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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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"

Exhibitions

08JUL
31DEC
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  11:00-18:00 Bâtiment ArtLab

Situé dans la partie nord du bâtiment ArtLab, ouvert sur l’Esplanade, le Datasquare est dédié à une exposition de longue durée sur la thématique du big data, ici incarnée par deux grands projets scientifiques de l'EPFL: Blue Brain Project et Venice Time Machine. Ces deux projets, particulièrement complexes, sont mis en valeur dans des présentations ... Read more about "Datasquare - une immersion dans l'univers du big data"
By Blue Brain Project, Venice Time Machine

Thesis defenses

23NOV
  17:00 ELA 1

Directeurs de thèse : Prof. F. Kaplan - Dr I. di Lenardo Programme doctoral en Informatique et communications Thèse n° 8857 Read more about "Making large-scale art history collections searchable"
By Benoît Laurent Auguste SEGUIN
23NOV
By Sébastien Christophe HENRI
23NOV
  18:00 INJ 218

Thesis director : Prof. S. Vaudenay Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program Thesis 8981 Read more about "Implications of Position in Cryptography"
By Handan KILINÇ ALPER

Miscellaneous

25SEP
18DEC
  18:30-21:00 PO 094.0

MoveOn, a commission of Agepoly, offer free disco-fox lessons. Disco-fox is a couple dance that is performed on current music, on what you can hear on the radio for example. The lessons take place in the Polydôme at EPFL on Tuesdays. 18h30 : Hustle (4-count disco-fox, recommended for complete beginners) 19h45 : Disco-fox, with choreography ... Read more about "MoveOn - Free dance lessons"
By Mike Bardet, Eva Lorendeaux
12NOV
30NOV
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Pendant trois semaines, toute la communauté EPFL est invitée à participer à Act for Change Food, un Challenge à relever en équipe pour expérimenter un mode de vie plus durable sur le campus! Act for Change Food ! L’objectif de cette édition consacrée à l’alimentation est d’amener la communauté EPFL à prendre conscience des impacts ... Read more about "Act for Change Food"
21NOV
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  18:00-20:30 Hall ELA1

PolyDoc organize its monthly aperos for PhD student, come and bring your friends along. For this edition, the Consulting Society at EPFL will be coming to present their activities potentially relevant for you! Looking forward to see you there in numbers Read more about "PolyDoc Apero"

Internal trainings

13NOV
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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 "Maker-Night @ Octanis"
16NOV
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  13:30-14:30 CH G1 495

Program (*): - Static magnetic field. Units. - The main interactions of static magnetic field with the human body - The main dangers related to the magnetic field - Standards and regulations related to the level of exposure - EPFL: Magnetic field measurements and safety rules. - How can I work safely? (*) We reserve ... Read more about "MAGNETIC FIELD HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Amela Groso
Damien Stricker
16NOV
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  15:00-16:00 CH G1 495

All users of cryogenic gases should be fully aware of the associated risks and how they can be safely used. The DSPS-SCC offers a short training suitable for anyone using, handling, storing, or responsible for the safety of cryogenic gases. The users will be made aware of the hazards of cryogenic gases so they can ... Read more about "CRYOGENIC HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Damien Stricker
Amela Groso
20NOV
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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 "Maker-Night @ Octanis"

Call for proposal

04SEP
15NOV
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CODEV Seed Money program aims at financially support the launch of cooperation projects by researchers in all scientific disciplines at EPFL, in partnership with academic institutions in the Global South. Main objectives of the Seed Money programme Enable and foster the establishment of collaborative EPFL research projects with partners from the Global South with a ... Read more about "CODEV Seed Money call for projects"