Conferences - Seminars

07NOV
24JAN
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In collaboration with EPFL Sustainable campus and the Safety, prevention and health domain, the Sports service offers an entire program around health. CampuSessions (45') and ShotSessions (20') will take place until January 2018. Discover these activities directly on the campus, no equipment needed! Novembre 7, 2017: Relaxation shot // Ludic courses Novembre 15, 2017: Relaxation ... Read more about "Let's move our campus"
11DEC
15DEC
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  09:00-17:00 BI A0 448

This conference will conclude the semester program on "Euler Systems and Special Values of L-functions". The goal will be to present recent advances in the constructions of Euler systems, their applications to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and Iwasawa theory. Emphasis will be given on novel results obtained during the semester. Read more about "Recent Developments on the Arithmetic of Special Values of L-functions"
By CIB
12DEC
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  10:00-12:00 BC 410

Abstract: A long standing goal in artificial intelligence is to make robots seamlessly interact with humans in everyday life tasks. Robot learning from humans provides a promising route to bridge this gap. In contrast to direct trajectory learning from demonstrations, many problems arise in interactive robotic applications that require higher contextual level understanding of the ... Read more about "Generative Models for Learning Robot Manipulation Skills from Humans"
By Ajay Tanwani
12DEC
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  12:00-13:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

We study an optimal dividend problem under a bankruptcy constraint. Firms face a trade-off between potential bankruptcy and extraction of profits. In contrast to previous works, general cash flow drifts, including Ornstein–Uhlenbeck and CIR processes, are considered. We provide rigorous proofs of continuity of the value function, whence dynamic programming, as well as uniqueness of ... Read more about "Optimal dividend policies with random profitability"
By Max REPPEN (ETH Zurich)
12DEC
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  12:15 AI 1153

Mycobacterium abscessus is a rapidly growing, nontuberculous, multidrug resistant mycobacterium, which can cause severe lung infections. This mycobacterium, like other mycobacteria, has a lipid-rich hydrophobic cell wall containing unique lipids, of which glycopeptidolipids (GPL) have emerged in recent years as major immunomodulators. M. abscessus presents smooth (S) and rough (R) morphotypes and the difference is ... Read more about "Dissecting the immunopathogenesis of Mycobacterium abscessus infection in zebrafish embryos"
By Laurent Kremer, Institut de Recherche en Infectiologie de Montpellier (IRIM ...
12DEC
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Our inability to predict turbulence introduces significant uncertainty in the design of many engineering applications. Many theoretical predictions and models have been developed for turbulence in the limit of infinite Reynolds numbers. However, no real-world application operates at infinite Reynolds number, and it is typically unknown how large the Reynolds number needs to be in ... Read more about "CANCELED: IGM Colloquium — Investigations of Turbulence: a Journey from Nanometer to Kilometer"
12DEC
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  12:30 BSP 234

Biological physics, both experimental and theoretical, addresses systems spanning multiple length (and time and energy) scales. Each of these systems poses formidable challenges to modelling efforts, because the staggering complexity of biological systems makes it difficult identifying the relevant components and their interactions. This notwithstanding, constant advancements have been made, and, as more and more ... Read more about "Theoretical biological physics: from systems to principles"
12DEC
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  15:15-17:00 BCH 5310

DNA and histone modifications play central roles in the control of gene expression and errors in their regulation are associated with a multitude of diseases. These modifications form an epigenetic ‘code’ that stores information within chromatin. This information is “read” by epigenetic effector molecules that recognise DNA and histone modifications through specialised binding domains in ... Read more about "Decoding chromatin modification states using chemical biology and proteomic approaches"
By Prof. Till Bartke,   Institute of Functional Epigenetics Helmholtz Zentrum München
12DEC
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  16:15 GR A3 32

We will overview some recent advances in optimization algorithms used for the training of generalized linear models (regression, classification). While in machine learning, the main work-horse algorithm is stochastic gradient descent, its lesser known cousin, coordinate descent, also has a lot of interesting properties. After a brief introduction, we will discuss distributed algorithm variants as ... Read more about "Recent Developments in Linear Regression"
By Prof. Martin Jaeggi (EPFL, IC, INFCOM, MLO)
12DEC
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  16:30-17:30 BCH2201

Deeply transforming the energy system by increased use of solar and other renewable technologies while becoming both sustainable and reliable is a major challenge that surpasses simple drivers such as cost and other incentives. The solar energy market has been growing at astonishing year-to-year rates of over 20% per year surpassing all previous estimates but ... Read more about "Enabling a renewable future with terawatts of solar and the role of next-generation solar energy materials – perovskites for the future?"
By Prof. Jao van de Lagemaat

University of Colorado Boulder
USA
12DEC
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  18:30-20:00 SG 1138

Développer une maison efficiente énergétiquement fonctionnant uniquement au solaire et la monter de toutes pièces en 9 jours à échelle réelle..? C'est le défi que se sont lancé une quarantaine d’étudiants, de l’EPFL et de trois autres écoles partenaires, partis cet automne représenter la Suisse à Denver (USA) pour la compétition internationale du “Solar Decathlon”. ... Read more about "Conférence - Solar Decathlon, l'équipe suisse raconte"
By Maryline Andersen (doyenne de la faculté ENAC) et l'équipe ...
13DEC
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  09:00-11:00 BC 420

Abstract Modern datacenters provide an abundance of online services to billions of daily users. Each service comprises several software layers deployed on thousands of servers, which communicate over the network to collaboratively construct a response to each incoming user request. In addition to frequent inter-server communication, a large class of services involves minuscule computation per ... Read more about "Network-Centric Computing for Online Services"
By Alexandros Daglis
13DEC
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  11:00-12:00 AI 1153

Molecular mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) combines the chemical specificity and parallel detection possibility of mass spectrometry (MS) with microscopic imaging capabilities. Molecular MSI is therefore an emerging research field to detect intact molecules (analyte profiling) and visualize their spatial distribution (analyte imaging). The utilization of “soft ionization” techniques as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) allows the ... Read more about "Special LMNN Seminar // Molecular Imaging – Benefits of a Mass Spectrometry - Based Approach"
By Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, TU Wien
13DEC
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Intracranial recordings in patients suffering from intractable epilepsy allow studying the firing of multiple single neurons in awake and behaving human subjects. These recordings are typically done in the hippocampus and surrounding cortex, an area known to be critical for memory functions. Using the unique opportunity to record directly from such neurons in the human ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Memory formation and long-term coding in the human hippocampus"
By Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, Centre for Systems Neuroscience, University of Leicester ...
13DEC
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  14:00-17:00 GC C2 413

OUR COMMON SOILS the Swiss city-territory as a renewable resource séminaire n°1 LES NOUVEAUX HORIZONS DU SOL URBAIN mercredi 13 décembre, de 14h00 à 17h30, à l’EPFL, bâtiment GC, salle C2 413 Dans le cadre du projet Our Common Soils : the Swiss City-Territory as a renewable resource, financé par le Fond National de la ... Read more about "Our Common Soils. Séminaire n°1 : LES NOUVEAUX HORIZONS DU SOL URBAIN"
By Joël AMOSSÉ, INRA, ECOSYS;  Emmanuel FROSSARD, ETHZ, D-USYS;  François FÜLLEMANN ...
14DEC
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  08:25 AI 1153

Program, schedule: 08:25 Matthias Lutolf (Director, Institute of Bioengineering, EPFL) Welcome, opening words 08:30 J. Andrew Pospisilik Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg (D) Stochastic, Bi-Stable and Intergenerational Epigenetics in Metabolism and Disease - abstract (*) 09:10 Olaia M. Naveiras EPFL & Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne (CH) Metabolic Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells ... Read more about "Recruiting Mini-symposium on Metabolism"
By Five speakers - see program.
14DEC
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Two examples of pilot plants for the production of synthetic hydrocarbons are presented. First, the design and build of a demonstrator for the conversion of solar energy to synthetic hydrocarbons is presented. The average power of the installation is set to 2 kW, which corresponds to the ... Read more about "Hydrogen Technologies and Synthetic Fuels - From the Lab to the Market"
By Dr. Noris Gallandat
Laboratory for Materials in Renewable Energy
EPFL ...
14DEC
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  15:00-16:00 SV 1717

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), initially characterised by acute relapses of neurological dysfunction followed by remission. After a variable period this is followed in the majority of patients by a slow and irreversible progression of neurological dysfunction. Although the acute clinical deficits during early MS can ... Read more about "Special BMI Seminar // Neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis: what have we learned from pathology?"
By Prof. Jack van Horssen, University Medical Center (VUmc) of the ...
14DEC
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  16:30-17:30 BCH 2201

This presentation will selectively cover three closely related sets of experiments that employ magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR, dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP), and their application to structural determination of Ab1-42 amyloid fibrils. Approximately 110 years ago, Auguste Deter, the first patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), passed away and fibrils composed of the Ab1-42 protein, ... Read more about "β-Amyloid, Sub-terahertz Microwaves and the Magic Angle"
By Prof. Robert Guy Griffin
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
USA
14DEC
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  17:15-18:15 BI A0 448

I will discuss some recent joint work with Yongxiong Li which shows how one can use Iwasawa theory at the neglected prime p=2 to prove stronger versions of an old theorem of David Rohrlich on the non-vanishing of Birch-Swinnerton L-values of the Gross family of elliptic curves with complex multiplication, and discuss some possible generalisations. Read more about "Bernoulli Lecture - Non-Vanishing of some Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer L-values"
By John Coates (University of Cambridge)
15DEC
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  07:00-20:00 NIBR, Basel

The SV postdoc association and the BioScience Network Lausanne together with the Association for Postdoc in Natural Sciences at UNIL are gladly continuing our collaboration with the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Basel: the Novartis-EPFL-UNIL (NEU) Meeting. The 5th NEU meeting will take place on the 15th of December 2017 (Friday) in Basel. ... Read more about "Novartis-EPFL-UNIL meeting"
By Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
15DEC
Cancelled
15DEC
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  15:00-16:30 INM 10

The translation of multivariate abstract data into visualization first requires a process of classification which is inherently culturally defined, given that systems of classification tend to be shaped by discipline-specific perspectives, cultural priorities and historical circumstances. The presentation will address the evolution of methodologies in my artistic works that explore classification and the translation of ... Read more about "Projects in Visualizing Data 1975-2017"
By George Legrady, UCSB
George Legrady is Distinguished Professor and Director ...
18DEC
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  10:00-11:30 BC 420

By : Philip Brisk - UC Riverside Abstract : Microfluidics is a multidisciplinary field at the intersection of engineering, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. It has practical applications to the design of integrated systems that process sub-microliter-scale volumes of fluid. Microfluidics has enabled the emergence of a Laboratories-on-a-Chip (LoCs), which integrate multiple laboratory functions ... Read more about "IC Talk : Language and Compiler Design for Laboratories-on-a-Chip"
18DEC
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  10:15-11:00 RLC D1 661

Abstract: We have known since about a decade that social robots hold particular promise as educational aids. We do not know why exactly, but it seems that the physical and social presence of robots engages the young learner and stimulates learning. This has been applied in a number of domains, such as mathematics or second ... Read more about "Towards using robots as tutors: lessons from maths and language learning"
By Prof. Tony Belpaeme, Plymouth University / Ghent University
18DEC
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  11:15-12:00 RLC D1 661

Robots designed for human-robot interaction (HRI) mostly follow one of two design paths: pragmatic and visual. A pragmatic design approach sets out from specifications required of the robot’s spatial activity towards physical goals, as defined by users of the system. A visual approach is to design robots with appearance in mind. This is common for ... Read more about "Designing Robots with Movement in Mind"
By Prof. Guy Hoffman, Cornell University
18DEC
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  13:15-14:15 MXF1

Iron oxide nanoparticles have been in development for medical applications for more than 20 years. In the mean time, several products were on the market and used in clinics as a contrast agent for MRI or as a drug for the successful treatment of anemia. For economic reasons, iron oxide as a contrast agent disappeared ... Read more about "Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for medical application: still a challenging task for materials research"
By Prof. Heinrich Hofmann, EPFL
18DEC
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  15:15-16:15 BC 410

Music is a universal feature of human societies, partly owing to its power to evoke strong emotions and influence moods. During the past decade, the investigation of the neural correlates of music-evoked emotions has been invaluable for the understanding of human emotion. Functional neuroimaging studies on music and emotion show that music can modulate activity ... Read more about "Emotions, Music, and the Brain"
By Prof. Stefan Koelsch, University of Bergen
18DEC
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  16:15-17:15 CE3

This talk will present our effort to control the interaction between cold Rydberg atoms in order to implement spin Hamiltonians that may be useful for quantum simulation of condensed matter problems. In our experiment, we trap individual atoms in two-dimensional arrays of optical tweezers separated by few micrometers and excite them to Rydberg states using ... Read more about "Many-body physics with arrays of individual Rydberg atoms"
By Prof. Antoine Browaeys, Institut d'Optique, CNRS
18DEC
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By : Maurice Herlihy - Brown University Abstract : There has been a recent explosion of interest in blockchain-based distributed ledger systems such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many others. Much of this work originated outside the distributed computing community, but the questions raised, such as consensus, replication, fault-tolerance, privacy, and security, and so on, are ... Read more about "IC Colloquium : Blockchains and the Future of Distributed Computing"
19DEC
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  16:15-17:15 GR A3 32

I'll discuss the basics of quantum computing, how Shor's algorithm allows a quantum computer to factor numbers efficiently using the quantum Fourier transform. I'll try to convey as much intuition as possible, to explain the relevant basics of quantum mechanics, and to give an idea of the capabilities of quantum computers. Read more about "Quantum computing for amateurs (by an amateur)"
By Prof. Clément Hongler (EPFL SB MATH CSFT)
20DEC
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  10:00-12:00 BC 420

In this talk, we discuss our recent work on developing a theory of compressed sensing for graph signals defined over complex networks. These graph signals represent the label information contained in massive network-structured datasets (big data over networks). By drawing on compressed sensing for ordinary sparse signals, we have introduced the network nullspace property (NNSP) ... Read more about "Compressed Sensing of Big Data Networks"
By Prof. Alexander Jung, Aalto University
Bio: Alexander Jung received the ...
22DEC
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  15:00-16:00 BC 420

If statistics is concerned with the collection, management, analysis, presentation, and interpretation of data, then so is network science. The distinction lies neither in a universal network theory nor the complex systems of certain application domains but (i) an incidence structure relating the units of observation and (ii) a corresponding focus on dependencies among observations. ... Read more about "Network Science as the Dual of Statistics"
By Ulrik Brandes