Prof. Dr. Sarah Dégallier Rochat


Prof. Dr. Sarah Dégallier Rochat Leiterin Humane Digitale Transformation

  • Contact hours Monday
  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    Champ thématiques stratégiques
    Humane Digitale Transformation


  • Head Strategic Thematic Field Humane Digital Transformation


  • Bachelor (BFH)

  • Master in Precision Engineering (UniBE/BFH)

  • Calculus

  • Statistics

  • Dynamical Systems

  • Linear Algebra

  • Control and Automation

  • Human Factors in Engineering


  • Human-Machine Interfaces

  • Intuitive Programming

  • Future Skills

  • Inclusive Design

  • Agile Manufacturing

  • Cobotics


  • Sarah has a mixed background in mathematics, robotics and psychology. Her research focuses on the development of inclusive human-machine interfaces for the control of robots in industrial and lab environments. Together with her group, she develops interfaces that leverage on human-machine complementarity and worker task expertise. Her main areas of research include no code interfaces, AR-based guiding systems, tangible programming and agile automation.
  • 2010-2012 Post-Doc Researcher Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • 2012-2014 Teacher Gymase (High School) de Burier
  • 2006-2010 Ph.D., Robotics Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • 2000-2005 Master, Mathematics Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • 1998-2000 Demi-Licence, Psychology University of Lausanne (UNIL)
  • 2012-2013 Teaching Diploma in Mathematics (Secondary II) Haute Ecole Pédagogique de Lausanne (HEPL)
  • Specialization in User Interface Design - Coursera - University of Minnesota 2019



  • S. Dégallier Rochat, A. J. Ijspeert (Dir.). Discrete and Rhythmic Motor Primitives for the Control of Humanoid Robots. EPFL, Lausanne, 2010

  • N. Endrissat and S. Degallier, From Blue to White? Cobots and the Humanization of Blue-Collar Work, short paper, 36th EGOS Colloquium, 2020

  • N. Beuchat, R. Chavarriaga, S. Degallier and J. d. R. Millán. Offline Decoding of Upper Limb Muscle Synergies from EEG Slow Cortical Potentials. The 35th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Osaka, Japan, 2013.

  • S. Dégallier Rochat, L. Righetti, S. Gay and A. Ijspeert. Towards simple control for complex, autonomous robotic applications: Combining discrete and rhythmic motor primitives, in Autonomous Robots, vol. 31, num. 2, p. 155-181, 2011.

  • S. Gay, S. Dégallier Rochat, A. Ijspeert and J. Santos-Victor. Integration of vision and central pattern generator based locomotion for path planning of a non-holonomic crawling humanoid robot. 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Taipei, Taiwan, 2010.

  • A. Gams, S. Degallier, A. Ijspeert and J. Lenarcic. Dynamical system for learning the waveform and frequency of periodic signals - application to drumming. 15th International Workshop on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD), 2008.

  • S. Degallier, L. Righetti, L. Natale, F. Nori and G. Metta et al. A modular bio-inspired architecture for movement generation for the infant-like robot iCub. 2nd IEEE RAS / EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), Scottsdale, AZ, 2008.

  • P.-A. Mudry, S. Degallier and A. Billard. On the influence of symbols and myths in the responsibility ascription problem in roboethics - A roboticist’s perspective. RO-MAN, Münich, 2008.

  • S. Degallier, L. Righetti and A. Ijspeert. Hand placement during quadruped locomotion in a humanoid robot: A dynamical system approach. IEEE-RAS International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS07), San Diego, 2007.

  • S. Degallier, C. Santos, L. Righetti and A. Ijspeert. Movement generation using dynamical systems: a humanoid robot performing a drumming task. IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS06), Genova, 2006.

  • S. Degallier and A. J. Ijspeert. A bio-inspired architechture for movement generation based on discrete and rythmic movement primitives modeled by dynamical systems, International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines (AMAM), Cleveland, 2008.

  • Sarah Dégallier Rochat (13.01.2022), "Robot Programming by Demonstration - A feasibility study", NTN Microtech First Loop Closing Event, SIP Biel

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat (25.08.2021), "NTN Microtech Booster Project - Robot programming by demonstration: draw your task!", CEP Petit Déjeuner de la Microtechnique, Moutier

  • Sarah Dégallier Rochat (21.06.21), Panel discussion : "Key challenges in lab automation", Future Labs Live, Online

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat (2021), Inclusive HMIs for Flexible Cobotics, ILT Swiss Automation, Online Event

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat (2021), Cobotics, digital skills and the re-humanization of the workspace, 6. F&E Konferenz zu Industrie 4.0 von «Industrie 2025», Online Event

  • Gabriel Gruener and Sarah Degallier Rochat (2019), Collaborative Robotics: Potential and challenges for the Industry, Swiss R&D Conference of the Initiative “INDUSTRIE 2025”

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat and Gabriel Gruener (2018), Collaborative Robotics: An Industrial Perspective,Conference on Commercialization of Emerging Technologies (COMS18), Montreux

  • Gabriel Gruener and Sarah Degallier Rochat (2018), Recent Advances in Collaborative Robotics,Swiss Smart Factory - Networking event, Fraisa S.A., Bellach

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat and Gabriel Gruener (2018), Industrie 4.0 et robotique collaborative: Quelsavantages pour les PME? (Workshop), Association de Recherche Communautaire en moyens deproduction Microtechnique (ARCM), Rollomatic S.A, La Neuveville

  • Sarah Degallier Rochat and Gabriel Gruener (2018), Industrial Applications of Collaborative Robotics, Medtronic Open Innovation Day 2018, Tolochenaz


  • Member of the SNF Practice-To-Sciences Evaluation Committee

  • Member of NTN Booster Robotics Innovation Management Committee

  • Member of the S3C Advisory Board

  • Mentor Swiss TecLadies (SATW)

  • Mentor Coding Club des Filles (EPFL)


Supervised theses

  • Bastien Waeber Flexible Automation for Digital Measuring System 2023-2025

  • Gabriel Da Costa TBD 2023-2025

  • Mitra Gholami TBD 2022-2024

  • Lucas Renfer Cobotic integration for watch manufacturing 2020-2022

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • French - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • German - Professional working proficiency
  • English - Professional working proficiency