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Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 04.09.2018
Artificial intelligence helps create at the right time
Artificial intelligence helps create at the right time
By using artificial intelligence to comb through the vast array of published research and detect the findings most relevant for invention, engineers can magnify their creative ability and invent faster and more disruptively than has been previously possible. This is the approach that Ana Manasovska helped develop as a Master's student at EPFL, and the one used by creative Artificial Intelligence firm Iprova, based at EPFL's Innovation Park, to come up with a wide range of inventions.

Materials Science - Computer Science / Telecom - 29.08.2018
Tough nuts, cracked intelligently
Tough nuts, cracked intelligently
Welding, printing, crushing concrete - an Empa team monitors noisy processes with the help of artificial intelligence. This way you can literally hear production errors and imminent accidents. Kilian Wasmer from the Empa lab for Advanced Materials Processing in Thun keeps shaking his head while speaking, as if he can't believe the success story himself.

Computer Science / Telecom - Life Sciences - 09.08.2018
For ever more efficient optical fibres
For ever more efficient optical fibres
By applying a computer program that mimics the way the human brain learns to identify objects, EPFL scientists are now able to reconstruct images that have been degraded by passing through an optical fiber. EPFL researchers have taught a type of machine learning algorithm to reconstruct images that became blurred while being transmitted through an optical fiber.

Computer Science / Telecom - 31.07.2018
Optical fibers that can
Optical fibers that can "feel" the materials around them
EPFL researchers have developed an optical fiber capable of detecting what sort of material or liquid they have come into contact with. Their research has been published. In recent years optical fibers have served as sensors to detect changes in temperature, like a thermometer, and pressure, like an artificial nerve.

Social Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 19.07.2018
Mobile Phone Radiation may Affect Memory Performance in Adolescents
Mobile Phone Radiation may Affect Memory Performance in Adolescents
Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields may have adverse effects on the development of memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use. These are the findings of a study involving nearly 700 adolescents in Switzerland. The investigation, led by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), will be published on Monday, 23 July 2018 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Microtechnics - Computer Science / Telecom - 16.07.2018
Forget joysticks, use your torso to pilot drones
Your torso is more intuitive - and more precise - than joysticks for piloting drones, both simulated and real, according to a recent study by EPFL scientists. Work is already underway to implement this new body-machine-interface technology for search and rescue with drones. Imagine piloting a drone using the movements of your torso only and leaving your head free to look around, much like a bird.

Computer Science / Telecom - 17.05.2018
CrowdWater: An App for Flood Research
CrowdWater: An App for Flood Research
The CrowdWater project, developed by doctoral candidates from the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, is a citizen science project in the area of hydrology, the science of water. The project collects hydrological data on water levels, streamflows and soil moisture from all over the world.

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 10.05.2018
Humans and machines learn together to win a competition
Humans and machines learn together to win a competition
People using brain-computer interface are more efficient when both human and machine are allowed to learn. EPFL researchers trained two tetraplegic users to compete in the international Cybathlon BCI race. Both incrementally learned how to control the BCI, and obtained the best performances at the competition, confirming researchers' hypothesis that mutual learning plays a fundamental role in BCI training.

Health - Computer Science / Telecom - 25.04.2018
New app for ophthalmology clinical trials from home
New app for ophthalmology clinical trials from home
FocalView is a new app developped by Novartis and designed to help ophthalmic clinical trials, making them more accessible and flexible. Using patients' self-recorded measurements, FocalView aims to enable more sensitive trial endpoints and more accurate patient-reported outcomes. The app is freely available to the scientific community.

Health - Computer Science / Telecom - 24.04.2018
New app for pollen allergy sufferers
New app for pollen allergy sufferers
Pollen season: The new app called Ally Science has been designed for the two million or so allergy sufferers in Switzerland Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and University Hospital Zurich (USZ) are launching the free smartphone app Ally Science on the 24th of April 2018.

Computer Science / Telecom - 19.04.2018
When our view of the world is distorted by algorithms
Algorithms are used to personalize our newsfeed on social media. But the risk is that the points of view we are presented with become increasingly limited and extreme. EPFL researchers have developed a solution that would make users' personalized content more balanced, and their project has already generated interest among human rights campaigners.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 09.04.2018
A new JPEG format for virtual reality, drones and self-driving cars
A new JPEG format for virtual reality, drones and self-driving cars
The Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), an international committee headed by an EPFL professor, has just unveiled JPEG XS. With this new format, the image-compression process uses less energy, and higher-quality images can be sent with low latency over broadband networks like 5G. JPEG XS will have applications in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality, space imagery, self-driving cars and professional movie editing.

Microtechnics - Computer Science / Telecom - 22.03.2018
Robots working together to build a NEST
Robots working together to build a NEST
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time.

Microtechnics - Computer Science / Telecom - 22.03.2018
Robots work together to build NEST unit
Robots work together to build NEST unit
Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real-world project for the first time. The load-bearing timber modules, which are prefabricated by robots, will be assembled in the "DFAB HOUSE" unit at Empa and Eawag's NEST research and innovation building, thus combining architecture with robotics and craftsmanship.

Computer Science / Telecom - 15.02.2018
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
Artificial intelligence can help you protect your personal data
It's a safe bet that some of the websites and apps you use collect and subsequently sell your personal data.

Microtechnics - Computer Science / Telecom - 23.01.2018
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles
All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way?

Innovation / Technology - Computer Science / Telecom - 05.01.2018
The strength of digitalisation and a strong community
The strength of digitalisation and a strong community
25 spin-offs were founded at ETH Zurich last year. This equals the previous year's record level for new ETH spin-offs.

Innovation / Technology - Computer Science / Telecom - 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 / Telecom - Health - 01.12.2017
How can humans keep the upper hand on artificial intelligence?
How can humans keep the upper hand on artificial intelligence?
EPFL researchers have shown how human operators can maintain control over a system comprising several agents that are guided by artificial intelligence. In artificial intelligence (AI), machines carry out specific actions, observe the outcome, adapt their behavior accordingly, observe the new outcome, adapt their behavior once again, and so on, learning from this iterative process.

Computer Science / Telecom - Innovation / Technology - 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.