Conferences - Seminars

13NOV
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Cities are growing at an unprecedented pace fueling the need for sustainable development. Transport, energy, buildings and waterways are some of the lifelines that provide people with a comfortable space to live, grow and innovate. Historically, these infrastructure systems have developed in a step-by-step, demand-oriented manner and are rarely designed to integrate. The unanticipated interdependencies ... Read more about "Form, Flow and Function of Socio-technical Infrastructure Systems"
By Trivik Verma
13NOV
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  17:00-19:00 MED 2 1522

How about getting a remarkable opportunity to learn and discuss about the current energy challenges and the road towards the future of energy transition with one of the most reputed and leading energy experts from the World Economic Forum? Join us for an amazing experience as we host a talk session with Roberto Bocca, Head ... Read more about "Energytalk with Roberto Bocca (Head of Energy, World Economic Forum)"
By Roberto Bocca, Head of Future of Energy and Materials, Member ...
14NOV
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  09:00-10:30 BC 333

In this talk, we will discuss approaches to tackle Automatic Text Summarization. We'll concentrate on content selection, the inherent problem of summarization which is controlled by the notion of information Importance. To this end, we'll introduce a simple and intuitive formulation of summarization as two components: a summary scoring function indicating how good is a ... Read more about "Principled Approaches to Automatic Text Summarization"
By Maxime Peyrard
14NOV
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  14:00-15:00 INM 202

The interdependencies that can exist between three or more variables are often nontrivial, poorly understood and, yet, are paramount for advances in many domains of science. In this talk we present an introduction into high-order correlations: statistical dependencies that exist between groups of variables that cannot be reduced to pair-wise interactions. For this, we discuss ... Read more about "Quantifying high-order correlations via multivariate extensions of the mutual information"
By Fernando Rosas Fernando Rosas received the B.A. degree in ...
15NOV
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  09:00-17:00 SG Project Room

The topic of the Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018 is "Inter- and Transdisciplinarity in a Digital World". With this day, we want to explore and reflect experiences and visions on how digitalisation can be devised for inter- and transdisciplinary research and education in a meaningful way. KEYNOTES Prof. Karl Aberer, Distributed Information Systems Laboratory, ... Read more about "Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018"
15NOV
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  11:15-12:15 BC 420

Graphics processing units (GPUs) have become the architectural choice to achieve high throughput in general-purpose computing. Thread-level parallelism (TLP) in GPUs is implemented by concurrently executing a large number of threads. However, GPUs cannot often achieve the theoretical peak performance. I found that the critical performance bottlenecks on GPUs are 1) limited memory system performance ... Read more about "Rethinking GPU Execution Model"
By Yunho Oh
15NOV
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  18:00-19:30 CM 5

Quel est l'impact de notre alimentation sur l’environnement ? Quelles pistes pour réduire ces impacts? - Conférence, débat – Avec Flora Madic, adjointe scientifique Transition environnementale, Direction générale de l’environnement, Canton de Genève Alexi Ernstoff, PhD, Global Science Lead & sustainability analyst, Quantis Charlotte de la Baume, associée gérante, Beelong L'objectif de cette conférence est ... Read more about "Mangeons-nous la planète?"
By Flora Madic, Alexi Ernstoff et Charlotte de la Baume
17NOV
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  14:00-17:00 Octanis Microverse

This is a hands-on workshop teaching you everything you need to know to perform professional PCB assembly. We will cover: - Tools and material needed. - Applying solder paste - Manual placement of components - Automatic pick and place machine - Reflow soldering - PCB rework and debugging. Optional: Bring your own PCB, components and ... Read more about "PCB assembly workshop (SMT reflow technique)"
19NOV
  11:15-12:30 BC 420

Title: "It’s All About Energy: What it Takes to do a FLOP in Real Systems” Abstract: Artificial Intelligence is based on computing, which consumes energy. As natural energy resources become more expensive and AI demands higher performance, the market naturally rewards computer architectures that deliver greater energy efficiencies. This talk looks at where energy goes ... Read more about "Talk "It's All About Energy : What it Takes to do a FLOP in Real Systems" by Peter Hsu"
19NOV
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  12:15-13:15 SG 1

Rencontre exceptionnelle avec Alain Passard, chef étoilé, récemment élu «meilleur chef du monde» par ses pairs. Alain Passard a été le premier chef à passer dès 2001 d’une cuisine animale à une cuisine « légumière ». Cet artiste des feuilles, des racines et des tiges, place le légume au cœur de l’assiette et fait redécouvrir ... Read more about "Rencontre exceptionnelle avec le chef étoilé Alain Passard"
19NOV
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By: David TSE - Stanford University Abstract: The concept of a blockchain was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto to maintain a distributed ledger for an electronic payment system, Bitcoin. In addition to its security, important performance measures of a blockchain protocol are its transaction throughput, confirmation latency and confirmation reliability. These measures are limited by two ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Deconstructing the Blockchain to Approach Physical Limits"
19NOV
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By: Pramod Viswanath - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Abstract: Today's blockchains do not scale in a meaningful way. As more nodes join the system, the efficiency of the system (computation, communication, and storage) degrades, or at best stays constant. Furthermore, the security of the permission less system imposes limitations on the core performance metrics ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Why Blocks and Why Chains; A First Principles (Re)Design of Blockchains"
20NOV
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  10:15 BC 420

Abstract: Outsourced storage is by now strikingly prevalent for individuals and enterprises. Cloud storage providers (CSPs) use deduplication for saving bandwidth and storage which helped them to reduce the costs tremendously. Deduplication is the process by which CSPs only store one copy of each file, irrespective of how many times that file is uploaded. Client-side ... Read more about "Mitigating Side Channels in Deduplicating Cloud Storage"
By Dr. Mohsen Toorani, Department of Informatics, University of Bergen
20NOV
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  19:00-20:00 MED 3 2215

The Mediterranean monk seal is, according the marine biologists, the marine mammal closest to extinction in the world. Still according to scientists, there are about 500-1000 individuals left in the Mediterranean sea. One of the problems biologists are facing is their difficulty to approach and study these animals, as the Med monk seals have adapted ... Read more about "Installing autonomous seal cameras in the Mediterranean Sea"
By Julien Pfyffer, Andy Guinand (http://octopusfoundation.org/)
21NOV
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  13:00-15:00 INM 201

21 November: Why Theories of Aesthetics matter in the Digital Humanities The DH Section is launching a new DH Seminar starting in October 2018. This seminar will cover fundamental concepts in Digital Humanities that call for cross-disciplinary reflections and in-depth discussion, led by the EPFL DH faculty. It aims at bringing the participants a richer ... Read more about "Digital Humanities Seminar 2018"
By Martin Rohrmeier
26NOV
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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

Abstract: The interval join is a basic operation that finds application in temporal, spatial, and uncertain databases. In this talk, I will present our recent research findings on the evaluation of interval joins. In our work, we explore the applicability of a largely ignored forward scan (FS) based plane sweep algorithm, which is extremely simple ... Read more about "Interval Joins: Evaluation, Parallelization, Aggregation"
By Nikos Mamoulis joined the University of Ioannina in 2014. Before ...
26NOV
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  16:15-17:30 BC 420

By: Tova Milo - School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University Abstract: One of the foremost challenges for information technology over the last years has been to explore, understand, and extract useful information from large amounts of data. To assist in this challenging task, a new research field called data-centered crowdsourcing has emerged, aiming ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Experts-in-the-Loop in Crowdsourced Data Management"
27NOV
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  19:15-20:15 MED 3 2215

It all started with the idea for a Christmas present and the desire to make long distance communication more personal again. What came out of it is Fujibox, a small cube, which can receive messages but from one unique sender. In this presentation, Guillaume will give us an overview over the the Fujibox project, from ... Read more about "Fujibox - Idea to Prototype to XGrant"
By Guillaume Thivolet
28NOV
  16:00 AI 1153

Most scientists are too busy doing research to think much about the language they actually use in their work. However, accompanying the rise of modern science since the 17th century has been an increasingly specialized use of language, with its own vocabulary, grammar, and structural organization. While this provides for clear and direct communication of ... Read more about "The Language of Science"
By Jeremy Garwood, Science and Society unit, University of Strasbourg, France
29NOV
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Conférence en français Résumé Design et humanités numériques En étudiant des opérations et des systèmes techniques potentiellement ouverts à la recherche, cet essai interroge le rapport du design aux « humanités numériques » (digital humanities) qui se développent, dans le contexte francophone, depuis le milieu des années 2000. En quoi les environnements numériques contemporains actualisent-ils ... Read more about "DH Distinguished Lecture Series - Design et humanités numériques"
By Anthony Masure
Maître de conférences en design à l’université ...
30NOV
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  14:15-15:15 BC 420

By Eva Darulova Abstract Computing resources are fundamentally limited and sometimes an exact solution may not even exist. Thus, when implementing real-world systems, approximations are inevitable, as are the errors they introduce. The magnitude of errors is problem-dependent but higher accuracy generally comes at a cost in terms of memory, energy or runtime, effectively creating ... Read more about "Daisy - a framework for sound accuracy analysis and optimization of numerical programs"
03DEC
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By: Stefano Ceri - Politecnico di Milano Abstract: Genomic computing is a new science focused on understanding the functioning of the genome, as a premise to fundamental discoveries in biology and medicine. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) allows the production of the entire human genome sequence at a cost of about 1000 US $; many algorithms ... Read more about "IC Colloquium: Data-Driven Genomic Computing: Making Sense of the Signals from the Genome"
05DEC
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  13:00-15:00 INM 201

5 December: Problems with Data: Assumptions, Biases, and More The DH Section is launching a new DH Seminar starting in October 2018. This seminar will cover fundamental concepts in Digital Humanities that call for cross-disciplinary reflections and in-depth discussion, led by the EPFL DH faculty. It aims at bringing the participants a richer understanding of ... Read more about "Digital Humanities Seminar 2018"
By Daniel Gatica-Perez
05DEC
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The quest for life beyond Earth has a profound impact on all people and civilisations, irrespective of their cultures or beliefs. For millennia, human beings have wondered “are we alone?”. The onset of exoplanet discoveries, which started 20 years ago, inspires hope that this question may be eventually answered. In this talk I will describe ... Read more about "The quest for habitable worlds and a look back at Earth"
By Brice-Olivier Demory
11DEC
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Condensation of DNA molecules results in the formation of chromosomes. In bacteria, the chromosome is a folded structure called nucleoid. The objectives of our laboratory are to reveal the principles of chromosome organization, characterize the molecular mechanisms involved, and analyze the coordination of chromosome segregation with progression of the cell cycle in different bacterial models. ... Read more about "Functional interplay between chromatin organizers and condensins for the control of chromosome conformation and segregation in bacteria"
By Frédéric Boccard, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule, CNRS ...
19MAR
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  13:00-16:30 CO 120

Demonstrations have been used to make lectures more interesting and accessible for a very long time – but is there any point in investing time and effort into demonstrations in the age of smartphones and instant YouTube clips? This workshop will discuss this question, as well as give practical tips on designing and using demonstrations ... Read more about "Lecture Demonstrations in the age of YouTube"
By Ilya Eigenbrot
09APR
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  13:00-16:30 salle CO 120

To develop assessment techniques which are valid and objective, notably to test if students have met the required learning outcomes. Read more about "Assessment Matters"
By Roland Tormey