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Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
23.12.2016
A world record followed by a world premiere
A world record followed by a world premiere
A new world record for acceleration, a timber roof built by construction robots, and a unique competition for people with disabilities: in 2016, research and campus life at ETH Zurich were dominated by innovation and premieres.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.11.2016
Robotic encounters
Visitors are flocking to Treffpunkt Science City. Around 3,600 captivated visitors attended the Sunday Special ‘Die Roboter sind los' (Robots on the loose) to see ETH Zurich's various robotics projects in action.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
27.10.2016
A Composite Thread that Varies in Rigidity
A Composite Thread that Varies in Rigidity
EPFL scientists have developed a new type of composite thread that varies in stiffness depending on its temperature.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.10.2016
Welcome to the World 4.0!
Welcome to the World 4.0!
Self-driving cars, talking robots and intelligent houses: the autumn edition of the Treffpunkt Science City series begins next Sunday and will focus on everyday life in the World 4.0.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
11.10.2016
Selectively conductive or insulating
Selectively conductive or insulating
Highly sensitive X-ray scattering shows why an exotic material is sometimes a metal, sometimes an insulator. Some materials hold surprising – and possibly useful – properties: neodymium nickel oxide is either a metal or an insulator, depending on its temperature. This characteristic makes the material a potential candidate for transistors in modern electronic devices.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
25.09.2016
Learn how to walk
Learn how to walk
At first glance, exoskeletons conjure up images of futuristic robots from science fiction films. But the exoskeleton from the ETH team VariLeg is a real-life aid that could allow people with paraplegia to walk again.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
02.09.2016
Michel Calame appointed new head of lab
The Reliability Science and Technology lab is set to focus on the topic of nanoscale transport phenomena and will have a new head, Michel Calame.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
26.08.2016
Electrons at the speed limit
Electrons at the speed limit
Electronic components have become faster and faster over the years, thus making powerful computers and other technologies possible. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now investigated how fast electrons can ultimately be controlled with electric fields. Their insights are of importance for the petahertz electronics of the future.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
25.07.2016
The Twike - half-bike and half-car - is now even more comfortable
The Twike - half-bike and half-car - is now even more comfortable
25.07.16 - The electric pedal cars with two seats known as Twikes will soon be a snap to drive thanks to a more efficient pedaling system and a compact onboard computer.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
27.06.2016
Turning Electricity into Gas – and back into Electricity
Turning Electricity into Gas – and back into Electricity
As capacities for producing solar and wind energy increase, integrating these into the existing energy system is becoming more of a challenge.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
15.06.2016
Tera incognita
Tera incognita
Although terahertz radiation is as harmless as a lukewarm cup of tea, it can penetrate textiles and come into with the surface of the skin.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
15.06.2016
Internet of Things for Smarter Living
Internet of Things for Smarter Living
15.06.16 - EPFL scientists are developing a new concept of a smart building that adjusts to your lifestyle, by allowing you to control your preferences.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
06.04.2016
Silicone films for artificial muscles
Silicone films for artificial muscles
Researchers of the University of Basel and Empa have gotten a step closer to engineering artificial muscles: they have developed a method to generate nanometer-thin silicone films.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.03.2016
Microagents with revolutionary potential
Micro and nanorobots that attack tumours with maximum precision using drugs: this is what the fight against cancer may look like in the future. A group of ETH researchers led by Salvador Pané are laying the foundations with magnetoelectric-controlled Janus machines. The Janus particles move by means of rotating magnetic fields (l.).
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
03.03.2016
Sonceboz and EPFL join forces to take mechatronics into the future
Sonceboz and EPFL join forces to take mechatronics into the future
03.03.16 - Sonceboz, a mechatronics specialist based in the Canton of Bern, has opened an innovation cell at EPFL Innovation Park.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
24.02.2016
Martin Vetterli will be the next president of EPFL
Martin Vetterli will be the next president of EPFL
24.02.16 - The new president of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was announced this morning by the Swiss Federal Council, which confirmed the proposal submitted by the ETH Board.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
17.02.2016
"Alan Turing’s ideas still influence research"
Founded in 2015, the new Turing Centre at ETH Zurich brings together researchers and students of science, engineering and humanities.
Chemistry - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
08.02.2016
A step towards artificial photosynthesis
Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers at Empa and the University of Basel study how sunlight can be used for this purpose. The scientific journal Chemical published their latest results.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
27.01.2016
ETH software to become a standard for drones
ETH software to become a standard for drones
Lorenz Meier, a doctoral student in computer science at ETH Zurich, created the PX4 software that is already being used to pilot many drones.
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
04.12.2015
Four professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Four professors appointed at ETH Zurich
Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Lino Guzzella, the ETH Board appointed a total of four professors, and awarded the title of professor to two individuals.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
17.11.2015
Electrons Always Find a (Quantum) Way
Electrons Always Find a (Quantum) Way
Scientists from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have demonstrated for the first time how electrons are transported from a superconductor through a quantum dot into a metal with normal conductivity. This transport process through a quantum dot had already been calculated theoretically in the nineties, but scientists at the University of Basel have now succeeded in proving the theory with measurements.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
10.11.2015
Microwave Field Imaging Using Diamond and Vapor Cells
Microwave Field Imaging Using Diamond and Vapor Cells
Microwave field imaging is becoming increasingly important, as microwaves play an essential role in modern technology and can also be used in medical diagnostics. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Basel have now independently developed two new methods for imaging microwave fields.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
05.11.2015
EPFL hosts robots from all over Switzerland
05.11.15 - They fly, crawl, swim or sift through rubble after a disaster: robots from all across Switzerland were brought to EPFL on Wednesday for the first ever Swiss Robotics Industry Day (video report).
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
13.10.2015
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann is impressed by the ETH team
Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann is impressed by the ETH team
Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, visited ETH Zurich on Monday.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
28.09.2015
A folding robot weighing 4 grams that crawls and jumps
28.09.15 - Researchers at EPFL have come up with a folding, reconfigurable robot that is capable of crawling and jumping.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
25.09.2015
12 professors at ETH Zurich appointed
12 professors at ETH Zurich appointed
Upon application of the President of ETH Zurich, Professor Lino Guzzella, at its meeting of September 23 rd /24 th 2015 the ETH-Board appointed 12 individuals as professors.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
25.09.2015
Nominations of EPFL professors
Nominations of EPFL professors
25.09.15 - At its most recent meeting on September 23th and 24th, the ETH Board nominated 15 EPFL professors.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.08.2015
An app to steer clear of Kenya's road hazards
An app to steer clear of Kenya's road hazards
28.08.15 - Driving in Nairobi is often akin to navigating an obstacle course. Residents can now do something about it thanks to an app developed with EPFL.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
12.08.2015
An insect eye for drones
An insect eye for drones
12.08.15 - Inspired by the compound eyes of fruit flies, a team of researchers from EPFL has developed an artificial eye that allows robots to detect and avoid obstacles.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
05.04.2015
Proton beams are back in the LHC
Geneva, 5 April 2015. After two years of intense maintenance and consolidation, and several months of preparation for restart, the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator in the world, is back in operation.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
10.03.2015
Finally, X-ray imaging within the reach of developing countries
Finally, X-ray imaging within the reach of developing countries
Two thirds of humankind do not have access to radiography, essential to the practice of modern medicine.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
09.03.2015
10 Professors appointed
10 Professors appointed
The Council of Federal Institutes of Technology appointed ten professors at its march meeting.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.01.2015
An entire section of EPFL ready to integrate renewables
An entire section of EPFL ready to integrate renewables
A high-performance monitoring system displays fluctuations in real-time in the power distribution grid of an entire section of the EPFL campus. This installation represents an important step towards the realistic deployment of the smart grids concept for the massive integration of renewables. Imagine for a moment the idea of powering a neighborhood, a city or even an entire country with solar or wind energy alone.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
08.01.2015
Neuroprosthetics for paralysis: an new implant on the spinal cord
New therapies are on the horizon for individuals paralyzed following spinal cord injury. The e-Dura implant developed by EPFL scientists can be applied directly to the spinal cord without causing damage and inflammation.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.12.2014
2014 - Science That Made Headlines (2)
2014 - Science That Made Headlines (2)
This year a great deal of research done at EPFL made the headlines in newspapers. Here are a few that marked the months of May to August.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
18.12.2014
Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity
Electron spin could be the key to high-temperature superconductivity
EPFL scientists take a significant step in our understanding of superconductivity by studying the strange quantum events in a unique superconducting material. Cuprates are materials with great promise for achieving superconductivity at higher temperatures (-120 o C). This could mean low-cost electricity without energy loss.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering
17.12.2014
Record Investment in EPFL Start-ups
Record Investment in EPFL Start-ups
EPFL start-ups have raised private capital exceeding 220 million Swiss francs in 2014, which is twice the amount of the previous year.
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.12.2014
A Specialist in Biological Implants for EPFL's New Medtronic Chair
A Specialist in Biological Implants for EPFL's New Medtronic Chair
The Council of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology (ETH board) announced today the appointment of Diego Ghezzi to direct the EPFL Medtronic Chair in Neuroengineering.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
10.09.2014
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
04.09.2014
Mit Licht neues Material erzeugt
Mit Licht neues Material erzeugt
Media Releases Research Using Synchrotron Light Large Scale Facilities Materials Research Matter and Material SwissFEL SwissFEL Experiments PSI researchers garner experience for SwissFEL experiments Aided by short laser flashes, researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute have managed to temporarily change a material's properties to such a degree that they have – to a certain extent –created a new material.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
21.05.2014
Robots transform into furniture at EPFL
EPFL scientists are creating futuristic furniture that can move around and autonomously change its shape.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Business/Economics
14.05.2014
"With Only 5 Million, We Have Developed a Competitive Mini-Projector"
Lemoptix is developing an ultra-compact projector. The EPFL spin-off has already successfully entered a very competitive market, and will target new markets in 2014.
Life Sciences - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
06.12.2013
Seven professors nominated at EPFL
Seven professors nominated at EPFL
At its meeting held in December, the Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology appointed seven professors at EPFL. Drazen Dujic as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the School of Engineering (STI) . Drazen Dujic is an experienced researcher with a focus on power electronics.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Computer Science/Telecom
29.11.2013
EPFL in the Depths of London's Robot Jungle
EPFL in the Depths of London's Robot Jungle
Robotic cheetah cubs and salamanders have ventured from Lausanne into the depths of London's robot jungle, at the Science Museum, in a Robot Safari that just opened and runs until Sunday.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
11.08.2013
Magnetisation controlled at picosecond intervals
Magnetisation controlled at picosecond intervals
Media Releases Matter and Material Materials Research SwissFEL A terahertz laser developed at the Paul Scherrer Institute makes it possible to control a material's magnetisation at a timescale of picoseconds (0.000 000 000 001 seconds).
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
12.07.2013
Ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic – at the same time
Ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic – at the same time
Media Releases Matter and Material Materials Research Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have made thin, crystalline layers of the material LuMnO 3 that are both ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.11.2012
Cold imitators made of light and atoms
The properties of basic electronic components can be simulated with ultracold atoms that flow through structures made of laser light. This is the result of work in which scientists at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, use a new generation of quantum experiments to explore the behaviour of electronic currents in a regime where predictions are often difficult to make.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
02.10.2012
Silicon – Close to the Breaking Point
Silicon nanowires under extreme tensile strain are a possible basis for more-efficient transistors Stretching a layer of silicon can build up internal mechanical strain which can considerably improve its electronic properties. With strained silicon, one can, for example, build faster and less power-consuming microprocessors.
Administration/Government - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.08.2012
"We Bring Radioactivity Data to The Japanese Public"
Fukushima: EPFL hactivist empowers the public to participate in gathering radiation fallout data. While in Japan, Robin Scheilbler has been active in a Do-it-yourself computer engineering space called Hackerspace Tokyo.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Chemistry
03.07.2012
Controversy clarified: Why two insulators together can transport electricity
Controversy clarified: Why two insulators together can transport electricity
How can two materials which do not conduct electricity create an electrically conducting layer when they are joined together? Since this effect was discovered in 2004, researchers have developed various hypotheses to answer this question – each with its own advocates, who defend it and try to prove its validity.