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"
15MAY
22MAY
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  10:00-12:00 MA B0 424

Ce cours de deux fois deux heures a pour but de présenter un panorama des bonnes pratiques en matière de gestion de sites web. Rythmées et pragmatiques, ces 4 heures se veulent accessibles à tous et la matière enseignée pourra être mise directement en pratique. La première session est centrée sur l’utilisateur. Bases de l'user ... Read more about "Webmaster"
By Stéphane Cruchon
21MAY
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  13:30-17:00 Octanis Microverse

When you open up and look into a computer, you see all these green boards with tiny components on them. Of course, these make that your computer can do all kinds of amazing things, like, displaying a movie on a screen. But how are these made?! In this workshop you will learn! Have you ever ... Read more about "Practical Electronics: PCB design in KiCAD for beginners"
By Raffael Tschui
22MAY
  08:30-17:30 BI A0 448

Kujtesë BejtullahuPowerful algorithms, which are capable of learning, are increasingly controlling various aspects of modern society: from social interactions (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube), economics (e.g., Uber, AirBnB, Banking), learning (e.g., Wikipedia, MOOCs), to governance (Judgements, Policing, Voting). These algorithms have a tremendous potential to change our lives for the better, but, via the ability ... Read more about "Computation and Society Workshop"
By - Anita Auer - University of Lausanne - Kujtesë BejtullahuInternational Risk Governance Center ...
22MAY
  09:30-11:30 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Cécile Hebert Thesis advisor: Prof. Pacal Fua Co-examiner: Dr. Graham Knott Abstract Abstract—Dislocations in materials such as crystals carry valuable information which may be incorporated to characterize their topology and interaction mechanisms. Therefore, obtaining accurate reconstruction of the 3D geometry of dislocations is the key step for successfully analyzing ... Read more about "Delineating Dislocations"
By Okan Altingövde
22MAY
  10:15-11:15 CM 1 113

(Joint work with Paul Balmer.) We propose a categorification of the notion of Mackey functor for finite groups, intended to capture "higher" equivariant phenomena occurring throughout mathematics which are invisible to ordinary Mackey functors. Examples of such structures include familiar equivariant objects such as: (abelian and derived) categories of linear group representations, stable module categories, ... Read more about "Topology Seminar: On Mackey 2-functors"
By Ivo Dell'Ambrogio (Université de Lille)
22MAY
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  10:15-11:30 BC 420

By: Luca Trevisan - UC Berkeley Abstract: Spectral clustering algorithms find clusters in a given network by exploiting properties of the eigenvectors of matrices associated with the network. As a first step, one computes a spectral embedding, that is a mapping of nodes to points in a low-dimensional real space; then one uses geometric clustering ... Read more about "IC Talk: A Theory of Spectral Clustering"
22MAY
  11:00-13:00 BC 329

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Wulfram Gerstner Thesis advisor: Prof. Pascal Fua Co-examiner: Dr. Graham Knott Abstract We study the problem of multi-class image segmentation in Electron Microscopy(EM) images with the focus on extracting intricate structures made up of multiple parts. The problem is formulated as a structured prediction task and we review two ... Read more about "Multi-class image segmentation in EM images"
By Pamuditha Udaranga Wickramasinghe
22MAY
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  12:15-13:15 GR A3 32

Abstract: Low-order streams form the most abundant and the largest component of fluvial networks. They transport and process particulate and dissolved substances of terrestrial or anthropogenic origin. For example, they can be strong sources of the atmospheric greenhouse gases CO2, CH4 and N2O, or they convert anthropogenic nitrate loads into N2. The type and magnitude ... Read more about "EESS talk on "Hydrodynamic control of biogeochemical cycling in streams""
22MAY
  13:45-14:45 MA A1 12

In this talk, I will discuss some pathologies for the generic fibre of del Pezzo fibrations in characteristic p>0, motivated by the recent developments of the MMP in positive characteristic. The recent joint work with Stefan Schröer applies to deduce information on the structure of 3-dimensional Mori fibre spaces and answers an old question by ... Read more about "Del Pezzo fibrations in positive characteristic"
By Andrea Fanelli (Universität Düsseldorf)
22MAY
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  14:00 BSP 727

Accurate regulation of gene expression is fundamental for the correct development of tissues in all living organisms. In mammals, control of gene expression relies critically on DNA sequences named enhancers, which are often located at very large genomic distances from the gene that they control. How such distant regulatory sequences act specifically on one or ... Read more about "Structure vs. Function: Chromosome architecture and the regulation of gene expression"
By Luca Giorgetti, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
22MAY
  15:15-16:15 PH H3 31

Abstract: We give an explicit construction of test vectors for $T$-equivariant linear functionals on representations $\Pi$ of $GL_2$ of a local field, where $T$ is a non-split torus. Of particular interest is the case when both the representations are ramified; we completely solve this problem for principal series and Steinberg representations of $GL_2$, as well ... Read more about "Test vectors for some ramified representations of $GL(2)$"
By Vinayak Vatsal (University of British Columbia)
22MAY
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  16:15 MA A3 31

Abstract: Computational models are used nowadays in virtually all fields of applied sciences and engineering to predict the behaviour of complex natural or man-made systems. Those simulators allow the analyst to assess the performance of systems before actual manufacturing. They usually feature dozens of parameters and are expensive to run, even when taking full advantage ... Read more about "Surrogate modelling for uncertainty quantification in engineering applications"
By Prof. Bruno SUDRET, Institute of Structural Engineering, ETH Zürich
22MAY
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  16:15 SG 0211

BIOENGINEERING SEMINAR Abstract: Understanding how biological functions emerge from all molecular interactions is the aim of systems biology. However, the complexity of 25,000 (or even 300,000) genes and their expression products is mind-boggling. Is this complexity prohibitive? Yes, and No! I will first show how considerations of biological function, as well as newly recognized non-equilibrium ... Read more about "Is it the Genome that Throws Dice Then? Statistical Thermodynamics for Individualized Medicine"
By Prof. Hans V. Westerhoff, University of Amsterdam and VU University ...
22MAY
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  17:00 Project Room, SG Building, EPFL

Conférence organisée par le Collège des Humanités (CDH), Archizoom et l'école doctorale EDAR. En collaboration avec la Section romande de la Société Suisse-Chine (SRSSC). Alternative modernity suspends the domination of megacities, goes back deep into the Chinese rural areas where the first traces of home-grown modernity originated, and tries to explore the scenarios of modernity ... Read more about "Alternative modernity: silent departures that contemporary Chinese architecture takes"
By Zhang Li, Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean, School of ...
23MAY
25MAY
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By Julian Shillcock (EPFL, Blue Brain Project, Switzerland) Luis Bagatolli (Yachay ...
23MAY
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  09:00-16:00 GC C2 413

Séminaire OUR COMMON SOILS n°2: Vers une approche qualitative et fonctionnelle de l’affectation des sols urbains mercredi 23 mai, de 9h00 à 16h, à l’EPFL, bâtiment GC, salle C2 413 Dans le cadre du projet Our Common Soils : the Swiss City-Territory as a renewable resource (FNS 2017-2021), le Laboratoire d’urbanisme (EPFL Lab U) propose ... Read more about "Séminaire OCS n°2: Vers une approche qualitative et fonctionnelle de l’affectation des sols urbains"
By Sabine Barles (Université Paris 1, UMR 8504 GÉOGRAPHIES-CITÉS) Anne Blanchart ...
23MAY
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  12:00-13:30 ODY 4 03

"Reallocation and productivity during the Great Recession: evidence from French manufacturing firms" Résumé According to the `cleansing hypothesis', recessions are periods in which productivity-enhancing reallocation intensifies, shifting resources away from less efficient to more efficient firms at a greater pace. Does the Great Recession of 2008-2010 fit this view? We address this question, studying the ... Read more about "Seminar by Prof. Daniele Moschella, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna"
23MAY
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  12:15-13:15 SV 1717

Sensory perception in the real world requires proper integration of different modality inputs. The process of multisensory integration is not uniform. It varies from individual to individual and changes at different behavioral states of the animal. What factors affect the multisensory integration? Here I present our recent findings on neural circuit mechanisms for modulation of ... Read more about "BMI Seminar // Modulation of multisensory integration in the posterior parietal cortex"
By Seung-Hee Lee, Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST, Republic of Korea ...
23MAY
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  16:15-17:15 MXF 1

15th NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture Several physical observables of materials have their theoretical root in geometrical properties of the electronic ground state. To start with, I will outline the modern theory of the insulating state, which addresses all kinds of insulators (band, Mott, Anderson...), discriminating them from metals by means of a very simple geometrical ... Read more about "Geometrical observables of the electronic ground state"
By Raffaele Resta (Democritos IOM-CNR, Trieste, Italy)
23MAY
  16:15-17:15 MA A3 30

Abstract: We give examples of progress made in Manin's conjecture in biprojective setting using the Circle method and show how Vaughan's result for an asymptotic Formula for the sum of 8 cubes can be gerneralized to deal with bidegree (1,3). Read more about "Diagonal Cubic Forms and Manin's conjecture"
By Fabian Dehnert (Universität Göttingen)
24MAY
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  10:30-11:30 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series The development of synthetic protocols for the preparation of highly loaded metal nanoparticle supported catalysts has received a great deal of attention over the last few decades. Independently controlling metal loading, nanoparticle size, distribution and accessibility has proven challenging because of the clear interdependence between these crucial ... Read more about "Metal Organic Frameworks as precursors for the manufacture of advanced catalytic materials"
By Prof. Jorge Gascon
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology ...
24MAY
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  17:15-18:15 BCH 2201

In water and ice, the atomic nuclei exhibit quantum properties, which a growing body of evidence suggests are caused almost entirely by the quantum Boltzmann statistics, with the dynamics of the nuclei being classical. Here we summarise a recently developed theory which explains how such a classical dynamics can arise as a result of certain ... Read more about "Quantum dynamics with quantum Boltzmann statistics: simulations of liquid water and ice"
By Prof. Stuart Althorpe University of Cambridge
UK  
24MAY
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  17:30-18:45 ETH Zürich, Room HG E 1.1

The Swiss Chapter of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AES-CH) organizes a joint lecture on "Radar signal processing and Radar clutter models". You are all invited to this free event. Do not forget to spare some time for the get-together with refreshments right after the lecture. Read more about "Joint Lecture IEEE AES-CH"
By Dr. Maria Sabina Greco, Professor at the University of Pisa ...
25MAY
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Are you applying to one of the Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms? Are you an excellent graduate student or post-doctoral researcher of any nationality, working in the field of the journal to which you apply? Do you wish to make collaborative ... Read more about "[ THE COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS | TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIPS ]"
25MAY
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  10:15-11:00 ME C2 405

Abstract: Ordinary differential equations, and in general a dynamical system viewpoint, have seen a resurgence of interest in developing fast optimization methods, mainly thanks to the availability of well-established analysis tools. In this talk, I will provide an overview of fast algorithms and recent results from a dynamical systems perspective. I will then describe a ... Read more about "A Hybrid Control Framework for Accelerated Methods with Exponential Rate"
25MAY
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  10:30-12:00 Unil, Extranef building, room 126

We analyze the payout decision of a financially-constrained firm that cannot raise external funds. Exogenous cash flows are generated by a two-state Markov regime-switching process and are positive in one regime and negative in the other regime. The firm is motivated to pay out dividends to impatient shareholders but is also motivated to accumulate cash ... Read more about "Tobin’s Q and Optimal Dividends, Investment, and Liquidity in a Financially-Constrained Firm"
By Andrew B. ABEL (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania)
25MAY
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  10:30-12:00 ODY 4 03

"Immigration and Invention: Evidence from the Quota Acts" Abstract Since (Hicks, 1932), economists have noted that inventions often economize on labor, so scarce labor should encourage more invention. But (Acemoglu, 2010) notes that in canonical macroeconomic models, plentiful labor encourages invention. The stakes of this debate are high in the policy context of mass immigration. ... Read more about "Seminar by Prof. Kirk Doran, University of Notre Dame"
25MAY
By Prof. Dr Robert Tremblay, Département des Génies Civil, Ecole Polytechnique ...
25MAY
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  14:30-15:30 INM 202

Abstract: Imagine there’s no block ciphers, it’s easy if you try:-) A (cryptographic) permutation can be thought of as a block cipher (like AES or DES) without a key (or with a fixed key if you prefer). During the SHA-3 competition it became clear that permutation-based hashing, e.g., by using the sponge construction, is superior ... Read more about "Innovations in permutation-based crypto"
By Prof. Joan Daemen
25MAY
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  15:30-16:30 INM 202

Abstract: For my entire career, I’ve been obsessed with definitions. In this informal talk, I’ll describe the latest two I’ve worked on. The first is called IND|C, indistinguishability up to correctness. Given games G and H and a correctness condition C, we define an advantage measure Adv^indc_{G,H,C} wherein G/H distinguishing attacks are effaced, generically and ... Read more about "Indistinguishability up to Correctness, and Adept Secret-Sharing"
By Prof. Phillip Rogaway
26MAY
27MAY
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  BC Building

EPFL Extension School’s Hands-On Data Workshops offer applied data science skills for every knowledge level. From taking your data skills beyond spreadsheets and into R, to intermediate data analytics with Python, to advanced Deep Learning techniques, you’ll find a workshop that fits your background and learning goals. The Hands-On Data Workshops are a great way ... Read more about "Hands-On Data Workshops"