Conferences - Seminars

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
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How do users of online platforms behave while fulfilling specific tasks?What are the factors that have a strong impact on a user’s performance?Is it possible to engage individuals through gamification and incentivize them to achieve better performance? In this talk, I will discuss how to model individual behaviors and groups in gamified techno-social environments, to ... Read more about "Mining Human Behaviors and Performance in Online Platforms"
By Anna Sapienza
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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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

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

Cultural events

11DEC
14DEC
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  18:30-20:00 CE 1 515

L'OChE vous offre ses traditionnels concerts de fin de semestre, en vous emmenant cette édition vers les souvenirs de Noël de votre enfance, animés par les extraits de Casse Noisette ou le thème de la belle Odette et de son Prince charmant, avant que La douce Pavane pour une Infante Defunte de Maurice Ravel suspendra ... Read more about "Concert de l'OChE"

Exhibitions

08JUL
31DEC
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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
17NOV
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  11:00-16:00 Hall SG

Tu connais les mangas ou animes que tu possèdes par cœur et tu désires avoir de la nouveauté sans trop dépenser ? Tu cherches des goodies de ton personnage préféré ? Un jeu vidéo pour t'occuper durant les froides nuit d'hiver ? Ou bien au contraire tes armoires débordent et tu aimerais faire de la ... Read more about "Bourse aux mangas: 5ème édition"

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
30NOV
  18:00 BC 410

Thesis director : Prof. A. Argyraki Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program Thesis 8904 Read more about "Traffic receipts for network transparency"
By Pavlos NIKOLOPOULOS
30NOV
  18:15 INM 202

Thesis directors : Prof. A. Lenstra , Dr R. Granger Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 8918 Read more about "Arithmetic and geometric structures in cryptography"
By Benjamin Pierre Charles WESOLOWSKI

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

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"
27NOV
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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"
29NOV
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  13:30-15:30 CH G1 495

Objectives of the course - At the end of the training, participant will be able to explain laser hazards and risks. - Participant will have basic knowledge on US and European laser safety regulation and laser classes. - Participant will understand general technical, organizational and personal control measures applicable to laser risk. - Participant will ... Read more about "LASER HAZARDS - Complementary training"
By Amela Groso
04DEC
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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"
05DEC
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  09:30-12:00 RLC A1 230

Working in groups with collaborative writing platforms will save you a lot of time ! Do you use LaTeX? Do you want to be able to work offline ? Do you want to save your work at different stages ? At the end of the workshop, you will be able to : To choose the ... Read more about "Collaborative writing platforms"
By EPFL Library teaching team
06DEC
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  09:30-11:30 RLC A1 230

This workshop is for people who want to start using Zotero, a free tool that enables to collect, organize and share bibliographic references. Zotero spares its users from spending troublesome hours on the creation of a bibliography. Very useful for anyone who writes reports or theses, Zotero will be useful all along the curriculum and ... Read more about "Up to speed with Zotero"
By EPFL Library teaching team
11DEC
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  09:15-16:30 CO 120

In this workshop, participants will apply vocal techniques to help them speak audibly, show authority through body posture, occupy space and breathe comfortably to deal with stress. Read more about "Using vocal techniques to teach effectively"
By Mandira Halder
11DEC
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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"
04FEB
08FEB
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  08:30-19:00 PO 01

Why take this course? The Harvard Business School calls data science the sexiest job of the 21st century, and McKinsey projects that AI could deliver an additional $13 trillion GDP to the global economy by 2030. Currently we see a revolution in data-driven business models, automation, and analysis by the fastest growing companies. Why has ... Read more about "Data Science for Managers"
By Prof. Kenneth Younge, Head of the Technology and Innovation Strategy ...
25FEB
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  13:00-16:30 CO 120

What are good reasons to flip a class? What do students and teachers actually do in a flipped class? This workshop will introduce the participants to the various forms of flipped classroom designs and to the different instructional techniques that can be used. Hands-on activities will allow the participants to work on the design of ... Read more about "Flipping a Class from 0 to 180"
05MAR
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  13:30-17:00 CO 120

With the use of concept maps you can structure a course that integrates learning outcomes, course content and students’ learning activities. Read more about "Course Design"
12MAR
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  09:00-12:30 CO 120

In this workshop, we explore the potential of clickers for learning and discuss the challenges related to questioning in class, in particular the design of 'good' questions and the use of polling results for generating interactivity in class. Read more about "The art of questioning: teaching with clickers"

Call for proposal

03DEC
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Aim: The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) programme seeks to promote innovative, top-tier research initiatives with a long-term perspective. NCCR research projects must be of national significance and promote the sustainable development of competence centres and structural capacities at higher education institutions. To this end, NCCR leaders, in collaboration with their Home Institutions ... Read more about "[FIFTH NCCR CALL – DEADLINE FOR FULL PROPOSALS]"
10DEC
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Aim: BRIDGE is a joint programme conducted by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI). It offers new funding opportunities at the intersection of basic research and science-based innovation, thereby supplementing the funding activities of the two organisations. Bridge Proof of Concept projects support young researchers (see eligibility ... Read more about "[BRIDGE I RESEARCH FUNDING]"
15JAN
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The Branco Weiss Fellowship (Society in Science) is a postdoctoral program for exceptionally qualified young researchers. The fellowship consists of a personal research grant that enables the fellows to work on their projects in all disciplines, at an academic institution of their choice anywhere in the world, for up to 5 years. The fellowship is ... Read more about "[ BRANCO WEISS POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS ]"
15JAN
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EPFLinnovators co-funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie: A doctoral programme for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs EPFLinnovators is a four-year doctoral programme based in the dynamic environment of the EPFL campus, Switzerland. To develop the innovation potential of PhD students, the EPFLinnovators programme integrates a six-month to two-year secondment in the non-academic sector into the doctoral programme. Furthermore, the programme ... Read more about "[ EPFLinnovators I Fellowship funding ]"