Michael Kummer was born in Johannesburg (RSA) and lived in Madrid (E) and Paris (F) prior to moving to Lucerne (CH). He received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) in 2005 with specialization in the fields of robotics and thermodynamics in emerging technologies. Before attending ETH in 1999 Michael spent a year at Lake Forest College (USA) focusing on English, mathematics, and chemistry. During his studies, Michael spent another six months abroad writing his diploma thesis on teleoperated microassembly at the Microdynamic Systems Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University. Michael joined IRIS in November 2005. His research at ETH involves precision control of microrobots using magnetic fields.