Upcoming Seminars and Events

EPFL Open Science Workshop on Solar Fuels Standards and Benchmarking

Prof. Erwin Reisner, Prof. Kazuhiro Takanabe, Dr. Kayer Ayers, Dr. Todd Deutsch, Dr. Francesca Toma, Prof. Vincent Artero, Prof. Sixto Gimenez, Prof. David Fermin, Prof. Jae Sung Lee, Prof. Chengxiang Xiang

The EPFL Open Science Workshop on Solar Fuels Standards and Benchmarking will promote open science practices so that reports of solar fuel devices can be more easily found, compared and replicated. Consequently, we have invited ten expert speakers in the field to discuss standardisation and benchmarking in lab-scale devices, degradation and materials, and prototype scale demonstrations. Discussion of the topics raised during the presentations will be facilitated through three panel discussions. Furthermore, the workshop will launch the EPFL Solar Fuels Database, a project that will provide a unified and continually updated record of solar energy to fuel research – initially focusing on cataloguing photo-electrochemical water splitting and integrated photo-voltaic/water electrolysis.

Due to the nature of the ongoing pandemic, this workshop will proceed as a “hybrid” event where the presentations and discussion sessions will be broadcast live for audiences unable to attend in-person. For the in-person attendees: This is a Covid-free event and therefore a valid Covid pass must be presented at the door.

Registration via the event webpage (registration deadline for on-site participation Nov 22, for online participation until Dec 3). There is no registration fee.
 


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IMX Seminar Series - Atom-scale quantum choreography to the beat of light

Prof. Rupert Huber, Regensburg University, German

Understanding the function of novel quantum materials calls for means to directly watch their elementary building blocks in motion, on their intrinsic length and time scales. Recently, lightwave electronics has made this long-standing dream come true. The idea is to exploit the carrier wave of light as an ultrafast bias to interrogate and control the nanocosm. I will first review how lightwaves can drive electrons in solids, such as 2D materials and topological insulators, into surprising sub-cycle quantum motion. By combining this idea with the spatial resolution of scanning tunneling microscopy we record the first atom-scale slow-motion movies of individual vibrating molecules. Lightwaves inside the tunnelling junction can even serve as femtosecond atomic forces to choreo­graph a coherent structural motion of a single-molecule switch. This concept offers a radically new way of directly watching and controlling key elementary dynamics in nature and steer (bio)chemical reactions or ultrafast phase transitions, on their intrinsic spatio-temporal scales.
 

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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Mark Pauly

Prof. Mark Pauly

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   
 
The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/65551226823

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, December 6th, 2021 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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EPFL BioE Talks SERIES "Regulation of Gene Expression During the Awakening of the Zygotic Genome"

Prof. Mounia Lagha, Institute of Molecular Genetics, University of Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier (FR)

WEEKLY EPFL BIOE TALKS SERIES

Abstract:
A fundamental question in biology is how cellular processes are so reproducible despite the inherent variations in the chemical reactions governing them. During development of a multicellular organism, precise control of gene expression allows the reproducible establishment of patterns. Our goal is to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for precision in gene expression and to link them to accuracy in cell fate decisions. My team tackles this question using the early development of Drosophila as a model system, during the maternal to zygotic transition. During this critical developmental window, patterns of gene expression are rapidly established with remarkable reproducibility and accuracy. We use quantitative imaging, genetic manipulations, biophysics and mathematical modeling to integrate the dynamic aspects of transcription and translation. In this talk, I will summarize our recent results regarding the control of transcriptional memory and transcriptional bursting by cis-regulatory elements and pioneer factors [1, 2]. I will also present our recent deployment of the Suntag method to monitor translation in living Drosophila embryos, that lead to the discovery of intragenic translational heterogeneities [3].

References:
[1] Bellec M, Dufourt J, Hunt G,  Lenden-Hasse H, Trullo A, Zine El Aabidine A,  Lamarque M, Gaskill M,  Faure-Gautron H, Mannervik M, Harrison M, -Christophe Andrau JC,  Favard C,  Radulescu O and Lagha# M (2021) The control of transcriptional memory by stable mitotic bookmarking. bioRxiv 2021.08.30.458146; doi: 10.1101/2021.08.30.458146 (submitted)

[2] Pimmett V*, Dejean M*, Fernandez C, Trullo A, Bertrand A, Radulescu O and Lagha M# (2021) Quantitative imaging of transcription in living Drosophila embryos reveals the impact of core promoter motifs on promoter state dynamics. Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-24461-6.

[3] Dufourt J#*, Bellec M*, Trullo A,  Dejean M, De Rossi S, Favard C and Lagha M#  
Imaging translation dynamics in live embryos reveals spatial heterogeneities, Science (2021)
Apr 29;eabc3483. DOI: 10.1126/science.abc3483

Bio:
I am researcher in Developmental Biology and my main interest is how gene expression is precisely established during embryogenesis.
My initial training was on mouse myogenesis (PhD obtained in 2008 at the Pasteur Institute in Paris under the supervision of Pr M.Buckingham and F.Relaix). For my post-doc, in order to obtain more mechanistic insights, I changed model organism and studied transcriptional regulation during Drosophila development at UC Berkeley in the lab of Pr M.Levine (2010-2014). My postdoctoral work revealed the importance of paused polymerase for the coordination of cell fate decisions during gastrulation.
Since 2015, I am directing a group at IGMM in Montpellier (www.laghalab.com) where we study mechanisms of transcriptional regulation in living Drosophila embryos. Our current research focuses on the role of promoters and enhancers on the dynamic aspects of transcription (transcriptional synchrony, bursting and memory). Recently we started also investigating translational control during early development. We use a variety of approaches ranging from classical genetics, molecular biology to quantitative live imaging and biophysical techniques. We constantly collaborate with physicists and mathematicians to develop theoretical frameworks for a better understanding of our quantitative biological data.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:
As a consequence of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, in-person attendance of this seminar is subjected to some constraints:
  • Maximum number of participants is limited to 80 (2/3 of room SV1717's nominal capacity): first come, first served!
  • Valid COVID certificate and ID, required to enter the meeting room, will be checked at the entrance
  • Face masks are mandatory for everyone in the seminar room (excepted the speaker while presenting).
Thank you warmly for your understanding!

Alternatively, the seminar can also be followed via Zoom web-streaming:
Zoom link (with one-time registration for the whole series) for attending remotely: https://go.epfl.ch/EPFLBioETalks


Instructions for 1st-year Ph.D. students who are under EDBB’s mandatory seminar attendance rule:
IF you are not attending in-person in the room, please make sure to
  1. send D. Reinhard a note before noon on seminar day, informing that you plan to attend the talk online, and
  2. be signed in on Zoom with a recognizable user name (not a pseudonym making it difficult or impossible to be identified).
Students attending the seminar in-person should collect a confirmation signature after the talk - please print your own signature sheet beforehand (71 kB pdf available for download here).
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PTOLEMY: Experimental Quest to Detect Relic Neutrinos from the Big Bang

Prof. Chris Tully, Princeton University

Neutrinos produced in the early moments of the Big Bang are believed to be the second most abundant particle in the Universe.  A method of experimental detection, called PTOLEMY, has been developed to map the flux of neutrinos on the sky and provide independent confirmation of the power spectrum from the inflationary pre-Big Bang period.  The challenges of ultracold relic neutrino detection have led to new advances in material technologies, RF detection and an electromagnetic spectrometer which doubles as a new type of particle accelerator with potential use for plasma heating.  The current status and outlook of PTOLEMY are presented.


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Data Science at CSEM - Event & Apero

CSEM and Data Analytics Group

Data Analytics Group is inviting four keynote speakers from CSEM who will share insight into how AI is used to develop solutions in e-health, energy and vision. The event will be followed by a free apero.


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Round Table COMMENT SAVOIR ? : Deepfake: le triomphe de l'incertitude ?

Professeur Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, directeur du Multimedia Signal Processing Group, recherche sur la détection des deep fakes
Anne-Gaëlle Lardeau, responsable d’EPFL Pavilions dont l’exposition actuelle parle de l’usage des faux et doubles dans l’art
Sarah Sermondadaz, rédactrice en chef adjointe et responsable du Flux Science & Climat à Heidi.news
Sebastian Dieguez, neuroscientifique, chercheur au Laboratoire des Sciences Cognitives et Neurologiques de l’Université de Fribourg, spécialiste des théories du complot

La question de l'accès à la vérité est aussi vieille que l'histoire de la pensée humaine, mais chaque époque lui offre un contexte particulier pour se renouveler. Le cycle de tables rondes "Comment savoir?", organisé par le Collège des humanités en clôture son THEMA 2021 sur l'incertitude, réunit scientifiques, philosophes, comédiens et journalistes et ouvre la voie à nos questionnements.

Ces rencontres sont modérées par la journaliste Anne Laure Gannac et organisées à midi dans la cafétéria Niki (ex ELA) où un repas est servi aux participants. A chaque épisode, un panel de quatre experts d’horizons différents est invité pour des débats et discussions sur 3 thématiques distinctes.

Objectifs : ouvrir des discussions interdisciplinaires, avec le public, sur des problématiques d’actualité et chercher des clés pour comprendre le principe même de la connaissance, ses limites, ses possibilités ou encore son évolution.

  • Deuxième table ronde: Mardi 7 décembre de 12h à 13h
    Deepfake: le triomphe de l'incertitude ?
    Comment continuer d'apprendre et d'informer à l'ère du deepfake.



Invités:
Anne-Gaëlle Lardeau, responsable d’EPFL Pavilions dont l’exposition actuelle parle de l’usage des faux et doubles dans l’art
Professeur Touradj Ebrahimi, EPFL, directeur du Multimedia Signal Processing Group, recherche sur la détection des deep fakes
Sarah Sermondadaz, rédactrice en chef adjointe et responsable du Flux Science & Climat à Heidi.news
Sebastian Dieguez, neuroscientifique, chercheur au Laboratoire des Sciences Cognitives et Neurologiques de l’Université de Fribourg, spécialiste des théories du complot

Ouvert à toutes et tous, lunch offert aux participants
> Entrée libre sur inscription
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GHI Floor Seminars

Tamara Rossy - Persat lab & Agostina Crotta Asis - D'Angelo lab

The GHI Floor Seminar series covers various fields of research in Life Sciences, with an emphasis on microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, and immunology.
It features two 20-minute-talks by PhD students and post-docs (followed by a short Q&A session) as well as short talks from local professors or platform directors, and classical seminars from scientists working outside the Lausanne area.
The GHI floor seminar series is taking place on Tuesdays at 12h15, usually in room SV 1717.

COVID-19: the talks will take place in SV 1717, 30 people allowed with COVID certificate, and will be also streamed via Zoom.

If you are not a GHI member and wish to attend the seminars, please register following this link: https://epfl.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkfuyoqzsqEtxFujqV5KheYMCUrcg31IiS
 


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MechE Colloquium: Vibrating beam MEMS accelerometers for gravity and seismic measurements

Prof. Ashwin A. Seshia, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University

Abstract:
Advances in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have enabled the widespread development of sensors for a variety of consumer, automotive, and wearable healthcare electronics applications. However, there is increasing interest in the development of highly accurate MEMS inertial sensors for a variety of emerging applications, for e.g., navigation systems for pedestrians and autonomous vehicles, and seismic and gravity imaging, where the traditional attributes of MEMS (miniaturization and system integration) are combined with scalable transduction principles to enable highly accurate physical measurements. Resonant transducers and oscillatory systems have historically been employed to conduct some of the most precise physical measurements, and resonant approaches to measurement of forces and displacements in MEMS devices have enabled significant advances in accuracy of MEMS inertial sensors in recent years. This progress has been assisted by parallel advances in wafer-level encapsulation techniques, interface circuits, and approaches to mitigate temperature sensitivity, also applied to products in MEMS timing and frequency control. This talk will describe the evolution of vibrating beam MEMS accelerometers demonstrating exceptional long-term stability for applications in gravimetry and seismology. Device sensitivity and stability is demonstrated through the tracking of Earth tides and recording of ground motion corresponding to a number of seismic events. These results demonstrate the potential of vibrating beam MEMS accelerometers for high-resolution and stable measurements with wider implications for precision measurement employing other resonant-output MEMS devices such as gyroscopes and magnetometers.

Bio:
Ashwin A. Seshia received the B.Tech. degree in engineering physics from IIT Bombay in 1996, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999 and 2002, respectively, and the M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge in 2008. He joined the Faculty of the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, in October 2002, where he is currently a Professor of Microsystems Technology and a Fellow of Queens’ College. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Institution for Engineering and Technology and the IEEE. He received the 2018 IEEE Sensors Technical Achievement Award (Advanced Career-Sensor Systems) “for pioneering contributions to resonant microsystems with application to sub-surface density contrast imaging and energy harvesting systems.” He currently serves on the editorial boards for the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems and the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, and the Executive Committee Member of the European Frequency and Time Forum.
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Quelles pistes pour un numérique responsable à l'EPFL?

Rafael Corvalán, directeur du Domaine des systèmes d’information EPFL
Marlène Hildebrand, membre de Zero Emission Group et Amael Parreaux-Ey, CEO @ Resilio, auteur.es de l’étude « Impact environnemental du numérique à l'EPFL »
Aurore Nembrini, responsable opérations, Durabilité EPFL

Conférence-débat avec
Rafael Corvalán, directeur du Domaine des systèmes d’information EPFL
Marlène Hildebrand, membre de Zero Emission Group et Amael Parreaux-Ey, CEO @ Resilio, auteur.es de l’étude « Impact environnemental du numérique à l'EPFL »
Aurore Nembrini, responsable opérations, Durabilité EPFL
 
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2021 Swiss Accelerator's Startup Showcase

Anastasia Ailamaki, Amin Shokrollahi

The Showcase is an annual event organized by the EPFL Innovation Park - La Forge, and early stage start-up incubator. On December 7th join a 3Digital experience and discover 40+ rising stars of the Swiss tech ecosystem and their disruptive technologies from accelerator programs across Switzerland and abroad such as Tech4Eva, the first Swiss femtech accelerator,  Blue Lion,Biopole, Geneus, and Day One Healthcare. 

You'll also hear from EPFL Profesor Anastasia Ailamaki, Co-Founder of RAW Labs, which develops customized tools to federate and query big raw data in-situ providing customized data exploration, analysis, and mining, and Amin Shokrollahi, CEO and Founder Kandou S.A., (USD 131.6M Series C) an innovative leader in high-speed and energy efficient chip-chip link solutions revolutionizing the electronics industry, who will share their journey from research to commercialization of transformative deep technologies.
 
Register here https://bit.ly/SWISSAS2021

Come celebrate the rising stars in our ecosystem and connect with industry leaders, investors and innovators!


About the speakers

Anastasia Ailamaki is a Professor of Computer Sciences at EPFL in Switzerland and the co-founder of RAW Labs SA, a swiss company developing real-time analytics infrastructures for heterogeneous big data. Her research interests are in data-intensive systems and applications, and in particular: (a) in strengthening the interaction between the database software and emerging hardware and I/O devices, and (b) in automating data management to support computationally- demanding, data-intensive scientific applications. 
Amin Shokrollahi is a Professor Emeritus at EPFL, he is the co-inventor of Tornado codes, and the inventor of Raptor codes. His codes have been standardized and successfully deployed in practical areas dealing with data transmission over lossy networks. Currently he is Founder and CEO of Kandou S.A., an innovative leader in high-speed and energy efficient chip-chip link solutions revolutionizing the electronics industry. 


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"Machine learning in chemistry and beyond" (ChE-650) seminar by Bharath Ramsundar: "Language based Pre-training for Drug Discovery"

Bharath received a BA and BS from UC Berkeley in EECS and Mathematics and was valedictorian of his graduating class in mathematics. He did his PhD in computer science at Stanford University where he studied the application of deep-learning to problems in drug-discovery. At Stanford, Bharath created the deepchem.io open-source project to grow the deep drug discovery open source community, co-created the moleculenet.ai benchmark suite to facilitate development of molecular algorithms, and more. Bharath’s graduate education was supported by a Hertz Fellowship, the most selective graduate fellowship in the sciences. After his PhD, Bharath co-founded Computable a startup that built better tools for collaborative dataset management. Bharath is currently working actively on growing the DeepChem community and on exploring a few early projects still in stealth. Bharath is the lead author of “TensorFlow for Deep Learning: From Linear Regression to Reinforcement Learning”, a developer’s introduction to modern machine learning, with O’Reilly Media, and the lead author of “Deep Learning for the Life Sciences”

Language based Pre-training for Drug Discovery

Pretraining has taken the NLP world by storm as ever larger language models have broken successive benchmarks. In this talk, I'll review some recent work applying pretraining to scientific challenges, and in particular, will discuss the challenges of pretraining for molecular machine learning. I'll introduce our new architecture, ChemBERTa, which explores the use of BERT-style pretraining for machine learning problems inspired by drug discovery applications.
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Optimization algorithms for heterogeneous federated learning



Title for the talk: 
Optimization algorithms for heterogeneous federated learning
 
Abstract for the talk:
A traditional machine learning pipeline involves collecting massive amounts of data centrally on a server and training models to fit the data. However, increasing concerns about the privacy and security of user's data, combined with the sheer growth in the data sizes has incentivized looking beyond such traditional centralized approaches. Federated learning proposes instead for a network of data holders to collaborate together to train models without transmitting any data. This new paradigm minimizes data exposure, but inherently faces some fundamental optimization challenges posed by non iid data across the users' data. We will discuss our understanding, and progress in tackling these problems.
 
Papers covered:
1. SCAFFOLD: Stochastic Controlled Averaging for Federated Learning https://arxiv.org/abs/1910.06378
2. Mime: Mimicking Centralized Stochastic Algorithms in Federated Learning. https://arxiv.org/abs/2008.03606
 
Bio: 
Dr. Praneeth Karimireddy recently finished his PhD at EPFL advised by Prof. Martin Jaggi. His main research interest is developing intelligence infrastructure for collaborative learning. His research has been awarded with a Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Prize, and a best paper award at FL-ICML 2021. Supported by an SNSF fellowship, he will be joining as a postdoc with Mike Jordan's group at UC Berkeley in Spring 2022.

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EDAM DAY 2021



Advanced Manufacturing Day aims at bringing together PhD students working in the field of advanced manufacturing, experts in the field and invited speakers from PSI, EMPA and FEMTO-ST as well as invited speakers from industry. The event will take place the premises of EPFL in Neuchâtel from 09.00 to 18h30.

Everybody is welcomed to participate !

COVID-Pass and registration required !
 
For organizational purpose, please confirm your presence by filling in this registration form.

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CECAM-MARVEL Classics in molecular and materials modelling: Athanassios Panagiotopoulos and Dominic Tildesley

Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, Dominic Tildesley

The joint lecture by Athanassios Panagiotopoulos (Princeton University) and Dominic Tildesley (University of Southampton) will be the fifth event in the series "Classics in molecular and materials modelling" hosted by CECAM and MARVEL. In this lecture series, we take a different look at fundamental developments of simulation and modelling. Milestone conceptual steps, methods and algorithms are presented by their originators. These technical lectures are followed by an interview in which the speakers recall for us the period, problems, people and circumstances that accompanied these developments, providing important and unusual insight in the birth and growth of tools that we now take for granted.

Athanassios Panagiotopoulos (Princeton University) and Dominic Tildesley (University of Southampton) will present to us the intriguing story of molecular-based calculations of phase equilibria of pure components and mixtures. The origins and developments of the Gibbs ensemble method will be reviewed, together with alternative methods and still open challenges. In keeping with the format of the Classics, our speakers will present two talks that will be followed by an informal interview in which we’ll prompt them to share scientific memories and, if we are lucky, personal stories on the atmosphere, developments, and events that fostered this important contribution to the set of our current tools-of-the-trade. 

Program
15:00  –  Introduction
15:10  –  Simulation of fluid-phase equilibria (A. Panagiotopoulos)
16:00  –  Break
16:10  –  Molecular simulation of fluid-phase equilibria: multicomponent mixtures and pores (D. Tildesley)
17:00  –  Interview and recollections
17:45  –  End

For more information:
https://nccr-marvel.ch/events/classics-panagiotopoulos-tildesley
 


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“Key aspects and current issues of climate change”



The Poster Conference “Key aspects and current issues of climate change” is a joint event organized by E4S and Climact. It takes place on 9 December 2021 from 15:15 to 17:15 on the EPFL campus (Foyer SG, 2nd Floor).

This Conference is held in the context of the course Science of Climate Change, which forms part of the new Master in Sustainable Management and Technology between UNIL, IMD and EPFL. Students of the class have prepared posters on various topical climate change issues and will present them during the conference. Your attendance will give them the opportunity for in-depth discussions on climate change, to probe their knowledge and communication skills. Let’s all learn from their work!
  
Due to the covid-19 situation, we ask you to register here.

There is a limited number of places, therefore we will follow the “first come first served” principle.
Please do not forget to bring your covid pass.

 


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Machine learning based plasticity modeling

Prof. Dirk Mohr - ETHZ

Abstract: Machine learning offers a data-driven approach to the development of constitutive models as an alternative to classical physics-based modeling.  Recent applications of machine learning in the context of metal plasticity are presented ranging from temperature and rate dependent hardening laws to 3D constitutive models for anisotropic solids. In addition to developing mechanics-specific neural network architectures, new robot-assisted experimental procedures are presented that generate “big data” for the identification of machine-learning based plasticity and failure models from experiments.
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Screening of Film "That Which Does Not Kill"



That Which Does Not Kill
Sans frapper
Alexe Poukine
Belgium, France, 83 min
Visions du Réel 2019 | Compétition Internationale longs métrages

Screening on Thursday, December 9 at 5pm at the Rolex Forum
In the presence of the director Alexe Poukine

Evening program

- 5:00pm : Introduction by Gisou Van der Goot, Vice President for Responsible Transformation, EPFL
- 5:10pm : Screening of the film - duration 80 minutes
- 6:30pm : Panel discussion moderated by Hélène Fueger and Emmanuelle Marendaz, with :
  • Alexe Poukine, director of the film "That Which Does Not Kill"
  • David Raedler, Lawyer and green MP, specialist in internal investigations
  • Izabela Redmer, Sexologist and head of the couple consultation at Profa
  •  Thilbault Touzain, Student, in charge of prevention at AGEPoly, the general student association of EPFL.
  • Eva Ventura, Coordinator of the campaign "Pas sans mon consentement" in connection with the French-speaking coordination of the Women's Strike (Grève des Femmes)
- 7:30pm: Cocktail

Free admission with online registration


Abstract

Ada is 19. She agrees to have dinner at the home of a boy she knows. It all happens very quickly, she does not defend herself. It is in 2013, after a screening of her first film, that Alexe Poukine meets her: a woman of her age who shares with her something that happened nine years before and that she does not know what to do with. Now inhabited by this account and its implications, the filmmaker confronts the discrepancy between her preconceptions about rape and the acknowledged fact that many of her close friends have endured a similar experience. It is then a matter of finding a form able to embody and draw out words, as well as to question and investigate human nature in its dark corners, on all sides. Ada’s account is mixed with those of others, all different yet similar. The same nasty story, senseless and commonplace, seen from different angles. Intertwining people and words, experiences and pain, That Which Does Not Kill is overwhelming due to the sincerity it successfully expresses, with great power and sensitivity.
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Toward a renewed understanding of host defenses against microbial infections in Drosophila

Dominique Ferrandon

Drosophila melanogaster is a potent genetic model to investigate host defenses against infections and to decipher mechanisms of innate immunity. The current paradigm is that upon the sensing of infectious microbes present in the internal body cavity of the fly, the NF-kB-type signal transduction pathways Toll and Immune deficiency are activated in the fat body and lead to the release in the hemolymph of multiple secreted peptides, many of which have been shown to act as antimicrobial peptides.
We are interested in the study of fungal infections in this model, which are controlled, to a large extent, by Toll-regulated immune processes. Our work leads us to reconsider our current understanding of the host response to systemic infections by ascribing unexpected functions for several effectors of the Toll pathway, thereby opening novel venues for investigating immune defenses against microbial infections.

-> AI 1153: masks & COVID pass requested
-> Zoom password: Droso
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MARVEL December Junior Seminar

Kevin Jablonka (EPFL) & Stepan Tsirkin (UZH)

The seminar will be given online via Zoom: 
https://epfl.zoom.us/j/93881551248
Password: 3417

The MARVEL Junior Seminars aim to intensify interactions between the MARVEL Junior scientists belonging to different research groups (i.e. PhD & Postdocs either directly funded by the NCCR, or as a matching contribution). The seminar consists of two 25-minute presentations, followed by time for discussion.
 
How to explore multi-objective design spaces and learn intuitions
Kevin Jablonka
Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO), EPFL

Towards ab initio theory for nonlinear  magnetotransport with Wannier functions
Stepan Tsirkin
Condensed Matter Theory, University of Zurich (UZH)
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IMX Seminar Series - Computational engineering of halide perovskites

Prof. Feliciano Giustino, University of Texas, USA

During the past decade halide peroskites have revolutionized research on solar photovoltaics. With a solar-to-electricity power conversion efficiency above 25%, halide perovskites are the first solution-processable technology to rival silicon photovoltaics. In this talk I will discuss how computational materials research and atomic-scale quantum simulations can contribute to this vast and exciting field by shedding light onto the microscopic mechanisms that underpin the operation of perovskite-based devices. In the first part of the talk I will discuss our work on the charge transport properties of these systems. I will show that understanding transport phenomena in perovskites requires a detailed characterization of the electronic structure, the lattice dynamics, and the electron-vibration couplings using quantum-mechanical calculations and state-of-the-art experimental spectroscopy. In the second part of the talk I will discuss the computational design and the experimental realization of new halide perovskites. I will illustrate successful strategies for the computational design of new perovskites and double perovskites using combinatorial chemistry and geometric descriptors. I will show how these approaches, when integrated with experimental synthesis and characterization, can deliver new materials with high potential in photovoltaics and lighting technology. Finally, I will argue that only a small subset of all possible perovskites is currently known, and much work is still needed to discover new materials of this family and to explore their technological uses.
Bio: Feliciano Giustino is the W. A. Tex Moncrief Chair in Quantum Materials Engineering and Professor of Physics at the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, and held a post-doctoral appointment at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the University of Texas he spent over a decade at the University of Oxford as Professor of Materials Science, and one year at Cornell University as the Mary Shepard B. Upson Visiting Professor in Engineering. He is the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Giustino specializes in electronic structure theory, high-performance computing, and the atomic-scale design of advanced materials using quantum mechanics. He is author of 150+ scientific publications and one book on density-functional theory published by Oxford University Press. He initiated the open-source software project EPW for ab initio calculations of electron-phonon interactions, which is regularly used by research groups around the world.


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CIS - Colloquium - by Prof. Susan Murphy

  Prof Susan Murphy

Title: We used Reinforcement Learning; but did it work?

Abstract: Reinforcement Learning provides an attractive suite of online learning methods for personalizing interventions  in a Digital Health.  However after an reinforcement learning algorithm has been run in a clinical study, how do we assess whether personalization occurred? We might find users for whom it appears that the algorithm has indeed learned in which contexts the user is more responsive to a particular intervention. But could this have happened completely by chance? We discuss some first approaches to addressing these questions.  

Bio: Susan A. Murphy, Professor of Statistics, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
Susan Murphy’s research focuses on improving sequential, individualized, decision making in health, in particular, clinical trial design and data analysis to inform the development of just-in-time adaptive interventions in digital health. She developed the micro-randomized trial for use in constructing digital health interventions; this trial design is in use across a broad range of health-related areas. Her lab works on online learning algorithms for developing personalized digital health interventions.  Dr. Murphy is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the National Academy of Medicine, both of the US National Academies.  In 2013 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her work on experimental designs to inform sequential decision making.  She is a Past-President of IMS and of the Bernoulli Society and a former editor of the Annals of Statistics. 


The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV and STI that brings together researchers working on different aspects of Intelligent Systems. In June 2020, CIS has launched its CIS Colloquia featuring invited notable speakers.
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EPFL BioE Talks SERIES "Lighting up Inflammation Outside the Body Using Chemistry and Microfluidics"

Prof. Rebecca Pompano, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (USA)

WEEKLY EPFL BIOE TALKS SERIES

Abstract:
Life is sustained through a delicate balancing act of the immune system, a complex network of molecular and cellular interactions from which health or disease can emerge.  Despite a long catalogue of the cells and signaling proteins in this system, traditional experimental approaches struggle to explain how they are organized in organs such as the lymph node to dynamically protect against infection, cancer, and autoimmunity.  The overarching goal of the Pompano laboratory is to develop bioanalytical and microfluidic methods to visualize where, when, and how cells interact during immunity and inflammation, to inform the development of immunotherapies. In this talk, I will describe the development of (1) hybrids of microfluidics with live immune tissues, to study local dynamics in the lymph node and multi-organ immunity, and (2) novel, spatially resolved analyses of the activity of cells and proteins in living tissue.

Bio:
Dr. Rebecca Pompano is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.  She completed a BS in Chemistry at the University of Richmond (2005) and a PhD (2011) at the University of Chicago.  Dr. Pompano's research centers on developing cutting edge tools to unravel the complexity of the immune response. In recognition of her laboratory’s work, she has received an Individual Biomedical Research Award from The Hartwell Foundation, the national 2016 Starter Grant Award from the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, a Lab on a Chip Emerging Investigator designation, the Rising Star award for Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, and an inaugural University of Virginia Research Excellence Award. She is currently the Co-Chair and co-organizer of the inaugural Gordon Research Conference for Immunoengineering, to be held in Ventura, California in July, 2022. In addition to her research, she is active in building inclusive environments for STEM research and education. 



Zoom link (with one-time registration for the whole series) for attending remotely: https://go.epfl.ch/EPFLBioETalks

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
This seminar can be followed via Zoom web-streaming only, (following prior one-time registration through the link above).



Instructions for 1st-year Ph.D. students who are under EDBB’s mandatory seminar attendance rule:
Please make sure to
  1. send D. Reinhard a note before noon on seminar day, informing that you plan to attend the talk online, and
  2. be signed in on Zoom with a recognizable user name (not a pseudonym making it difficult or impossible to be identified).

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CONNECT Founders



Ever dreamt of becoming a startup leader? Now is your chance! Sole Founders from Lausanne are actively looking for talented students, young leaders and experienced profiles to join their growing startup in cofounding and C-suite positions.

Come and meet your future co-founder at The Station at EPFL on the 13 and 15 December 2021.

About CONNECT Founders

CONNECT Founders a unique fast-track initiative for sole founders and aspiring entrepreneurs on the look-out for a co-founding team.
The series of two sessions is designed to boost the chances for sole founders to meet and form a trusting, complementary team, and bring their startup to the next level.

A casual closing night will also be organized to present the newly formed teams and meet the innovation broader network (Covid-19 rules permitting).
Similarly, CONNECT Founders offers a unique chance for students and graduates to become a core team member of a growing Swiss Spinoff, such as in a co-founder and C-executive position, full-time or alongside their studies or part-time careers.

The first edition is hosted by EPFL at The Station at following dates:

  • Session #1 on 13 December 2021, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Session #2 on 14th December 2021, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
  • Dates of the closing night will be defined later. 

Participation is free but registration is mandatory. If you are a young talent - please register here.

The event is lead by EPFL Startup Launchpad, in collaboration with HUB entrepreneuriat UNIL, EHL, EPFL Entrepreneur Club and EPFL-Alumni
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Round Table COMMENT SAVOIR ? : Quel est le charme de l'incertain ?

Delphine Preissmann, Docteure en neurosciences
François Jullien, philosophe et sinologue
Odile Cantero comédienne d’improvisation et docteure en psychologie
Jean-François Bert, sociologue et historien

La question de l'accès à la vérité est aussi vieille que l'histoire de la pensée humaine, mais chaque époque lui offre un contexte particulier pour se renouveler. Le cycle de tables rondes "Comment savoir?", organisé par le Collège des humanités en clôture son THEMA 2021 sur l'incertitude, réunit scientifiques, philosophes, comédiens et journalistes et ouvre la voie à nos questionnements.

Ces rencontres sont modérées par la journaliste Anne Laure Gannac et organisées à midi dans la cafétéria Niki (ex ELA) où un repas est servi aux participants. A chaque épisode, un panel de quatre experts d’horizons différents est invité pour des débats et discussions sur 3 thématiques distinctes.

Objectifs : ouvrir des discussions interdisciplinaires, avec le public, sur des problématiques d’actualité et chercher des clés pour comprendre le principe même de la connaissance, ses limites, ses possibilités ou encore son évolution.

Troisième table ronde: Mardi 14 décembre de 12h à 13h30
Quel est le charme de l'incertain ?
Comment sortir d'une conception foncièrement négative de l'incertitude.



Invités:
Odile Cantero comédienne d’improvisation et docteure en psychologie
Delphine Preissmann, Docteure en neurosciences
François Jullien, philosophe et sinologue
Jean-François Bert, sociologue et historien

Le philosophe et sinologue François Jullien proposera de poursuivre la conversation jusqu’à 13h30.
Ouvert à toutes et tous, lunch offert aux participants
> Entrée libre sur inscription


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MechE Colloquium: On the Fundamental Challenges for Self-Driving Cars [seminar co-sponsored by the IEEE-CSS]

Prof. Emilio Frazzoli, MobLab, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETHZ

This seminar is co-sponsored by the IEEE-CSS.

Abstract:
Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Driving cars, Driverless Cars have been recurring keywords in the media, and an important focus for the research community, for more than a decade now. However, as we move past the peak of the hype cycle, the industry is bracing for a development timeline that is much longer than many early predictions.

In this talk, I would like to focus on what I consider the main fundamental issues that remain essentially unresolved, and will require a concerted effort by industry, academia, and regulatory bodies to address.

These issues essentially go beyond the (very hard, but in a sense "standard" and well studied) problems of control, perception, etc. and revolve around making sound decisions on precisely how we want these vehicles to behave, both at the individual, single-car level, and at the fleet level. In other words, how we want these vehicles to behave when interacting with pedestrians, cyclists, or other cars, and what effect we want them to have on urban mobility, including, e.g., their impact on the urban environment, public transit, and society.

Far from providing definitive answers, I will discuss some of the approaches we have been pursuing in addressing these problems, and some of the progress we have made, both at nuTonomy (and then Aptiv and Motional), and ETH Zurich.


Bio:
Emilio Frazzoli is a professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. Until March 2021, he was Chief Scientist of Motional, the latest embodiment of nuTonomy, the startup he founded with Karl Iagnemma in 2013. His main research interest are in robotics, autonomous systems, and intelligent mobility. In acknowledgement of his work in these fields, Emilio has received several awards, including the the 2015 IEEE George S. Axelby Award and the 2017 IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award, and has been named an IEEE Fellow in 2019. A former full professor at MIT, he directed the research group that first demonstrated an autonomous mobility (“robotaxi”) service to the public, and performed the first analysis of the social and economic impact of such a service, based on real transportation data.
He holds a Laurea Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome, and a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.
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Jupyter Community Event

Center for Digital Education

Are you interested in hearing about how to teach machine learning across disciplines with Jupyter notebooks?
Would you like to learn how to give automated feedback to students on their Jupyter Notebooks with autograding tools?

The Center for Digital Education (CEDE) is organizing a Jupyter Community Event for EPFL teachers interested in using Jupyter Notebooks in education.

Program:
13h - Networking coffee (on campus):
Meet your colleagues who use Jupyter Notebooks in their teaching and enjoy a choice of hot drinks and sweet treats.

13h30 - Plenary session (on campus and online on Zoom):
- Alexandre Alahi, “Teaching machine learning across disciplines with Jupyter Notebooks”
- Pol del Aguila Pla, “Remote practical labs with personalized automated feedback”

14h30 - Mini-workshops (on campus):
Choice of two mini-workshops (20 minutes each) among the following:
- “Getting started with Jupyter notebooks and noto”
- “I have a technical question”
- “Managing notebook assignments with Moodle”

We can welcome maximum 50 persons on site, COVID certificate mandatory.
The plenary session will be broadcasted live on Zoom.

For logistical and sanitary reasons, we kindly ask you to register (first come first served):
https://bookwhen.com/epfl/e/ev-s2oc-20211214130000
We will communicate rooms and Zoom link to registered participants.


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"Machine learning in chemistry and beyond" (ChE-650) seminar by Xiaowei Jia (University of Pittsburgh)

Xiaowei Jia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He obtained my Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, under the supervision of Prof. Vipin Kumar. Prior to that, he got his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) and State University of New York at Buffalo.


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Learning Solutions to the Schrödinger equation with Neural-Network Quantum States

Prof. Giuseppe Carleo, EPFL

The theoretical description of several complex quantum phenomena fundamentally relies on many-particle wave functions and our ability to represent and manipulate them. Variational methods in quantum mechanics aim at compact descriptions of many-body wave functions in terms of parameterised ansatz states, and are at present living exciting transformative developments informed by ideas developed in machine learning. In this presentation I will discuss variational representations of quantum states based on artificial neural networks [1] and their use in approximately solving the Schrödinger equation. I will further highlight the general representation properties of such states, the crucial role of physical symmetries, as well as the connection with other known representations based on tensor networks [2]. Finally, I will discuss how some classic ideas in machine learning, such as the Natural Gradient, are being used and re-purposed in quantum computing applications [3].

[1] Carleo and Troyer, Science 365, 602 (2017)
[2] Sharir, Shashua, and Carleo, arXiv:2103.10293 (2021)
[3] Stokes, Izaac, Killoran, and Carleo, Quantum 4, 269 (2020)


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MEchanics GAthering -MEGA- Seminar: Flapping flags in grid-induced turbulent flow

Stefano Olivieri (OIST, Japan)

Abstract Fluid-structure interaction is involved in a variety of intriguing problems and related applications, e.g., energy harvesting, bio-inspired locomotion and flow control. Although in many situations the incoming fluid flow manifests a turbulent behavior, the fundamental investigation on this kind of problems very often relies on assuming the flow to be laminar and unperturbed. As a result, we still lack a deep comprehension regarding the influence of incoming turbulence on altering the main features of aeroelastic instabilities and consequent self-sustained oscillations. We present a fully-resolved, direct numerical simulation (DNS) approach that we employ to investigate, as a representative example, the flapping motion of a flexible plate/flag interacting with a turbulent incoming flow at moderate Reynolds number. Turbulence is generated using a passive grid at the inlet of the numerical domain and the turbulence level impacting the flag can be controlled by varying the distance of the latter from the grid. First, we characterize the turbulent flow generated numerically by comparing with well-known results for decaying turbulence and experimental measurements. Then, we revisit the flag-in-the-wind problem by exploring the effect of turbulence on the main features of self-sustained flapping. We show that, whilst the latter mechanism is still manifesting, the amplitude and frequency of the oscillation are remarkably altered. Moreover, we show that the fingerprint of turbulent fluctuations can be qualitatively detected and effectively modelled by means of spectral analysis. Besides their relevance for fundamental understanding, our findings have potential impact for applications such as aeroelastic energy harvesting with passively flapping plates.

Bio Dr. Stefano Olivieri is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Complex Fluids and Flows Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan. He received his B.Sc./M.Sc. in Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Fluid Dynamics and Environmental Engineering from the University of Genoa, Italy. His research interests concern fluid-structure interaction, bio-inspired aerodynamics as well as particle-laden flows, investigating such problems primarily by means of high-fidelity numerical simulations. Specifically, recent topics include the dynamics of filament-like objects in fully-developed turbulence, the development of passive aeroelastic energy harvesters, and the impact of turbulence on the self-sustained flapping motion of flexible plates.
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IEM Seminar: Seeing, Making and Computing with Digital control of Light

Prof. Christophe Moser, Laboratory of Applied Photonics Devices LAPD

Abstract:
Optical imaging, Additive manufacturing and Computing using light as the probing/energy source have been transformed in the last decade and continue to be transformed by the “digitization” of light. The term “digitization” is intended to mean that there is more computational power available for computing as well as for driving optical devices such as high resolution spatial light modulators. The latter can dynamically modulate the phase or amplitude of light beams with millions of digitally addressable pixels, a few micrometers in size.
This dynamical control of light beams is at the heart of new schemes of practical relevance for optical imaging, additive manufacturing and computing.
Specifically, I will show our work on imaging for augmented reality and optical fiber endoscopy where digitization allows to produce extremely small imaging footprint systems. In the field of additive manufacturing, the digital control of light has enabled us to pioneer a true 3D volumetric approach to printing that is a radical change to the traditional layered (2D+1) approach. This has led us to demonstrate ultra-fast fabrication time of centimeter scale 3D printed object within seconds. This provides a path towards scalability and near instant fabrication time in Additive manufacturing. Finally, I will show how digital light control and non-linearity in optical fibers can be used to perform end to end machine learning tasks on par with the best deep neural networks at a fraction of the energy.

Bio:
Christophe Moser started his career as an engineer at Hexagon Metrology in Switzerland after graduating from EPFL in physics in 1993. He was awarded a grant from the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences to pursue research at the California Institute of Technology where he earned a doctorate degree in 2000 in optical information processing.
Christophe co-founded and was the CEO of Ondax, Inc. (acquired by Coherent) in Monrovia, California. There, he has developed several commercially successful products based on volume holographic components such as tunable filters, wavelength stabilized high power diode lasers, pulse compressors and stretchers and Terahertz Raman spectroscopy systems.
In 2010, Christophe joined EPFL as an Associate Professor and is currently the Director of the MicroEngineering Section.
His current research topics include light based volumetric additive manufacturing to reach micrometer resolution at the centimeter scale in different materials whose properties ranges from very soft - hydrogels to very hard – ceramics, glass. He is also interested in neuromorphic computing using linear and non-linear propagation in optical fibers as computing elements.
He has continued to be active in entrepreneurship by valorizing research coming out of his laboratory.  In 2014, he co-founded Composyt Light Lab – augmented reality (acquired by Intel) as well as EarlySight, Readily3D and Modendo in the last three years.
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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Matteo Dal Peraro

Prof. Matteo Dal Peraro

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   
 
The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/66077101128

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, December 20th, 2021 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Pascal Fua

Prof. Pascal Fua

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   

The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/61326856335

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, January 17th, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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Pilot-workshop on movement improvisation for university teachers

Susanne Martin, choreographer and postdoctoral artistic researcher at EPFL and Simon Henein, EPFL professor in Microengineering

Instant-Lab and the Institute of Psychology and Education (UniNe) organise a

Pilot-workshop on movement improvisation for university teachers

Four full days: Part I: 31.1.2022 & 1.2.2022; Part II: 14.2.2022 & 15.2.2022 

Part I : Théâtre du Passage, Pass. Maximilien-de-Meuron 4, 2000, Neuchâtel
Part II : La Manufacture, Haute école des arts de la scène, Rue du Grand-Pré 5, Lausanne

Registration deadline: 10 December 2021, by email to lysiane.bourquin@epfl.ch.

Detailed information on the file attached
 


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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Alexander Mathis

Prof. Alexander Mathis

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   

The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/61911665778

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, January 31st, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi

Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi



The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/63510408613

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, February 7th, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages
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Low Earth Orbit Kinetic Space Safety Workshop



NOTE: this workshop is currently proposed in a hybrid format: on site + online. Detailed agenda and links will be updated soon.

*Kinetic Space Safety: All measures to minimize collision risk for current and future space

The rapid growth in commercial space activity in recent years has led to a dramatic increase in the population of objects in low-Earth orbit (LEO) and growing concern over the implications for both the near-term safety of operational satellites and the longer-term stability of the space environment. In response, industry groups have come forward with proposals for best practices, national policies are highlighting the importance of space sustainability, regulators are updating satellite licensing conditions, and all 87 member states of the UN COPUOS have endorsed guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities.  In parallel, there is healthy dialogue in technical, policy, and public fora, debating the magnitude of the problem, the measures that should be taken, and the challenges such proposals present.
These issues have galvanized stakeholder communities, but specific and meaningful actions to address the associated challenges remain largely elusive, despite the plethora of webinars and conferences dedicated to space sustainability, space traffic management, orbital debris, and the like.

Objectives and expected outcome

The LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop aims to provide solutions and actions - we will bring together international experts, space practitioners, and interested parties to debate specific actions that can be taken to enhance collisional space safety in LEO. Over the course of two days, keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft tolerance to impact, collision avoidance, debris prevention, and debris remediation.
Roundtable discussions will then lead to an interactive assessment of proposed enhancements in each of these areas, focusing on the costs, benefits, maturities, and resistances associated with specific recommendations to enhance kinetic space safety. Community polling will be conducted prior to and following the workshop, and results of the workshop and community polling will be published.
The workshop organizers also intend to publish a position paper (Summer/Fall 2022), informed by this workshop, with specific recommendations that will serve as a call to action for addressing these growing challenges. This paper will be published in a variety of public fora with a priority on focusing the community – operators, developers, space agencies, regulators, academia, and others – to advance their respective communities toward a safer LEO environment. A second paper detailing the community polling results before and after the workshop will also be published.

The need is clear.    The objective is clear.    The path is yet to be decided.    Join us!

- REGISTRATION OPENS ON 15 DECEMBER 2021 -
 
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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Kathryn Hess Bellwald

Prof. Kathryn Hess Bellwald

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   

The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/67194026582

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, February 7th, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran

Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   

The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/61304475638

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, March 7th, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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CIS - "Get to know your neighbors" Seminar series - Prof. Josie Hughes

Prof. Josie Hughes

The Center for Intelligent Systems at EPFL (CIS) is a collaboration among IC, ENAC, SB; SV 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 one short overview presentation geared to the general public at EPFL.   

The CIS seminar will take place live on Zoom: https://epfl.zoom.us/j/61206635440 

Please connect to your zoom account using your "@epfl.ch" address, as this live event is only open to the EPFL community
Monday, May 2nd, 2022 from 3:15 to 4:15 pm
NB: Video recordings of the seminars will be made available on our website and published on our social media pages


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