Conferences - Seminars

16OCT
18OCT
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By Chinmay Das - University of Leeds, United Kingdom Massimo Noro - Unilever ...
17OCT
  10:15-11:10 CM 0 12

Several tools from classical topology have useful analogues in motivic homotopy theory. Voevodsky computed the motivic Steenrod algebra and its dual over a base field of characteristic zero. Hoyois, Kelly, and Ostvaer generalized those results to a base field of characteristic $p$, as long as the coefficients are mod $\ell$ with $\ell \neq p$. The ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: Towards the dual motivic Steenrod algebra in positive characteristic"
By Martin Frankland (Universität Osnabrück)
17OCT
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  12:15 MED 0 1418

This talk will present the stories of two special vortices that improve the performances of the body that formed them. The first one, is the vortex of the dandelion fruit, which - optimised by natural evolution - exploits the vortex to maximise its dispersal. The dandelion fruit that, despite all our efforts, grows in our ... Read more about "Stories of vortices that do not fly away"
By Dr. Ignazio Maria Viola, Institute for Energy Systems of the ...
17OCT
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  12:15-13:15 GR C0 01

Abstract: The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) was organised by the new Swiss Polar Institute. It circled the Antarctic continent and most of its sub-antarctic islands over a period of 3 months from December 2016 to March 2017 supporting 22 projects and almost 150 scientists from 18 countries. Conceived as an opportunity to better characterise the ... Read more about "EESS talk on "ACE, an interdisciplinary expedition around Antarctica""
By Dr Danièle Rod, Swiss Polar Institute @EPFL, ACE expedition 2017 ...
17OCT
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  16:15-18:00 BCH 2218

Targeting protein-protein interactions (PPIs) is a frontier goal of chemical intervention into biology, and provides attractive new targets for drug discovery. Finding high-quality small molecules targeting PPI sites is, however, a challenging task, and even more so achieving single-target selectivity, especially when the target shares homologous functional domains and highly conserved binding sites with neighboring ... Read more about "Selective chemical intervention on protein-protein interactions: from inhibitors to degraders"
By Prof. Alessio Ciulli, University of Dundee
17OCT
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  18:00-21:00 SG 1211

Aircraft noise is perhaps the most debated impact of airport operation. It is heard over a large territory, across heterogeneous urban areas and landscapes, in multiple municipalities, provinces, even nations, altering conditions on the ground far beyond the airport fence. “The Noise Landscape” explores the expansive areas affected by noise, infrastructure, and transient forms of ... Read more about "Book Launch: THE NOISE LANDSCAPE"
By Prof. Kees Christiaanse ETHZ
Ben Boucsein
Eirini Kasioumi
Christian Salewski ...
18OCT
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  10:15 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: The Molecular Imaging and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (http://mi.wisc.edu/) is mainly focused on three areas: 1) development of multimodality molecular imaging agents; 2) nanotechnology and its biomedical applications; and 3) molecular therapy of cancer. In this talk, I will present our recent work on molecular imaging and ... Read more about "Molecular Imaging, Image-Guided Drug Delivery, and Theranostics"
By Prof. Weibo Cai, University of Wisconsin - Madison (USA)
18OCT
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  12:45 BSP 727

Over the last decade, the level of control over cold atomic gases has improved, from the first observations of Bose-Einstein condensation, to the point that atoms can now be used to simulate the behaviour of electrons in realistic materials. I will describe the key control elements in this field, and present a (personal) overview of ... Read more about "Cold atoms and quantum simulation"
By Prof. Jean-Philippe Brantut, Laboratory for quantum gases
19OCT
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series In the past, active materials and other components in energy devices have largely been discovered by chemical intuition and by analogy to natural systems. As physical models of complex materials phenomena get into their stride alongside increasingly robust computing prowess, it is now possible to invert the ... Read more about "Applying the Tools of Materials Genomics to Design Polymers for Electrochemical Devices"
By Dr. Brett A. Helms
The Molecular Foundry
Lawrence Berkeley National ...
19OCT
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  13:30-17:00 CoLab Credit Suisse

Dirk Duellmann from the CERN Data Storage team will explain the analytical methods employed at CERN. This is a talk intended for the whole EPFL Community. Please take this opportunity to see Big Data Analytics in action. Read more about "Analytical methods at CERN"
By Dirk Duellmann from CERN
19OCT
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  18:00-19:00 MED 3 2215

This is a 1h crash course in 3D printing, modifying wood, paper, metal, plastics, soldering electronic circuits and analysing them. And all of this happens inside one square meter! Introducing: The Octanis Rack (http://octanis.org/rack/)! We give you pointers for your own project and you then get the access to the tools to further explore it ... Read more about "Making Fast and Slow - Introduction workshop to the rack (mini maker space on wheels)"
By Raffael Tschui
20OCT
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Topological semimetals (TSMs), characterized by Weyl/Dirac nodes in the bulk and Fermi arcs on their surfaces, are new states of three-dimensional quantum matters. They represent the extension of the topological classification of matters from insulator to metal. The low energy excitation in Dirac/Weyl semimetals (WSM) behaves in the similar way as the massless Dirac/Weyl fermions ... Read more about "Topological Semimetals: Where the Massless Fermions Are"
By Prof. Hongming Weng, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences ...
20OCT
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  10:00-11:00 AI 1153

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Epithelial bending is a fundamental process of developmental morphogenesis from the earliest stages of gastrulation to the final stages of organogenesis. Classically, epithelia bend by apical constriction in which apical actin contraction forces cells to become wedge-shaped. In principle, this is not the only way a sheet of cells can bend itself. ... Read more about "Epithelial Bending for Organ Formation: Forces, Molecular Signals, and Novel Ensemble Cell Behaviours"
By Prof. Jeremy Green, King’s College London (UK)
20OCT
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  10:15-11:00 ME C2 405

A microgrid can be defined as a part of the grid with elements like distributed energy sources, power electronics converters, energy storage devices and controllable local loads that can operate autonomously in islanded mode but also interacting with the main power network in a controlled, coordinated way. Following the introduction of distributed control of these ... Read more about "New Research Challenges in Industrial and Residential Microgrids"
By Josep M. Guerrero, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg Universitet
20OCT
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  12:15-13:15 GC C3 30

Efficient traffic control and management of large-scale transportation networks still remain a challenge both for traffic researchers and practitioners. Over decades, control strategies have been proposed and applied for isolated or coordinated intersections in arterials, while in the last decade several works have utilized the macroscopic fundamental diagram (MFD) for developing real-time control strategies to ... Read more about "New directions in urban traffic control of complex transport systems"
By Dr Jack Haddad, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Urban Transport Systems Laboratory (LUTS ...
22OCT
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  10:00-18:00 CM 1 100

Install Fests are an opportunity for students seeking help to install a GNU/Linux-based operating system (like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, ...) on their computer, either in a virtual machine or directly. The event is of course also open to people who don't necessarily want to install it, but only know a bit more what GNU/Linux is, ... Read more about "Install Fest"
23OCT
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  Neuchâtel, HE-ARC

BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding schemes at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Young researchers are most welcome to participate in the events, where ... Read more about "[BRIDGE: INFORMATION EVENT FOCUSING ON PROOF OF CONCEPT]"
23OCT
25OCT
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  09:00-14:00 I17 4 K2

The workshop focuses on the potential and challenges of the use of mathematical modelling and optimization techniques for improving energy efficiency in shipping. Designing and operating ships more efficiently will allow reducing their cost, environmental impact and use of non-renewable resources. The program of the workshop is a combination of scientific presentations and chances to ... Read more about "MOSES Workshop: Modelling and Optimization of Ship Energy Systems"
By Gerasimos Theotokatos, Selma Brynolf, Jing Sun, George Dimopoulos, Andrea Corradu ...
23OCT
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  13:15-14:15 MXF1

Colloidal particles in suspension form liquid, crystalline and glassy phases similar to those formed by atoms. Since the particles are “fat” (~1µm) and “slow” (~10Hz), they can be individually tracked in space and time by confocal microscopy. Dense colloidal systems therefore serve as "analog computers" to study the dynamics of defects in crystals (vacancies, stacking ... Read more about "Live 3D Modeling with Colloids"
By Prof. Frans Spaepen, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Harvard ...
23OCT
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  16:15-17:15 Room CE3

The last decade has seen an impressive development of the research dedicated to biomedical applications of low temperature atmospheric pressure plasmas. In this new trend, the medical applications are tacking an increasing place. They now concern a wide range of domains, including blood coagulation, dental care, skin decontamination, wound and ulcer treatment, dermatology, cancer treatment. ... Read more about "Biomedical applications of cold atmospheric pressure plasmas"
By Dr. Jean-Michel Pouvesle, CNRS / Université d'Orléans
23OCT
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By : Bernd Bickel - Institute of Science and Technology Austria Abstract : 3D printing and related digital fabrication techniques have grown in sophistication over the last decade, vastly extending the scope of structures and materials that can be fabricated. While new opportunities have emerged for the design of customized shapes, architected materials with novel ... Read more about "IC Colloquium : Computational Fabrication: Creating Virtual Content for the Real World"
23OCT
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  18:00-19:30 Project Room, Archizoom

L’artiste allemand Karsten Födinger redéfinit les fondements, les limites et les objectifs de la sculpture contemporaine en étudiant des questions telles que la nature des matériaux, la structure, l'action des forces statiques, l'espace et le «site»; des concepts qui appartiennent également à l'horizon de la recherche architecturale. Cette convergence entre l'art et l'architecture, tangible et ... Read more about "Karsten Födinger. Vers une sculpture radicale"
By Roberto Gargiani
24OCT
26OCT
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  STTC

This Life Sciences Symposium, co-organised by EPFL and EMBO Press, will be held from 24 to 26 October 2017 at the EPFL campus in Lausanne-Switzerland, at the SwissTech Convention Center. Limited seatings available! Accredited symposium (continuous education) by the RESAL. Read more about "EPFL Life Sciences - EMBO Press Symposium: Frontiers in Metabolism"
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24OCT
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  10:00-11:00 SV 2615

Synapses and Circuits Seminar Abstract: "The most typical and well known inhibitory action in the cortical microcircuit is a strong inhibition on the target neuron by axo-somatic synapses. However, it has become clear that synaptic inhibition in the cortex is much more diverse and complicated. Firstly, at least ten or more inhibitory non-pyramidal cell subtypes ... Read more about ""The Diversity of Cortical Inhibitory Synapses”"
By Prof. Yoshiyuki Kubota
24OCT
  10:15-11:10 CM 0 12

Recently, there has been some new understanding of various possible levels of commutative ring G-spectra. In this talk I will recall these possibilities and discuss the most naive (or trivial) commutative ring G-spectra. Then I will sketch the main ingredients coming into the proof that if G is finite and we work rationally these objects ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: Understanding rational equivariant commutative ring spectra"
By Magdalena Kedziorek (MPIM Bonn)
24OCT
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  12:15-13:15 GR C0 01

Abstract: After some introductory examples of positve and negative impacts of the digital transformation on energy consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions, the talk will present the results of a new study on “Opportunities and Risks of Digitalization for Climate Protection in Switzerland“ with the time horizon of 2025. The study included both the greenhouse ... Read more about "EESS talk on "Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – the Case of Switzerland""
By Dr Lorenz Hilty, Professor and Head of Group, Department of ...
24OCT
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Organic crystals are found in many photonic systems in nature, where they are used to produce an extraordinary array of optical phenomena from the white color in certain spiders, to the silvery reflectance of fish scales and the brilliant iridescent colors of planktonic crustaceans and tropical fish. Organisms are able to manipulate the optical properties ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium :The Image Forming Mirror in the Eye of the Scallop"
24OCT
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  15:00-16:00 BC 420

By Marcelo Sousa Abstract Causality-based abstract interpretation is a new technique for computing path-sensitive interference conditions during abstract interpretation of concurrent programs. In lieu of fixed point computation, it uses prime event structures to compactly represent causal dependence and interference between sequences of transformers. The main contribution of the approach is an unfolding algorithm equivalent ... Read more about "Causality-Based Abstract Interpretation = Super-Optimal DPOR + Abstraction"
24OCT
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  17:00 The Project Room

Il s’agira de montrer — en s’appuyant sur les résultats d’une recherche interdisciplinaire récemment menée dans quatre pays européens — comment l’hydroélectricité a structurellement transformé, depuis la fin du XIX° siècle, à la fois la configuration matérielle des paysages montagnards et les perceptions dont ils font l’objet. Ainsi seront examinés différents scénarios paysagers de l’hydroélectricité ... Read more about "L’invention hydroélectrique des paysages montagnards européens"
By Serge Briffaud, professeur à l'ENSAP de Bordeaux
25OCT
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  12:00-13:30 RLC E1 240

Bachelor and Master Students, come and discover entrepreneurship and the new tools available for your project or startup. Free Pizza at Forum Rolex at noon but compulsory registration on bit.ly/2f7ADKv 12:15 Pizzas offered by Startup unit 12:45 Startup pitch: Yannick Bloem, Infinight 12:50 Presentation of the new EPFL support tools: xgrants, enable and more 13:05 ... Read more about "Student Entrepreneurship @ EPFL"
25OCT
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  12:00-19:00 RLC E1 240

On 25 October 2017, we invite you to the Fall 2017 edition of Startup Champions @ EPFL at Forum Rolex at 17h30 to listen to and discuss with Didier Guzzoni, former chief scientist of Siri (Apple) and Szymon Kostrzewski, founder of KB Medical (Globus Medical). Furthermore we will present you at noon the new initiatives ... Read more about "Startup Champions @ EPFL Fall 2017"
26OCT
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  Brussels

On 26 October 2017 a one-day consortium building workshop around selected topics of the upcoming Work Programme Societal Challenge 6 (Inclusive Societies) will be held in Brussels. The objective of this hands-on event is to prepare ground for consortia building: to give opportunity to future proposers to discuss concrete cooperation possibilities, to present their expertise ... Read more about "Horizon 2020 Workshop for Coordinators in Societal Challenge 6"
26OCT
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Colloidal synthesis is a surfactant-assisted approach that has proven to be one of the most powerful solution-based method to tailor the size, the shape and the composition of nanocrystalline materials. This superior control afforded by colloidal chemistry, combined with the solution processability and the rich surface chemistry, ... Read more about "Colloidal nanocrystals to store energy in chemical bonds"
By Prof. Raffaella Buonsanti, Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy, EPFL Valais ...
26OCT
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By: Swarat Chaudhuri - Rice University Abstract: Automating computer programming is a long-standing goal in computer science. In spite of significant progress in automated program synthesis in recent times, we remain very far from achieving this goal. Indeed, on almost all everyday programming tasks, a freshman CS major would perform vastly better than today's best ... Read more about "IC Colloquium : Learning to Write Code, Automatically"
26OCT
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  16:15-18:00 CE 2

Neural implants need to establish stable and reliable interfaces to the target structure for chronic application in neurosciences as well as in clinical applications. They have to record electrical neural signals, excite neural cells or fibers by means of electrical stimulation. In case of optogenetic experiments, optical stimulation by integrated light sources or waveguides must ... Read more about "Miniaturized Implants to Interface with the Peripheral and Central Nervous System"
By Prof Thomas Stieglitz, IMTEK - Institut für Mikrosystemtechnik, Germany
26OCT
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  16:30-17:30 BCH 2201

It is now possible to make an enormous spectrum of different nonporous materials simply by changing the building blocks in the synthesis of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) or related materials. This unique chemical tenability allows us to tailor-make materials that are optimal for a given application. The promise of finding just the right material seems ... Read more about "The Nanoporous Materials Genome in Action"
By Prof. Berend Smit
EPFL Valais
27OCT
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  08:30-16:30 BC 420

Over the past two decades, a variety of technologies have been developed for precise spatial and temporal control of phase and amplitude in optical systems, including liquid crystal, MEMS or deformable mirror based systems. Such Spatial Light Modulator SLM technologies have recently reached a level of maturity that they are currently being introduced in new ... Read more about "Workshop on Spatial Light Modulators SLM"
27OCT
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By Francesca CORNELLI (London Business School)
27OCT
  12:00-13:30 EPFL, ODY 4.03, VIP Room

"Is there a future for open science? Sharing and research progress in scientific research " Abstract: Sharing of information, data and materials between scientists has been described as crucial for the replication, validation and advancement of research, and recent years have seen a policy push towards open science and open data that seeks to enable ... Read more about "Seminar by Dr. Corniela Lawson, University of Bath"
27OCT
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  16:15 SV1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING Abstract: (About the speaker) Prof. Whitesides is one of the most influential living chemists (some say the most), best known for his work in NMR spectroscopy, organometallic chemistry, molecular self-assembly, soft lithography, micro fabrication, microfluidics and nanotechnology. His laboratory is notorious for focusing on fundamental questions to solve what many ... Read more about "Reinventing Chemistry"
By Prof. George M. Whitesides, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (USA)
30OCT
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By Emanuele Paci - University of Leeds, United Kingdom Shoshana Wodak - VIB ...
30OCT
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  13:15-14:15 MXF1

Quantum mechanics is at the basis of all present-day information and communication technologies: to name just two examples, transistors and lasers would be impossible to build without understanding the quantum behaviour of matter and light. But the control of individual quantum systems has long been considered only a “thought experiment”, something only possible in theory. ... Read more about "Quantum technologies and quantum control"
By Prof. Tommaso Calarco, Institute for Complex Quantum Systems, University of ...
30OCT
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By : Daniel Sorin - Duke University Abstract : We have developed a hardware accelerator for motion planning, a critical operation in robotics. I will present the microarchitecture of our accelerator and describe a prototype implementation on an FPGA. Experimental results show that, compared to the state of the art, the accelerator improves performance by ... Read more about "IC Colloquium : Designing Processors to Accelerate Robot Motion Planning"