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Environment - Architecture - 07.11.2022

Electroengineering - 02.11.2022
Tackling the high-voltage needs of next-gen satellites
Tackling the high-voltage needs of next-gen satellites
Scientists at the Swiss Plasma Center at EPFL, in collaboration with Beyond Gravity and with the support of the ESA, have developed a slip ring assembly that can more than triple the operational voltage of new-generation, high-voltage satellites.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 31.10.2022

Research Management - 26.10.2022
Education plays an essential role in research integrity
Ambrogio Fasoli, EPFL's Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Swiss Plasma Center, and Caroline Vandevyver, the Head of EPFL's Research Office, spoke with us about the importance of research integrity, the challenges in this area and EPFL's positions on the issues. According to Ambrogio Fasoli and Caroline Vandevyver, education and communication are key to promoting research integrity and earning the trust of industry and civil society.

Health - Innovation - 17.10.2022

Environment - Innovation - 11.10.2022
Switzerland-Korea exchange students test solutions for seniors
Switzerland-Korea exchange students test solutions for seniors
The recently completed first edition of the KimCheese program challenged students from Switzerland and Korea to design solutions to everyday obstacles faced by senior citizens in both countries. The KimCheese program is led by College of Humanities (CDH) lecturer Marc Laperrouza, who also initiated the China Hardware Innovation Camp ( CHIC ) and the India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp ( INSSINC ).

Astronomy / Space Science - Event - 30.09.2022
A sensory immersion in galaxies of data to explore the cosmos
A sensory immersion in galaxies of data to explore the cosmos
The new exhibition produced by EPFL Pavilions transforms the scientific inquiry of astrophysics into sensory and emotional experiences.

Civil Engineering - Architecture - 29.09.2022
More soil, less concrete: changing mindsets in construction
More soil, less concrete: changing mindsets in construction
For his Master's project, architecture student Jeremy Morris assessed the life cycle of building materials in Vaud Canton.

Innovation - 28.09.2022
A new advanced manufacturing center opens up in Neuchâtel
A new advanced manufacturing center opens up in Neuchâtel
The manufacturing industry is going through a period of profound change, driven in part by the advent of 3D printing and other advanced technologies. In order to support Swiss industry at this critical juncture, EPFL and CSEM have joined forces to create the Micromanufacturing Science & Engineering Center (M2C), a new focal point for pure research, technology transfer and everything in between.

Campus - Computer Science - 27.09.2022

Pedagogy - 26.09.2022
Raising the first-year pass rate without compromising on standards
Raising the first-year pass rate without compromising on standards
As the new academic year kicks into gear, we spoke to Simone Deparis, the executive director of EPFL's Propedeutic Center (CePro), which is aiming to raise the first-year pass rate (currently 51.5%) without lowering standards.

Environment - Electroengineering - 08.09.2022
EPFL takes another step towards carbon neutrality
EPFL takes another step towards carbon neutrality
Today EPFL inaugurated its new heating plant, which has the capacity to heat and cool the Lausanne campus solely by drawing water from Lake Geneva and recovering excess heat from a connected data center.

Health - Computer Science - 05.09.2022
Managing variety in MRI scans can lead to better stroke diagnoses
Managing variety in MRI scans can lead to better stroke diagnoses
SUMMER SERIES - Master's project (11). EPFL student Antoine Madrona helped develop an algorithm that, after being trained on data from many different hospitals, can improve stroke diagnosis - all while protecting patient confidentiality.

Campus - 31.08.2022
Giant wheel used to test a linear motor
Giant wheel used to test a linear motor
Summer series - Master's project (10). Jérémie Pochon has built a test bench for evaluating the type of motor that could one day drive the Hyperloop transportation system. The Hyperloop holds the promise of low-carbon transportation that's fast, efficient and affordable. But before passengers can be enclosed inside a pod and propelled along a vacuum tube at mind-boggling speeds, there's a lot of modeling, simulation, testing and validation work to be done - starting at a pilot scale.

Environment - Innovation - 26.08.2022
With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy
With new solar modules, greenhouses run on their own energy
Plants use light waves from only a portion of the spectrum for photosynthesis - the remainder can be recovered and used to generate solar power.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 19.08.2022
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
Zebrafish eggs are among the most commonly used model organisms in genetic, developmental and toxicology research.

Campus - 18.08.2022
Do we have an unhealthy appetite for pie (charts)?
Do we have an unhealthy appetite for pie (charts)?
Summer series - Semester project. Three university students, as part of their critical data studies class, wrote a light-hearted yet instructive comic strip about perception biases in the presentation of data. The story starts with two artisan cheesemakers who are hauling their product to market when their carts - one horse-drawn, the other ox-drawn - collide.

Environment - Campus - 16.08.2022
RebuiLT, or how to rebuild a house sustainably
RebuiLT, or how to rebuild a house sustainably
The Low-Tech Lab in Lausanne has been part of the Unipoly association of EPFL since 2021 and aims to popularize the low-tech approach already found in several other European universities.

Environment - 15.08.2022
Preventing heat islands is a priority for the future of our cities
Preventing heat islands is a priority for the future of our cities
Summer series - Master's project (7). Two EPFL Master's students carried out meticulous research on heat islands, or densely packed urban areas with features that can aggravate high temperatures during heat waves, posing a serious threat to vulnerable residents. The summer of 2022 was unprecedented: the series of heat waves between June and August provided a glimpse of how climate change will make cities increasingly arduous places to live in the summer months.

Computer Science - Innovation - 12.08.2022
Empowering young people on International Youth Day
Empowering young people on International Youth Day
Held every year on August 12, International Youth Day provides a platform for young people to focus on how they will develop innovative and entrepreneurial solutions for the future.

Materials Science - 08.08.2022
BERNINA Design Challenge: Sewing machine is a marvel of engineering
BERNINA Design Challenge: Sewing machine is a marvel of engineering
Summer series - Bachelor's project (6). A group of around 15 EPFL students spent a semester working on projects using BERNINA sewing machines, dispelling common misconceptions and stereotypes in the process.

Astronomy / Space Science - Environment - 04.08.2022
A new rating for space sustainability
The new Space Sustainability Rating hosted at eSpace, the EPFL Space Center, encourages space actors to design and implement sustainable and responsible space missions - trailblazing the path to ensure the long-term sustainability of the space environment.

Transport - Computer Science - 02.08.2022
Making Intelligent Traffic
Making Intelligent Traffic
Summer Series - Bachelor's project (5). Delivering sustainability in traffic is no easy feat. Could software that globally coordinates cars to avoid traffic jams and congestion be the answer? In 2019 drivers in Rome lost an average of 166 hours to traffic jams and congestion.

History / Archeology - Event - 21.07.2022
EPFL lab to digitize 1,000m2 'Swiss national treasure'
EPFL lab to digitize 1,000m2 'Swiss national treasure'
Sarah Kenderdine, head of the Laboratory for Experimental Museology, is leading the digitization and valorization of the Panorama of the Battle of Murten - a 100 x 10-meter work created in 1893 by Ge

Chemistry - 18.07.2022
Boosting learning by putting theory into practice
Boosting learning by putting theory into practice
Summer series - Master's project (3). Two groups of EPFL students turned their blueprints into functional prototypes: a self-heating food box and a self-cooling vaccine transport container. For engineers, little can be more satisfying than turning your ideas into working objects you can see and touch.

Environment - 15.07.2022
Science is revealing the scale of microplastic pollution
Science is revealing the scale of microplastic pollution
Plastics are everywhere in our environment, even inside living organisms. This article looks at the impact of this major pollution risk and accompanies our report on the SEA Plastics expedition, which is currently crisscrossing the Mediterranean to raise awareness of the issue. Nowhere on Earth is free from microplastics.

Sport - 11.07.2022
Sprinting, swerving and weaving is a matter of agility
Sprinting, swerving and weaving is a matter of agility
Summer series - Master's project. Soccer, tennis, skiing and many other sports involve changes of direction. For these athletes, performance hinges on speed and agility. Anything but running straight toward the goal! EPFL student Celestin Vallat has just completed his Master's project in mechanical engineering.

Music - Innovation - 11.07.2022
Bringing cultural archives to life
Whether it's jazz recordings, concert footage, photographs or interviews, researchers are applying machine learning and digital museology techniques to archives of cultural data to achieve new artistic and creative experiences.

Mathematics - Event - 05.07.2022

Economics / Business - Environment - 04.07.2022
Cutting carbon emissions upstream and downstream
Cutting carbon emissions upstream and downstream
Summer series - Master's project (1). EPFL student Clara Grandry is completing an internship at Tetra Pak - the world's leading supplier of food-packaging products and processes - for her Master's project.

Mechanical Engineering - 01.07.2022
Technology deployed to support people with disabilities
Technology deployed to support people with disabilities
EPFL students taking the Assistive Technologies Challenge class have developed personalized systems for patients with motor impairments. Five years ago, César had a stroke that left him hemiplegic and therefore unable to use his left hand. Swan, a 15-year-old, suffers from dropped head syndrome. Caroline, who works in adult education, was born with hand deformities that make it hard for her to use a keyboard.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 29.06.2022
Startup brings RNA sequencing into the age of big data
Startup brings RNA sequencing into the age of big data
EPFL spin-off Alithea Genomics has developed a system that allows scientists to easily tag bulk RNA samples with molecular barcodes so they can be processed by the hundreds in one single tube. The technology promises to dramatically shorten and streamline sample preparation for RNA sequencing, which will enable new applications for this technology, such as biomarker discovery and drug development.

Music - Social Sciences - 28.06.2022
Party hard but party safe at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Party hard but party safe at the Montreux Jazz Festival
An EPFL PhD candidate in urban sociology spent four years working at the Montreux Jazz Festival in order to gain insights into how safety and security are managed, both within and around this world-famous event.

Innovation - Economics / Business - 20.06.2022

Economics / Business - Campus - 07.06.2022
EPFL students acquire a taste for entrepreneurship
EPFL students acquire a taste for entrepreneurship
In 2018, EPFL introduced a program whereby highly motivated Master's students can create a startup for their Master's projects.

Innovation - Computer Science - 02.06.2022
Perfect privacy technology and chasing rainbows
Perfect privacy technology and chasing rainbows
From banking to communication our modern, daily lives are driven by data with ongoing concerns over privacy. Now, a new EPFL paper argues that many promises made around privacy-preserving mechanisms will never be fulfilled and that we need to accept these inherent limits and not chase the impossible.

Music - Event - 30.05.2022
When doing research is like playing jazz
When doing research is like playing jazz
From exploring the nature of creativity to turning a building into an instrument, a unique collaboration between EPFL's Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab (DCML) and celebrated jazz pianist Michael Wollny aims to push the boundaries of music theory.

Mechanical Engineering - 26.05.2022

Astronomy / Space Science - Computer Science - 25.05.2022
Radio astronomy to foster Swiss research and industry
Radio astronomy to foster Swiss research and industry
By becoming a member of the SKA Observatory (SKAO), the largest and most ambitious radio astronomy collaboration in the world, Switzerland intends to foster Swiss research and industry while contributing to an international initiative that promises to revolutionize our understanding of the Universe.

Pharmacology - Health - 24.05.2022
Turning drug discovery into speed dating
Turning drug discovery into speed dating
EPFL spin-off ArcoScreen has developed a platform that turns the discovery of new drugs for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, diabetes and cancer from a marathon into a sprint. The firm's microfluidic readout system assesses the response of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) to new substances, delivering significant time and financial gains for pharmaceutical companies.

Life Sciences - Physics - 20.05.2022
Appointment of EPFL professors
Appointment of EPFL professors
The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of professors at EPFL.

Environment - Campus - 20.05.2022

Innovation - Politics - 19.05.2022

Environment - 12.05.2022
Teaming up to solve water-related problems in Ghana
Teaming up to solve water-related problems in Ghana
Two EPFL students, Nour Ghalia Abassi and Mohamed Ali Dhraief, spent ten days in Ghana working on water-related projects.
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