Conferences - Seminars

06FEB
04DEC
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  11:00-13:00 EPFL Fribourg

The smart living lunches take place every first Tuesday of the month from 11 am to 1 pm at the smart living lab in Fribourg. Two researchers present during 20 minutes their work related to the smart living lab's research fields that can range from construction technologies, to material sciences and renewable energy production systems, ... Read more about "smart living lunches"
12FEB
25FEB
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From February 12th to 25th, EPFL Library invites you to take part to Love Data Week 2018. This world wide event aims to share awareness about research data management among researchers. On this occasion, EPFL Library offers you several activities and events online and on EPFL campus. Come and join us! February 12th-16th Love Data ... Read more about "Love Data Week at EPFL"
19FEB
  13:00-14:00 MA A1 12

In this talk I will discuss concentration phenomena of eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on closed Riemannian manifolds. I will show that the volume measure of a closed manifold concentrates around nodal sets of eigenfunctions exponentially. I will also explain restricted exponential concentration inequalities and Sogge type reverse Holder inequalities for eigenfunctions. This talk is based ... Read more about "Concentration of eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on a closed Riemannian manifold"
By Kei Funano (Tohoku University)
19FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Multimodal materials combine materials with complementary imaging and therapeutic capabilities into one platform and are receiving increasing interest in the field of scancer theranostics. These surface modified nanomaterials carriers offer several advantages, such as high drug loading capacity, ability to evade efflux pump action at the brain microvessels, and size-tunability. By integrating different component modules ... Read more about "Tracking Nanoparticles inside Cells at High Resolution: Significance for Medicine and Toxicology"
By Prof. Alexandra E. Porter, Imperial College London
20FEB
  10:15-11:15 CM 0 12

In a seminal paper, Voevodsky introduced the smash-nilpotence equivalence relation on the group of algebraic cycles on a smooth projective variety. He also conjectured that the nilpotence equivalence corresponds to the classical numerical equivalence on cycles. More recently, Bernardara, Marcolli and Tabuada defined a noncommutative version of this conjecture for smooth and proper dg categories. ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: Classical and noncommutative Voevodsky's conjecture for cubic fourfolds and Gushel-Mukai fourfolds"
By Laura Pertusi (University of Milan)
20FEB
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  11:00-12:00 CH G1 495

The study of quantum materials in out-of-equilibrium conditions following excitation with ultrafast lasers represents one of the novel research frontiers in condensed matter physics. With femtosecond optical pulses, electronic and lattice degrees of freedom can be transiently decoupled, giving the opportunity of stabilizing new states inaccessible by quasi-adiabatic pathways. This becomes particularly interesting for the ... Read more about "Ultrafast study of out-of-equilibrium quantum materials - LACUS Seminar"
20FEB
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  12:15 SV 1717

Pathogen properties in infected host tissues are crucial for disease and control. Novel single-cell technologies reveal an astonishing diversity of pathogen cells with disparate molecular compositions, fates, and impact on overall disease progression. A current key challenge is to understand the relation between these various pathogen subsets and their respective host microenvironments. As a first ... Read more about "Single-cell biology of Salmonella in infected host tissues"
By Dirk Bumann, Biozentrum, University of Basel
20FEB
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  12:15-13:15 MED01418

Our research focuses in developing soft-MEMS devices that enable fast and accurate mechanical measurements of single cells and/or cell monolayers. These devices are cost-effective, compact and cell culture compatible, allowing, therefore, continuous measurements for drug screening assessment. For centuries, medical doctors have used palpation exploration as a part of their examination to detect lumps or ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Soft-MEMS for mechanobiology"
20FEB
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  16:15 MXF 1

MARVEL Distinguished Lecture This lecture is designed to be accessible to a wide variety of backgrounds. In the first part, I will briefly review density functional theory and why it is important to many branches of modern physical science. I will also review machine learning and its recent applications to molecules and materials In the ... Read more about "Machine-learning of density functionals for applications in molecules and materials"
By Prof. Kieron Burke, University of California, Irvine
20FEB
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  16:15-17:15 MXF 1

This lecture is designed to be accessible to a wide variety of backgrounds. In the first part, I will briefly review density functional theory and why it is important to many branches of modern physical science. I will also review machine learning and its recent applications to molecules and materials. In the second half, I ... Read more about "Machine-learning of density functionals for applications in molecules and materials"
By Prof. Kieron Burke (University of California, Irvine)
21FEB
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  15:15-16:15 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: The key influence of the microenvironment on cell behavior and fate is increasingly recognized. It follows that new techniques to control the 3D environment around cells are essential to understand the processes by which cells probe and respond to the cues received by their microniches. Here, we present an approach that allows ... Read more about "From Microdishes to Microniches: 3D Micro-Environmental Control around Single Cells. Application to Single-Cell Apico-Basal Polarization and Lumenogenesis Control."
By Prof. Virgile Viasnoff, CNRS-ESPCI ParisTech, Paris (F) & National University ...
22FEB
23FEB
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  09:00-18:00 EPFL

Conducting research is an integral part of our everyday lives. However, most of us didn’t get straightforward, practical information to some of the more crucial knowledge and skills needed when setting out to do a research project. Because such knowledge is essential for a successful career not only in the academia but also in the ... Read more about "Project management for Successful Postdocs"
22FEB
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  10:15-11:30 BC 420

By: Antoine Kaufmann - University of Washington IC Faculty candidate Abstract: TCP is widely used for client-server communication in modern data centers. But TCP packet handling is notoriously CPU intensive, accounting for an increasing fraction of data center processing time. Techniques such as TCP segment offload, kernel bypass, and RDMA are of limited benefit for ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: High Performance Data Center TCP Packet Processing"
22FEB
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series In this talk, I will introduce metal-organic frameworks[1], deal with some fundamental questions concerning their synthesis and characterisation[2-3] and highlight their potential towards the capture of industrially important molecules[4-5] and as photocatalysts for the generation of H2 from water splitting[6-7]. [1] Anderson, S. L.; Stylianou, K. C. ... Read more about "Metal-organic frameworks: from fundamental concepts to application"
By Dr. Kyriakos Stylianou
Laboratory of Molecular Simulation (LSMO),
EPFL Valais ...
22FEB
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  11:15-12:15 BC410

By Stephan Merz, Inria Nancy (joint work with Leslie Lamport) Abstract Auxiliary variables are often needed for verifying that an implementation is correct with respect to a higher-level specification. They augment the formal description of the implementation without changing its semantics—that is, the set of behaviors that it describes. I will present rules for introducing ... Read more about "Auxiliary variables revisited"
23FEB
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  11:00 BCH 5310

Substrate pre-organization remains the paradigm for bio-inspired catalytic strategies using supramolecular capsule systems. The scarcity of capsule-catalyzed annulation reactions (A+B→C) highlights the limitation of this approach—while co-encapsulation can give significant acceleration, product inhibition frequently halts turnover. In this talk, two novel and distinct methods for realizing capsule-catalyzed annulation processes will be described, both involving the ... Read more about "Turning Capsule Catalysis Inside Out: Novel Approaches Utilizing Innately-Polarized Pd2L4 Scaffolds"
By Dr. Paul J. Lusby
23FEB
Cancelled
23FEB
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  14:15 INM202

Time-of-flight imaging and LIDAR systems enable 3D scene acquisition at long range using active illumination. This is useful for autonomous driving, robotic vision, human-computer interaction and many other applications. The technological requirements on these imaging systems are extreme: individual photon events need to be recorded and time-stamped at a picosecond timescale, which is facilitated by ... Read more about "Computational Single Photon Imaging"
By Prof. Gordon Wetzstein, Stanford University
Bio: Gordon Wetzstein is an ...
23FEB
25FEB
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  19:00-20:00 RLC E1 240

Startup Weekend is back in Lausanne on 23-25 February 2018 with a standard edition for all types of projects (products, services, technology, sustainable development, etc.). Come alone or accompanied, with or without an idea and participate in the creation of a new startup project. A Startup Weekend is 3 days in the world of an ... Read more about "Startup Weekend comes back to Lausanne on 23-25 février 2018"
26FEB
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  08:30-15:00 SV 1717

General assembly and user's day.The opportunity to get updates on the instruments and the science going on at CIME. This year we have invited Prof. Thomas Walz from The Rockefeller University to give a inspiring invited talk. We will have presentations from our CIME staff members and three submitted posters will be selected for a ... Read more about "CIME DAY 2018"
By Speakers: Prof. Thomas Walz, Graham Knott, Thomas La Grange, Cosmin ...
26FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

In recent years, electricity-driven hydrogen production by electrochemical splitting of water has received particular attention because of its potential applicability in decentralized energy storage concepts.(1) Most of the efforts have been focused on the electrochemical reaction occurring at the anode side, the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), since it is source of large overpotentials.(2) Advances in ... Read more about "Insights into Perovskite Nano-Catalysts as Oxygen Electrodes for the Electrochemical Splitting of Water"
By Dr Emiliana Fabbri, Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen Switzerland
26FEB
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  17:00-18:00 BCH 5310

Eric Valeur is Associate Director for New Modalities at AstraZeneca. He is driving research within the chemical space at the interface of small and large molecules. His present research interests include small molecules, peptides, macrocycles, oligonucleotides and conjugates thereof. Read more about "Fusion and connection of classical and new chemical modalities for ‘undruggable’ targets"
By Dr. Eric Valeur, AstraZeneca
27FEB
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  12:15-13:00 DIA 005

Abstract: The presentation will give a detailed introduction into the technology behind the FemtoTools MEMS-based microforce sensors, covering the MEMS design, the fabrication and the readout of these sensors. Furthermore an introduction into the different micromechanical testing instruments of FemtoTools is given, outlining how these MEMS sensors are important for our competitive advantage In our ... Read more about "MEMS-Based Capacitive Microforce Sensing"
By Dr. Simon Muntwyler
27FEB
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  12:15-13:15 GR A3 32

Abstract: As a snow scientist, the realism of snow deformation in the Disney movie Frozen was a great source of wonder. Behind the magic scenes, UCLA / Disney mathematicians and computer scientists developed a snow model called "Matterhorn" based on the hybrid Eulerian-Lagrangian Material Point Method (MPM) with a simplified snow mechanical model. I was ... Read more about "EESS talk on "Unified modeling of snow and avalanche mechanics using the material point method""
By Dr Johan Gaume, Research & Teaching Associate, CRYOS, EPFL
  Short ...
27FEB
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  13:00-14:00 BCH 5310

With a foundation in chemical synthesis, the laboratory of Christian Olsen explores the function of small molecules, peptides, peptidomimetics, and proteins in biological systems. They are focusing on peptidomimetic secondary structures with potential as antimicrobial agents, as non-proteinogenic ligands for disruption of protein–protein interactions, and for multivalent display. They are also exploring naturally occurring macrocyclic ... Read more about "Chemical tools for investigating histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes"
By Prof. Christian Adam Olsen, University of Copenhagen
27FEB
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  16:30-18:00 BC 420

JOIN US TO SUPPORT CANDIDATES AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PITCH PUBLIC CONTEST - February 27, 2018 - 16.30 Room BC 420 AUDIENCE - REGISTER HERE by Feb 23 DISCOVER Several innovative projects and ideas "made in ENAC" The recently launched Social Impact Initiative of the Vice Presidency for Innovation (VPI) The InnoSeed ENAC program ... Read more about "Pitch Your Impact 2018 - Public Contest"
By InnoSeed ENAC team Beatrice Scarioni - Social Impact Initiative (VPI)
27FEB
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  17:30-19:30 Bâtiment F, EPFL Innovation Park

Les étudiants en master de l’EPFL à la recherche d'un stage pour le semestre d’été/automne 2018 - 4 à 6 mois disponibles dès juillet ou septembre 2018 - pourront découvrir en un clin d’œil un choix de stages en 180 secondes! Sans oublier que des pizzas seront servies ! Les entreprises de l’Innovation Park profiteront ... Read more about "Ton stage en 180 secondes"
27FEB
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  19:30-20:30 MED 3 2215

The goal of the project is to create an open-software, open-hardware spectrophotometer that is cheap and reliable. We will present all the tools that we used (Eagle, FreeCad, OpenSCAD, Arduino, ...) and show the experiments that can be achieved with the final product. All the code is available on http://github.com/hackuarium/simple-spectro Read more about "From concept to production: Open spectrophotometer, an interdisciplinary project"
By Luc Patiny, Hackuarium
01MAR
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  09:00 SV 1717

‘Neural Circuits and Behavior Progress Reports’ provide a forum for scientific discussion of ongoing research projects at the Brain Mind Institute related to neural circuit function. Anyone is welcome to attend these presentations, which take place monthly, usually on the 1st or 2nd Thursday of each month in room SV 1 717. Read more about "Neural Circuits and Behavior - Progress Report"
By Daniela Egas Santander, Laboratory for Topology and Neuroscience, Hess Lab
01MAR
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  10:15-11:30 BC 420

By: Sebastian Angel - UT Austin IC Faculty candidate Abstract: In the past decade there has been a significant increase in the collection of personal information and communication metadata (with whom users communicate, when, how often) by governments, Internet providers, companies, and universities. While there are many ongoing efforts to secure users' communications, namely end-to-end ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Privacy despite mass surveillance"
01MAR
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  11:45-13:30 salle Uranus, bâtiment D, EPFL Innovation Park

The conference Pizzas&Start-up calls on 4 young innovative companies from EPFL or installed at EPFL Innovation Park. They each have 6 minutes to present their activities and achievements to their audience. The start-up that will present are as follows: Datapred Feeltronix Viventis Technology Picterra The conference is followed by a networking lunch with pizzas. The ... Read more about "Pizzas&Start-up"
01MAR
  14:00-16:00 ELD 120

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Pascal Frossard Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Co-examiner: Prof. Alexandre Alahi Abstract Background papers Learning-Based Compressive Subsampling, by Luca Baldassarre et all. Learning to invert: Signal recovery via deep convolutional networks, by Ali. Mousavi and Richard G.Baraniuk https://arxiv.org/pdf/1701.03891.pdf Learning representations from EGG with deep recurrent convolutional neural networks, by ... Read more about "candidacy exam"
By Rabeeh Karimi
02MAR
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  09:00-16:00 EBU Headquarters, Geneva

Moderator: Mirko Bischofberger 9:00 – 9:15 Arrival of participants and refreshments 9:15 – 9:30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst, Vice-President EPFL 9:30 – 10:20 INNOVATION FOR THE MEDIA Nicola Frank, Head of European Affairs EBU Dr Hans Hoffmann, Head of Unit on Media Fundamentals and Production technology EBU Technology and Innovation 10:20 – 10:45 ... Read more about "Media innovation in the age of AI, social media and fake news"
02MAR
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  10:30-12:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

This paper investigates the pricing of bank loans in a dataset of new loans to firms with outstanding bonds. After accounting for seniority, banks earn an economically large interest rate premium relative to the price of credit risk in the bond market. To quantify the bank premium, I apply a structural model that incorporates debt ... Read more about "Is Borrowing from Banks More Expensive than Borrowing from the Market?"
By Michael SCHWERT (Ohio State University)
02MAR
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  12:00-13:30 ODY 4 03

"Learning how to fly: Integration of Small Technology-Based Firms in Aeronautics" This paper examines the role of small technology-based firms (TBF) in aeronautics industrialization processes. In particular, given the susceptibility of these firms to the changing nature of industrial production, it focuses on the integration and growth of small TBFs in aeronautics supply chains. We ... Read more about "Seminar by Prof. Joana Mendonça, Técnico Lisboa"
02MAR
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  12:15-13:15 GC B3 30

ABSTRACT: The seismic assessment of existing masonry buildings is a difficult task due to the complexity of reliable models, particularly in the case of older non-engineered ones. The qualitative approach is a essential element of knowledge for the interpretation of the seismic behaviour but cannot replace a quantitative security check. As-built information, based on historical ... Read more about "Open issues on seismic assessment of existing masonry buildings: linear vs nonlinear, static vs dynamic, local vs global approaches"
By Prof. Dr Sergio Lagomarsino, Full Professor of Structural Engineering, Department ...