July 2018

Inauguration of the 12 millions CHF Center for Artificial Muscles

The Center for Artificial Muscles was inaugurated at Microcity, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in the presence of Jean-Nathanaël Karakash, the Neuchâtel State Councilor for the Economy and Social Action, and Martin Vetterli, the President of EPFL. The Center will allow EPFL – working first with the Bern University Hospital (Inselspital) and then with the Zurich University Hospital – to develop a less invasive cardiac assistance system for treating heart failure.

David Atienza receives two prestigious Awards

Professor David Atienza is the recipient of two prestigious awards, the 2018 IEEE TCCPS Mid-Career Award, and the IEEE/ACM 2018 DAC under 40 Innovator Award. He officially received both prizes during the IEEE/ACM 2018 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in San Francisco.

An EPFL-designed rocket competed in the United States

Students from the EPFL Rocket Team took part to the Spaceport America Cup in the New Mexico desert. They received the Jim Furtaro award for technical excellence and are now waiting for the final results.

SCIENCE: A sensor turns molecular fingerprints into bar codes

A new system developed at EPFL can detect and analyze molecules with very high precision and without needing bulky equipment. It opens the door to large-scale, image-based detection of materials aided by artificial intelligence. The research has been published in Science.

Internship: new EPFL Excellence in Engineering Program

The School of Engineering launches the E3 EPFL Excellence in Engineering internship program. It aims at Bachelor and Master students interested in research careers in any field of engineering, science and technology. The program offers an intensive research training opportunity to students during the summer months.

Silicon-perovskite solar cells achieve record efficiency of 25,2%

In Neuchâtel (Switzerland), researchers from EPFL and CSEM have combined silicon- and perovskite-based solar cells. The resulting efficiency of 25.2% is a record for this type of tandem cell. Their innovative yet simple manufacturing technique could be directly integrated into existing production lines, and efficiency could eventually rise above 30%.

Tracking cancer-cell development with “drinkable” electronic sensors

Thanks to an unorthodox approach being proposed by EPFL researchers, patients may soon be able to track their illness simply by drinking a solution containing millions of tiny electronic sensors disguised as bacteria.


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