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Autonomous piloting systems
for aircraft of today and tomorrow
Founded in 2016, Daedalean is building autonomous piloting software systems for civil aircraft of today and advanced aerial mobility of tomorrow.

The company has 150+ people, including 17 PhDs and 18 pilots, with expertise in machine learning, robotics, computer vision, path planning, as well as aviation-grade software engineering, certification, safety assessment, and flight testing. We have offices in Zürich, Switzerland; Riga, Latvia; and Phoenix, Arizona (US).
  • Luuk van Dijk
    Founder & CEO
    PhD in Physics
    Google, SpaceX
  • Anna Chernova
    BSc in Physics, mathematical biology and bioinformatics
    Google Maps
    Helicopter and fixed-wing pilot
  • Yemaya Bordain
    President of Americas
    PhD in electrical and computer engineering
    Intel Corporation
  • Yvonne Gross
    VP of Finance & Operations
    BSc in BA and BSc in Finance
    Starwood, Swiss Int. Airlines
  • Joschka Hoefling
    VP of Product
    DSc in systems engineering and MSc in aerospace engineering
    UMS Skeldar
  • Dr. Daniel Danciu,
    Advisor on Software Development
    PhD in Artificial Intelligence –
    Babeș-Bolyai University
    Google, YouTube

  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann,
    Data Analytics Lab ETH, Daedalean Angel Investor and Advisor
    PhD in Computer Science
    Postdoctoral Fellow (MIT and UC Berkeley), Ass Prof Computer Science (Brown Uni.), Co-founder / Chief Scientist for OpenText, Prof Computer Science (Uni Darmstadt), Dir Fraunhofer IPSI, Dir Eng and co-site Lead (Google ZH), Prof Data Analytics (ETH), Co-founder / CTO 1plusX, Co-director Max Planck-ETH Center for Learning Systems
  • Reza Madjidi,
    CEO of ConsuNova, Advisor on Avionics Certification
    BSc in Computer Science, MBA in Technology Management
    ConsuNova CEO (strategy, avionics certification programs), FAA Systems & Equipment DER certification auditor, trainer, consultant.
  • Pete Hutton
    Advisor on Aerospace IC (microchips)
    BSc in Electronics and Microcomputer (University of Dundee), PgD in Digital Techniques (Heriot-Watt University)
    Chairman at Agile Analog, Cambridge GAN Devices and Metaboards. Angel Investor at Cambridge Angels and Equity Gap. Previously Arm, Wolfson Microelectronics, ARC International, Cadence Design Systems, ES2, Plessey and Unisys
  • Andrea Schlapbach
    Advisor on Commercialization and Market Launch
    MSc in Physics/Chemistry
    FLARM, SAFEmine/Hexagon/Leica, Swiss RE, SIX Group
    Fixed-wing pilot and flight instructor
  • Randy Knaflic
    Advisor on HR and Organizational Matters
    Daedalean Angel investor and currently advisor to early-stage start-ups.
    Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, former Director of Talent with Google, VP of HR for SpaceX and Jawbone.
  • Yair Reem
    Advisor on Finances
    BSc in Electrical Engineering, MPA, AMP
    Hasso Plattner Ventures, Extantia Capital