Conferences - Seminars

20AUG
  10:30-11:30 GC C1 384

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Pascal Frossard Thesis advisor: Prof. Alexandre Massoud Alahi Co-examiner: Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran Abstract Autonomous vehicles rely on an accurate perception module. One of the fundamental challenges is to efficiently track pedestrians surrounding a vehicle to anticipate risky situations. Over the past decades, researchers have formulated the tracking problem as ... Read more about "Multi-task learning for autonomous driving"
By George Adaimi
21AUG
  14:00-16:00 BC 129

EDIC candidacy exam Exam president: Prof. Olivier Lévêque Thesis advisor: Prof. Michael Gastpar Co-examiner: Prof. Volkan Cevher Abstract There is an increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The main cause seems to lie in the fundamental disconnection between theory and practise in data analysis. While the former typically relies on statistical ... Read more about "Adaptive Data Analysis and Error-Control via Information Measures"
By Amedeo Esposito
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: 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 and ... Read more about "Differential Equations and Continuous-Time Dynamics in Optimization and Sampling"
By Ali Kavis
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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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 Background papers Theory and Practice of Irregular Sampling (Part I only), by Feichtinger, H.G., Gröchening, K. Perfect Recovery and Sensitivity Analysis of Time Encoded Bandlimited Signals, by Lazar, A., Tóth, T. A Review of the Integrate-and-Fire Neuron ... 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
  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
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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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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

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

22AUG
  17:30 BC 420

Thesis directors : Prof. K. Aberer ,Prof. M. I. Schumacher Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 8310 Read more about "Privacy - Preserving Data Exchange and Aggregation in Healthcare"
By Alevtina DUBOVITSKAYA
30AUG
  16:30 BC 410

Thesis directors : Prof. M. Pauly , Prof. A. Tagliasacchi Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 8573 Read more about "Real-Time Generative Hand Modeling and Tracking"
By Anastasia TKACH
31AUG
  17:00 BM 5202

Thesis director : Prof. S. Vaudenay Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 8681 Read more about "Provably Secure Authenticated Encryption"
By Damian VIZÁR
31AUG
  18:00 BC 420

Thesis director : Prof. C. Koch Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 8762 Read more about "Compilation and Code Optimization for Data Analytics"
By Amir SHAIKHHA

Miscellaneous

23AUG
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  12:15-13:15 CE 1

The School Assembly is pleased to invite you to our upcoming information session on the following consultation: Revision of the Directive concerning professional travel and the reimbursement of expenses (LEX 5.6.1) and the related Directive on the use of credit cards at EPFL (LEX 5.4.1) Thursday, 23rd August, from 12:15pm to 1:15pm in room CE ... Read more about "School Assembly: information session: professional travel directive"

Internal trainings

21AUG
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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"
27AUG
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  10:00-12:30 MED 2 1522

Advanced workshops are organized to support EPFL researchers from all disciplines to start planning their next SNSF funding application and Data Management Plan writing, according to their needs. More information: https://researchdata.epfl.ch/dmp-fns-workshop Read more about "Advanced SNSF DMP workshop"
By EPFL Library research data team
28AUG
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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"