December 2019

An EPFL robot in space

The crew of the International Space Station has taken delivery of a haptic interface designed by EPFL spin-off Force Dimension. Astronauts could one day use the device, based on the famous delta robot developed at EPFL by Reymond Clavel, to control unmanned Martian and lunar rovers from afar.

Using AI to predict where and when lightning will strike

Researchers at EPFL have developed a novel way of predicting lightning strikes to the nearest 10 to 30 minutes and within a radius of 30 kilometers. The system uses a combination of standard data from weather stations and artificial intelligence.

Eliminating cracks in 3D-printed metal components

Researchers at EPFL have developed a new laser 3D-printing technique to manufacture metal components with unprecedented resistance to high temperature, damage and corrosion. The method has applications in fields ranging from aerospace to power-generating turbines.

Engineering solutions for kitchen challenges

Crafty engineering can help solve many problems, including those we face in our own kitchens. At EPFL’s Institute of Mechanical Engineering, students from three laboratories tackled some of the most common kitchen challenges as part of the first Kitchen-Inspired Engineering contest.

Five members of the school of engineering listed as highly cited

Five researchers from the School of Engineering appear on the Web of Science’s 2019 Highly Cited Researchers list 2019. Each year, The Web of Science Group, a Clarivate Analytics company releases an annual list of the most influent researchers in the world. This year, the Highly Cited Researchers list includes 24 EPFL scientists, 5 of which are from the School of Engineering. 

EPFL bioengineering team wins global iGEM competition

EPFL’s student bioengineering team has won the Grand Prize of the 2019 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, as well as the Best Environment Project. Their winning project, ViTEST, is a diagnostic test for grapevine disease. The iGEM is a worldwide synthetic biology competition in which hundreds of high school and university teams compete with original projects that they developed at their home institutions.


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