Autonomous flight control for the electric personal aircraft of the near future


Daedalean is a Zürich-based startup, and our mission is to build a certified airworthy autopilot that can also pass the exams for human pilots.

The Innovation

There is no incremental path from UAV control to certification for personal transport (DAL-A), nor one from current DAL-A level avionics to full autonomy. We bridge that chasm, relying on solid execution with qualified people in a lean and agile organisation.


We need to build a system that is sufficiently deterministic to pass certification, yet can deal with unexpected situations to justify the absence of a human pilot. Ultimately this is decided by regulatory bodies, not by science or engineering, so the main risk is the legal landscape. It is clear though, that some things will move, one way or another.


We have experts from robotics, computer vision, machine learning and avionics, and we have a pilot whose job it is to go through the requirements for human pilots and turn them into system requirements to which we can engineer. A foundation of thorough classical systems engineering complements modern insights of machine learning and computer vision.


Luuk van Dijk, Founder and CEO

PhD in Physics (UvA, RuG). Google (Gmail, Maps, Go), SpaceX (flight software).

Anna Chernova, Co-founder and CPO

BSc in Physics (СПбГУ), mathematical biology (Univ. of Oxford) and bioinformatics (NIMR MRC). Google (Maps). PPL(A) student (30 hrs), PPL(H) license holder (270 hrs).

Daniel Danciu, CTO

PhD Artificial Intelligence (Babeș-Bolyai University). Google (Shopping, Flights), YouTube (Live, Cast, API).

Thomas Kindler, Legal

Dr. jur. (Bern, Switzerland), LL.M. (Georgetown, Washington DC). Legal counsel for siroop AG.

Mukta Prasad, Research

Trinity College Dublin (Adjunct Assistant Professor). B.Tech in Computer Science (IIIT Hyderabad), PhD in Computer Vision (Oxford University), Postdoctoral researcher (ETH Zürich).

Matthias Kraft, Computer Vision

PhD in Physics, plasmonic systems (Imperial College London). Imperial College London Mathematics department (MCMC samplers and application to machine learning).

David Haber, Deep Learning

MEng Computer Science (Imperial College London). Cognitir (co-founder), Soma Analytics (machine learning/software engineer).

Philipp Krüsi, Computer Vision

PhD in Robotics (Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zürich). Carnegie Mellon University, Hilti, Porsche.

Alexey Gronskiy, Deep Learning

PhD in Machine Learning (ETH Zurich), MSc/BSc in Mathematics (Moscow SU). Google Research (SWE intern, NLP), ABBYY (C++ SWE). EASA PPL(A) student pilot (50 hrs in Aquila A210).

Alexandru Băluț, Devtools

BSc Computer Science (Transilvania University). Google, Triposo, Pitivi.

Patrick DeHart, Technical Writing

MA Education (University of Portland), BA Literature (UCSC). Content creation and management(various freelance).

Bas Vermeulen, Platforms

BSc Laboratory Informatics & Automation (Hogeschool West-Brabant, Etten-Leur). Nokia, Novero, Laird.

Boris Videnov, Systems

MEng Mechanical Engineering (Imperial College London). Rolls-Royce plc (graduate scheme, Development Engineer - civil jet engines), Omnilid (co-founder).

Daila, Street Dog

Can open any door, as long as there's a guarantee of food on the other side (Google, Streets of Barcelona).

Tatiana Yusupova, Autonomous Flight

PhD in Mathematics (Number Theory, University of York), Basics of Information Security (Moscow State University). Worldpay UK (Software Engineer and Team Security Champion). EASA PPL(A) license holder with SEP type and night rating (140 hrs in Cessna 172).

Armin Burgmeier, Simulation and Integration

PhD in Physics (KIT). DESY (Higgs Search at CMS), Bloomberg. FAA PPL(H) student (100 hrs in Robinson R44 II).

Alexey Gokhberg, High Performance Computing

CSc in Physics and Mathematics (VAK). Fragata Computer Systems AG, ETH Zurich (Native Systems, Computational Seismology).

Xenia Gokhberg, Facilities

MA in Art History (University of Zürich), BA English Linguistics and Literature (University of Zürich).

Harleen Hanspal, Systems (Intern)

Pursuing M.Sc. in Robotics, Systems and Controls (ETH), B.Tech in Electrical (IIT Bhubaneswar).

Łukasz Janyst, Autonomous Flight

MSc in Computer Science (Jagiellonian University). Institute of Nuclear Physics PAN (ATLAS experiment at LHC), CERN (Compilers, Massive Data Handling Systems).

Ákos Maróy, Autonomous Flight

MSc in Computer Science and Economics (JATE, Hun.). EU Edge (co-founder), Aero Glass (founder), Scarab Research (co-founder). EASA CPL(A) license holder with ATPL theory credit and ME-IR ratings (370 hrs in Diamond DA-40 and DA-42).

Emmanuel Mogenet, Research

DEA/MS Computer Science. Google (Sr.Eng. Mgr, Head of Research), Apple (Sr. Scientist), Sony Pictures.

Gavrilo Bozovic, Systems

MSc Microengineering (EPFL). 500 Startups alumnus.


Generally Awesome Engineer

Your role: to come up with algorithms and code to completely and reliably replace the human pilot, only bound by the laws of Nature, Civil Aviation and budget. Preferred Qualifications and Experience: be smart, get stuff done, at least 5 years of hardcore C++ software engineering experience, proven research abilities, and applied engineering skills.

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2018-07-18 Daedalean AI on display at Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in Mercury Mission Systems Inc booth

CES/Mercury Mission Systems Inc invited Daedalean AI to demonstrate their Computer Vision and AI software running on the MSSI Rock2 platform at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, as reported by Intelligent Aerospace magazine.

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2018-07-04 Daedalean AI releases new product video

This video demonstrates some of the current product features being developed by Daedalean as well as gives a glimpse into the roadmap of the product, paving a way to the future autopilot with the highest level of autonomy. The video is a mix of real demos and computer graphics.

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