Markus Hehn is a co-founder and the chief technology officer of Verity Studios, a world-leading provider of indoor drone shows. He leads the development of Verity Studios’ drone show systems, including the development of reliable and safe drones, indoor positioning systems, and control software.
Markus completed his doctoral studies with Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zürich (Switzerland). His research lies in the field of algorithms for the control of aerial vehicles, with a specific focus on exploiting the exceptional agility of the quadrotor vehicles that are used in the Flying Machine Arena. He is interested in understanding the physical limits of how quickly these vehicles can move, real-time trajectory generation algorithms that get close to these physical limits, and complex tasks that rely on the vehicle’s agility (such as balancing an inverted pendulum on a quadrocopter). He also contributed to the Flight Assembled Architecture project, for which he developed task-specific trajectory generation algorithms, worked on the robustness of the estimation algorithms to measurement data blackouts, and assisted with the implementation of a space reservation system.
Markus studied mechatronics at TU Darmstadt (Germany) and ETH Zürich (Switzerland) from 2003 to 2009, receiving a scholarship from Robert Bosch GmbH for his graduate studies. He has worked on optimizing the operating strategy of Diesel engines to reduce emissions and fuel consumption with Professor Lino Guzzella (as outlined in this paper), on the characterization of component load profiles for axle-split hybrid vehicle drive trains at Robert Bosch GmbH (a system that has now been commercialized in the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4), and on the performance development of V8 Formula One racing engines at Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines (evolutions of these engines powered the 2008 and 2009 Formula One World Drivers’ Champions).