Conferences - Seminars

06FEB
03DEC
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  11:00-13:00 smart living lab, Fribourg room

The smart living lunches take place once a month from 11am to 1pm at the EPFL Fribourg to present the research activities of the smart living lab. A lunch is served after the presentation. These events are designed for the smart living lab's community. Read more about "smart living lunches"
18FEB
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  08:30-15:20 SG 0211

It is our pleasure to invite you to the CIME Day 2019./ general assembly Date: 18th of February, Place: SG.0211 Program: 8:30 welcome coffee 9:00-9:30 General Assembly of CIME users and clients 9:30-11:30 Presentations (check CIME website for details) 11:30-13:15 Poster session and standing lunch 13:15-15:00 guest speaker: Prof. Sarah Haigh and contributed presentations 15:00 ... Read more about "CIME Day 2019"
By guest speaker: Prof. Sarah Haigh
18FEB
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By: Dougal Sutherland - University College London IC Faculty candidate Abstract: Probability distributions are the core object of statistical machine learning, and one of the core properties we can consider is distances between them. In this talk, we will consider using these distances for two important tasks, and show how to design distances which will ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Kernel distances for distinguishing and sampling from probability distributions"
18FEB
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  12:15 SV 1717

introducing: WEEKLY BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES (sandwiches served) Abstract: DNA origami is the folding of a long, single-stranded DNA scaffold into a desired nanoscale 2D or 3D shape by hybridization with a set of synthetic oligonucleotides. The resulting DNA origami nanostructures exhibit some properties that make them highly attractive for various medical and technological applications. First, ... Read more about "Toward Real-World Applications of DNA Origami Nanostructures"
By Prof. Adrian Keller, Paderborn University (D)
18FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy is one of the most powerful techniques for characterising local information from surfaces and interfaces. To try to convince you of this I will highlight two examples. The first examines layered stacks of 2D crystals like graphene where we reveal that exposing materials to air can have a big effect on ... Read more about "Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy of nanoparticle surfaces and 2D material interfaces"
By Prof. Sarah Haigh, Materials Characterisation, University of Manchester UK
18FEB
  14:00-15:30 BSP 407

Directed polymers in random media (DPRM) is a simple lattice model in the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang (KPZ) universality class for stochastic surface growth. The model considers configurations of a directed path traversing a random energy landscape, and can be simulated in polynomial time through a transfer matrix formulation. As a possible application, we examine the expansion of ... Read more about "Fluctuating interfaces and paths in disordered and non-equilibrium systems"
By Yun Chu
18FEB
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  18:00-20:00 Archizoom

VERNISSAGE DE L'EXPOSITION Conférence en anglais Based in Mumbai with projects in India, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Case Design is an architecture and design practice committed to exploring the design process through acts of making. We believe that objects and spaces deeply impact our relationship with the world around us and seek to ... Read more about "Case Design - A School in the Making"
By Sam Barclay, architecte, Mumbai
19FEB
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  10:00-12:00 BC 420

Abstract The history of the Internet serves both as an inspiration on how much value can be created when building systems on top of open, neutral, and fair protocols but also as a warning that placing too much trust and power in a small number of for-profit organizations might turn into an existential threat to ... Read more about "Towards Digital Trust at Scale"
By Philipp Jovanovic
19FEB
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  10:00-17:00 SV 1717

The scientific symposium ‘Faces of Industrial Research-FIR’ is organized by the Nestlé PhD Students in collaboration with BSNL, an EPFL/UNIL non-profit organization that aims to bridge the gap between upcoming academic scientists and those in Life Science industries. This event, supported by EPFL, UNIL and Nestlé, will be a 1-day symposium taking place the 19th ... Read more about "Faces of Industrial Research Symposium"
By There will be speakers from Roche, the Novartis Institute for ...
19FEB
  10:30-11:30 ppb019

The first ITER tungsten (W) divertor is the largest and most complex of its kind ever to be constructed. It must survive an expected ~2000 hours of plasma exposure through the non-active to the first DT campaigns. A key parameter determining the operational range for stationary loading is the peak target power flux density, qpk, ... Read more about "Physics basis for the ITER tungsten divertor"
By Dr. Richard A. Pitts, ITER Organization, St-Paul-lez-Durance, France
19FEB
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: Experiments and numerical studies have demonstrated that the power extracted by the wind plant is directly and proportionately related to the transport of mean kinetic energy - here the parting point. This is intimately tied with the balance of turbulence kinetic energy. These relations are shown through wind tunnel experiments and large eddy simulations ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Considering mean and turbulence kinetic energy transport on stratified wind plant boundary layers"
19FEB
  15:00-16:00 BM 1130

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a X-recessive genetic disease affecting 1 in 3500 boys, culminating with cardiac failure around age 30. This disease results from more than 200 possible mutations on a single gene coding for the dystrophin, an important structural protein linking the intracellular skeleton to the extracellular matrix. Such dystrophin deficiency readily generates severe ... Read more about "Bioengineered platforms for the measurement of force production of single hiPSC-cardiomyocytes in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy cardiomyopathy"
By Dr Gaspard Pardon Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology
Stanford ...
19FEB
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  16:00-17:00 BC 420

Abstract Mass digitization has provided a mountain of source material for the humanities and social sciences, but its structure is unevenly mapped. Dependencies among documents arise when copying manuscripts, citing scholarly literature, speaking from talking points, reposting social networking content, popularizing scientific papers, or otherwise transforming earlier sources. While some dependencies are observable—e.g., by citations ... Read more about "DH Seminar Lecture - Network Inference from Textual Evidence: Information Propagation, Translation, and Multi-Input Attention"
19FEB
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  16:15-17:15 BCH 3118

Thalidomide became infamous in the 60’s for its teratogenic effects but since then it and derivatives have been rediscovered as potent drugs against myeloma. These molecules act as catalysts by orchestrating the degradation of proteins important for the cancer. In a sense they offer a chemical approach to accomplish the same ends as siRNA or ... Read more about "Developing small molecule catalysts for chemical protein degradation"
20FEB
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Abstract: During our daily life, we depend on memories of past experiences to plan future behaviour. These memories are represented by the activity of specific neuronal groups or ‘engrams’. Neuronal engrams are assembled during learning by synaptic modification, and engram reactivation represents the memorized experience. Engrams of conscious memories are initially stored in the hippocampus ... Read more about "BMI SEMINAR // Marlene Bartos - Emergence of stable and dynamic memory engrams in the hippocampus"
By  Marlene Bartos, Cellular and Systemic Neuroscience, Institute for Physiology I ...
20FEB
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  15:00-16:00 BCH 2201

High energy long life rechargeable battery is considered as key enabling technology for deep de-carbonization. Energy storage in the electrochemical form is attractive because of its high efficiency and fast response time. Besides the technological importance, electrochemical devices also provide a unique platform for fundamental and applied materials research since ion movement is often accompanied ... Read more about "From Atom to Microgrid – New Perspectives for Electrochemical Energy Storage"
20FEB
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  15:00-16:00 BCH 2201

High energy long life rechargeable battery is considered as key enabling technology for deep de-carbonization. Energy storage in the electrochemical form is attractive because of its high efficiency and fast response time. Besides the technological importance, electrochemical devices also provide a unique platform for fundamental and applied materials research since ion movement is often accompanied ... Read more about "Chemical Engineering Seminar - From Atom to Microgrid – New Perspectives for Electrochemical Energy Storage"
By Prof. Shirley Meng, Materials Science & NanoEngineering, University of California ...
20FEB
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  16:30-18:15 SV 1717

Frank Dobbin is a professor of Sociology at Harvard. He is chair of the Organizational Behavior Ph.D. Program and coordinator (Harvard) for the MIT-Harvard Economic Sociology Seminar. Frank Dobbin has long standing experience in analysing the impact of institutional strategies and actions to promote gender and diversity and is currently completing research on major diversity ... Read more about "CONFERENCE & ROUND TABLE: Which Diversity Initiatives Work? Thirty Years of Evidence from U.S. Employers"
By Prof. Frank Dobbin Round table with:
Prof. Franciska Krings, Professor ...
20FEB
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  17:00-18:30 BC 420

Assessing the habitability of Mars has been an objective of the scientific community for a long time, but it has recently become a sustained focus in light of data being returned from the planet and growing knowledge about life in extreme environments. The Curiosity rover on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), one of NASAs flagship ... Read more about "Is Mars Habitable ?"
By Prof. Javier Martín-Torres
20FEB
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  18:30-21:00 ELA 1

All EPFL PhD students are invited to join us for the first EPFL Alumni/Polydoc joint event : Soirée carrière, in which you will hear from three distinguished doctors of philosophy how life doesn't end with your thesis in your hands. The program is the following : Welcome addresses Alumni presentations Maxime Baud (PhD SV'11), Inselspital, ... Read more about "EPFL Alumni/PolyDoc joint event for PhD students, followed by an apéro"
21FEB
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  12:00-13:30 ODY -1 0020

Seminar organized in collaboration with UNIL-HEC "Does Diversity Management Increase Diversity? Evidence from Industry and Academia " Abstract U.S. companies and universities have been building elaborate diversity management programs since the 1980s. Have their innovations increased diversity among corporate managers and academic faculty? Data from hundreds of companies and universities, over several decades, provide answers. ... Read more about "Seminar by Prof. Frank Dobbin, Harvard University"
21FEB
  14:00-16:00 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Pascal Fua Thesis advisor: Prof. Sabine Süsstrunk Co-examiner: Prof. Wenzel Jacob Abstract Image fusion is the process of joining complementary information as well as common features from a set of images. The challenge in image fusion is to construct images that are appropriate, understandable and more informative to the ... Read more about "Visible and infrared image fusion"
By Fayez Lahoud
21FEB
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  16:30-17:30 INM 203

Bayesian models of opinion exchange are extensively studied in economics, dating back to the work of Aumann on the agreement theorem. An important class of such models features agents arranged on a network (representing, e.g., social interactions), with the network structure determining which agents communicate with each other. It is often argued that the Bayesian ... Read more about "Reasoning in Bayesian Opinion exchange Networks is Computationally Hard"
By Dr. Jan Hazla, MIT Jan Hązła is a Postdoctoral Associate ...
21FEB
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  17:10-20:00 CO 2

IMAGINE IF! is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate a scientific idea towards a business and unlike other competitions, it is the first truly global competition for healthcare science ventures. On December 12th we had announced the Swiss 10 finalists who entered the accelerator program. Since then, they have been working with their mentors to go ... Read more about "IMAGINE IF! Local Finals"
By Marc Gruber Vice President for Innovation at EPFL Diego Dupouy ...
22FEB
23FEB
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“dhelta” is the association for students and researchers in the field of Digital Humanities at EPFL. They are organising the Swiss Digital Humanities Exchange event that will take place on 22 & 23 February 2019 in Basel, Switzerland. The goal of this event is: To discover fellows working in the field of Digital Humanities at ... Read more about "Swiss Digital Humanities Exchange"
22FEB
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  10:30-12:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

We hypothesize that industry exchange traded funds (ETFs) encourage informed trading on underlying firms through facilitating hedging of industry-specific risks. We show that short interest on industry ETFs, reflecting part of the “long-the-stock/short-the-ETF” strategy, positively predicts returns on these ETFs and the percentage of positive earnings announcements of underlying stocks. We also show that hedge ... Read more about "Innovation and informed trading: Evidence from industry ETFs"
By Maureen O'HARA, Cornell University
22FEB
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  13:15 ELA 002

Abstract In the last few years, as Si electronics faces mounting difficulties to maintain its historical scaling path, III-V compound semiconductors have received a great deal of attention as possible alternatives. Sub-10 nm CMOS require high-aspect ratio 3D transistors with a fin or nanowire geometry. The enhanced degree of channel charge control of advanced 3D ... Read more about "Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series: Nanoscale III-V Electronics: InGaAs FinFETs and Vertical Nanowire MOSFETs"
By Jesús A. del Alamo, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director ...
22FEB
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  16:15-17:30 BCH 2201

There is enormous potential to use microalgae as feedstocks for everything from recombinant proteins and high value chemicals to biofuels, but to implement this technology in a sustainable and economic manner, it will be necessary to optimize many parameters, and metabolic engineering strategies will be essential. However, in comparison with the well-developed molecular biology tools ... Read more about "Chemical Engineering Seminar - Thinking outside the flask - how to do something useful with algal metabolism"
By Prof. Alison Smith, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge ...
25FEB
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  13:15-14:15 MXF 1

Modern society is unsustainable: biodiversity loss is occurring at an unprecedented rate; anthropogenic activities dominate material cycles, putting upward pressure on resource supply; and the industrial system is forcing Earth’s climate towards the brink of a critical transition, on a scale never before experienced by humans. Facts such as these highlight the imperative for transformational ... Read more about "A sustainable materials system research agenda"
By Dr Rupert Myers, Chemical Engineering: Industrial Ecology, University of Edinburgh
25FEB
  14:00-15:00 BSP 727

The building blocks of quantum observables are collections of asymptotic series in the coupling constant, corresponding to perturbative and non-perturbative sectors. According to the theory of resurgence, these series are related to each other in a non-trivial way, and these relations are encoded in the so-called Stokes automorphisms of the theory. In this seminar we ... Read more about "A new perspective on resurgence in quantum theory"
By Marcos Marino
25FEB
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  18:15-19:15 MA A0 364

The ephemera "Replay" of television documentaries cause immense frustration, since their publication is restricted to 1 month at most. And it seems impossible to record them... So this PolyMac is made to forget those bad memories, by recording all the desired video streams! Read more about "PolyMac TV Replay"
By Francois Roulet
26FEB
27FEB
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  09:00-05:00 Hyatt Regency Osaka, 1-13-11 Nanko-Kita, Suminoe-Ku, Osaka, Japan, 559-0034

Conference Series llc Ltd invites all the participants across the globe to attend the Midwifery-Annual Congress 2019 going to be held on February 26-27, 2019 Osaka, Japan. Midwifery-Annual Congress 2019 directs towards the main issues as well as future strategies of Pregnancy and women health. This is going to be the largest and most promising ... Read more about "Global Annual Midwifery Congress"
26FEB
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  12:15-13:00 GR C0 01

Abstract: The challenge of achieving universal human development and climate change mitigation requires careful consideration of (1) the definition of a “good”, happy or decent life; (2) analytic clarity in conceptualising the consumption requirements of well-being; (3) the context surrounding intra- and inter-national inequality, and the political dynamics and social processes that could enable the ... Read more about "EESS talk on "Well-being and climate change mitigation: the Living Well Within Limits approach""
By Dr Julia K. Steinberger, Professor of Social Ecologiy and Ecological ...
26FEB
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: In recent years, there has been significant interest in the applications of printed electronics in the realization of a range of low-cost, large area, flexible electronic systems such as displays, distributed sensors, and low-cost disposable tags. To make printed electronics a viable technology, however, there is a need for significant innovations across all aspects ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Tools and Processes for Printed Electronic Systems"
26FEB
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  17:15-18:15 BCH 2218

The four dNTPs (dATP, dTTP, dCTP, and dGTP) are the building blocks of DNA. A balanced supply and a correct overall concentration of dNTPs are key prerequisites for faithful genome replication. These requirements, along with the fact that the concentrations of dNTPs fluctuate during the cell cycle, mean that the production of dNTPs must be ... Read more about "dNTPs and maintenance of genome stability"
By Professor Andrei Chabes Dept. of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics Umeå ...
27FEB
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  10:00-12:00

"From plan to action" workshop In this personalized workshop, you will check the consistency of your data management plan (DMP) and how to implement it in your lab. Before you attend the workshop, you will need to fill a form about your current practices. If you are not familiar with research data management already, we ... Read more about "Research Data Management workshop"
27FEB
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  11:00-12:00 Martigny, room 106

We address the optimization of a computer model, where each simulation either fails or returns a valid output performance. We suggest a joint Gaussian process model for classification of the inputs (computation failure or success) and for regression of the performance function. We discuss the maximum likelihood estimation of the covariance parameters, with a stochastic ... Read more about "Gaussian process optimization with simulation failures"
By Dr. François Bachoc
27FEB
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  15:00-16:00 CE 06

Energy density and cost of Li-ion batteries (LIBs) based on conventional intercalation compounds are closely approaching their limits. The reliance of conventional cathodes on the use of toxic metals additionally endangers health and safety of miners in developing countries. Conversion-type active materials offer an opportunity to double energy stored in LIBs, reduce their cost by ... Read more about "Beyond Lithium-Ion: Conversion Electrodes, Solid State and Aqueous Batteries"
27FEB
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  15:00-16:00 CE 1 6

Energy density and cost of Li-ion batteries (LIBs) based on conventional intercalation compounds are closely approaching their limits. The reliance of conventional cathodes on the use of toxic metals additionally endangers health and safety of miners in developing countries. Conversion-type active materials offer an opportunity to double energy stored in LIBs, reduce their cost by ... Read more about "Chemical Engineering Seminar - Beyond Lithium-Ion: Conversion Electrodes, Solid State and Aqueous Batteries"
By Prof. Gleb Yushin, School of Materials and Engineering, Georgia Institute ...
27FEB
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  18:15-19:15 BC 420

Mars’ ice caps hold the secret to the planet's climate, hydrological processes and is a likely place to contain traces of life, should they exist. A crewed mission to the surface of Mars, with the objective of drilling into the Northern ice cap and analysing the samples in-situ would therefore advance our knowledge of the ... Read more about "Systems Engineering and Design of a Mars Polar Life Research Base"
By Anne-Marlene Rüede
28FEB
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  10:15-11:15 BC 420

By: Eric Balkanski - Harvard University IC Faculty candidate Abstract: Many methods in optimization are inherently sequential and consequently cannot be efficiently parallelized. In this talk, I will describe a novel approach called adaptive sampling that yields algorithms whose parallel running time is exponentially faster than any previous algorithm for submodular optimization. Maximizing a submodular ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: The Adaptive Complexity of Submodular Optimization: Exponentially Faster Algorithms for Machine Learning and Beyond"
28FEB
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of solid-state materials built up from metal-based nodes and organic linkers. They exhibit permanent porosity and unprecedented surface areas which can be readily tuned through coordination chemistry at the inorganic node and/or organic chemistry at the linkers. The high porosities, ... Read more about "Programmable Smart Bio-Inspired Sponges"
By Prof. Omar K. Farha
Department of Chemistry,
Northwestern University,
Evanston ...
01MAR
  12:15-13:00 GC B3 30

Abstract Liquefaction is one of the most spectacular phenomena of soil behaviour during which granular soil changes its properties from solid to liquid-like type. Due to its disastrous character, it has been a subject of investigations carried out by various researchers from many countries over many years. Although the basic factors governing the liquefaction phenomenon ... Read more about "CESS Seminar: Liquefaction of fully and nearly saturated granular soils, experimental investigations and theoretical approach"
By Prof. Waldemar Świdziński, Director of the Institute of Hydro-Engineering, Polish ...
01MAR
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  16:15-17:30 BCH 2201

Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of solid-state materials built up from metal-based nodes and organic linkers. They exhibit permanent porosity and unprecedented surface areas which can be readily tuned through coordination chemistry at the inorganic node and/or organic chemistry at the linkers. The high porosities, tunability, and stability are highly attractive in the ... Read more about "Chemical Engineering Seminar - Programmable Smart Bio-Inspired Sponges"
By Prof. Omar K. Farha, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, USA.