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Using viscous metals in micro fibers 3rd August, 2020

EPFL scientists have developed the first micro-structured fibers with a viscous metal inside – a perfect example of what cross-disciplinary teamwork can achieve.

New high-capacity embedded memories use half as much silicon 31st July, 2020

Researchers at EPFL and Bar Ilan University have developed a new type of embedded memory that takes up half as much space as traditional memory – and uses less energy – to store a given amount of data. The technology is being marketed through a new spin-off called RAAAM.

Maartje Bastings, a scientist reaching for new heights 28th July, 2020

Summer series – A calling for research. Maartje Bastings, the director of the Programmable Biomaterials Laboratory, has found the right balance between her passion for trail running, her DNA research and her family

Technology that makes it feel like you're touching virtual objects 23rd July, 2020

Adding to the richness of virtual reality, EPFL researchers have created soft actuators that can simulate the feeling of touching a virtual object with your fingers. 

Using brain imaging to pierce the mystery of human behavior 17th July, 2020

In the Medical Image Processing Lab, Dimitri Van De Ville and Thomas Bolton have studied the impact that computational imaging has on cognitive and clinical neuroscience by reviewing more than one hundred articles.

Using artificial intelligence to enhance complex systems 16th July, 2020

EPFL researchers have invented a way of automatically working out what data needs to be put into a complex system – such as a fiber optic network – in order to get the desired result. Their solution could prove especially useful in robotics, medicine and image projection.

Shaking light with sound 15th July, 2020

Combining integrated photonics and MEMS technology, scientists from EPFL and Purdue University demonstrate monolithic piezoelectric control of integrated optical frequency combs with bulk acoustic waves. The technology opens up integrated ultrafast acousto-optic modulation for demanding applications.

Using magnetic worms to engineer nanoscale communication systems 15th July, 2020

Researchers at EPFL have shown that electromagnetic waves coupled to precisely engineered structures known as artificial ferromagnetic quasicrystals allow for more efficient information transmission and processing at the nanoscale. Their research also represents the first practical demonstration of Conway worms, a theoretical concept for the description of quasicrystals.

Nominations of EPFL professors 14th July, 2020

The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of 7 professors at EPFL, including 4 from the School of Engineering.

Expert in biomedical microfluidics joins EPFL 9th July, 2020

Christoph Merten recently joined EPFL’s School of Engineering (STI) as a professor in the Institute of Bioengineering.

Best Paper Award at the ASME TurboExpo 7th July, 2020

A paper by Karim Shalash and Jürg Schiffmann from the School of Engineering has received the best paper award at the ASME Turbomachinery Technical Conferences and Exposition.

EPFL, CHUV and ETHZ receive grant for research on epilepsy seizures 2nd July, 2020

Professors David Atienza and Pascal Frossard, from the School of Engineering, have been awarded a grant from the Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique.

Andreas Burg: taming imperfect chips 30th June, 2020

Summer Series: Science as a vocation. Andreas Burg is the head of EPFL School of Engineering’s Telecommunication Circuits Laboratory (TCL). He’s a keen proponent of approximate computing, a disciplined approach that prizes “good enough” over perfection.

EPFL, UNIL and CHUV join forces in cancer research 25th June, 2020

Professor Christoph Merten, from the School of Engineering, has been awarded a Sinergia 2020 grant from the Fonds National Suisse de la Recherche Scientifique.

Simone Aiassa receives Sensors Council's best article award 22nd June, 2020

The PhD student from The Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICLAB) was awarded a prize by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) on medical measurements and applications.

EPFL researchers cut nanometer-sized patterns into 2D materials 19th June, 2020

EPFL researchers have developed a high-precision technology that enables them to carve nanometric patterns into two-dimensional materials.

Capturing moving subjects in still-life quality 18th June, 2020

Researchers at EPFL’s Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory and the Wision Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a technique for building crystal-clear images of moving subjects. The team will present its paper at the prestigious SIGGRAPH 2020 conference in August.

Michaël Unser receives 2020 EMBS Academic Career Achievement Award 18th June, 2020

Professor Michaël Unser, from the School of Engineering’s Biomedical Imaging Laboratory, has been awarded one of the most prestigious annual award given by the IEEE Engineering in Biology and Medicine Society.

A hackathon in the field of Artificial Intelligence 17th June, 2020

From 22 to 30 August, the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, is organizing a AI Super Hackathon.

Aleksandra Radenovic and Paolo De Los Rios win SNSF Sinergia grant 17th June, 2020

EPFL’s Professors Aleksandra Radenovic and Paolo De Los Rios have been awarded a Sinergia grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Multicolor super-resolution imaging made easy 16th June, 2020

Scientists at EPFL have developed robust and easy-to-implement multicolor super-resolution imaging. The approach is based on the simultaneous acquisition of two spectral channels followed by spectral cross-cumulant analysis and unmixing. They exploit fluorophore blinking and spectral crosstalk for the generation of additional color channels with super-resolved images.

Giovanni Pizzi receives the 2020 Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Prize 15th June, 2020

The scientist of the Laboratory for Theory and Simulation of Materials has received an award from the Rodolphe and Renée Haenny Foundation.

A surprising quantum effect observed in a “large” object 12th June, 2020

While conducting experiments on a layered metal, EPFL researchers witnessed something very surprising. The unexpected electron behavior they discovered could open up possibilities in the field of quantum computing.

Two EPFL scientists shortlisted for the A F Harvey Prize 10th June, 2020

EPFL professors Grégoire Courtine and Stéphanie P. Lacour have been included among the five shortlisted candidates for the 2020 edition of the A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET).

Hatice Altug receives Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics 9th June, 2020

The European Physical Society (EPS) awarded the professor of the School of Engineering for her research

A new interdisciplinary research fund worth over one million francs 4th June, 2020

EPFL has earmarked 1.2 million francs to support interdisciplinary research projects

Smart textiles powered by soft transmission lines 1st June, 2020

EPFL researchers have developed electronic fibers that, when embedded in textiles, can collect a wealth of information about our bodies by measuring subtle and complex fabrics deformations. Their technology relies on transmission line theory and offers a host of applications, such as in health care and robotics.

Watching single protons moving at water-solid interfaces 26th May, 2020

Scientists at EPFL have been able to observe single protons moving at the interface between water and a solid surface. Their research reveals the strong interactions of these charges with surfaces.

“All my flights were canceled in quick succession” 20th May, 2020

Phillip Huwiler began his PhD at EPFL's School of Engineering on 15 April. Here, he reflects on the challenges he faced in making the move from the United States to Switzerland.

Nominations of EPFL professors 15th May, 2020

The Board of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology has announced the appointment of five professors at EPFL including 2 from the School of Engineering.

Designing vaccines from artificial proteins 15th May, 2020

EPFL scientists have developed a new computational approach to create artificial proteins, which showed promising results in vivo as functional vaccines. This approach opens the possibility to engineer safer and more effective vaccines.

Speeding up long-range coherent LiDAR 13th May, 2020

LiDAR is a technique used for measuring distances with laser light. In a study published in Nature, researchers at EPFL show a new way to speed up a type of LiDAR engine by using photonic circuits.

Transistor sets a new standard for energy efficiency 12th May, 2020

Researchers at EPFL’s Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (Nanolab), working under Professor Adrian Ionescu, have designed and demonstrated a new type of technology based on 2D semiconducting materials that’s almost as energy-efficient as the human brain.

EPFL launches Center for Intelligent Systems 11th May, 2020

EPFL’s new Center for Intelligent Systems (CIS) will act as a research promotion platform for bringing together experts in machine learning, data science, computer vision, cyberphysical systems, and robotics.

Professor Juan Mosig awarded honorary doctor 8th May, 2020

The University of Aalto in Finland granded this prestigious title to the former EPFL professor

Flowbone can help prevent bone fractures caused by osteoporosis 7th May, 2020

EPFL scientists have developed a gel that can locally reinforce bones weakened by osteoporosis. The startup they created, called Flowbone, has just made it through the second round of the Venture Kick competition.

A partnership to support research on sustainable materials 30th April, 2020

EPFL opens a position as tenure-track assistant professor for the Chair on Sustainable Materials

Professor Sylvie Roke awarded ERC PoC Grant 27th April, 2020

Sylvie Roke from the EPFL School of Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant.

WIITE, the exoskeleton for backcountry skiing 24th April, 2020

While backcountry ski racers are disappointed that they won’t be starting the Patrouille des Glaciers, one disabled skier is happily strapping on the climbing skins once again. The designers of TWIICE adapted their exoskeleton so that it can be used to skin up mountains.

Photonic microwave generation using on-chip optical frequency combs 20th April, 2020

Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators. These microwave signals, as well as their optical carriers, could be used in radars, satellite communications and future 5G wireless networks.

MegaX, the first camera to capture the smallest particles of light 17th April, 2020

EPFL scientists, working in association with Canon, have developed a camera that can take 3D images with record-breaking speed and resolution

EPFL lab headed by Francesco Stellacci gets 5 million research grant 17th April, 2020

The Werner Siemens Foundation has given a major grant to the Supramolecular Nano-Materials and Interfaces Laboratory (SuNMIL), headed by Francesco Stellacci, within EPFL’s School of Engineering. His team, which is working on a compound that can block viral activity, hopes to make progress in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

Controlled genome editing moves a step closer 14th April, 2020

Scientists at EPFL have developed an artificial protein that can keep the CRISPR genome-editing tool on its tracks. The research appears in a paper in the journal Nature Chemical Biology

A new app can help detect the coronavirus 11th April, 2020

EPFL researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that can listen to your cough and indicate whether you have COVID-19.

Bringing magnetic resonance to fertility treatment 9th April, 2020

EPFL spin-off Annaida is developing a magnetic resonance system that can detect the chemistry inside the tiniest living organisms. The technology’s initial application will be in the field of fertility treatment, where it will be used to assess the viability of embryos before implantation. The company has just raised one million Swiss francs to validate safety and efficacy of its technology.

EPFL launches a series of projects to combat the Coronavirus crisis 6th April, 2020

EPFL researchers have been working for weeks to help fight the pandemic and mitigate its short- and long-term consequences. Studies are already under way on methods to stem the spread of the virus, diagnose the disease and discover a vaccine. EPFL researchers are also part of an EU initiative called PEPP-PT to develop an app that can identify people who have been in contact with a coronavirus carrier. Hackathons are yet another element of our School’s effort to combat COVID-19.

A smart bra for detecting early-stage breast cancer 3rd April, 2020

EPFL students teamed up with startup IcosaMed to develop the SmartBra – the first piece of smart clothing that can be used for cancer prevention.

The Engineering PhD Summit is postponed to 2021 2nd April, 2020

Due to the Covid 19 situation, the Engineering PhD Summit, which should have taken place in the fall, is postponed to 2021.

A device for the early detection of certain eyesight problems 27th March, 2020

EPFL researchers have developed a device that can zoom in on previously invisible cells at the back of the eye. The technology could be extremely useful for ophthalmologists, in particular for detecting age-related macular degeneration early and assessing new treatment options.

“In a crisis like this, an antiviral drug could buy us some time” 26th March, 2020

Francesco Stellacci, a professor in EPFL’s School of Engineering, discusses his research in the field of nanomedicine and how it could help us get past the coronavirus crisis.