I am a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Computational Robotics Lab (CRL), which is part of the Department of Computer Science at ETH Zürich. It is led by Prof. Stelian Coros.
I received my Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Robotics, Systems and Control from ETH Zürich.
The focus of my current research is dexterous manipulation of dynamical systems using robots.
Since I'm planning to graduate in Summer 2022, I'm looking for a new challenging position in the area of robotics, preferably something that is related to the research conducted during my PhD, i.e. dexterous manipulation, path planning, and optimal control.

ETH Zürich
Department of Computer Science
STD H28
Stampfenbachstrasse 48
8006 Zurich, Switzerland
simon.zimmermann@inf.ethz.ch

Differentiable Collision Avoidance Using Collision Primitives

Simon Zimmermann, Matthias Busenhart, Simon Huber, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros
arXiv:2204.09352 (Currently under review at iROS 2022)

Trajectory Optimization Using Neural Network Gradients of Learned Dynamics

Nathanael Köhler, Bhavya Sukhija, Miguel Zamora, Simon Zimmermann, Stelian Coros
arXiv:2204.04558 (Currently under review at iROS 2022)

Animal Gaits on Quadrupedal Robots Using Motion Matching and Model-Based Control

Dongho Kang, Simon Zimmermann, Stelian Coros
IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (iROS), 2021

Go Fetch! - Dynamic Grasps using Boston Dynamics Spot with External Robotic Arm

Simon Zimmermann, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2021

Dynamic manipulation of deformable objects with implicit integration

Simon Zimmermann, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2021

A multi-level optimization framework for simultaneous grasping and motion planning

Simon Zimmermann, Ghazal Hakimifard, Miguel Zamora, Roi Poranne,
Stelian Coros
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2020

PuppetMaster: Robotic Animation of Marionettes

Simon Zimmermann, Roi Poranne, James M. Bern, Stelian Coros
ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proc. ACM SIGGRAPH), 2019

Press:

IEEE SPECTRUM
RETHINKING CREATIVITY Exhibition

Optimal control via second order sensitivity analysis

Simon Zimmermann, Roi Poranne, Stelian Coros

Puppeteering using a two-armed Manipulator Robot

Master Thesis
Computational Robotics Lab (CRL), ETH Zürich
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Stelian Coros, Dr. Roi Poranne

Improvement of Self-Localization via Pose Correction Procedure in RoboCup

Semester Thesis
Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL), ETH Zürich
Advisors: Louis Lettry, Alex Locher
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Luc van Gool
RoboCup Team: NomadZ

Traction Control Concepts for a Walking Excavator

Bachelor Thesis
Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), ETH Zürich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marco Hutter

Fast Driving Concepts for a Walking Excavator

Studies on Mechatronics
Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL), ETH Zürich
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marco Hutter