Conferences - Seminars

26MAY
27MAY
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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"
30MAY
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  08:00-08:45 BC 420

This presentation questions the assumptions behind America-centered narratives of the global Information Age and sketches a late socialist vision of the Information Society by analyzing the concept of “programming, the second literacy” developed by the Soviet programmer Andrei Ershov. At the heart of this concept is a preoccupation with the nature of the interaction between ... Read more about "Programming — the Second Literacy: What Kind of Information Age?"
By Ksenia Tatarchenko, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
30MAY
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  09:00-09:45 BC 420

One of the most recurring questions in the historiography of modern physics is how to address the dichotomy of universalism and contextualism in the exact sciences: while, on the one hand, exact sciences aspire to universality by virtue of their rigorous formal and experimental methods, on the other hand, like any human activity, they depend ... Read more about "Toward an integrated socio-epistemic narrative of the history of 20th century physics"
By Roberto Lalli, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science ...
30MAY
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  10:15-11:00 BC 420

Silvia Berger, PhD, is Associate Faculty Member at the Center History of Knowledge (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich) and Lecturer at the University of Zurich’s Department of History. She is the author of the award-winning book Bakterien in Krieg und Frieden. Eine Geschichte der medizinischen Bakteriologie in Deutschland, 1890-1933, Göttingen 2009. Her teaching and ... Read more about "Martians of Engineering: Calculating the Unthinkable in Cold War Switzerland"
By Silvia Berger, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
30MAY
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  11:15-12:00 BC 420

Today, the traditional distinction between science and technology—between the creation of knowledge about the natural world and the production of material objects—still plays an important role in how we understand the research process. However, in practice, the line between scientific research and technological innovation in contemporary universities has become increasingly blurred, with researchers often moving ... Read more about "Exploring the science/technology interface"
By Jérôme Baudry, University of Geneva
31MAY
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  08:00-08:45 BC 420

The quote in the title is courtesy of Robert Maynard Hutchins, the young, imperious president of the University of Chicago, who oversaw the development of the university’s scientific research infrastructure after World War II. Hutchins considered scientists to be eminently susceptible to the corrupting influence of funders’ interests. It seems surprising, then, that he championed ... Read more about "“Scientists are worse than other professors”: Industrial Patronage of Academic Research in the Early Cold War"
By Joseph D. Martin, University of Cambridge
31MAY
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Currently, reports in Western media on a Big Data-based social credit system in China abound in drawing a picture of an Orwellian dystopia of total surveillance. This is in stark contrast with official Chinese publications promoting the system’s positive effect of morality construction in society through a reward and punishment system. In this talk, I ... Read more about "Social Engineering in China: Typical Samples and Big Data"
By Andrea Bréard, Université Paris-Sud
31MAY
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In theory, mathematics is timeless and universal: 2 and 2 make 4 wherever you go, whomever you ask—always have, always will. In practice, it is almost the opposite: mathematical knowledge depends integrally on where and how it is shared, by whom, with what media, in which contexts. I study the gap between that theory and ... Read more about "Making Sense of Modern Global Mathematics"
By Michael J. Barany, Dartmouth College

Cultural events

30MAY
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  21:30-22:30 Place SG

Opéra d’un genre nouveau, ORLANDO est une installation vidéo immersive et itinérante, une expérience associant mouvement conscient, photographie, architecture et performance musicale live. En septembre 2017 à l’EPFL+ECAL lab, un workshop réunissait une vingtaine d’étudiants, architectes et chercheurs pour imaginer un dispositif scénographique léger, facilement reconstructible en des lieux variés pour le projet ORLANDO de ... Read more about "ORLANDO Performantive installation"
By Julie Beauvais, chorégraphe; Horace Lundd, photographe, Christophe Fellay, musicien, Laboratoire ...
31MAY
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  21:30-22:30 Place SG

Opéra d’un genre nouveau, ORLANDO est une installation vidéo immersive et itinérante, une expérience associant mouvement conscient, photographie, architecture et performance musicale live. En septembre 2017 à l’EPFL+ECAL lab, un workshop réunissait une vingtaine d’étudiants, architectes et chercheurs pour imaginer un dispositif scénographique léger, facilement reconstructible en des lieux variés pour le projet ORLANDO de ... Read more about "ORLANDO Performantive installation"
By Julie Beauvais, chorégraphe; Horace Lundd, photographe, Christophe Fellay, musicien, Laboratoire ...

Exhibitions

09MAY
23SEP
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  07:00-23:59 Rolex Learning Center - Patios extérieurs

Le duo d'artistes bernois Haus am Gern (Barbara Meyer Cesta & Rudolf Steiner) a installé une septantaine de feux en plexiglas découpé et miroitant sous les voûtes du Rolex Learning Center. Une invitation à regarder l'espace de manière décalée, de voir les creux, les vides, les marges. Le Rolex Learning Center captive par les puissants ... Read more about "Haus am Gern: Fireplace"
By Haus am Gern: Barbara Meyer Cesta et Rudolf Steiner
30MAY
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  16:00-18:00 BC ground floor

Discover what SHS students have done in their « sociopolitical stakes of the digital » course. The poster session will take place on Wednesday 30 May, 2018 on the groundfloor of the BC building from 4pm to 6pm. It will be followed by drinks. Read more about "Poster session: Boullier's SHS students to present their work"

Sporting events

01MAY
30JUN
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On May 1st, the challenge Bike to Work 2018 begins for a new edition until June 30th. In 2017, 646 students and members of staff formed 191 teams and covered 189,000 km, the equivalent of traveling almost five times round the Earth. It is our turn to take up the challenge and break this record! ... Read more about "Bike to Work"

Miscellaneous

27FEB
29MAY
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  18:15-21:00 Octanis Microverse

At Octanis, we develop pragmatic, open source and low cost solutions to practical problems. Currently, we are working on developing digital nestboxes for barn owls and a rover that takes measurements of the snow surface in Antarctica. We share experiences and tools, and make rapid incremental progress while embracing failure. Above all, we accept everyone ... Read more about "Open Night @ Octanis"