff of nearly 50 operating world-renowned accelerators in the areas of hardware, software, biology, food, robotics, medical devices, transportation, green energy, and beyond.

HAX the first and largest global hardware accelerator, with over 100 startup investments in 4 years.
Based in Shenzhen, San Francisco and New York in order to leverage the supply chain and factory ecosystem, the program ensures the rapid development of manufacturable products. The majority of the successful applicants to the accelerator come from the United States and Europe. HAX hosts Demo Days in China and Silicon Valley to reach global media and investors. The B2C startups of HAX have successfully run over 50 crowdfunding campaigns raising an average of over $350,000. HAX companies receive up to $25,000 to $100,000 each and access to the SOS Ventures Hardware scaling fund.

EPFL heavily supports rovenso in many ways. First, the Tech Transfer Office helped build the IP, identifying the best patenting strategy and establishing an exclusive license agreement between EPFL and rovenso. Second, EPFL attributed a CHF100k EPFL Innogrant to the project in 2013. Third, the ENABLE program financed an industrial design of the robot based on the EPFL IP and the production of simulation prototypes to prove its feasibility.
This is without taking into account the extremely valuable advice given on both business and technology aspects by the whole team.

The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) has been helping startups since 1994. It encourages entrepreneurship, supports innovation and bolsters the local economy by providing appropriate financial assistance. The FIT grants help to projects that possess an innovative or technological character and those tied to a university in the county of Vaud. rovenso has received a FIT-Seed in January 2017.

RobotUnion is a leading pan-European accelerator programme in Robotics, which support European Robotics companies to disrupt new markets.
The Acceleration Program provides a one-in-all program that supports beneficiaries boost their technical development, leaving them on the path to commercialization.

Impulse Partners acts as a bridge between large corporate groups and startups with the aim of learning from each other and to develop win-win relationships.
Corporate groups from Construction, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Energy, Safety sectors specify needs while our startups promote, commercialize, and give exposure to their innovation.

Coppelia Robotics is the company behind V-REP, considered as the Swiss army knife among robot simulators: you will not find a simulator with more functions, features, or more elaborate APIs.
For rovenso, this simulation software is a strategic tool in the development process: it is a rapid prototyping platform allowing to assess the mobility of our rovers in rough terrain and to validate a wide number of components before eventually manufacturing the robot. This speeds up dramatically the development cycle of our solutions, for both the rovers and the user interfaces.
Moreover, Coppelia Robotics and rovenso are tightly collaborating on the development of novel human-machines interfaces.


It's all about people sharing a vision and making it happen.

CEO & co-founder
Thomas Estier


Thomas Estier is co-founder and CEO of rovenso. Former researcher in Field and Space Robotics at EPFL and co-founder of BlueBotics in 2001, he has experience in business development, operational and executive management gained at the LNS Group (machine-tool industry). Thomas has also been Vice-President of the Business Angels and Mentoring Club (A3 Angels), deputy vice-president at EPFL and technology transfer officer for the NCCR Robotics. NETS winner 2001 (New Entrepreneur in Tech. & Science; now ventureleaders), Thomas holds an EPFL Innogrant 2013.

CTO & co-founder
Lucian Cucu


Lucian Cucu is co-founder and CTO of rovenso. He holds a Master degree in Microengineering at EPFL, majoring in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His domain of expertise and strongest interests lie within mechatronics and robotics. In industry, at Hocoma AG, he has worked on the design of novel rehabilitation devices, and while in the Self-organizing Systems Research Lab, at Harvard University, he has designed and built self-assembling mobile robots. Lucian is VentureLeader 2015.

Lead Roboticist
& co-founder
Beat Geissmann


Beat Geissmann is co-founder and Lead Roboticist of rovenso. He holds a Master degree in Microengineering at EPFL, majoring in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. His has a strong hands-on experience on all fields of mechatronics and robotics. always fascinated by mobile robotics, Beat has been working on quad-copters, planes and submarines during his Master as well as While at EPFL Ecological Engineering Lab, he has developed quad-copters, planes and submarines for ecological monitoring. Always fascinated by robotics, and founding member of the Octanis Association, he is co-responsible for the success of their Arctic Rover mission.

AI Roboticist
Jean Marc  Bejjani

Jean Marc

Jean Marc Bejjani is AI Robotics Engineer at rovenso. He holds a Master degree in Microengineering at EPFL majoring in Robotics and AI.
His domain of expertise covers machine learning, Intelligent systems and optimization. Jean Marc is an avid learner and spends his free time working on fun projects where he can set his imagination free. His passion for cooking and his hospitality are a great addition to the team's skill set.

Navigation Wizard
Manohar Kuse


Dr. Manohar Kuse is a Robotics navigation engineer at rovenso. He obtained his Ph.D. in robotic navigation from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in Hong Kong.
His Ph.D. involved hands-on implementation experience developing slam and related algorithms on various sensor suites ranging from LIDAR, cameras and IMUs. Before joining his Ph.D. he briefly interned at CERN in Switzerland. He really enjoys knowing concepts to the core and having a thorough understanding of concepts.

Full Stack Physicist
Antonin Rousset


Antonin Rousset holds a Master degree in Physics at EPFL but believes he's a Full-Stack engineer at rovenso and actually doing a pretty good job there. So please do not tell him anything. Curious about everything, autodidact at lightning speed, Antonin likes to rush headlong toward unknown - but stimulating - directions.

Software Wizard


More to come very soon.

Mechatronics Ninja


More to come very soon.



We are currently looking for talents to complete our R&D team! Have a look at the open positions listed bellow and join us.

None that fits you ?
You are a robotics ninja, passionate about what you do and you think we need it ? Then we are looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

Advisory board member
Auke Ijspeert


Prof. Dr. Auke Ijspeert is head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob) at EPFL and member of the advisory board of rovenso. He has a B.Sc./M.Sc. in physics from the EPFL, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He carried out postdocs at IDSIA, EPFL and at the University of Southern California (USC). He's also member of the steering committee of the NCCR Robotics and leads there the grand challenge "rescue robotics". His research interests are at the intersection between robotics, computational neuroscience, nonlinear dynamical systems, and machine learning.

Advisory board member
Nicola Tomatis


Dr. Nicola Tomatis, CEO of BlueBotics, is member of the advisory board of rovenso. He is a recognized leader and authority in mobile robotics. Nicola received the IEEE Early Career Award in Robotics and Automation (2008), he has been listed in the 300 most influential persons of Switzerland (2010 and 2012), and he seats in the Executive Board of the euRobotics aisbl association as well as in the Industrial Activity Board of the IEEE Robotics and Automation society (IEEE RAS IAB).

Board member
Nicolas Corsi


Nicolas Corsi, CEO of Nivalis Group, is member of the board of rovenso. He is an accomplished CEO with over twenty years hands-on experience in high-tech industries. He held several positions at ETEL, an high-end motion control company and has been the CEO of ViDi Systems, pioneering the field of AI-based image analysis for industrial applications until the acquisition by Cognex. He has acquired extensive knowledge of M&A, business development, product R&D, project management and sales & marketing activities. Nicolas holds a Master degree in Electronic Engineering, and an executive MBA from EPFL.

Board member
Oscar Gallego


Dr. Oscar Gallego is member of the Board of rovenso. He has + 25 years of industry experience in manufacturing and IT/DIgital, including CxO and Director roles in multinationals (P&G, HP, GE) in management, sales and delivery, including Chairman of the Board of Directors at GE Digital Spain and GE Chair of Industry 4.0 at Deusto University. During his tenure Oscar has received three awards: "Distinguished Engineer" 2019 by Georgia Tech; EU Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 and HP President's Quality Award 2014 for his Global Account.
In addition Oscar is Board Director and Spain Ambassador of Georgia Tech Europe, an investor and advisor in start-ups, CTO/COO of Quantic Brain and a part-time professor at IESE (Digital) and at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Join us !

We are looking for folks that are curious, not afraid of making mistakes, autonomous and collaborative, able to work with multiple priorities in a fast-paced, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary environment.

Every day, you will have the opportunity to innovate, experiment, share your ideas and contribute to solving the most challenging real-world robotics problems.

Your Role

  • Contribute to the improvement and extension of the current software stack
  • Design custom algorithms for SLAM, navigation, and anomaly detection
  • Perform on-robot testing and benchmarking of the implemented solutions
  • Debug, maintain, and document

Your required skills:

  • 2+ years of experience implementing SLAM and navigation algorithms on a product,
    or PhD in a strictly related field
  • Strong practical of sensor fusion (LiDAR, IMU, 3D camera)
  • Proficiency in C++ and dedication to clean, readyble, tested code
  • Familiarity with hardware selection and testing
  • Excellent teamwork/communication skills
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Contact Details

  • (HQ & Operations)
    Z.I. du Vivier 22
    1690 Villaz-St-Pierre,
  • (Prototyping)
    c/o HAX
    Huaqiang North, Futian,
    Shenzhen, Guangdong,
    China, 518031