EPFL scientists model the flight of dandelion seeds 17th July, 2019
New dual-propeller drone can fly twice as long 16th July, 2019
EPFL startup Flybotix has developed a novel drone with just two propellers and an advanced stabilization system that allow it to fly for twice as long as conventional models. That fact, together with its small size, makes it perfect for inspecting hard-to-reach parts of industrial facilities such as ducts.
Prof. Stellacci elected in the Academia Europeae 15th July, 2019
Robot-ants that can jump, communicate and work together 11th July, 2019
A team of EPFL researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These reconfigurable robots are simple in structure, yet they can jump and crawl to explore uneven surfaces. The researchers have just published their work in Nature.
Important Results For Brain Machine Interfaces 8th July, 2019
New approach to energy strategy accounts for uncertainty 4th July, 2019
EPFL scientists have developed a model that can help policymakers factor in uncertainty when they map out their energy strategies. Today such strategies are based largely on forecasts of fuelprices, technology costs and energy demand. However, these forecasts are often incorrect and can lead to flawed decisions.
EPFL researchers have discovered a way of making semiconducting, photoluminescent nanotubes form spontaneously in liquid solutions. The tubes, which consist of several walls that are perfectly uniform and just a few atoms thick, display optical properties that make them perfect for use as fluorophores or photocatalysts.
AI-designed heat pumps consume less energy 3rd July, 2019
What can Wikipedia tell us about human interaction? 1st July, 2019
Lunar mission deep in Zermatt's ice 27th June, 2019
Full house at NMC Engineering workshop 21st June, 2019
EPFLoop team unveils bold and ultralight capsule 18th June, 2019
A new 2D magnet draws future devices closer 18th June, 2019
A new approach to modeling tumors 17th June, 2019
E3 – EPFL Excellence in Engineering Program 3rd June, 2019
Talk by President and CEO of IMEC : 5 June 2019 29th May, 2019
EPFL researchers crack an enduring physics enigma 29th May, 2019
Researchers from EPFL have found the mechanism that lies behind a mysterious physics phenomenon in fluid mechanics: the fact that turbulence in fluids spontaneously self-organizes into parallel patterns of oblique turbulent bands – an example of order emerging spontaneously from chaos. In so doing, they solved a problem that had stumped generations of physicists.
EPFL and MARVEL researchers have developed a new theory for heat conduction that can finally describe and predict the thermal conductivity of any insulating material. This new formulation will let scientists make accurate predictions of thermal conductivity in a range of materials for critical engineering applications – from electronics to lasers to waste-heat recovery.
Swiss and Japanese students imagine the future together 27th May, 2019
During a study trip to Japan, third-year students from EPFL’s Bachelor’s program in microengineering worked with Japanese students at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) to develop ideas and intelligent design concepts for the future. Then it was the Japanese students’ turn to come to Switzerland for yet more collaborative projects.
Producing electricity at estuaries using light and osmosis 23rd May, 2019
Researchers at EPFL are working on a technology to exploit osmotic energy – a source of power that’s naturally available at estuaries, where fresh water comes into contact with seawater. In a laboratory experiment, the team reproduced the real-world conditions that occur where rivers meet the sea (pH and salt concentration) and showed that, by shining light on a system comprising salt, water and a membrane three atoms thick, it was possible to optimize electricity production.
A new non-invasive therapy for people with paraplegia 21st May, 2019
Researchers from the Alberto Santos Dumont Association for Research Support (AASDAP) in Brazil, in collaboration with EPFL, have developed a non-invasive strategy that combines functional electrostimulation, a body weight support system and a brain-machine interface for the rehabilitation of people with paraplegia. This approach was tested on two patients, who showed an improvement in their motor skills and a partial neurological recovery.
New professor joins EPFL's School of Engineering 7th May, 2019
Giulia Tagliabue recently joined EPFL’s mechanical engineering department as a tenure track assistant professor. In her work, she aims to provide a better understanding of how light interacts with materials on a nanometric scale. This information will enable engineers to design more sustainable energy systems. Tagliabue will pursue her research at the School’s new Laboratory of Nanoscience for Energy Technologies.
Engineering PhD Summit: register before May 31st 6th May, 2019
EPFL researchers have created a smart device capable of producing large amounts of clean hydrogen. By concentrating sunlight, their device uses a smaller amount of the rare, costly materials that are required to produce hydrogen, yet it still maintains a high solar-to-fuel efficiency. Their research has been taken to the next scale with a pilot facility installed on the EPFL campus.
Lausanne Racing Team unveils an electric racing car 29th April, 2019
Using 60% less water in paper production 26th April, 2019
Jamie Paik's robots took the stage at the TED conference 18th April, 2019
EPFL students engineer societal solutions in India 17th April, 2019
Twelve student volunteers, including those from EPFL and the EPFL + ECAL Lab, spent 10 days developing and testing four solutions to everyday challenges facing Bangalore residents as part of the India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp (INSSINC) pilot program. But the fruits of the students’ labor go beyond the prototypes themselves.
The way people walk says a lot about how healthy they are 11th April, 2019
Gait characteristics are sometimes regarded as the sixth vital sign in humans. They serve as a valuable indicator of a person’s health, particularly in older adults – so why not measure them? A team of EPFL researchers is taking part in a major European project to design a device that can assess a person’s gait more accurately.
Detecting pollution with a compact laser source 8th April, 2019
Harnessing photonics for at-home disease detection 2nd April, 2019
With nothing more than a photonic chip and an ordinary camera, EPFL researchers have managed to count biomolecules one by one in a small sample and determine their position. Their tiny device – a marriage of optics and smart image analysis – is even able to detect a graphene sheet only a single atom thick. This type of sensor could one day play a key role in personalized medicine.
Professor Tobias J. Kippenberg awarded ERC Advanced Grant 2nd April, 2019
Engineering Industry Day a great success 1st April, 2019
The third edition of the Engineering Industry Day was attended by 150 companies, over 250 Master’s and PhD students, and 130 professors and researchers from EPFL. The event was organized by the EPFL School of Engineering in order to foster links – and create opportunities – among key players in research and innovation.
Engineering PhD Summit: register before May 31st 6th May, 2019
Apply for the Piaget Scientific Award and do cutting-edge research 28th March, 2019
Combating fatigue with a smartwatch application 26th March, 2019
Scientists from EPFL, UNIL and local startup be.care have developed a system that uses heart rate variability to detect fatigue and identify what kind it is. The system then uses the results to suggest lifestyle changes that can make a difference. An initial test has been carried out on university students under real-world conditions.
NCCR MARVEL and NCCR Robotics get next phase fully funded 26th March, 2019
The Swiss National Science Foundation has awarded the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) MARVEL full funding of 18 million Swiss francs for its second phase, which will run until April 2022. The National Centre of Competence in Research Robotics gets the maximum possible funding level - more than 11 million Swiss francs - for its third and final phase, which will run until the end of 2022.
Google Faculty Research Award for Professor Volkan Cevher 26th March, 2019
Engineering cellular function without living cells 25th March, 2019
EPFL scientists have come up with a systematic method for studying and even predicting gene expression – without using cells. Using their innovative, quantitative approach, they measured important parameters governing gene regulation. This allowed them to design and construct a synthetic biological logic gate, which could one day be used to introduce new functions into cells. Their research has just been published in PNAS.
Robots enable bees and fish to talk to each other 21st March, 2019
Virtual time-lapse photos can capture ultrafast phenomena 13th March, 2019
MT180: First place for the artificial ligaments of Alvaro Charlet 11th March, 2019
The winner of the fourth annual My Thesis in 180 Seconds competition, held last night at the Rolex Forum, was Alvaro Charlet – a PhD student in materials science. In just three minutes he explained to the 600 people in the audience how his hydrogels receipes could one day replace ligaments in the human body. His presentation – perfectly orchestrated and seasoned with humor – won over the jury.
Turning buildings into energy producers 11th March, 2019
EPFL has become the coordinator of Be-Smart, an EU research project that aims to step up the deployment of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) and cut their costs by 75% between now and 2030. The project was launched in response to EU regulations that require new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by 2020.
A self-healing composite 7th March, 2019
A team of researchers from EPFL and Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) has been awarded one of two Fondation Leenaards 2019 science prizes for its research into the biomechanics of labor. The aim of the project is to determine the best position for each mother to adopt in order to make vaginal delivery easier.
EPFLoop in the running again 6th March, 2019
Several programs in EPFL Engineering move up in the rankings 1st March, 2019
Two programs are now ranked in the top ten worldwide. According to the most recent QS World University Rankings, the Institute of Materials Science is now ranked #6 up from #10, and the Institute of Electrical Engineering is now ranked #9 up from #16. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering has moved up 9 positions to #18 from #27. Overall, EPFL is ranked #11 under Engineering and Technology.