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"
19AUG
22AUG
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  Rolex Learning Centre

En Août 2018, on fêtera les 100 ans du Laboratoire des Matériaux de Construction ainsi que les 60 ans de sa directrice actuelle, Prof. Karen Scrivener. Un conférence sur Read more about "Les100 ans du Laboratoire des Matériaux de Construction et les 60 ans de sa directrice Prof. Karen Scrivener"
By Prof. Karen Scrivener et al.
22AUG
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  08:30-17:00 BI A0 398

WordPress est une application de gestion de contenus web qui permet aux collaborateurs de l’EPFL, sans connaissances techniques particulières, de concevoir, structurer, animer et éditer leur site web avec la Charte graphique EPFL. WordPress est appelé à remplacer Jahia utilisé actuellement et devenir le principal outil utilisé sur le campus pour les sites de facultés, ... Read more about "Wordpress - Base"
By Hicham Dennaoui
22AUG
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  10:00-11:00 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy is a powerful tool for biological research. We use the transient binding of short fluorescently labeled oligonucleotides (DNA-PAINT) for simple and easy-to-implement multiplexed super-resolution imaging that technically achieves sub-5-nm spatial resolution. However, this does not translate to achievable image resolution in biological specimen, mainly due to the lack of ... Read more about "Super-Resolution Microscopy with DNA Molecules"
By Prof. Ralf Jungmann, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität ...
22AUG
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  12:00-13:00 RLC B1 520

Marc Robinson, professor at the Department of evolution and ecology at UNIL, will present the benefits from publishing preprints. Alain Foehn, PhD student at the Laboratory of hydraulic constructions at EPFL, will share his experience with submitting a paper to Elsevier. Read more about "NoonTalk#4: Publishing preprints"
23AUG
  09:30-11:30 ELD 120

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Pascal Frossard Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Co-examiner: Prof. Alexandre Alahi Abstract Deep neural networks dominate the state-of-the-art models in tasks of computer vision, speech, bioinformatics etc. However, training modern deep neural networks is difficult, because of the highly non-convexity of the objective functions. On one hand, deep neural ... Read more about "Training and Tuning Deep Neural Networks: Faster, Stronger and Better"
By Chen Liu
23AUG
  13:00-15:00 ELD 120

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Ali Sayed Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Co-examiner: Prof. Patrick Thiran Abstract In the recent years, there has been an increasing number of works that couples continuous-time processes with iterative descent methods in optimization literature to provide alternative perspective to convergence analysis and develop new algorithms. Background papers Coupling ... Read more about "Differential Equations and Continuous-Time Dynamics in Optimization and Sampling"
By Ali Kavis
23AUG
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  17:15 BCH 2201

Chemical reactions at gas-solid interfaces are of great importance in many heterogeneous processes such as catalysis, corrosion, and material fabrication. In this talk, dynamics of several prototypical surface processes, including dissociative chemisorption, Eley-Rideal reactions, and desorption, are explored theoretically on metal surfaces. Classical trajectories either on analytical potential energy surfaces or with forces calculated on ... Read more about "Dynamics of Surface Reactions: Reactant Mode Specificity and Product Energy Disposal"
By Prof. Hua Guo
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
University ...
27AUG
29AUG
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  08:30-17:30 MA B0 426

Le cours National Instruments LabVIEW Fondamental 1 (Core I) présente l'environnement LabVIEW, ses fonctionnalités, la programmation par flux de données et les architectures LabVIEW courantes. Ce cours est le moyen le plus rapide de devenir productif avec LabVIEW. Il vous prépare à développer des applications de test et de mesure, d'acquisition de données, de contrôle ... Read more about "LabVIEW, Core I (FR)"
By National Instruments    
27AUG
  09:00-11:00 INR 212

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Martin Rajman Thesis advisor: Prof. Pearl Pu Co-examiner: Prof. Wulfram Gerstner Abstract In the recent years, the successful application of sequence to sequence neural networks to statistical machine translation, including the usage of attention mechanism for the aim of translation alignment, has inspired a huge amount of work in ... Read more about "Modeling Emotional Dialogs with Sequence to Sequence Networks"
By Yubo Xie
27AUG
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  10:15 BC 420

Abstract Diagnosis and treatment methods based on big genomic data are becoming widespread as the cost of genome sequencing decreases gradually. In this context, disease-gene association studies are of great importance. The genomic data is very sensitive when compared to other data types and contains information about the individual and his / her relatives. Many ... Read more about "Achieving Scalable and Privacy-Preserving Whole Genome Variant Queries"
By Dr. Mete Akgün, University of Tübingen, Germany
27AUG
  14:00-16:00 ELD 120

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Olivier Lévêque Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Co-examiner: Prof. Wulfram Gerstner Abstract We consider the problem of policy optimization in Reinforcement Learning via policy gradient method. We first show that it is possible to design a theoretical update rule for the policy parameters that converges to an optimal policy. ... Read more about "Policy gradient methods for Reinforcement Learning"
By Paul Rolland
28AUG
  09:00-11:00 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Michael Unser Thesis advisor: Prof. Martin Vetterli Co-examiner: Prof. Michael Gastpar Abstract Sampling classically involves recording signal amplitudes at specified times, and signal recovery in such sampling schemes, which we call amplitude encoding, has been studied extensively . In this proposal, we investigate an alternate sampling scheme called time ... Read more about "Sampling using Unsynchronized Time Encoding Machines"
By Karen Adam
29AUG
  10:00-12:00 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Mark Pauly Thesis advisor: Prof. Wenzel Jakob Co-examiner: Prof. Sabine Süsstrunk Abstract Background papers Read more about "Markov Chains for Light Transport"
By Merlin Nimier-David
29AUG
  10:15 BC 420

Abstract In mix networks, communication anonymity is achieved by relaying messages through multiple routers called mixes, where each mix shuffles messages independently. Mix networks were originally set up as fixed sequences of mixes, called cascades. Later, more flexible configurations were proposed, such as free routes, where routes are not fixed and can be any sequence ... Read more about "Multiparty Routing: Secure Routing for Mixnets"
By Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, KU Leuven, Belgium
29AUG
  11:15-13:15 RLC D1 661

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Boi Faltings Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Thesis co-advisor: Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg Co-examiner: Dr. Mathieu Salzmann Abstract Background papers Apprenticeship Learning via Inverse Reinforcement Learning, by Pieter Abbel and Andrew Ng [ICML04] Model-free Imitation Learning with Policy Optimization, by Jonathan Ho, Jayesh Gupta and Stefano Ermon [ICML16] Understanding Black-box ... Read more about "Understanding the Behaviour of Inverse Reinforcement Learning Agents"
By Teresa Yeo
29AUG
  14:00-16:00 BC 229

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux Thesis advisor: Prof. Bryan Ford Co-examiner: Prof. Katerina Argyraki Abstract The digitalization of most of today's world activities have given rise to a new class of decentralized and trustless systems. For one, distributed ledgers have found practical use in less than 10 years and have generated an ... Read more about "Improvements on Distributed Ledgers Applications and Self Sovereign Identity Systems"
By Nicolas Gailly
30AUG
01SEP
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  Microcity

In an increasingly connected world, managing and using the growing amount of data is a major challenge for our society. Today, from health care to transport, social networks, commerce and industry, all aspects of our lives are put into data. But how can we manage this infinite and constantly growing mass of information? This is ... Read more about "micro18"
30AUG
31AUG
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  08:30-17:30 MA B0 426

Le cours National Instruments LabVIEW Fondamental 2 (Core II) vous apprend à concevoir des applications complètes et autonomes avec LabVIEW. Ce cours est une extension du cours LabVIEW Fondamental 1 (Core I) ; il présente des techniques de conception courantes pour l'implémentation et la distribution réussies d'applications pour la recherche, l'ingénierie et les environnements de ... Read more about "LabVIEW, Core II (FR)"
By National Instruments
30AUG
  09:30-11:30 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Pascal Fua Thesis advisor: Prof. Wenzel Jakob Co-examiner: Prof. Mark Pauly Abstract Background papers Read more about "Learning Light Scattering Distributions"
By Delio Vicini
30AUG
  11:00-13:00 ELD 120

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Emre Telatar Thesis advisor: Prof. Volkan Cevher Co-examiner: Prof. Daniel Kuhn Abstract Neural networks have shown great promise for task automation. However, the discovery of adversarial examples has upset this promise: small perturbations of the input data make the misclassification rate greatly increase. Recent approaches have been shown empirically ... Read more about "Obtaining Robust Classifiers via Regularization and Averaging Schemes."
By Fabian Latorre Gomez
30AUG
  12:30-13:30 SV 1717

Genomic knowledge is about to profoundly change medicine, by making it more precise and personal. At the crossroad between basic science and the clinical world, my research group’s ambition is to contribute to this exciting transformation. We use genomic and bioinformatic approaches to identify and characterize genome variants that can explain the inter-individual differences observed ... Read more about "Human genomic diversity and infection: from immunogenetics to personalized health"
By Dr Jacques Fellay, EPFL / FSV / GHI / GR-FE
30AUG
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  14:00-15:00 INR 113

We consider transmission over a cloud radio access network (CRAN) focusing on the framework of oblivious processing at the relay nodes (radio units), i.e., the relays are not cognizant of the users' codebooks. This approach is motivated by future wireless communications (5G and beyond) and the theoretical results connect to a variety of different information ... Read more about "Cloud Radio Access Networks, Distributed Information Bottleneck, and more: A Unified Information Theoretic View"
By Prof. Shlomo Shamai
The Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Technion-Israel ...
31AUG
  10:00-12:00 INN 326

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Edouard Bugnion Thesis advisor: Prof. George Candea Co-examiner: Prof. Christoph Koch Abstract Background papers Read more about "Formal Performance Contracts for Software Network Functions"
By Rishabh Iyer
31AUG
  10:00-12:00 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam (retake) Exam president: Prof. Wenzel Jakob Thesis advisor: Prof. Mark Pauly Co-examiner: Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg Abstract Computing a feasible disassembly sequence of parts for a given 3D structure is a fundamental research topic in geometric reasoning. Its inverse problem, which is to create the geometry of a 3D assembly according to predefined ... Read more about "A Graph-based Method for Understanding Interlocking Assemblies"
By Ziqi Wang
31AUG
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  14:15 BC 420

Abstract The introduction of computational resources at the network edge allows us to offload computation from clients and/or servers, thereby reducing response latency, backbone bandwidth, and computational requirements on clients. More fundamentally, edge-computing moves us from a Client-Server model to a Client-Edge-Server model. While this is an attractive paradigm for many applications, it raises the ... Read more about "CESSNA - Resilient Edge Computing"
By Dr. Yotam Harchol
University of California, Berkeley , USA
03SEP
07SEP
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Data Science for Managers 5-Day Continuing Education Course September 3 - 7, 2018 College of Management of Technology, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland More information Read more about "Data Science for Managers"
By Prof. Kenneth Younge, Head of the Technology and Innovation Strategy ...
03SEP
  09:30-11:30 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Martin Jaggi Thesis advisor: Prof. Pascal Fua Thesis co-advisor: Dr. Mathieu Salzmann Co-examiner: Dr. François Fleuret Abstract Background papers Distilling the Knowledge in a Neural Network, by Hinton, G., Vinyals, O., Dean, J. Rethinking Feature Distribution for Loss Functions in Image Classification, by Wan, W., et al. Constrained Convolutional ... Read more about "Learning Compact Neural Networks"
By Shuxuan Guo
03SEP
  10:00-12:00 BC 03

EDIC candidacy exam (retake) Exam president: Prof. Robert West Thesis advisor: Prof. Karl Aberer Co-examiner: Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg Abstract The cognitive dissonance phenomena states that people feel a mental discomfort when they are exposed to information that challenges their prior beliefs. This causes homophily which is socializing with people of same beliefs, and selective exposure, ... Read more about "Analyzing Political Polarization in Twitter"
By Elmas Tugrulcan
03SEP
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  10:15-11:00 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract: Our insatiable demand for sensing, communication and computing has been a key driver in the relentless scaling of CMOS feature sizes. However, as the benefits of technology scaling are coming to an end, an increasing amount of out of the box thinking will be required to maintain the ... Read more about "Mixed-Signal Interfaces for the Data-Driven World"
03SEP
  11:00-13:00 BC 229

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Boi Faltings Thesis advisor: Prof. Matthias Grossglauser Co-examiner: Prof. Martin Jaggi Abstract Background papers Read more about "Improving Neural Machine Translation through Interlingua"
By Aswin Suresh
03SEP
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  12:15 SV1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: Next generation drug-delivery vehicles aimed to carry biological drugs, such as proteins or nucleic acids, are often designed to mimic how natural biological nanoparticles, such as viruses and exosomes, transfer genetic information between cells in vivo. Due to the large heterogeneity of nanoparticles irrespective of whether they ... Read more about "Single nanoparticle analytics: from viruses via exosomes to drug carriers"
By Prof. Fredrik Höök, Chalmers University, Sweden
03SEP
  14:00-15:00 CM 1 100

I will discuss new results towards the birational boundedness of low-dimensional elliptic Calabi-Yau varieties, joint work with Gabriele Di Cerbo. Recent work in the minimal model program suggests that pairs with trivial log canonical class should satisfy some boundedness properties. I will show that 4-dimensional Calabi-Yau pairs which are not birational to a product are ... Read more about "On the boundedness of Calabi-Yau varieties in low dimension"
By Roberto Svaldi (University of Cambridge)
04SEP
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

The vast majority of our knowledge on vibrio pathogenesis is based on the ancient and well-studied human pathogen, V. cholerae. Often neglected and relegated to specialized journals are vibrio infections in non-human species. While the studies of animal pathogens have benefited from the era of genomics, the search for pathogenesis determinants is often biased by ... Read more about "Environmental vibrios : « a walk on the wild side »"
By Frédérique Le Roux, Laboratory of Integrative Biology of Marine Models ...
06SEP
07SEP
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  09:00-17:00 ELA 1

Exploring research programs funded by grant-making Foundations >> Check the full program here >> Check the flyer here >> Registration here ************************************************ Aim Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of grant-making foundations supporting Swiss-based research? Whether you have just started exploring the funding landscape or are currently seeking research funding, and whether you ... Read more about "EPFL Grant-making Foundation Days"
06SEP
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  16:15-17:15 MXF 1

Crystal Structure Prediction (CSP) methods were developed on the assumption that an organic molecule would crystallize in its most stable crystal structure. Even implementing this approach is a challenge to computational chemistry methods,[1] as shown by the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre’s blind tests.[2] Polymorphism adds additional challenges, as this is usually a kinetic phenomenon with ... Read more about "Can we predict how pharmaceuticals will crystallize?"
By Prof. Sally Price (University College London, UK)
07SEP
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  10:15 BC 420

Today's global society strongly relies on collaborative document editing, which plays an increasingly large role in sensitive workflows. While other collaborative venues, such as secure messaging, have seen secure protocols being standardized and widely implemented, the same cannot be said for collaborative document editing. Popular tools such as Google Docs, Microsoft Office365 and Etherpad are ... Read more about "Capsule: A Protocol for Secure Collaborative Document Editing"
By Nadim Kobeissi
07SEP
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  11:00-12:00 GR A3 32

Abstract: Historical examples of demographic change, in China, Italy, Nigeria, Utah, the Philippines, and elsewhere, together with simple mathematics and biological principles, show that stabilizing world population before it is limited by food supply will be more difficult than is generally appreciated. United Nations population projections are based on a logical fallacy in that they ... Read more about "EESS Special event - talk on "An earth-scientist’s view of human population dynamics""
By Dr Stephen Warren, Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, and Department ...
07SEP
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  11:00-12:00 SV 1717

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Cell type specification has been primarily attributed to epigenetic and transcriptional regulation. However, translation regulation is prominent in early development and several recent studies have linked alterations in protein synthesis to changes in cell functionality. Furthermore, evidence is accumulating that ribosome variants contribute to cell type-specific programs of gene expression. In this ... Read more about "Regulation of Translation in Relation to Cell Fate"
By Prof. Mihaela Zavolan, Biozentrum, University of Basel (CH)
07SEP
  11:00-12:00 GC G1 515

A fundamental understanding of the knowledge that can be gained from data-driven models within the realm of civil engineering will have a translational impact on the analysis, design, maintenance, and construction of civil infrastructure. With models firmly grounded in real-world data, material and structural properties and behavior can be precisely predicted from each other without ... Read more about "Exploring the usefulness of available experimental data: a machine learning-focused approach to predicting seismic capacity"
By Stephanie G. Paal, Ph.D. Zachry Department of Civil Engineering ...
08SEP
11SEP
  STCC 2 52

ISREC-SWISS CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUM Following on from the ISREC Symposia in 2011 to 2016, the next ISREC Symposium, to be held in Lausanne in September 2018, will focus on broad themes – horizons – in cancer biology and therapy. This symposium will also present the new multi–institutional Swiss Cancer Center (SCC) which leverages complementary expertise ... Read more about "HORIZONS OF CANCER BIOLOGY AND THERAPY - 2018"
By Eduard Batlle, Stephen Baylin, Carlos Caldas, Lew Cantley, Karen Cichowski ...
10SEP
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  08:30-17:00 BI A0 398

WordPress est une application de gestion de contenus web qui permet aux collaborateurs de l’EPFL, sans connaissances techniques particulières, de concevoir, structurer, animer et éditer leur site web avec la Charte graphique EPFL. WordPress est appelé à remplacer Jahia utilisé actuellement et devenir le principal outil utilisé sur le campus pour les sites de facultés, ... Read more about "Wordpress - Base"
By Hicham Dennaoui
10SEP
12SEP
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  08:30-17:30 MA B0 426

The first step in any NI LabVIEW learning path, LabVIEW Core I gives you the chance to explore the LabVIEW environment, dataflow programming, and common LabVIEW development techniques in a hands-on format. In this course you will learn to develop data acquisition, instrument control, data-logging, and measurement analysis applications. At the end of the course, ... Read more about "LabVIEW, Core I (EN)"
By National Instruments    
11SEP
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  09:00-12:30 CO 120

What strategies can I use to increase student participation? What potential advantages for student learning? At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: explain the importance of using interactive teaching strategies; select appropriate teaching strategies to achieve learning objectives; construct effective interactive teaching scenarios. Read more about "Effective Interactive Teaching"
By Siara Isaac
11SEP
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  10:15-11:30 BC 420

Abstract: Have you ever been stuck in meetings with discussions going in circles, meetings from which no decision emerges or one with which everyone is frustrated? Do you sometimes feel that you misunderstood the relationships among members of your professional or personal circles? Have you ever wondered how you could get to stop smoking, eat ... Read more about "Understanding decisions, relationships and behaviors through text… and Natural Language Processing"
By Léa Deleris
12SEP
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

In my presentation, I will present new approaches to characterize the dynamics and diversity of mitochondria in the nervous system. While many functions have been ascribed to neural mitochondria, how these functions are executed in the in vivo context of vastly extended neuronal geometries remains unresolved. My lab uses in vivo imaging approaches, as well ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Mitochondrial dynamics and diversity in the mouse nervous system"
By Thomas Misgeld, Institute of Neuronal Cell Biology, TUM School of ...
13SEP
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  09:00-10:00 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 Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, Gerstner Lab
13SEP
  10:00-12:00 INF 211

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Babak Falsafi Thesis advisor: Prof. Arjen Lenstra Thesis co-advisor: Prof. Serge Vaudenay Co-examiner: Prof. Bryan Ford Abstract Background papers Lattice Signatures and Bimodal Gaussians (BLISS), by Ducas, L., et al. Side-Channel Attacks on BLISS Lattice-Based Signatures -- Exploiting Branch Tracing Against strongSwan and Electromagnetic Emanations in Microcontrollers, by Espitau, ... Read more about "Side-channel evaluation of NIST's candidates for post-quantum standardisation"
By Aymeric Genet
15SEP
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  PO 01

Workshop in honour of Anthony C. Davison on the occasion of his 60th birthday Read more about "Data, Models and Statistical Inference"
18SEP
By Dr Esteban Munoz, United Nations Environmental Program
18SEP
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  17:15-19:00 CM 1 4

One of the most powerful approaches to imaging at the nanometer or subnanometer length scale is coherent diffraction imaging using X-ray sources. For amorphous (non-crystalline) samples, the raw data can be interpreted as the modulus of the continuous Fourier transform of the unknown object. Making use of prior information about the sample (such as its ... Read more about "The Geometry of the Phase Retrieval Problem"
By Prof. Charles L. Epstein (University of Pennsylvania)