September 2018

“No other material can compete with concrete”

Friday, 17 August has marked the 100th anniversary of the Laboratory of Construction Materials LMC. This is one of EPFL's oldest labs and specializes in concrete – a 4.2-billion-ton-per-year industry worldwide. Here is a look back at how this material has changed over the years.

Amputees feel as though their prosthetic limb belongs to their body

In a breakthrough approach that combines virtual reality and artificial tactile sensations, two amputees feel as though their prosthetic hand belongs to their own body. Moreover, the scientists show that the phantom limb actually grows into the prosthetic hand.

Optical fibers that can “feel” the materials around them

EPFL researchers have developed an optical fiber capable of detecting what sort of material or liquid they have come into contact with. Their research has been published in Nature Communications.

An avatar uses your gait to predict how many calories you will burn

New avatar-based software developed at EPFL looks at how people walk in order to predict their energy expenditure. The software, originally intended for roboticists and for researchers who develop prosthetics and exoskeletons, could have many uses in both medicine and sports. It can be tested online through a downloadable app.

Tech transfer from Labs: CHF 14 million of funding for radiology

Pristem SA, a company spun off from EPFL’s EssentialTech program, has raised CHF 14 million of new capital in a first round. The funding will enable it to put its prototype of a robust digital all-terrain radiology system, appropriate for both industrialized and low income countries, into full-scale production.

Engineering Annual PhD Summit: registrations open until September 14

The summit will be held on November 7-9 2018 and will focus on "Data Driven Engineering in the Life Sciences". Final year PhD students from universities worldwide are invited to submit their application until September 14. The annual PhD Summit initiative, a workshop for final year PhD students interested in a career in academia, is organised by the School of Engineering at EPFL. We invite to campus, on a competitive basis, a group of exceptional graduating PhD students from institutions worldwide.

Bill Curtin elected Solid Mechanics Fellow of EUROMECH

Bill Curtin, head of the Laboratory for Multiscale Mechanics Modeling (LAMMM), has been elected a Fellow in Solid Mechanics by the European Mechanics Society for his " seminal contributions in modeling of mechanical behavior of materials from quantum to continuum scales, especially for predictive models of metal plasticity and composite failure, and concurrent multiscale methods."

A paper by Ali Saeidi wins the George E. Smith Award

A paper co-authored by Ali Saeidi, a doctoral student at the Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (NANOLAB), has won the 2017 Electron Devices Society George E. Smith Award. The paper is entitled "Negative Capacitance as Performance Booster for Tunnel FETs and MOSFETs: An Experimental Study”.


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