June 2018

EPFL projects make it past the first round to becoming FET Flagships

Two projects coordinated by EPFL – the Time Machine and Health EU – have made it into the second round of the selection process to become FET Flagships. If selected, they will receive one billion euros over ten years as part of the European Commission’s ambitious funding program. Professor at the School of Engineering, Adrian Ionescu runs the Health EU project.

An elastic fiber set to revolutionize smart clothes

EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This breakthrough method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants.

Observing cellular activity, one molecule at a time

Using a new mode of atomic force microscopy, researchers at EPFL have found a way to see and measure protein assembly in real time and with unprecedented detail.

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.

Tech-Transfer: worms in high-tech housing replace laboratory mice

In an effort to improve drug, cosmetic and other chemical product tests, a device has been created at EPFL to automatically grow, feed, house and analyze laboratory worms. This invention will save researchers both time and money and sharply reduce the number of tests that require laboratory rondents. A prototype has already been tested and approved by several laboratories.

Philip Moll receives the 2018 Nicholas Kurti Science Prize for Europe

Dr Moll is recognised for leading the development of novel micro-structuring techniques, allowing the fabrication of bespoke devices and experiments from complex quantum materials, and thereby enabling entirely new classes of low temperature and high magnetic field measurements.His research group, ‘microstructured quantum materials’ (mqm), is currently transitioning from Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, to the Institute of Materials at EPFL's School of Engineering, Switzerland.

Improgineering: improvisation and engineering come together on stage

24 students from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have presented an improvisation performance at the Arsenic Theater, Lausanne, Switzerland, as part of their final project for the course “Collective creation: improv-arts & engineering.”


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