Conferences - Seminars

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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  16:15-17:30 MED 2 2423

How non-normality affects turbulent trajectories by Mirko Farano, ECPS, EPFL Abstract In any dynamical systems, energy growth is usually associated to the presence of unstable modes. However, transient energy growth can also be observed along stable modes. This is due to the non-normality. Non-normality is a property of a dynamical system to exhibit energy amplification ... Read more about "MEchanics GAthering -MEGA- Seminar: Talk1 - How non-normality affects turbulent trajectories; Talk2 - Fully nonlinear invariant solutions underlying patterns of Jupiter’s atmosphere"
By Mirko Farano and Ayse YesilECPS, EPFL
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
16NOV
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  10:00-11:00 BSP 231

Genetically identical microbial cells often display diverse phenotypes. Stochasticity at the single-cell level contributes significantly to this phenotypic variability, and cells utilize a variety of mechanisms to regulate noise. In turn, these control mechanisms lead to correlations in various cellular traits across the lineage tree. I will present recent models we developed for understanding cellular ... Read more about "From single-cell variability and correlations across lineages to the population growth"
By Professor Ariel Amir, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied ...
16NOV
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  12:15-13:00 GC B1 10

Why not taking advantage of the potentials offered by both timber and concrete for engineering composite structures in terms of material saving, vibrational behavior and environmental imprint? Dr. Sorelli will present recent research advances in Timber-Concrete Composite (TCC), such as: (i) the extension of the dynamic theory of a composite beam to consider the effect ... Read more about "CESS Seminar : Engineering Timber-Concrete Composite Structures"
By Dr. Luca Sorelli is professor at Université Laval (Quebec) and ...
16NOV
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  13:15-14:15 BSP 231

Bacterial morphology is a complex trait, influenced by genetic and environmental factors alike. To date, analysis of environmental determinants of bacterial shape has been restricted to nutrient-derived signals. Comparatively little is known about the contribution of chemical and physical cues to cell size homeostasis. In this talk, I will present data supporting extracellular pH as ... Read more about "Environmental signals tune bacterial growth and physiology"
By Professor Petra Anne Levin, professor in the Department of Biology ...
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
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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 Piero Triverio received the Ph.D. degree ...
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.
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

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
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

16NOV
  17:00 MED 0 1418

Thesis Directors: Prof. Colin Jones et Prof. A. M. dos Santos Pascoal Doctoral program in Robotics, Control and Intelligent Systems within the IST_EPFL Joint Initiative Thesis no. 8626 Read more about "Distributed State Estimation and Cooperative Path-Following Under Communication Constraints"
By M. Francisco Fernandes Castro Rego 
16NOV
  17:30 MXF 1

Thesis director : Prof. F. Stellacci Materials Science and Engineering doctoral program. Thesis 8963 Read more about "Nanoparticle Liposome Interactions"
By Zekiye Pelin GÜVEN
23NOV
By João Nuno GOMES BORGA DELGADO

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

19NOV
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  17:15 Rolex Learning Center

LEÇON D'HONNEUR / HONORARY LECTURE Résumé / abstract: La lumière et l’image ont été au centre de notre recherche au sein du Laboratoire d’Optique biomédicale. Au-delà de leur réalité physique, ces entités ont une dimension métaphysique trop souvent négligée, ignorée voire oubliée. Dans mon exposé, j’inviterai l’audience à une promenade qui touche ces éléments philosophiques ... Read more about "Mehr Licht… Mes bonheurs, le bonheur et la beauté"
By Prof. Theo Lasser, Institutes of Microengineering and of Bioengineering, STI ...

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"

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"