I am the CEO and co-founder of Gravis Robotics, a Swiss startup focused on deploying autonomous heavy machinery for construction. I received my doctorate from ETH Zurich, where I enabled robotic excavators to build large-scale structures from nonstandard stones and debris. My PhD research was developed within the Gramazio Kohler Chair for Architecture and Digital Manufacturing, and the Robotic Systems Lab. Previously, I taught as a lecturer at Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Vassar College, the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE), and as an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University GSAPP.
In the years before my PhD, I was also the principle of GREYSHED, a creative research practice focused on advanced workflows and robotics in architecture, engineering, construction, design and manufacturing.
A framework for robotic excavation and dry stone construction using on-site materials
Ryan Luke Johns, Martin Wermelinger, Ruben Mascaro, Dominic Jud, Ilmar Hurkxkens, Lauren Vasey, Margarita Chli, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Marco Hutter
Science Robotics, 2023
Grasping and Object Reorientation for Autonomous Construction of Stone Structures
Martin Wermelinger, Ryan Luke Johns, Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Marco Hutter
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021