About Bota Systems

We give robots the sense of touch.

Bota Systems' vision is for robots to work and move safely and as natural and free as humans.


As a developer and manufacturer of multi-axis force-torque sensors, torque sensors, and custom sensors, we are diligent about providing the best force-torque sensing solutions and user care experience. 


Our team of accomplished robotic, software, and mechanical engineers continually develops highly-integrated and advanced sensors to support a wide range of applications.


Whether used for research or industry, we aim to streamline the process.

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Bota Systems was officially founded in 2020 and is the result of years of research in the field of force-torque sensing for robots, the contribution of many talented engineers within two distinguished robotic laboratories (Robotic Systems Lab of ETH Zürich and Control Systems Lab of NTUA), and the support from Gebert Rüf Stiftung, NCCR Robotics, ESA BIC Switzerland and Venture Kick.

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We are currently hiring!

If you would like to work with us, feel free to send a spontaneous application at join@botasys.com


The Team

The Bota Systems team is small and robust, just like our sensors! Our team resides in Zurich, Switzerland and the people come from all over the world. Collectively, we speak six different languages, come from four different countries, and have over 55 years of experience.


Marco Hutter, Co-Founder at Bota Systems and professor in robotics at ETH Zurich

Marco Hutter,

ETH Zurich Professor in Robotics.

Co-Founder of ANYbotics A.G.

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Detlef Steck,
Business Development



Active Interaction Force Control for Omnidirectional Aerial Contact-Based Inspection

Karen Bodie , Maximilian Brunner , Michael Pantic , Stefan Walser, Patrick Pfandler, Ueli Angst, ¨ Roland Siegwart, and Juan Nieto


Perceptive Model Predictive Control for Continuous Mobile Manipulation

Johannes Pankert and Marco Hutter,

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Volume 5, Issue 4, Oct. 2020


Haptic Inspection of Planetary Soils With Legged Robots

Hendrik Kolvenbach , Christian Bartschi, Lorenz Wellhausen ¨ , Ruben Grandia , and Marco Hutter,

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Volume 4, Issue 2, Apr. 2019


Tactile Inspection of Concrete Deterioration in Sewers with Legged Robots

Hendrik Kolvenbach, Giorgio Valsecchi, Ruben Grandia, Antoni Ruiz, Fabian Jenelten and Marco Hutter


Quadrupedal Locomotion on Uneven Terrain With Sensorized Feet

Giorgio Valsecchi , Ruben Grandia , and Marco Hutter



Towards autonomous inspection of concrete deterioration in sewers with legged robots

Hendrik Kolvenbach, David Wisth, Russell Buchanan, Giorgio Valsecchi, Ruben Grandia, Maurice Fallon, Marco Hutter

Special Issue on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) 2019, Volume 37, Issue 8


Towards a passive adaptive planar foot with ground orientation and contact force sensing for legged robots

R Käslin, H Kolvenbach, L Paez, K Lika, M Hutter

2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)


ANYexo: A Versatile and Dynamic Upper-Limb Rehabilitation Robot

Yves Dominic Zimmermann, Alessandro Forino,  Robert Riener and Marco Hutter

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 


An Omnidirectional Aerial Manipulation Platform for Contact-Based Inspection

Karen Bodie, Maximilian Brunner , Michael Pantic, Stefan Walser , Patrick Pfandler , Ueli Angst , Roland Siegwart and Juan Nieto

Robotics: Science and Systems 2019 15(19)


Where Should I Walk? Predicting Terrain Properties from Images via Self-Supervised Learning

Wellhausen, Lorenz; Dosovitskiy, Alexey; Ranftl, René; Walas, Krzysztof; Cadena Lerma, Cesar; Hutter, Marco

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 4(2)


Haptic Inspection of Planetary Soils with Legged Robots

Kolvenbach, Hendrik; Bärtschi, Christian; Wellhausen, Lorenz; Grandia, Ruben; Hutter, Marco

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 4(2)


Low-velocity impact response of smart sandwich composite plates with piezoelectric tranducers: Modeling and experiments

TS Plagianakos, K Lika, EG Papadopoulos

Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 27 (6), 774-785