Upcoming Seminars and Events

Balélec, l’exposition



Fêtez les 40 ans du festival Balélec à ArtLab, sur le campus de l'EPFL

Tout a commencé en 1980 avec un bal, celui organisé par la section Electricité de l'EPFL. Quarante ans plus tard, l'histoire continue – et quelle histoire! Les étudiants d’alors ont quitté les auditoires mais leur héritage perdure : Balélec est devenu non seulement le plus grand événement de l'EPFL, mais aussi le plus grand festival estudiantin d’une soirée en Europe.

La 40e édition aura lieu le 8 mai prochain. Et en attendant le Jour J, ArtLab monte le son et accueille l'exposition anniversaire de Balélec du 19 mars au 10 mai. Venez (re)découvrir des concerts qui ont marqué l’histoire du festival. De la musique électronique avec Boys Noize (2019), Don Rimini (2012), Vitallic (2011), Hooverphonics (2005), au Hip Hop avec Dabbla (2019), Smokey Joe and the Kid (2016), Puppetmastaz (2014). Petits détours avec le metal/Reggae de Skindred (2012) et le punk des Wampas (2011). Et bien sûr Sinsémilia (2008) qui vous souhaite tout le bonheur du monde.

Vous pourrez vous replonger dans les concerts de ces artistes à travers des vidéos d’archives interactives, mais aussi une exposition photo! Et peut-être qu’avec une certaine fierté, ou nostalgie, vous vous direz « J'y étais ».

Et si Balélec en est arrivé là, c’est grâce à vous qui êtes venus fidèlement d’une année à l’autre! Alors venez vous souvenir avec nous! 40 ans, ça se fête!


Tous les artistes en show case:

Boys Noize 
Véritable légende de la musique électronique de la scène allemande, Boys Noize a joué pour la 37e édition du festival en 2017 et a enflammé la Grande Scène avec un show son et lumière sans précédent.

Smokey Joe and the Kids
A la croisée des mondes de la musique, il y a Smokey Joe and the kid. Entre hip hop, funk, soul, rap, le mélange des genres se fait sans difficulté. Présentation de leur concert à la 36e édition de Balélec en 2016.

Puppetmastaz
Puppetmastaz c’est ce groupe qui n’a pas choisi entre l’humour et la musique. Résultat: des marionnettes qui font du hip hop dans une ambiance décalée et furieusement entraînante. Plongez dans leur univers avec leur concert en 2014, 34e édition de Balalec.

Skindred
Oui, le reggae et le métal peuvent s'associer dans un même groupe. Et c’est étrangement rafraîchissant. Skindred lors de son concert en 2012 pour la 32e édition du festival.

Dabbla 
On prend une grande inspiration et on y va. Hip hop sous stéroïde, Dabbla frappe fort à chaque ligne sur des beats qui empruntent aux classiques du genre comme à des morceaux plus modernes. C'est son concert à la 39e édition de Balélec qui est montré, en 2019.

Hooverphonic 
C'est planant, ça fait voyager, c'est électronique, c'est instrumental, c'est inclassable, c'est Hooverphonic. Ils ont transporté le public de la 25e édition de Balélec en 2005. 

Sinsémilia 
Cela fait presque 30 ans qu'ils nous souhaitent tout le bonheur du monde. Sinsémilia, pointure du reggae francophone, est reçu en 2008 pour la 28e édition de Balélec. 

Wampas 
Les Wampas en 30 ans, ils n'ont pas changé. Ils sont restés les mêmes punks acharnés. À jamais contestataires, avec eux le rock ne mourra pas. A voir leur concert à la 31e édition de Balélec, en 2011. 

Don Rimini 
Il aime la disto, il aime en mettre plein la vue et les oreilles, c'est Don Rimini. Il arrive avec de la techno/rock qui fracasse et on en redemande. Retour en 2012 pour la 32e édition de Balélec.

Vitalic 
Vitalic a emprunté le meilleur au rock, à la pop, et au classique, pour composer des morceaux électroniques harmonieux et planants.  C'est en 2011 pour la 31e édition de Balélec.


INFORMATIONS PRATIQUES
Balélec, l'exposition
Du 19 mars au 10 mai 2020, 11h-18 (fermé les lundis)
Entrée libre
 
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High-Throughput Computational Screening of MOFs for CO2 Separation

Prof. Seda Keskin
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering,
Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

ChE-606 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series
We have witnessed the quick growth of a new generation nanoporous materials named as metal organic frameworks (MOFs) in the last decade. MOFs have exceptional physical, chemical and structural properties such as low densities, large surface areas and high porosities which make them promising materials for a large variety of applications, mainly for CO2 separation. The number of MOFs has been increasing very rapidly and experimental identification of materials exhibiting high CO2 separation potential is simply impractical. High-throughput computational screening studies in which several thousands of MOFs are evaluated to identify the best candidates for a target gas separation is crucial in directing experimental efforts to the most useful materials. In this talk, we will show how molecular simulations were used to screen the MOF database to identify the best materials for CO2 separation from flue gas (CO2/N2) and landfill gas (CO2/CH4) in addition to CO2/H2 and CH4/H2 separations. We first validated molecular simulations by comparing the simulated CO2 uptakes, CO2/N2, CO2/CH4, and CO2/H2 selectivities of various types of MOFs with the available experimental data and then computed several adsorbent evaluation metrics such as selectivity, working capacity, and regenerability of MOFs. The top performing MOFs for each gas separation were identified based on the combination of these metrics. We will also discuss the relations between structural properties of MOFs and their separation performances to provide structure-property relationships that can serve as a map for experimental synthesis of new MOFs with better performances. These results will accelerate the design and development of novel materials for efficient CO2 capture and separation.

The seminar can also be followed remotely by joining the online Cisco WebEx meeting (connection possible 15 minutes before the talk).
You can find how to use 'Cisco WebEx' on MacOS (PDF file) or on a Windows system (PDF file).
In case of problem, you can contact our IT support (37679 - it.vs@epfl.ch)

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Online Seedstars Summit



Seedstars invites you to join the Online Seedstars Summit 2020, a free, international online event on tech entrepreneurship and impact investment. With the aim of bringing the vibrant entrepreneurial community together, Seedstars wants you to be part of the conversations on innovation, accessibility, migration, gender equality and many more.

Follow the latest trends in your industry by joining the live sessions happening on the 3rd of April.

What's in it for you?

  • A series of in-depth conversations with experts on topics such as  accessibility, environment, migration, gender equality, education, impact investment and many more.
  • A fresh new format for the final round of the Seedstars World competition happening live on our broadcast. 
  • A chance to participate in our most important event of the year for free at the comfort of your own home or office.
Sign up here to join!
 
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Low Frequency Wireless Power Transfer for Biomedical Implants

Prof. Dr. Shad Roundy,
University of Utah


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Due to the covid-19 related restrictions currently in place, the lecture will be held remotely by zoom only.

Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/975059431

Abstract: Biomedical implants hold the promise of dramatically improving our health and well-being by, for example, enabling us to pro-actively monitor health through real-time tracking of internal body chemistry (e.g. pH, glucose, lactate, tissue oxygen), treat diseases through targeted and tailored drug delivery, treat neural disorders through neural prostheses, etc.  Furthermore, advances in flexible integrated circuit technology and micro scale sensing can currently enable extremely small (< 1mm3), complex, biomedical implants.  However, systems of this size are almost never actually realized because the power system (e.g. a battery) is too large.  RF power transmission for implants has been widely investigated. However, for very small implants (~ mm3) RF power suffers from low achievable power density at the implant given safety constraints.
This talk will discuss two alternative methods for wirelessly delivering power to biomedical implants: acoustics and low frequency magnetic fields using magnetoelectric transducers. Acoustic power transmission exhibits high power density given its low attenuation in soft tissue and relatively less restrictive safety limitations. Its disadvantages are that acoustic power does not travel well through bone and the external transmitter requires intimate contact with skin. In this talk we will cover acoustic power transmission systems and demonstrate a novel glucose sensing mechanism that can be powered acoustically. Low frequency magnetic fields coupled to magnetoelectric transducers offer a promising alternative to both RF and acoustic power transmission. In this system, a standard coil is used as a transmitter, but the implantable receiver is made from magnetoelectric laminates (i.e. laminates of magnetostrictive and piezoelectric material). The magnetoelectric receivers have a much more favorable frequency/size relationship than standard RF receivers, enabling higher power density at lower frequencies that are safer for humans and have lower attenuation in tissue. In this talk I will discuss system and receiver design optimization for magnetoelectric based wireless power transfer systems. These systems are still early stage, and there is much room for innovation and improvement.

Bio: Shad Roundy is the director of the Integrated Self-Powered Sensing lab at the University of Utah which focuses on energy harvesting, wireless power transfer, and more generally applications of ubiquitous wireless sensing. Shad received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003.  From there he moved to the Australian National University where he was a senior lecturer in the Systems Engineering Department.  He spent the next several years working with startup companies LV Sensors and EcoHarvester developing MEMS pressure sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and energy harvesting devices.  In 2012, he re-entered academia joining the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Utah.  Dr. Roundy is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, DoE Integrated Manufacturing Fellowship, the Intel Noyce Fellowship, and was named by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the world’s top 100 young innovators for 2004.

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program
 


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TO BE RESCHEDULED (Covid-19 situation) - BioE Colloquia Series talk

Prof. Suzie H. Pun, University of Washington, USA

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

Bio:

Suzie H. Pun is the Robert F Rushmer Professor of Bioengineering, an Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, and a member of the Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute at UW.  She is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has been recognized with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2006 and as an AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador in 2015. She serves as an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Her research focus area is in biomaterials and drug delivery.
Suzie Pun received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology working under the supervision of Professor Mark E. Davis. She also worked as a senior scientist at Insert Therapeutics/Calando Pharmaceuticals developing polymeric drug delivery systems before joining the Department of Bioengineering at University of Washington.

 
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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series #1

Dr. Jan Kerschgens, Directeur exécutif du CIS
Deans Jim Larus (IC), Jan Hesthaven (SB) et Ali Sayed (STI)
Prof. Sofia Olhede
Prof. Amir Zamir

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, SB, and STI that brings together researchers working on different aspects of Intelligent Systems.
 
In order to promote exchanges among researchers and encourage the creation of new, collaborative projects, CIS is organizing a "Get to know your neighbors" series. Each seminar will consist of 2-3 short overview presentations geared to the general public at EPFL.
 
Our first seminar will take place live on Zoom:
 
Monday, 6th April from 3:15 to 4:15 pm https://epfl.zoom.us/j/3204171037

NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


 
Welcome by Dr. Jan Kerschgens, Executive Director of CIS
Introduction of CIS by the Deans Jim Larus (IC), Jan Hesthaven (SB) and Ali Sayed (STI)
Presentation of Prof. Sofia Olhede: https://www.epfl.ch/labs/sds/
Presentation of Prof. Amir Zamir: https://www.cs.stanford.edu/~amirz/
 
The videos of the seminars will be made available on our website: https://www.epfl.ch/research/domains/cis/
We are looking forward to seeing you online on 6th April!


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Campus Biotech Neuromodulation Workshop

Friedhelm Hummel (Center for Neuroprosthetics, EPFL),  Axel Thielscher (Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen), Gesa Hartwigsen (Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig), Til Ole Bergmann (German Resilience Center, Mainz), Silvia Marchesotti (Dept of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva), Nir Grossman (UK Dementia Research Institute, Imperial College London), Marc Bächinger (Dept of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich), Estelle Raffin (Center for Neuroprosthetics, EPFL), Roland Beisteiner (Dept of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna)

The Campus Biotech is proud to host on April 7th, 2020 a one-day research-oriented workshop focusing on “Novel and Multimodal research in Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS)”.

This special event will include several lectures from experts in the field of neuromodulation as well as vendor exhibitions, demos and hands-on training sessions in state-of-the-art brain stimulation techniques combined with neuroimaging, such as Electroencephalography (EEG) or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

Thanks to the equipment available at Campus Biotech, we also plan on demonstrating how to best conduct experiments involving concurrent Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and EEG, transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation and EEG, but also concurrent TMS and functional MRI! This is a unique opportunity to exchange around new technology and share precious experience and knowledge on how to best combine imaging with the many stimulation techniques available to scientists.

The registration for this event is free but the number of seats is limited in order to ensure that everyone can benefit from the experience of our experts during the hands-on sessions.

Please visit https://nmod-workshop.campusbiotech.ch for the complete list of speakers, register online and join us at Campus Biotech in Geneva on April 7th, 2020!
 


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Cooperation, competition and warfare in bacteria: from model systems to the microbiome

Kevin Foster, Department of Zoology and Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Since Darwin, evolutionary biologists have been fascinated by social behaviours. Honeybee workers labour their whole life without reproducing, birds make alarm calls, and humans are capable of extreme cooperation and conflict. Less attention was paid to the microbes, but it is now clear that they commonly live in densely interacting communities that have major effects on animals and plants. Here, microbes display a dizzying array of social traits, from enzymes released to break down food and antibiotics, through slimey secretions that protect and disperse, to draconian molecular machines that stab, rupture and poison their competitors. But what determines whether microbes cooperate or compete with each other, and how does this affect their hosts? To answer these questions, we combine theory and experiments with pathogenic bacteria and the mammalian microbiome. This has revealed that clonemate patches naturally emerge in microbial communities, which favours strong cooperation by kin selection. But interactions between strains and species are often competitive. We find that bacteria are often at war and are even capable of reciprocation, detecting incoming attacks and responding collectively in devastating counterattacks. Microbial interactions follow the same evolutionary principles that were first understood through the study of animal behavior. However, one fascinating property of microbes is that their entire ecosystem can lie within another evolving organism – a host - that is trying to control them and their interactions. The result appears to be a complex coevolutionary dance with the host and its immune system on one side, and the whole microbiota on the other.


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Computational Brain Science: putting computational methods to work for neuroscience

Dr Felix Schürmann, BBP-CORE / FSV-BMI

Abstract:
My research is focussed on bringing the toolbox of computational science to neuroscience, aiming to provide a framework in which the brain’s multi-modal and multi-scale data can be related, completed and explored. For problems such as the building of biophysically detailed neuronal models, we were able to devise advanced optimization algorithms with novel error functions yielding some of the most faithful models. In other cases, such as the microconnectome, we developed first principle computational methods that derive dense parameters from sparse data through constraint resolution and forward computations. In yet other cases, such as the simulation of brain tissue models, our research transformed prior numerical methods and simulation schemes, making it possible to use massively parallel supercomputers efficiently. Lastly, we introduced analytical performance modelling to brain simulations, giving the first quantitative framework in which modelling decisions and computational cost implications can be understood. This research has enabled the Blue Brain Project and other groups to build some of the most detailed models of neurons and brain regions to date.

Short Bio
Felix Schürmann is adjunct professor at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), co-director of the Blue Brain Project and affiliated with the Brain Mind Institute. He studied physics at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, supported by the German National Academic Foundation. Later, as a Fulbright Scholar, he obtained his Master’s degree in Physics from SUNY at Buffalo, USA, on simulating quantum computers. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, under the supervision of the late Karlheinz Meier. For his thesis he co-designed an efficient implementation of a neural network in hardware. Since 2005 he is involved in EPFL’s Blue Brain Project, where he oversees all computer science research and engineering to enable reconstruction and simulation of brain tissue models at unprecedented scale and detail. Since he strongly believes that the futures of neuroscience and computing are entangled, he also directs his own research group to rethink today’s simulation capabilities and leverage neuroscience for future computing.
 
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EE Distinguished Speakers Seminar: 2D electronic devices and materials

Andras Kis is an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at EPFL, Lausanne. He started research on 2D semiconductors in 2008, after joining EPFL and has made fundamental contributions to the study of the electronic properties of atomically thin TMDCs. His pioneering work on MoS2 transistors was the first demonstration of high-quality device on a 2D semiconductor and has been cited over 10’000 times. Andras Kis is also serving as the editor in chief of the Nature partner journal 2D materials and applications and is a highly cited researcher. Prior to (re)joining EPFL as faculty, Kis was a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley in the group of Alex Zettl. He received his Ph.D. in physics from EPFL in 2003 and received his MSc in physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. His major awards include the Latsis prize in 2004, ERC starting grant in 2009 and ERC consolidator grant in 2015, both awarded for research in the area of electrical properties of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides. 

Abstract: The discovery of graphene marked the start of research in 2D electronic materials which was expanded in new directions with MoS2 and other layered semiconducting materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). They have a wide range of interesting fundamental properties and potential applications due to a unique combination of atomic scale thickness, direct band gap and high mechanical strength. 

I will show here our latest advances in electronics and photonics based on 2D semiconductors. First, I will show the realization of room-temperature excitonic transistors: electrically controlled switches operating on currents of excitons in a solid-state device based on a 2D heterostructure [1]. Our more advanced structures now also offer the way to manipulate the polarization as well as the emission intensity and wavelength in excitonic devices [2] based on quantum metamaterials allowing control of valley (spin) polarized excitons [3]. 

Finally, I will present our efforts on more conventional electronic devices and circuits, involving integrated transistor and memory elements based on 2D materials [4]. 

References
[1] A. Ciarrocchi, D. Unuchek, A. Avsar, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, A. Kis. Nature Photonics 13, 131–136 (2019).
[2] D. Unuchek, A. Ciarrocchi, A. Avsar, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, A. Kis. Room-Temperature Electrical Control of Exciton Flux in a van Der Waals Heterostructure. Nature 560, 340–344 (2018).
[3] D. Unuchek, A. Ciarrocchi, A. Avsar, Z. Sun, K. Watanabe, T. Taniguchi, A. Kis. Valley-Polarized Exciton Currents in a van Der Waals Heterostructure. Nature Nanotechnology 14, 1104–1109 (2019); DOI:10.1038/s41565-019-0559-y.
[4] G. M. Marega, Y. Zhao, A. Avsar, Z. Wang, A. Kis. Under review.
 
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Perovskite Solar Cells and Modules: Some Challenges and Tools to deal with them

Prof. Dr. Klaus Weber,
Australian National University


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Due to the covid-19 restrictions currently in place, the lecture will take place remotely by zoom only.

Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/694326308

Abstract: Perovskite Cells are complex devices consisting of several components and interfaces. Understanding the properties and interactions of the different components is very challenging, particularly when there are so many options for each of them. It is important to develop suitable tools to deal with this challenge.
In this talk I will focus on several aspects of perovskite cells. First, I will  make the case that computational modelling is an essential tool for the interpretation of experimental data, by contrasting different possible explanations for measurements obtained by different means, which shows that a less than rigorous interpretation can add to confusion, rather than provide useful information.
Second, I will discuss simulations of perovskite and perovskite – silicon modules, which focus on the potential effects of partial shading. These simulations show that great care must be taken when designing such modules so as to ensure that shading conditions that may typically be encountered during operation does not permanently damage the module.
I will conclude with some suggestions and open questions around how it may be possible to better standardise and verify experimental results , to increase the usefulness of reported results in accelerating the development of practical perovskite solar devices.

Bio: Dr Klaus Weber is Associate Professor in the Research School of Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU). He co-invented and developed several thin film cell technologies including SLIVER technology, for which he was closely involved in the commercial development including the current ARENA project (formerly with Transform Solar). He has authored over over 140 publications. He is a recipient of the Weeks Award by the International Solar Energy Society and the Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry by the Australian Institute of Physics. His work on SLIVER technology received numerous other awards including the Banksia Award and the Aichi World Expo Global Eco-Tech 100 award.

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program


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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Patrick Couvreur, Paris-Sud University, France

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

Bio:
Patrick COUVREUR is Full Professor of Pharmacy at the Paris-Sud University and holder of the chair of “Innovation Technologique” (2009-2010) at the prestigious « Collège de France ». He is appointed as a Senior Member of the “Institut Universitaire de France” since 2009. He is also the recipient of an “ERC Advanced Grant” (2010-2015) and of an “ERC Proof of Concept” (2015-2016). He has hold many important national and international academic positions as Director of the UMR CNRS 8612 (a CNRS associated department gathering together more than 120 researchers in the drug delivery field), Director of the Doctoral School “Therapeutic Innovation” (over 300 PhD students at Paris-Sud University), founder member of the pole of competitivity MEDICEN, Extraordinary Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), member of the board of governors of many international scientific organizations (ie. The International Pharmaceutical Federation FIP, the Controlled Release Society CRS, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Scientists, APGI etc.). He is the chair of the LS-7 panel of the European Research Council (ERC consolidator grant) and has served in many scientific committees (Institut Pasteur, ENS Cachan, Academic Council of Paris-Saclay University, Scientific Committee of the Région Centre, Comité National of the CNRS, Conseil National des Universités CNU etc.). Prof Patrick COUVREUR’s contributions in the field of drug delivery, nanomedicine and drug targeting are highly recognized around the world with more than 500 peer review research publications (Google Scholar H-index 119 and Thomson Reuters H-index 88), some of them in prestigious journals (Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Angewandte Chemie, Cancer Research, Journal of the American Chemical Society etc.). His research is interdisciplinary, aiming at developing new nanomedicines for the treatment of severe diseases. This research is at the interface between Physico-Chemistry of Colloids, Polymer Chemistry, Material Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology and Experimental Pharmacology. Patrick COUVREUR’s research has led to the funding of two start-up companies (Bioalliance and Medsqual). Bioalliance (now ONXEO) entered the stock market in 2005 and a nanomedicine invented in Couvreur’s lab is currently finishing phase III clinical trial for the treatment of the hepatocarcinoma. The major scientific contribution of Patrick COUVREUR to the Pharmaceutical Sciences is also recognized by numerous international (the “2004 Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress Award”, the prestigious “Host Madsen Medal”, the “European Pharmaceutical Scientist Award” of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the European Inventor Award 2013 given by the European Patent Office and the Higuchi Award 2015, Japan) and national awards (The Grand Prix de l’Innovation of « L’USINE NOUVELLE » 2008the “Prix Galien 2009” and the “Médaille de l’Innovation 2012 of the CNRS). His appointment as a member of eight academies (Académie des Sciences, Académie des Technologies, Académie Nationale de Médecine and Académie Nationale de Pharmacie in France, as well as the Académie Royale de Médecine in Belgium, the Royal Academy of Pharmacy in Spain, the United States National Academy of Medicine and the United States National Academy of Engineering) is another recognition of major scientific and scholarly contributions of Patrick COUVREUR.
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IMX Seminar Series - Co-continuous Nanostructures in Charged Polymer Materials

Prof. Timothy P. Lodge, University of Minnesota, USA

Nanostructured materials with co-continuous structures, in which each discrete domain is independently interconnected, can simultaneously optimize “orthogonal” properties such as ion transport and mechanical strength. Potential applications include porous membranes, fuel cells, and rechargeable metal batteries. Block polymers have been exploited as templating agents to access such morphologies, for example via ordered periodic phases such as the double gyroid, or by polymerization-induced microphase separation. In such cases the conducting domains are typically ≤ 20 nm in size, which can compromise both mobility and strength. An alternate route involves blending an A–B diblock copolymer with the constituent A and B homopolymers, leading to a disordered bicontinuous microemulsion (BmE) state. We have shown that charge-free ternary A–B/A/B polymer blends universally self-assemble into the thermodynamically stable BmE phase, albeit with carefully designed molecular weights and compositions. The BmE displays globally disordered but locally correlated domains, with tunable characteristic length scales in the range of ca. 20–100 nm, well beyond the domain sizes typically associated with pure diblocks. The interesting question that arises is whether this phase can also be accessed in blends containing charge, where in general the intermolecular interactions are stronger and more long-ranged. We are exploring this issue in two cases: an A–B/A/B ternary system with added salt, and an A–B/A/B system in which one of the polymers is ionomeric.
Bio: Tim Lodge graduated from Harvard in 1975 with a B.A. cum laude in Applied Mathematics. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in 1980, and then spent 20 months as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at NIST. Since 1982 he has been on the Chemistry faculty at Minnesota, and in 1995 he also became a Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science. In 2013 he was named a Regents Professor, the University’s highest academic rank.
He has been recognized with the American Physical Society (APS) Polymer Physics Prize (2004), the International Scientist Award from the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, (2009), the 2010 Prize in Polymer Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Hermann Mark Award (2015) and the Paul Flory Education Award (2018) of the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry. He has been elected to Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the APS, the ACS, and the Neutron Scattering Society of America. In 2016 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
From 2001–2017 Tim served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Macromolecules. In 2011 he became the founding Editor for ACS Macro Letters. He has served as Chair of the Division of Polymer Physics, APS (1997–8), and as Chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Colloidal, Macromolecular and Polyelectrolyte Solutions (1998) and Polymer Physics (2000). Since 2005 he has been Director of the NSF-supported Materials Research Science & Engineering Center at Minnesota. He has authored or co-authored over 450 papers in the field of polymer science, and advised or co-advised over 80 PhD students. His research interests center on the structure and dynamics of polymer liquids, including solutions, melts, blends, and block copolymers, with particular emphases on self-assembling systems using rheological, scattering and microscopy techniques.
 


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Energy and Resources Forum 2020

Jean-Paul Paddack - Director at WWF
Antonin Guez - CEO at Engie Suisse
Claudia Binder - ENAC Dean at EPFL
Hari Tulsidas - UNECE Officer
Xavier Verne - Shift Project Collaborator
Anne & André Gennesseaux - Chairwoman & CEO at Energiestro
Kieran McNamara - Analyst at IEA
Roger Nordmann - Swiss MP (PS)
Mario Paolone - Chair of Energy Center
Josef Känzig - Head of section at FOEN
Christian Theiler -  EUROfusion
Guillaume Massard - BG Engineer
Hubert Girault - Head of LEPA at EPFL
Guillaume Krivtchik - Researcher at CEA
David Atienza - EcoCloud Professor

The one-day conference has the goal of bringing together key stakeholders in science, business, and politics to envision a sustainable energy future within the resource boundaries of our planet. Hosted by the student association Zero Emission Group at EPFL, this event targets high-level debates about sustainability as well as deep exchange dynamics between experts and the student community.

We are currently going through a century in which innovation under constraint will be essential, therefore the Forum will take place online on April 27th to adapt to the covid-19 crisis. You will be able to follow the event from wherever you are, on your favourite social media, and without any pollution related to travel! For the sake of professionalism, we will even publish the carbon footprint coming from video streams on our website...

Six main topics will be covered:

  • Ecosystem services
  • Mobility
  • Digitalization
  • Renewable Grids
  • Building Sector
  • Nuclear Energy
Discover soon our online Energy & Resources Forum Gallery, to learn everything about the speakers and sessions content.
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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Josué Sznitman, Technion, Israel

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

CV:

Education: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), 2007 M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), 2003 B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2002 Academic appointments: Aug 2010 - present: Senior Lecturer Dept. Biomedical Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Jan 2009 - Jul 2010: Lecturer / Research Associate Dept. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University Jan 2008 - Dec 2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dept. Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania Sept 2003 - Dec 2007: Teaching & Research Assistant Institute of Fluid Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich
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IMX Seminar Series - The Era of Data-driven Materials Innovation and Design

Prof. Kristin Persson, UC Berkeley, USA

Fueled by our abilities to compute materials properties and characteristics orders of magnitude faster than they can be measured and recent advancements in harnessing literature data, we are entering the era of the fourth paradigm of science: data-driven materials design. The Materials Project (www.materialsproject.org) uses supercomputing together with state-of-the-art quantum mechanical theory to compute the properties of all known inorganic materials and beyond, design novel materials and offer the data for free to the community together with online analysis and design algorithms. The current release contains data derived from quantum mechanical calculations for over 100,000 materials and millions of properties. The resource supports a growing community of data-rich materials research, currently supporting over 100,000 registered users and over 1 million data records served each day through the API. The software infrastructure enables thousands of calculations per week – enabling screening and predictions - for both novel solid as well as molecular species with target properties.  However, truly accelerating materials innovation also requires rapid synthesis, testing and feedback. The ability to devise data-driven methodologies to guide synthesis efforts is needed as well as rapid interrogation and recording of results – including ‘non-successful’ ones. In this talk, I will highlight some of our ongoing work, including efficient harnessing of community data together with our own computational data enabling iteration between ideas, new materials development, synthesis and characterization as enabled by new algorithmic tools and data-driven approaches.
Bio: Persson obtained her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001. She is an Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley with a joint appointment as Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Persson is the Director and co-founder of the Materials Project (www.materialsproject.org); one of the most visible of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) funded programs attracting over a hundred thousand users worldwide. She is a leader in the MGI community, and is known for her advancement of data-driven materials design and advancement of materials informatics.

She is an Associate Editor for Chemistry of Materials and has received the 2018 DOE Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award, the 2017 TMS Faculty Early Career Award, the LBNL Director’s award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (2013) and she is a 2018 Kavli Fellow. She holds several patents in the clean energy space and has co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed publications.
 


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Roll Out Swiss Solar Boat's boat



The association Swiss Solar Boat (member of the MAKE fund) aiming to participate to the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge is proud to present its first boat created by students. The unveiling will consist in a presentation of the project and the path taken, some interventions by our partners, the unveiling and an aperitif to talk about the adventure.


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Cancelled. Non-invasive neural inferfacing with high-information transfer with the human spinal cord

Dario Farina, Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Imperial College London, UK.

CANCELLED


Alpha motor neurons receive synaptic input that they convert into the ultimate neural code of movement -- the neural drive to muscles. The study of the behaviour of motor neurons provides a window into the neural processing of movement. Recently, the interfacing (bioelectrodes) and processing methods for identifying the output of motor neuron pools from interference electromyogram (EMG) signals have been advanced substantially. In the past decade, these methods have indeed allowed the monitoring of the behaviour of tens to hundreds of motor neurons concurrently, with minimally invasive or non-invasive methods. This new population analysis has opened new perspectives in the study of neural control of movement. The talk will overview the technology for motor neuron interfacing as well as the potential of motor neuron recording technology for man-machine interfacing. Examples of closed-loop neural interfacing based on non-invasive decoding of spinal motor neuron behaviour will be discussed in relation to assistive and rehabilitation devices.

Bio
Dario Farina received Ph.D. degrees in automatic control and computer science and in electronics and communications engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2001 and 2002, respectively, and an Honorary Doctorate degree in Medicine from Aalborg University, Denmark, in 2018. He is currently Full Professor and Chair in Neurorehabilitation Engineering at the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London, UK. He has previously been Full Professor at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark, (until 2010) and at the University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Germany, where he founded and directed the Department of Neurorehabilitation Systems (2010-2016). Among other awards, he has been the recipient of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award (2010), The Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2016), and has been elected Distinguished Lecturer IEEE (2014). He has also received continuous funding by the European Research Council since 2011. His research focuses on biomedical signal processing, neurorehabilitation technology, and neural control of movement. Within these areas, he has (co)-authored >450 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, which have currently received >27,000 citations. Professor Farina has been the President of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK) (2012-2014) and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the official Journal of this Society, the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. He is also currently an Editor for Science Advances, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, Wearable Technologies, and the Journal of Physiology. Professor Farina has been elected Fellow IEEE, AIMBE, ISEK, EAMBES.


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APIX: NEMS-based gas chromatograph

Eric Colinet, R&D manager, APIX analytics, Grenoble, France

Abstract: Apix-Analytics, the leader in Nano-Sensor (NEMS) based gas chromatography (GC) system is a start-up company from CEA-LETI and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) founded in December 2011. The presentation will present why NEMS resonators offer a unique breakthrough technology in the GC field and will discuss how the key challenges such as industrialization, multi scale system integration combining mechanical, chemical and electronic sub-systems are addressed.

Bio: Eric Colinet graduated from INSA-Lyon France in 2002 and received a PhD from SUPELEC PARIS in 2005 and a HDR from INP- GRENOBLE in 2010. In 2011, he cofounded Apix-Analytics, a start-up company from CEA-LETI/CALTECH specialized in Nano-Sensor based gas analysis systems, where he is now managing the research and development activities. His field of expertise covers micro & nano electromechanical systems (MEMS-NEMS), sensors & actuators, control theory & signal processing, solid-state electronics & IC, MEMS-CMOS Integration. He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and holds over 20 patents.

This seminar is part of the Master's class MICRO534, Advanced MEMS and Microsystems, and is open to the informed public.

Apix Analytics - Company Website


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Exploring interfacial physics to inspire disrupting technologies

Prof. Dr. Dimos Poulikakos,
ETH Zürich


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/440644837

Abstract: Interfaces separating different kinds of matter, or different phases of the same matter, abandon in nature and technology. What is more, they invariably play a critical role in all systems where they occur, from regulating transport of energy and species, to dictating system shape and form. Interfaces differ in their structure and properties from the bulk matter they surround. I note here the famous quote of Wolfgang Pauli that “God made bulk (materials) but surfaces are the work of the devil”. Interfaces are of course of critical importance in small scale systems and even more so as we move toward nanoscales, where their proportion in a given system increases dramatically and their effect dominates system behaviour.

In this lecture I will primarily focus on liquid/gas and liquid/solid interfaces as they manifest themselves in simple systems, such as small droplets and nanoparticles, in particular when they are at a metastable thermodynamic state or under the regulated influence of an external field (gravitational, acoustic, electric or electromagnetic), showing in parallel novel applications deriving from understanding their physics.  

First, I will address the spontaneous removal of discrete condensed matter from surfaces, of importance in nature and in a broad range of technologies, e.g. self-cleaning, anti-icing, and condensation. The understanding of phenomena leading to such behavior, combined with rational micro/nano surface texture design promoting their manifestation, remain a challenge. I will show how water droplets resting on superhydrophobic surfaces in a low-pressure environment can self-remove through sudden spontaneous levitation and subsequent trampoline-like bouncing behavior, i.e. sequential droplet-substrate collisions with restitution coefficients greater than unity, despite complete surface rigidity, seemingly violating the second law of thermodynamics. Due to the high-vaporization rates experienced by droplets, and the inherently associated significant cooling, freezing from a metastable state can occur. I will show how increasing vaporization —triggered suddenly by metastable state freezing— has a strong boosting effect and can spontaneously remove surface icing (by levitating or even launching away generated icy drops/particles) the moment they freeze. This work exemplifies how surface texturing aware of such interfacial phenomena alone, can prohibit water droplet retention on surfaces, also when they freeze.

Next, a remarkably simple process for the maskless direct printing of nanoparticles of all kinds, through electrohydrodynamic “NanoDrip” printing of colloidal nanodroplets will be presented and the related interfacial physics and transport phenomena leading to the tunable formation of in- and out-of-plane functional nanostructures as single entities or large arrays will be explained.  A host of applications enabled by NanoDrip printing will be discussed, ranging from plasmonics, driven by single photon emitters (quantum dots, or even precisely printed single organic molecules) to the printing of transparent conductive grids and to tracking force microscopy (TFM) methods for cells with unprecedented facility and resolution.

Finally, I will discuss the controllable manipulation of biological and synthetic nanoscopic species in liquids at the ultimate single object resolution (biological quantum level), important to many fields such as biology, medicine, physics, chemistry and nanoengineering. I will present the concept of electrokinetic nanovalving, with which we confine and guide single biological nano-objects in a liquid, solely based on spatiotemporal tailoring of the free energy landscape guiding the motion. The electric field generating this energy landscape is readily modulated collaboratively by wall nanotopography and by addressable embedded nanoelectrodes in a nanochannel. I will demonstrate guiding, confining, releasing and sorting of biological nano-objects, ranging from macromolecules to adenoviruses, but also a broad palette of other nano-objects such as lipid vesicles, dielectric and metallic particles, of various sizes and inherent charges, suspended in electrolytes with to biological buffer solution levels. Such systems can enable individual handling of multiple entities as well as simultaneously obtaining accurate information of the properties of their such as electrical conductivity and permittivity, in applications ranging from chemical or biochemical synthesis to precise drug delivery, in a continuous lab-on-chip environment with biological quantum level resolution.


Bio: Professor Dimos Poulikakos holds the Chair of Thermodynamics at ETH Zurich, where in 1996 he founded the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies in the Institute of Energy Technology. He served as the Vice President of Research of ETH Zurich in the period 2005-2007. Professor Poulikakos was the ETH director of the IBM-ETH Binnig-Rohrer Nanotechnology center, a unique private-public partnership in nanotechnology at the interface of basic research and future oriented applications (2008-2011). He served as the Head of the Mechanical and Process Engineering Department at ETH Zurich (2011-2014). He is currently the Chairperson of the Energy Science Center of ETH Zurich and a member of CORE, the advisory board of the Swiss government on issues related to energy. As of January 2020, he is also the president of Division IV the of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and member of the presiding board of SNF.

His research is in the area of interfacial transport phenomena, thermodynamics and related materials nanoengineering, with a host of related applications. The focus is on understanding the related physics, in particular at the micro- and nanoscales and employing this knowledge to the development of novel technologies. Specific current examples of application areas are the direct 2D and 3D printing of complex liquids and colloids with nanoscale feature size and resolution, the science-based design of supericephobic and omniphobic surfaces, the chip/transistor-level, bio-inspired 3D integrated cooling of supercomputer electronics, the development of facile methods based on plasmonics for sunlight management and the development of nanofluidic technologies and surface textures for biological applications under realistic fluidic environments (accelerated and guided cell adhesion, re-endothelialization, antifibrotic surface textures and materials, single virus trapping and transport).

Among the awards and recognitions he has received for his contributions are the White House/NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985, the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal in 1986, the Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Award in 1986, the University of Illinois Scholar Award in 1986 and the Reviewer of the Year Award for the ASME Journal of Heat Transfer in 1995. He is the recipient of the 2000 James Harry Potter Gold Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was a Russell S. Springer Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of California at Berkeley (2003) and the Hawkins Memorial Lecturer of Purdue University in 2004. He received the Heat Transfer Memorial Award for Science in 2003 from ASME. In 2008 he was a visiting Fellow at Oxford University and a distinguished visitor at the University of Tokyo.  He is the recipient of the 2009 Nusselt-Reynolds Prize of the World Assembly of Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics conferences (awarded every four years), for his scientific contributions. He is the 2012 recipient of the Max Jacob Award, for eminent scholarly achievement and distinguished leadership in the field of fluidics and heat transfer. Awarded annually to a scholar jointly by (ASME) and (AIChE), the Max Jacob Award is the highest honor in the field of thermofluidics these professional organizations bestow. He was presented with the Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award of the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2012. He received the Dr.h.c. of the National Technical University of Athens in 2006. In 2008 he was elected to the Swiss National Academy of Engineering (SATW), where from 2012 to 2015 he also served as president of its science board.


Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Nathan Swami, University of Virginia, USA

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

Bio:

Nathan Swami is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. His group seeks to develop electrically functional microfluidic devices and instrumentation for label-free manipulation, sorting and cytometry of biosystems, for applications in biomolecular sensing, in vitro disease modeling and integrative tissue regeneration. Some of the chief enablers in his group include: (1) soft imprint lithography for 3D patterning of biodegradable scaffolds towards patterning cellular interactions for enabling tissue regeneration; (2) electrochemical analysis in microfluidic and droplet systems for biomolecular sensing; and (3) label-free impedance and deformability-based sorting and cytometry of biosystems. Prior to University of Virginia, he served on the scientific staff of the MEMS & Microfluidics group at Motorola Labs and prior to that, he served as a Scientist at Clinical Microsensors, Inc., a Caltech start-up interfacing microelectronics to bio-analysis. He seeks to impact emerging biomanufacturing approaches, as well as detection systems within point-of-care and resource-poor settings for personalizing medical decisions
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Assessment Matters

Roland Tormey

To develop assessment techniques which are valid and objective, notably to test if students have met the required learning outcomes.


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IMX Seminar Series - Non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems and materials

Prof. Bert Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

The intriguing prospects of molecular electronics, nanotechnology, biomaterials, and the aim to close the gap between synthetic and biological molecular systems are important ingredients to study the cooperative action of molecules in the assembly towards functional supramolecular materials and systems. The design and synthesis of well-defined supramolecular architectures requires a balanced choice between covalent and non-covalent synthesis of the different fragments. For synthetic chemists, the non-covalent synthesis of these supramolecular architectures is regarded as one of the most challenging objectives in science: How far can we push chemical self-assembly and can we get control over the kinetic instabilities of the non-covalent architectures made? Moreover the increasing number of different components in the assembly processes increases the complexity of the system, as many competing events occur and pathway selection is needed. Mastering this complexity with a combination of experiments and simulations is a prerequisite to achieve the challenges set in creating functional materials and systems. In the lecture we illustrate our approach using a number of examples out of our own laboratories, with the aim to come to new strategies for multi-step non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular materials and systems.
Bio: E.W. “Bert” Meijer is Distinguished University Professor in the Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology and co-director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his PhD degree at the University of Groningen with Hans Wynberg, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991 he was appointed in Eindhoven, while in the meantime he has held part-time positions in Nijmegen, Mainz, and Santa Barbara, CA. Bert Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the Spinoza Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry in 2006, the AkzoNobel Science Award 2010, the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan in 2011, the Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 2012, the Prelog Medal in 2014, the Nagoya Gold Medal in 2017 and the Chirality Medal in 2018. He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he is appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.


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IGM Colloquium: Dynamics of laminar separation bubbles on airfoils

Prof. Serhiy Yarusevych, Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

Abstract:
A brief overview of ongoing and recent research projects in the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory will be presented first. These projects include experimental investigations of airfoil performance in low Reynolds number flows, flows over complex cylindrical geometries common to mechanical systems and civil structures, energy harvesting from vortical structures, flow induced vibrations, and flow control.
The main presentation will focus on separating-reattaching flows on airfoils and their response to forcing. Recent advancements in small and medium scale wind turbines as well as unmanned aerial vehicles brought about an increased interest in airfoil operation at low chord Reynolds numbers (below about 500,000). Airfoil performance in this domain of Reynolds numbers differs significantly from that common to high Reynolds number flows. In particular, a laminar boundary layer on the suction side of the airfoil often separates even at low angles of attack, which detrimentally affects airfoil performance. The severity of airfoil performance degradation depends significantly on separated shear layer development. The shear layer is inherently unstable and undergoes transition to turbulence downstream of separation, which can lead to flow reattachment and the formation of a separation bubble. Recent results from a series of experimental studies will be presented to provide a new outlook on the attendant bubble dynamics and the response of such flows to controlled excitation.

Bio:
Dr. Serhiy Yarusevych received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2006. Since 2006, he has been directing the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University ofWaterloo, Canada. His research is focused on fluid mechanics and its multidisciplinary applications in engineering, including operation of airfoils at low Reynolds numbers, flows over bluff bodies, free shear flows, flow induced vibrations and noise, laminar-to-turbulent transition, and flow control.
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14th LIMNA Symposium (Lausanne Integrative Metabolism & Nutrition Alliance)

Invited speakers: Georgia Konstantinidou, University of Bern    /    Markus Stoffel, ETH Zurich    /    8 short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts

This symposium is organised by students and post-docs of the network, for their peers (i.e. you!). Up to 8 abstracts will be selected to establish the program and the not-selected will fill up the poster session. Two invited speakers will open respectively the morning and afternoon session.
This year the symposium will be held at EPFL, in room SV1717.
Invited speakers:

8 short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Prizes for best poster and best oral presentation.

Deadline for abstract submission: 05.04.2020
Deadline for registration only: 19.04.2020

Participation will be likely recognized by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Office as a half day of ongoing training (demand is being processed).
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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Kam Leong, Columbia University, USA

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


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Bio:
Prof. Leong received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Editor-in-Chief of Biomaterials
 
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Packaging and Hybridization: the Valorization of MEMS Technologies

Dr. Michel Despont

Abstract: The integration of microsystems and, in particular, of MEMS devices continues to be a key element of many high technology application areas. If the devices themselves are crucial elements for innovation, their integration in a complete microsystem are essential for their successful commercialization. Hence development of 3D integration and packaging technologies are of the upmost importance. At CSEM we develop new solutions for wafer level hybridization and packaging solutions to respond to the demand of the industry active in microsystem technology. An overview of the packaging and hybridization technology will be presented along with some concrete examples such are biocompatible hermetic packaging for active implant, wafer level gas cell for atomic clock, wafer level hybridization for complex micromechanical components, heterogeneous integration of microdevices at wafer level, MEMS integration on soft micromodule.

Bio: Dr. Michel Despont received a Ph.D. in physics from the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, in 1996. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the IBM Research - Zurich laboratory in 1996, he spent one year as a visiting scientist at the Seiko Instrument Research Laboratory in Japan. In 2005, he was appointed manager and led the nanofabrication group at IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory. Since 2013, Dr Despont is currently employed by the Swiss Centre of Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) as Vice-President of the MEMS program and manager of the Emerging Micro&Nano Technologies section in the Micro&Nano Systems division.

CSEM Website.

This seminar is part of the Master's class MICRO534, Advanced MEMS and Microsystems, and is open to the informed public.


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Leveraging Labs for Learning

Siara Isaac

Explore ways to design lab experiments that help students develop a scientific approach which is transferable to real world complexity.


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Roll-Out EPFL Racing Team



The EPFL Racing Team, member of MAKE projects, is proud to present to you its new electric car which will take part to Formula Student competitions 2020. This second car is more performant, and we are glad to show you the technical pathway taken for the project through various interventions by partners and team members.
The presentation will be followed by an aperitif during which we’ll be happy to talk about the car conception more in details and answer any questions you might have.

Please, have a look at our social medias and our official website https://lausanneracingteam.ch/
 


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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Yvonne Y. Chen, UCLA, USA

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

Bio:
Yvonne earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. She received postdoctoral training at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research within the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and at the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Yvonne was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows prior to joining the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013. Dr. Chen has been a recipient of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, the ACGT Young Investigator Award in Cell and Gene Therapy for Cancer, the NSF CAREER Award, the Mark Foundation Emerging Leader Award, and the Cancer Research Institute’s Lloyd J. Old STAR Award. Yvonne is also a Member Researcher in the Parker Institute for Cancer
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IMX Seminar Series - High-performance discontinuous composites: material and structural design

Dr Soraia Pimenta, Imperial College London, UK

High-performance discontinuous composites (also known as tow-based discontinuous composites (TBDCs), advanced-SMCs, or randomly-oriented strands) are composed by chopped carbon-fibre tows randomly oriented and distributed in a polymeric matrix. This discontinuous and random microstructure allows components with complex 3D shapes to be moulded using fully automated processes, with processing times down to a few minutes. In addition, the tow-based microstructure allows these materials to achieve a high content of carbon fibres (up to 60% in volume) and, consequently, to achieve good mechanical properties. Due to this combination of manufacturability and high-performance, TBDCs are now being used to manufacture lightweight (semi-)structural components in the aeronautics, automotive and sports industries.
While the multi-scale nature of the microstructure of TBDCs (reinforced at both the tow- and fibre-levels) is key for their unique combination of manufacturability and performance, it also creates two challenges for the effective use of these materials. Firstly, it widens the design space of the material, since its mechanical properties are dictated not only by the fibre and matrix types, but also by the dimensions of the tows. Secondly, the large dimensions of the tows (up to 50 mm long and 20 mm wide) lead to significant variability of local mechanical properties (e.g. stiffness and strength) from one point of a component to another; this makes TBDCs extremely damage tolerant, but it also complicates structural design.
This talk will address these two challenges through a combination of experiments and modelling. Regarding the first challenge, we have experimentally characterised the mechanical response of TBDCs with a range of material microstructures, to assess the effect of tow geometry and preferential orientation on the properties of the composite; we show that the thickness (or filament count) of the tows has a very significant impact on performance, with thicker tows leading to a knock-down on both strength and stiffness. We also propose computationally-efficient models which can be used to perform virtual experiments, identify optimal material microstructures, and support the development of improved materials.
Regarding the second challenge, we have characterised the damage tolerance of TBDCs using a combination of unnotched and notched specimens; we show that the fracture toughness of TBDCs can be higher than that of continuous-fibre composites. Moreover, notched specimens present no reduction in load-bearing capacity (compared to unnotched specimens), and often fail away from the notch; this makes TBDCs the ultimate “damage tolerant” material, but makes it difficult to predict the behaviour of structures with complex geometries. We overcome this challenge by proposing a stochastic framework based on Finite Element (FE) Monte-Carlo simulations, which accounts for the spatial variability of local mechanical properties of TBDCs, and uses non-local homogenisation criteria to predict failure in a mesh-independent way.
Bio: Dr Soraia Pimenta obtained her PhD from Imperial College London in 2013, and she is now a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Soraia’s research interests include developing accurate and efficient models for the mechanical response of composites, and promoting a new generation of easy-to-manufacture, damage tolerant and sustainable materials. Soraia won the SAMPE Schliekelmann Award in 2009, the International Committee for Composite Materials Tsai Award in 2011, the Japan Society for Composite Materials Hayashi Memorial International Award in 2015, and the Imperial College President’s Medal for Outstanding Early Career Researcher in 2015. She has also been a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 2015.
 


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Towards elevated-temperature (>2 K) monolithic quantum computing processors in production FDSOI CMOS technology

Prof. Dr. Sorin Voinigescu
University of Toronto


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/682338354

Abstract: Universal quantum processors (QPs) “can now perform computations in a Hilbert space of dimension 253 ≈ 9 × 1015, beyond the reach of the fastest classical supercomputers available today.” Despite reaching this crucial milestone, they remain expensive, difficult-to-scale, room-size, laboratory devices that operate at extremely low temperature, require many hours of tweaking before use, and can only run simple quantum algorithms of limited practical use. Their core building block, the qubit, is based on exotic superconducting Josephson-junction technology and is controlled by racks of electronic equipment connected through long coaxial cables. For the next phase of QP development where real-world problems can be solved, solutions must be found to ensure QP (i) scalability to millions of qubits, (ii) high fidelity (accuracy), (iii) reliability, (iv) low-cost, low-variability, high-yield volume manufacturing, and (v) ease and speed of testability.
To address the scalability, reliability, and manufacturing challenges, we propose to use the minimum-size transistor of production CMOS technology as the quantum processor qubit. This was not possible in the past due to large transistor dimensions but has become feasible in 22nm (Fully-Depleted Silicon on Insulator) FDSOI CMOS. The prospect of cheap quantum information processing in “plain old CMOS” is potentially revolutionary, since most other alternative proposals require fairly exotic technologies that lack scalability, high yield, reliability and low variability, and are difficult to interface with classical processors. It takes advantage of the the natural progression of Moore's law to nanoscale dimensions and the transition from classical to quantum MOSFET behaviour.
This presentation will discuss the fundamental concepts and the feasibility of high-temperature (2-12 K) quantum processors, based on heterostructure Si1-xGex/Si1-yGey hole-spin qubits, monolithically integrated with control and readout electronics in commercial 22nm FDSOI CMOS technology. These temperatures, while still low, are 100 times higher than those of current competing quantum processors. Operation temperature is important because the QP is placed in a cryostat whose thermal lift (capacity to remove heat) increases exponentially with temperature.  Monolithic integration improves quantum processor fidelity, allows for scalability and ease of testability, reduces power consumption and cost, and improves manufacturability, yield and reliability.
The beneficial aspects of the SiGe channel hole-spin qubit will be emphasized in comparison with its silicon-only electron-spin counterpart. It will also be shown that, at 2-12 K, MOSFETs and cascodes can be operated as quantum dots in the subthreshold region, while behaving as classical MOSFETs and cascodes in the saturation region, suitable for qubits and mm-wave mixed-signal processing circuits, respectively.
Irrespective of the qubit technology, the development of large quantum processors is limited by the power consumption and associated heat dissipation of the analog-mixed-signal control and readout electronics and by the challenge of interconnecting such a large number of qubits with the control electronics. By developing elevated-temperature qubits, the heat dissipation constraints on the co-integrated or co-located control electronics and on the cryostat thermal lift are relieved, thus allowing for the integration of more complex quantum processors.
However, elevated-temperature qubits require higher-frequency spin control electronics, in the upper millimetre-wave and even THz frequency range. The design of low-power millimetre-wave spin manipulation electronic circuits will also be covered.  Finally, I will present measurements for full technology characterization at cryogenic temperatures up to 67 GHz and describe a methodology for cryogenic mm-wave control electronics design based on room-temperature transistor models.

Bio: Sorin P. Voinigescu is a Professor  in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Toronto where he holds the Stanley Ho Chair in Microelectronics and is the Director of the VLSI Research Group. He is an IEEE Fellow and an expert on millimeter-wave and 100+Gb/s integrated circuits and atomic-scale semiconductor device technologies. He obtained his  PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1994 and his  M.Sc Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from the Politechnical Institute of Bucharest in 1984.

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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BioE COLLOQUIA SERIES: Title to be advised

Prof. Karla Neugebauer, Yale School of Medicine, USA

WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES
(sandwiches served)


Abstract:

Bio:
  • 2001 – 2013 Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany
  • 1999-2001 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, WA
  • 1998-1999 Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA
  • 1996-1997 Postdoc at EMBL in Heidelberg Germany
  • 1991-1996 Postdoc at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle WA

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IMX Seminar Series - An Instagram View of the Nanoworld

Prof. Deb Kelly, Penn State Cancer Institute, USA

Deparment of Biomedical Engineering; Center for Structural Oncology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park PA 16802, USA

Biomedical research improves our understanding of human health and disease through the development of new technologies. High-resolution imaging is one technology that is transforming our view of the nanoworld – permitting us to study cells and molecules in exquisite detail. Structural information of dynamic components, however, reveals only an instant of their complex narrative.

Recent advances in the production of materials such as graphene and silicon nitride provide new opportunities for EM imaging in real-time. We use these materials to create environmental chambers and perform experiments in situ, or “inside”, the EM column. Together, with microfluidic technology, we can now view biological processes in a native liquid environment at the nanoscale. Other recent applications of in situ imaging include real-time recordings of nanoparticle therapies interacting with cancer stem cells and changes in the molecular intricacies of viral pathogens. These results complement our ongoing cryo-EM studies on tumor suppressor proteins as we strive to analyze molecular events with high spatial and temporal resolution.

Acknowledgements: This work was supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute [R01CA193578, R01CA227261, and R01CA219700 to D.F.K.].
Bio: Deb Kelly completed her PhD in Molecular Biophysics at Florida State University and her post-doctoral training in Structural Biology at Harvard Medical School. During these pursuits, she developed technical breakthroughs in the field of cryo-EM that are now being used by the in situ TEM community. As interest in situ TEM has skyrocketed in recent years, the Kelly team has been on the leading-edge of adapting this technology for biomedical applications, in particular cancer research. Dr. Kelly is currently a professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University, where the holds the Lloyd and Dottie Foehr Huck Chair in Molecular Biophysics and directs the Center for Structural Oncology (CSO). The CSO focuses on combating the molecular culprits that fuel human cancer while revealing the hidden enemies that cancer cells use to outsmart modern medicine. 
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Highlights in Microengineering course

Various speakers

June 2 to 12, 2020 – Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Highlights in Microtechnology (HIM) summer course is a training program, offering a unique opportunity to experience two weeks of high-level teaching, on topics at the heart of microtechnology.
The course is part of EPFL’s doctoral program, but is open to students coming from other universities and other countries.
Written exam on June 18th.
 
Supported by the doctoral programs:
EDRS Robotics, Control and Intelligent Systems
EDPO Photonics
EDMI Microsystems and Microelectronics
EDAM Manufacturing
 


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Towards softer and more tissue-resembling elastomers

Prof. Dr. Anne Ladegaard Skov,
Technical University of Denmark, DTU


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/927149523

Abstract: Soft robotics put a demand forward for softer and softer materials with mechanical integrity and stability over time. Hydrogels are natural candidates with respect to the softness and to some extent with respect to the mechanical integrity, but over time, hydrogels change properties due to the change of water content. Silicone elastomers are the excellent for soft robotics due to their inherent softness, mechanical integrity and stability both with respect to temperature (between -100 and 300◦C) and deformation (mechanical stability for more than 100 mio cycles is not uncommon). However, silicone elastomers are challenged with demands of elastic moduli below ~500 kPa. Various network structures have been made to decrease the elastic moduli beyond the natural lower limit arising from the elastic response from entanglements. Amongst these structures are slide-ring elastomers, bottlebrush elastomers, and a completely novel type of elastomer where the origin of elasticity is currently not understood. The pros and cons of these network synthesis methods and the resulting properties will be discussed in this talk.

Bio: Anne Ladegaard Skov is a professor of polymer science and engineering specialising in design and utilization of silicone elastomers in the Danish Polymer Centre at Department of Chemical Engineering, DTU. She holds a PhD in polymer physics from DTU. She was a research fellow at Cambridge University, UK, before taking up a position as assistant professor at DTU. She has headed the Danish Polymer Centre sinde 2016. In 2018 she was promoted to full professor. She has worked with functionalisation and formulation of silicone elastomers with main focus on silicone elastomers used and optimised for dielectric elastomers and more recently for flexible electronics and drug delivery amongst others.


Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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Startup Champions Seed Night 2020



The Startup Champions Seed Night is an annual startup presentation event bringing together the most promising entrepreneurs from EPFL and beyond, angel investors, mentors, industry leaders and scientists for an audience of 250+ people. The objective of the event is to showcase fast-growing entrepreneurial projects to the community and educate the audience about seed investment.

More info on the EPFL Alumni website.


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Copying Brain

Prof. Dr. Donhee Ham,
Harvard University


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/934241343

Abstract: Massively parallel, intracellular recording of a large number of mammalian neurons across a network has been a great technological pursuit in neurobiology, but it has not been achieved until our recent breakthrough [1]. For example, the intracellular recording by the patch clamp revolutionized neurobiology with its unparalleled sensitivity that can measure down to subthreshold synaptic activities, but it is too bulky to scale into a dense array, and only ~10 parallel patch recordings have so far been possible. For another example, the microelectrode array (MEA) can record from many more neurons, but this extracellular technique has too low a sensitivity to tap into synaptic events. In this talk, I will share the recent breakthrough of ours [1], a CMOS nanoelectrode array that massively parallelizes the intracellular recording from thousands of connected mammalian neurons. I will also explore the applications of this unprecedented tool in fundamental and applied neurobiology, in particular, functional connectome mapping, high-throughput drug screening for neurological disorder, and copying biological neuronal networks as a possible new synthesis of machine intelligence.

[1] J. Abbott et al, “A nanoelectrode array for obtaining intracellular recordings from thousands of connected neurons,”  Nature Biomed. Eng., doi: 10.1038/s41551-019-0455-7 (2019)

Bio: Donhee Ham is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics and EE at Harvard and Samsung Fellow. He earned a BS in physics from Seoul National University. Following a military service, he went to Caltech for graduate training, where he worked in LIGO under Prof. Barry Barish in physics, and later obtained a PhD in EE winning the Wilts Prize for the best EE thesis. His experiences/recognitions include IBM T. J. Watson Research, distinguished visiting professorship at Seoul National University, IEEE conference committees (e.g., ISSCC), distinguished lecturer for IEEE SSC Society, associate editor for IEEE TBioCAS, IBM faculty fellowship, and MIT TR35. His intellectual focus includes neuro-electronic interface, neuromorphic processor, low-dimensional and quantum devices, NMR technology, and integrated circuits.


Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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Information and Light in Complex Media

Prof. Dr. Allard Mosk,
Utrecht University


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/119888136

Abstract: Random scattering of light, which takes place in paper, paint and biological tissue is an obstacle to imaging and focusing of light and thus hampers applications ranging from laser ablation to precision measurements. At the same time scattering is a phenomenon of basic physical interest as it allows the study of fascinating interference effects such as open transport channels [1,2], which enable lossless transport of waves through strongly scattering materials. The frequency bandwidth of these channels [3] is critical to their usefulness as it determines their ability to carry pulses and their information-carrying capacity. After a broad overview of the field, we present new measurements of the frequency bandwidth and intensity fluctuations in these channels. Moreover, we show that  optimizing the incident light wave is essential to  extract precise information about the position of any scatterer. The information we retrieve turns out to be limited by our knowledge of the position of the other scatterers and the local density of states [5].

Bio: Allard Mosk (1970) started his physics career in ultracold atomic gases with work in Amsterdam (Ph.D. 1994), Heidelberg, and Paris, performing the first observation of a Feshbach resonance in Li, and of photoassociation of H. In 2003 he joined the Complex Photonic Systems group at the University of Twente. where he pioneered wavefront shaping methods to focus and image through strongly scattering media. Since 2015 he holds a chair at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, where he studies statistical properties of light in complex scattering media with a view on imaging and optical precision measurements.

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)

References:

  1. A. P. Mosk, A. Lagendijk, G. Lerosey, and M. Fink, Controlling waves in space and time for imaging and focusing in complex media, Nat. Photon., 6, 283 (2012).
  2. I.M. Vellekoop and A.P. Mosk, Universal optimal transmission of light through disordered materials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 120601 (2008).
  3. Jeroen Bosch, Sebastianus A. Goorden, and Allard P. Mosk, Frequency width of open channels in multiple scattering media, Opt. Expr. 24, 26472-26478 (2016)
  4. X. Xu, X. Xie, A. Thendiyammal, H. Zhuang, J. Xie, Y. Liu, J. Zhou, and A. P. Mosk, Imaging of objects through a thin scattering layer using a spectrally and spatially separated reference, Opt. Express 26 (12), 15073–15083 (2018).
  5. D. F. Bouchet, R. Carminati, and A. P. Mosk, Influence of the local density of states on the localization precision of single particles in scattering environments, arXiv. org 1909.02501 (2019).

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Polymer-based artificial synapses: Using protons and electrons to impart plasticity to semiconductors

Prof. Dr. Alberto Salleo,
Stanford University


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/843927942

Abstract: Organic semiconductors have been traditionally developed for making low-cost and flexible transistors, solar cells and light-emitting diodes. In the last few years, emerging applications in health case and bioelectronics have been proposed. A particularly interesting class of materials in this application area takes advantage of mixed ionic and electronic conduction in certain semiconducting polymers. Indeed, the ability to transduce ionic fluxes into electrical currents is useful when interacting with living matter or bodily fluids. My presentation will first discuss the fundamental aspects of how mixed conduction works in polymeric materials and show some applications in biosensing. The bulk of my talk will focus on polymer-based artificial synapses.
The brain can perform massively parallel information processing while consuming only ~1- 100 fJ per synaptic event. I will describe a novel electrochemical neuromorphic device that switches at record-low energy (<0.1 fJ projected, <10 pJ measured) and voltage (< 1mV, measured), displays >500 distinct, non-volatile conductance states within a ~1 V operating range. Furthermore, it achieves record classification accuracy when implemented in neural network simulations. Our organic neuromorphic device works by combining ionic (protonic) and electronic conduction and is essentially similar to a concentration battery. The main advantage of this device is that the barrier for state retention is decoupled from the barrier for changing states, allowing for the extremely low switching voltages while maintaining non-volatility. Our synapses display outstanding speed (<20 ns) and endurance achieving over 109 switching events with very little degradation all the way to high temperature (up to 120°C). These properties, which are unheard of in the realm of organic semiconcuctors, are very promising in terms of the ability to integrate with Si electronics to demonstrate online learning and inference. When connected to an appropriate access device our device exhibits excellent linearity, which is an important consideration for neural networks that learn with blind updates.

Bio: Alberto Salleo is currently Full Professor of Materials Science and Department Chair at Stanford University. Alberto Salleo holds a Laurea degree in Chemistry from La Sapienza and graduated as a Fulbright Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science from UC Berkeley in 2001. From 2001 to 2005 Salleo was first post-doctoral research fellow and successively member of research staff at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. In 2005 Salleo joined the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford as an Assistant Professor in 2006. Salleo is a Principal Editor of MRS Communications since 2011.While at Stanford, Salleo won the NSF Career Award, the 3M Untenured Faculty Award, the SPIE Early Career Award, the Tau Beta Pi Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Stanford’s highest teaching award. He has been a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher since 2015, recognizing that he ranks in the top 1% cited researchers in his field.

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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IMT Distinguished Lecture - Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner

Prof. Dr. Martin Kaltenbrunner
Johannes Kepler University Linz


Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture

Campus Lausanne BM 5202 (live)
Campus Microcity MC B0 302 (video)
Zoom Live Stream:

Abstract:

Bio:

Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program

Note: After the lecture, there will be time for discussion and interaction with the distinguished speaker, sandwich lunch and refreshments sponsored by the Institute of Microengineering will be provided for attendees in front of the lecture hall (BM 5104, ca. 13h15)


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