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Artificial intelligence to explore the biomolecular world 7th April, 2021

EPFL scientists have developed AI-powered nanosensors that let researchers track various kinds of biological molecules without disturbing them. 

Self-healing composites extend a product's lifespan 2nd April, 2021

School of Engineering's spin-off CompPair has developed a family of composites that can repair themselves in just a few minutes when heat (100°C to 150°C) is applied locally. The firm has just completed its first fundraising round.

A promising future for soft bioelectronic interfaces 30th March, 2021

Results demonstrate MRI compatibility, good surgical handling and reliable recording in bioelectronic interfaces that conform to the nervous system

Bruno Correia awarded by the Protein Society 29th March, 2021

The director of the Protein Design and Immunoengineering Laboratory, School of Engineering, has been awarded the Protein Science Young Investigator Award.

Contemplate the nature of robotics at EPFL Pavilions 26th March, 2021

EPFL Pavilions re-opens its exhibition Nature of Robotics which offers perspective on robotics in a human and organic environment.

New nanotransistors keep their cool at high voltages 26th March, 2021

Power converters play an essential role in electric vehicles and solar panels, for example, but tend to lose a lot of power in the form of heat in the electricity conversion process. Thanks to a new type of transistor developed at EPFL, these converters can perform at substantially improved efficiencies, especially in high-power applications.

Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries 25th March, 2021

EPFL engineers are taking part in PROMETEO – an EU research project to generate hydrogen on a large scale from renewable sources, in an effort to lower industrial carbon emissions.

Mini-fuel cell delivers maximum performance 19th March, 2021

EPFL startup INERGIO has just unveiled a prototype for a lightweight, eco-friendly, high-performance fuel cell that can supply energy in situations where there’s no power grid. Its system can be used to run delivery drones, weather stations, environmental sensors, telecommunication antennae and even campsites. 

IEL and IMT Institutes Joining Forces 18th March, 2021

The Institutes of Microengineering and Electrical Engineering at EPFL, which have been pillars of strength in the School of Engineering (STI) for many years, are joining forces and merging into a world-class Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering (Institut d’électricité et microtechnique).

EPFL Changemakers: Incubating tomorrow's business ideas 16th March, 2021

Twenty EPFL students recently completed the first EPFL Changemakers program – a new initiative designed to help students develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills and flesh out their business ideas. We took a closer look at three of the promising projects they’re working on.

Retinal implants can give artificial vision to the blind 15th March, 2021

A team of EPFL engineers has developed technology that could partially restore vision in blind people.

Three EPFL Startups receive an Innogrant award of CHF 100k 11th March, 2021

EPFL is pleased to announce that three promising startups CorintisOmnigrasp and Qaptis, joined the EPFL Tech-Launchpad and received an Innogrant of CHF 100,000 each.

The project REA wins two more competitive grants 11th March, 2021

The Laboratory of Life Sciences Electronics (CLSE), led by professor Carlotta Guiducci, has worked with the Obstetrics unit of CHUV, led by Professor David Baud, to develop an innovative medical device to remotely monitor the risk of preterm birth from home.

Nominations of EPFL professors 5th March, 2021

The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of professors at EPFL, including two promotions at the School of Engineering

Army of robots pushes the limits of astrophysics 5th March, 2021

One thousand newly-minted microrobots created in EPFL labs will soon be deployed at two large-scale telescopes in Chile and the United States. These high-precision instruments, capable of positioning optical fibers to within a micron, will vastly increase the quantity of astrophysics data that can be gathered – and expand our understanding of the Universe.

Water influences the stickiness of Hyaluronan 3rd March, 2021

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a polysaccharide that helps establish the viscosity of bodily fluids. According to a new study by EPFL School of Engineering scientists, it also influences the behavior of far more water molecules than previously thought. Their findings – just published in Science Advances – open new avenues of research on the role water plays in the human body.

Cancer: a new killer lymphocyte enters the ring 2nd March, 2021

A team from EPFL and the Swiss Cancer Centre Léman has discovered that CD4 T lymphocytes, which usually play a supporting role in fighting cancer cells, also have the power to destroy them. 

Novel sandwich technology improves sensitivity of rapid tests 17th February, 2021

EPFL scientists have developed a method for boosting the sensitivity of rapid-detection tests like those used for the new coronavirus. The results of their feasibility study have just been published in Nano Letters.

EPFL School of Engineering well represented at the ISSCC Conference 16th February, 2021

This year International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC), which is a major conference for circuit designers, will be well represented by EPFL’s School of Engineering.

Signs of burnout can be detected in sweat 10th February, 2021

EPFL engineers, working in association with startup Xsensio, have developed a wearable sensing chip that can measure the concentration of cortisol – the stress hormone – in human sweat. Enabling future quasi-continuous monitoring, their device can eventually help doctors better understand and treat stress-related conditions like burnout and obesity.

Building Sustainable Products – Creating Lasting Impact 8th February, 2021

In the second edition of the master’s course Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering (IEE) – jointly offered by STI and CDM – students responded to industry challenges, building prototypes in teams and analyzing the viability of businesses. Under this year’s theme of “Sustainable Technology” six teams of 3-5 students competed, each developing a product prototype, a business plan, and an impact assessment for at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.

Droplets perform daredevil feats on gel surfaces 8th February, 2021

EPFL scientists have succeeded in making droplets flow just as fast on soft surfaces as on hard ones by changing the surface texture.

Andrea Ruffino receives a Predoctoral Achievement Award 5th February, 2021

Andrea Ruffino, student in the Laboratory of Quantum Architecture in the School of Engineering has been awarded a Predoctoral Achievement Award by the Solid-State Circuit Society (IEEE SSCS).

Nomination of Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst as Academic Director 4th February, 2021

With the restructuring of EPFL, the CIS Board of Directors proposed to adapt the structure of the Center for Intelligent Systems as well. We are happy to announce that EPFL’s Vice President for Academic affairs, Prof. Jan S. Hesthaven, upon proposition by the Associate Vice President for the Centers and Platforms, Prof. Anna Fontcuberta I Morral, decided to nominate Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst as Academic Director of CIS starting January 1, 2021 for a period of 4 years. 

Artificial aorta can reduce patients' blood pressure 3rd February, 2021

Engineers at EPFL’s Center for Artificial Muscles have developed a silicone aorta that can reduce how hard patients’ hearts have to pump. Their breakthrough could offer a promising alternative to heart transplants.

Meet the company who has, literally, reinvented the wheel 2nd February, 2021

The personal mobility device sector is booming. But there’s a problem. Most mobility devices still don’t offer their users a comfortable or flexible experience. Mohsen Falahi from EPFL School of Engineering’s Biorobotics Laboratory has developed Allure - a new wheel technology – to help people with mobility difficulties rediscover lost freedom of movement. In this interview, he talks about the benefits of his invention and how Innogrant will help bring his vision to life.

Innovative mechanical system makes it easy to turn bedridden patients 2nd February, 2021

A mechanical system developed at EPFL’s Instant-Lab halves the number of hospital staff needed to turn coma patients and makes the task less physically demanding. It has won the approval of the doctors and nurses who tested the system on dummies.

Dimitri Van De Ville named IEEE Distinguished Lecturer 1st February, 2021

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Signal Processing Society (IEEE SPS) has appointed the School of Engineering Professor Distinguished Lecturer.

Pedro Reis becomes President of the Society of Engineering Science 25th January, 2021

Pedro Reis, professor at the School of Engineering’s Flexible Structures Laboratory (FLEXLAB) and director of the institute of Mechanical Engineering, has become the President of the Society of Engineering Science (SES).

Lasers and virtual reality to revolutionize watch-crystal engraving 25th January, 2021

EPFL engineers teamed up with luxury watchmaker Vacheron Constantin to develop an innovative system that uses lasers to create 3D sculptures within sapphire watch crystals.

MRI helps unravel the mysteries of sleep 22nd January, 2021

Scientists at EPFL and the Universities of Geneva, Cape Town and Bochum have joined forces to investigate brain activity during sleep with the help of MRI scans. It turns out our brains are much more active than we thought.

New metamaterial offers reprogrammable properties 21st January, 2021

EPFL scientists have developed a metamaterial whose mechanical properties can be reprogrammed on demand and whose internal structure can be modified by applying a magnetic field. 

Edoardo Charbon's research featured in "Physics" 19th January, 2021

The latest scientific article by Edoardo Charbon, director of the quantum architecture laboratory, has been selected by the journal "Physics".

Biomass-driven technology allows for enhanced energy conversion 15th January, 2021

Organic waste – whether from households, agriculture or agroforestry – can be used as energy resource, but is often underexploited. A team of the School of Engineering scientists has developed a methodology to better incorporate this resource into existing power grids and gas distribution systems, depending on local availability and demand.

The technology keeping the world moving through AI 14th January, 2021

Osteoarthritis is a chronic disease caused by the wearing down of cartilage in the joints and affects over 500 million people in the world [1]. The Inmodi team, led by Dr Jérôme Thevenot and Olga Motovilova from the School of Engineering's Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement (LMAM), plan to change the future of those suffering from knee pain. We caught up with these recent Innogrant winners to find out more about their startup.

Light-based processors boost machine-learning processing 8th January, 2021

An international team of scientists have developed a photonic processor that uses rays of light inside silicon chips to process information much faster than conventional electronic chips. Published in Nature, the breakthrough study was carried out by scientists from EPFL, the Universities of Oxford, Münster, Exeter, Pittsburgh, and IBM Research – Zurich.

Adrian Ionescu wins ERC Proof of Concept Grant 7th January, 2021

Professor at the School of Engineering, Adrian Ionescu was awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept Grant to develop integrated 2D supercapacitors

Proteins à la carte expand beyond Nature's repertoire 4th January, 2021

School of Engineering’s scientists have developed a new computational method to design artificial proteins with functions that are not found in nature. 

“I teach students how to work in teams” 29th December, 2020

Yves Bellouard, an associate professor in the Galatea Laboratory from the School of Engineering, has been named best teacher in the microengineering section.

The first endovascular technology that can explore capillaries 23rd December, 2020

EPFL scientists have invented a technique to navigate electronic devices that are smaller than human hair inside blood vessels and reach arterioles. The next step will be conducting in vivo tests.

Francesco Gramuglia receives the First Place Student Paper Award 21st December, 2020

The IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference just awarded Francesco Gramuglia, PhD in Advanced Quantum Architecture Lab (AQUA Lab)

Initiatives to support EPFL students before the winter exams 18th December, 2020

EPFL students are preparing for a second round of exams under coronavirus conditions. It's not easy to stay motivated given the challenges of distance learning, lack of social contact and difficulties in maintaining study habits. But help is available. EPFL is committed to supporting its students, and a range of initiatives have been rolled out to enable everyone to have a stress-free as possible end of the semester.

Ali Sayed receives the Norbert Wiener 2020 Award 18th December, 2020

Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering, Ali Sayed, has been awarded by the IEEE Signal Processing Society

Making industrial robots smarter and more versatile 17th December, 2020

EPFL spin-off Aica has developed AI-based software that makes industrial robots easier to program and more capable of adapting. The software is designed in a modular format so that operators can build a customized application based on their needs. Aica’s advancement expands the range of tasks that robots can perform while cutting implementation costs.

“After taking my class,students will look at the objects differently" 16th December, 2020

Véronique Michaud, an associate professor in EPFL’s materials science and engineering department since 2017, has been named best teacher for this section.

Digipredict digital twin will predict the evolution of Covid-19 16th December, 2020

Under a cross-disciplinary program spearheaded by EPFL, scientists will develop an AI-based system that can predict whether Covid-19 patients will develop severe cardiovascular complications and, in the longer term, detect the likely onset of inflammatory disease.

New synthetic molecule can kill the flu virus 15th December, 2020

EPFL scientists have developed a synthetic molecule capable of killing the virus that causes influenza. They hope their discovery will lead to an effective drug treatment. 

Nominations of EPFL professors 11th December, 2020

The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of 4 professors at EPFL.

Michele Ceriotti awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euro 9th December, 2020

Professor Michele Ceriotti, from the School of Engineering, was awarded the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

eSeed: a fund for collaboration between the STI's laboratories 7th December, 2020

Launched by the School of Engineering, the eSeed initiative aims to encourage collaboration and interdisciplinarity between the laboratories of the faculty.