Conferences - Seminars

19NOV
  10:30-11:30 MC B1 273

This talk will present our research in surface tension driven micromanipulation, wetting control, microfluidic manipulation, and recently invented scanning droplet adhesion microscope that can measure the fine wetting details of water repellent surfaces. Additionally, this talk will report our other microrobotic instruments, including acoustic manipulation device and robotized electromagnetic needle device. Read more about "Capillary interaction, micromanipulation and materials characterization"
By Prof. Quan ZHOU Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation of ...
19NOV
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract / Bio (about the speaker): Richard Mann is the Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and holds an Interdisciplinary Faculty appointment in the Department of Systems Biology. He uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system for studying a range of problems related to ... Read more about "Constructing and Using a Locomotor Circuit in Drosophila"
By Prof. Richard Mann, Columbia University, New York City, NY (USA)
19NOV
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  13:15-14:15 MXF1

Magnetic materials are key components in energy technologies, robotics, sensors and information technology. Magnets are inseparable from our everyday life. “Green” energy technologies such as wind turbines, electro-mobility and solid state cooling, rely on high performance magnetic materials which have to be available in bulk quantities, at low-cost and with tailored magnetic hysteresis. The realisation ... Read more about "Rare earth high performance magnets for energy applications: Demand, sustainability and the reality of alternatives"
By Prof. Oliver Gutfleisch, TU Darmstadt Germany
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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  12:15-13:15 Campus Biotech, H8 Auditorium D

I will show that continuous optogenetic stimulation of excitatory neurons in visual cortex results in strong gamma-band oscillations, and respective white-noise stimulation reveals gamma-band resonance. Correspondingly, visual stimulation with artificial or natural stimuli induces gamma-band synchronization. Gamma in visual area V4 entails gamma-rhythmic modulation of the gain of spike responses and of behavioral reaction times. ... Read more about "Rhythms for Cognition: Communication through Coherence"
By Prof Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute, Frankfurt, GE
20NOV
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: We’ve always seemed to be able to fabricate physical artifacts before being able to formally describe what we do and how we do it. Geometry has historically, and naturally, played a key role in the development of new abstractions used to build formal models of physical artifacts and of the associated design and fabrication ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Geometric Excursions in Computational Design and Manufacturing"
By Prof. Horeas Ilies, University of Connecticut
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/)
22NOV
  10:15 SV 1717

Abstract: Cells of terrestrial animals are constantly exposed to external forces including gravity. However, the complex 3D structure of the body and its organs form without being flattened. A century ago, the mathematical biologist D’Arcy Thompson predicted in ‘On Growth and Form’ that terrestrial animal body shapes are entirely conditioned by gravity, but the prediction ... Read more about "Mechanical force mediated 3D organogenesis withstanding gravity controlled by YAP"
By Makoto Furutani-Seiki, M.D.,Ph.D
Professor, Department of Systems ...
22NOV
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  11:00-12:30 INF 328

Electromagnetic simulations play a crucial role in the design of antennas, integrated circuits, and power grids. Unfortunately, the multiscale structure of many practical designs defies even the best method of moments (MoM) solvers. For example, while metasurface antennas have thousands of unit cells, existing simulators can barely handle a few cells. We present a new ... Read more about "A macromodeling approach to accelerate multiscale EM simulations, with application to metasurface antennas, 3D ICs and power cables"
By Prof. Piero Triverio, University of Toronto
22NOV
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  16:15-17:30 MED 2 2423

The density of interacting quasi-localised modes in amorphous solids by Wencheng Ji, PCSL, EPFL Abstract Amorphous solids are very common materials in our daily life, such as glass, toothpaste, mayonnaise, coffee foam, and soya beans. Unlike crystals, amorphous solids do not present topological defects due to their lack of long-range order. Instead they display excitations ... Read more about "MEchanics GAthering -MEGA- Seminar: Talk1 - The density of interacting quasi-localised modes in amorphous solids; Talk2 - How inertia can facilitate friction; Talk3 - Sudden failure in amorphous materials during quasistatic loading"
23NOV
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  09:00-18:30

With the support of the Bertarelli Foundation, the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is launching an Annual Research Symposium to involve the academic, industrial and clinical communities into interdisciplinary discussions on current and future trends in technologies and applications of neuroprosthetic research. The First Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium will be held on November 23rd, 2018, at ... Read more about "Neuroprosthetics Annual Research Symposium"
By Keynote speakers: Josef Parvizi & Florian Solzbacher.
23NOV
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  10:30 CE 1 104

This talk addresses some key decisional issues that are necessary for a cognitive robot which shares space and tasks with a human. We adopt a constructive approach based on the identification and effective implementation of individual and collaborative skills. The system is comprehensive since it aims at dealing with a complete set of abilities articulated ... Read more about "On Decisional Abilities for a Cognitive and Interactive Robot"
By Dr. Rachid Alami, CNRS
23NOV
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  11:00-12:00 CE 1 3

The interplay of measurement imprecision and quantum backaction limits the sensitivity with which the position of an oscillator can be continuously monitored, to be at best equal to the oscillator’s zero-point fluctuations. However, any single quadrature of the motion can, in principle, be measured without limit, provided that the measurement backaction is shunted to the ... Read more about "Backaction and entanglement in microwave optomechanics"
By Mika Sillanpää, Aalto University, Quantum Nanomechanics/ LTL, Finland
27NOV
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  12:15-13:15 MED 0 1418

Abstract: Lithium ion batteries are multiscale systems, and their performance, cycle life, and safety depend critically on their structure and the homogeneity of the structure from the nanometer to centimeter length scales. In this talk, I will explain how we use a combination of experimental and computational tools to quantify structure of lithium ion battery ... Read more about "IGM Colloquium: Building Better Batteries"
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
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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

Assessing the habitability of Mars has been an objective of the scientific community for a long time, but it has recently become a sustained focus in light of data being returned from the planet and growing knowledge about life in extreme environments. The Curiosity rover on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), one of NASAs flagship ... Read more about "Is Mars Habitable ?"
By Prof. Javier Martín-Torres
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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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series The UK Government has an ambitious target to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, where Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) together with bioenergy are critical for the UK to meet its reduction targets, whilst delivering affordable, secure and sustainable energy. However, significant challenges remain in growing ... Read more about "Novel porous materials for CO2 capture applications"
By Prof. Susana Garcia
Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering ...
30NOV
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  12:15-13:00 GC B1 10

Limited data on strong earthquakes and their effects on structures poses one of the main challenges of making reliable risk assessments of tall buildings. For instance, while the collapse safety of tall buildings is likely controlled by large magnitude earthquakes with long durations and high low-frequency content, there are few available recorded ground motions to ... Read more about "Utilization of physics-based simulated earthquake ground motions for performance assessment of tall buildings – validation, collapse safety, and machine learning tools for regional risk evaluation"
By Dr. Nenad Bijelić, postdoctoral scholar at the Unit of Applied ...