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Health - Innovation - 21.12.2017
Sensor-enhanced surgical robot enables highly precise and safe spinal operations
Sensor-enhanced surgical robot enables highly precise and safe spinal operations
Researchers from the University of Bern, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology develop a high-precision, sensor-based surgical robot for spinal operations together with industry partners. Their project is being funded with two million Swiss francs, sponsored by the "BRIDGE" programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Commission for Technology and Innovation.

Physics - Innovation - 21.12.2017

Innovation - Computer Science - 14.12.2017
Real-world district for digital
Real-world district for digital
For the very first time, the "Innovation Lab", a special exhibition for digital transformations in the construction industry, will be held at Swissbau 2018 from 16 to 20 January. NEST, the modular research and demonstration platform from Empa and Eawag, will be presenting with its partners (in hall 1.1, booth L88) how digital construction is implemented in reality and exactly what kind of potential for digital innovation is offered by the set of demonstrators on the Empa campus in Dübendorf.

Computer Science - Innovation - 17.11.2017
Objectively measuring how clean our cities are
Objectively measuring how clean our cities are
EPFL researchers have come up with a fact-based system to measure urban cleanliness. Municipal authorities will now be able to draw on objective assessments when planning their street cleaning - a sector with multi-million-franc budgets. The concept is straightforward: on one hand, vehicles equipped with video cameras to record the city streets, and on the other, a computer able to spot waste, identify it and classify it - in the blink of an eye.

Innovation - Computer Science - 06.11.2017
The floor you walk on is now smart
The floor you walk on is now smart
Technis, an EPFL spin-off, has developed a system that combines a connected floor surface with artificial intelligence to track people's trajectories as they walk through a shopping mall or convention center, for example.

Materials Science - Innovation - 12.10.2017
Construction prototype for ultra-thin roof
Construction prototype for ultra-thin roof
Researchers from ETH Zurich have built a prototype of an ultra-thin, curved concrete roof using innovative digital design and fabrication methods.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 29.09.2017
Two items of anthology now stored for eternity in DNA
Two items of anthology now stored for eternity in DNA
Thanks to an innovative technology for encoding data in DNA strands, two items of world heritage - songs recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival and digitized by EPFL - have been safeguarded for eternity.

Microtechnics - Innovation - 12.09.2017
A drone for last-centimeter delivery
A drone for last-centimeter delivery
A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams.

Computer Science - Innovation - 17.08.2017
Using a camera to spot and track drones
Using a camera to spot and track drones
EPFL researchers have shown that a simple camera can detect and track flying drones. Plus, the lightweight, energy-efficient and inexpensive technology could be installed directly on the drones themselves and enhance safety in the skies. The rising number of drones in air space poses numerous challenges.

Health - Innovation - 10.08.2017
Fertility app for parents-to-be
Fertility app for parents-to-be
Since January 2017 a sensor wristband that, according to the manufacturer, is capable of detecting a woman's fertile days in her cycle with 89 percent certainty has been on the market.

Electroengineering - Innovation - 07.07.2017
Detecting short circuits by going back in time
Detecting short circuits by going back in time
It took EPFL researchers only three minutes to detect and locate a short circuit triggered intentionally in the power grid serving Fribourg Canton.

Innovation - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.07.2017
Naturalness as a success factor
Naturalness as a success factor
'Naturalness' is a construct - but according to a new study from the ETH Consumer Behavior group, a product's success on the food market is primarily defined by whether or not consumers perceive it as natural. The increasingly artificial and virtual nature of everyday life has now achieved broad acceptance, and the benefits that technological development bring to everyone cannot be denied.

Innovation - 30.06.2017
An encryption system that hides your travel data from Uber
An encryption system that hides your travel data from Uber
Researchers from EPFL and UNIL have developed an encryption protocol that can put drivers in touch with passengers while keeping their personal data secret.

Environment - Innovation - 20.06.2017
Underground energy revolution
Underground energy revolution
How can we organize energy supply in the post-fossil era? How can energy be stored efficiently? And how can we organize distribution as economically and conveniently as possible? Empa's research platform 'ehub? is searching for answers to these questions.

Physics - Innovation - 08.06.2017
Ultra-fast optical data transfer using solitons on a photonic chip
Ultra-fast optical data transfer using solitons on a photonic chip
Researchers from EPFL and Karlsruhe Institute of Technologyâ?use a soliton frequency combs from optical microresonators to transmit data at speeds of more than 50 terabits per second.

Innovation - Transport - 17.05.2017
City model created from images alone
City model created from images alone
ETH scientists have combined millions of images and videos into a three-dimensional, living model of the city of Zurich.

Health - Innovation - 09.05.2017
Stroke patients take the lead in their rehabilitation
Stroke patients take the lead in their rehabilitation
EPFL spin-off Intento has developed a patient-controlled electrical-stimulation device that helps stroke victims regain mobility in paralyzed arms. The promising results of the first clinical study are published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Every year, 17 million people worldwide suffer strokes, and a third are left paralyzed on one side of their body.

Innovation - 08.05.2017
Fabrication technology in the fourth dimension
Fabrication technology in the fourth dimension
Scientists use the term 4D printing to refer to the simple production of objects that can transform their shape at different times.

Innovation - Physics - 05.05.2017
A touchable tablet to guide the visually impaired
A touchable tablet to guide the visually impaired
Researchers at EPFL have developed a tablet to help people with a visual impairment find their way around unfamiliar places.