Conferences - Seminars

21JAN
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  12:15 SV 1717

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN BIOENGINEERING (sandwiches served) Abstract: Multicellular ecosystems such as biofilms, tissues, and whole organisms operate as highly integrated systems that link physical structure and biological function. In mammalian tissues, structure determines the effectiveness by which muscles generate force, lungs oxygenate blood, or glandular organs produce bile, milk, or saliva. Even at the level ... Read more about "Engineering 3D Culture Models of Physiology and Disease: How Simple is Complex Enough?"
By Prof. Christopher Chen, Boston University and Harvard Wyss Institute, Boston ...
21JAN
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  15:00-16:00 SV 1717

SPECIAL SEMINAR Abstract: After an introduction to the 3R concept, the foundation Animalfree Research as well as some of its work is explained. The presentation continues to touch on some of the most pressing topics in science and animal welfare, such as the reproducibility crisis, the importance of open access and the influence of environment ... Read more about "The 3Rs and Animalfree Research - Projects, Activities and Challenges"
By Stefanie Schindler, Co-CEO of the Animalfree Research Foundation
22JAN
25JAN
  08:00-18:00 STCC 0 7326

From 22 to 25 January, EPFL will be hosting the third workshop/meeting of FG-AI4H at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne. With this email, I would like to inform you of our activities as well as extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to become involved in this important project. In particular, we ... Read more about "Artificial Intelligence for Health"
23JAN
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  16:00-17:00 H4-2-A

Abstract: Organic semiconductors in different shapes and composition can be interfaced with living cells. This provides a new, exciting route towards optical control of physiological functions or the restoring of natural functions. In this talk I will present a number of experiments that show the effective abiotic-biotic coupling with cells and small animals, suggesting the ... Read more about "Non genetic cell opto stimulation"
By Prof Guglielmo Lanzani, Center for Nano Science Technology @ POLIMI Istituto ...
23JAN
  16:15 BC 410

Abstract Personal genomics is becoming increasingly popular, but mounting privacy concerns threaten to impede adoption. We propose a new, privacy-focused model for personal genomics that employs cryptography and decentralization to secure personal genomic data and outline various policy issues that should be considered if this model is to be adopted. Bio Dennis Grishin is CSO ... Read more about "Genomic data privacy in the age of personal genomics"
By Dennis Grishin, Harvard University/Nebula Genomics
24JAN
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  09:30-11:30 RLC A1 230

Citing correctly requires the acquisition of the right habits. This workshop will walk you through various citation cases that you may encounter during the writing process of reports or publications. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to: Understand the stakes of citation Reuse different types of content without committing plagiarism Cite ... Read more about "Citation best practices"
By EPFL Library teaching team
24JAN
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  14:00-15:00 BC 420

DTU Space is leading several high-profile space research technology projects and examples of these will be presented in this talk: Coatings for hard X-ray optics (e.g. NuStar), star trackers, radar- and radiometer systems (e.g. POLARIS), and space magnetometers (e.g. Swarm). Key research results obtained from these instruments will also be presented, e.g. models of the ... Read more about "Space instrumentation, Earth Observation & Astrophysics at DTU Space, Denmark"
By Prof. Kristian Pedersen
24JAN
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  17:00-18:00 MED 2 1124

New technologies are made possible by new materials, and until recently new materials could only be discovered experimentally. However, approaches based on the fundamental laws of quantum mechanics are now integrated to many design initiatives in academia and industry, underpinning efforts such as the Materials Genome initiative or the computational crystal structure prediction (CSP [1]). ... Read more about "Towards the design of molecular materials: from many-body methods to enhanced density functional approximations"
By Jan Gerit Brandenburg (University of Göttingen & University College London)
25JAN
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  09:00-12:30 CO 120

From this seminar you will learn about the developments which have enabled the main UK higher education institutions to develop inclusive digital education curricula. This is also an opportunity to learn practices and share ideas on how to successfully manage participation equally and inclusively. Read more about "Brave inclusion of diversity and giving opportunities to all students is the classroom"
By Mira Vogel works as an educational developer in King's ...
25JAN
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  11:00-12:00 MED 2 1124

The theoretical study of realistic systems of interest in life sciences or nanotechnology is possible only if the contrasting goals of high accuracy and low computational costs are met. Despite its success and increased popularity, DFT fails at times in the ultimate goal of being a predictive tool. For this reason, development of alternative electron ... Read more about "At odds with electron correlation: are we betting solely on the winning horse?"
By Francesco Aquilante (University of Geneva)
26JAN
29JAN
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  Swiss Tech Convention Center

The Applied Machine Learning Days will take place from January 26th to 29th, 2019, at the Swiss Tech Convention Center on EPFL campus. It is now the largest and best-known Machine Learning event in Switzerland, and increasingly recognized as a major event in Europe. The event has a focus specifically on the applications of machine ... Read more about "Applied Machine Learning Days 2019"
By See our workshop sessions, the 16 featured tracks and the ...
28JAN
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  11:00-12:00 CO 121

The central task in many interactive machine learning systems can be formalized as the sequential optimization of a black-box function. Bayesian optimization (BO) is a powerful model-based framework for adaptive experimentation, where the primary goal is the optimization of the black-box function via sequentially chosen decisions. In many real-world tasks, it is essential for the ... Read more about "Robust and Practical Bayesian Optimization and Beyond"
By Volkan Cevher (EPFL)
30JAN
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  10:00-11:00 BC 420

Abstract: This talk presents our algorithm-defined full-stack approach to accelerate emerging workloads that are set to enable machine intelligence in the next generation autonomous system. The talk will first BitFusion, our most recent acceleration paradigm for deep neural networks that builds upon the algorithmic insight that bitwidth of operations in DNNs can be reduced without ... Read more about "Accelerated Machine Intelligence: An Edge to Cloud Continuum"
By Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Professor at University of California, San Diego, USA
30JAN
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  11:00-12:00 MED 2 1124

I will present five short stories on the derivation of models of the interatomic interaction from Density Functional Theory (DFT), the validation of potentials and their application to the simulation of phase transformations. I will show how a systematic coarse graining of the electronic structure from DFT to the tight-binding approximation and analytic Bond-Order Potentials ... Read more about "Development and validation of interatomic potentials and application to the simulation of phase transformations"
By Ralf Drautz (ICAMS, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
04FEB
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  10:30-11:30 AI 1153

SEMINAR of the LAUSANNE INTEGRATIVE METABOLISM and NUTRITION ALLIANCE (LIMNA) Abstract: Disturbances in the morphology and function of mitochondria cause neurological diseases, which can affect the central and peripheral nervous system. The i-AAA protease YME1L ensures mitochondrial proteostasis and regulates mitochondrial dynamics by processing of the dynamin-like GTPase OPA1. Mutations in YME1L cause a multi-systemic ... Read more about "Novel Mouse Models to Study Mitochondrial Proteostasis in the Nervous System"
By Hans-Georg Sprenger, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Dept ...
07FEB
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  10:00-17:00 STCC 0 8328

7th of February from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Swiss Tech Convention Center, EPFL For its 2nd edition, FORWARD - the Innovation Forum for SMEs - will be back at the SwissTech Convention Center on February 7, 2019. With nearly 1’000 participants during the first edition and simultaneous French-German translation, this event intends ... Read more about "FORWARD, the innovation forum for SMEs."
07FEB
  14:00-15:00 MED2 2423

This talk will be given in the frame of the SWICCOMAS General Assembly. The planning is: 14h – 15h Seminar by Eleni Chatzi, ETHZ 15h – 16h General Assembly 1. SWICCOMAS board 2. New ECCOMAS constitution 3. SWICCOMAS price 4. WCCM 2020, Paris 5. Budget approval 6. Short update by Prof. Eleni Chatzi, ECCOMAS Young ... Read more about "On the coalescence of models with data for infrastructure assessment"
By Eleni Chatzi, Chair of Structural Mechanics, at the Institute of ...
11FEB
14FEB
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Swiss Blockchain Winter School - Feb 11-14, 2019 https://blockchainschool.epfl.ch/ Registration page Hotel discount reservation (still some rooms left on the offered hotel platform, as well as via standard booking) Travel stipend application (deadline: January 11, 2019) Please join us for the Swiss Blockchain Winter School 2019 on February 11-14, 2019 at the Congress Center Interlaken, ... Read more about "Swiss Blockchain Winter School - EPFL - ETHZ - IC3"
11FEB
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  10:15-11:30 SV 1717

Institute of Microengineering - Distinguished Lecture Abstract & Bio to follow. Note: The Seminar Series is eligible for ECTS credits in the EDMI doctoral program. Read more about "Prof. Reza Ghodssi - IMT Distinguished Lecture"
12FEB
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  12:00-13:00 EPFL Library

Research data is a precious good. Where is the balance between protecting it and opening it? How can you manage the way it is reused by others? In this Noon Talk, the topic of data licensing will be presented from various points of view. Read more about "Research Data licensing noon talk"
By Giovanni Pizzi, senior scientist at the Laboratory of theory and ...
14FEB
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  12:00-13:30 MED 2 1522

"Introduction" workshop In this course, you will get an introduction to the main concepts of Research Data Management to apply them to your specific situation. Learning outcomes: Know the stakes around Research Data Management Discover how a Data Management Plan (DMP) can help you be more efficient in your research Get an overview of good ... Read more about "Research Data Management workshop"
By EPFL Library Research Data team
14FEB
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  16:00-17:00 Zeuzier, I17 4 K2

ChE-605 - Highlights in Energy Research seminar series Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are promising materials for gas storage, e.g. storage of energy carriers such as H2, and gas separation processes, e.g. removal of CO2 from CH4. The rational design of new adsorbents with enhanced separation performance at optimized separation conditions requires reliable predictions of adsorption isotherms ... Read more about "Ab initio free energy calculations for gas adsorption and separation in nanoporous systems"
By Prof. Joachim Sauer
Institute of Chemistry,
Humboldt University,
Berlin, Germany
15FEB
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  11:00-12:00 Campus Biotech H8-01-D

Extracellular electrical recordings by means of microelectrode arrays complement well-established patch clamp techniques and optical or optogenetic techniques. The use of CMOS technology helps to overcome the connectivity problem of how to interface thousands of tightly-spaced electrodes, while, at the same time, it improves signal-to-noise characteristics, as signal conditioning is done on chip next to ... Read more about "Subcellular-resolution electrophysiology with CMOS-based high-density microelectrode arrays"
By Prof. Andreas Hierlemann, Department Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zurich
15FEB
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  12:30-13:30 SV 1717

Abstract : Given the world-wide increase in obesity, studying the onset of this debilitating syndrome and specifically the dynamic nature of fat tissue is of great interest. In this presentation, I intend to summarize my lab’s efforts in addressing multiple, outstanding questions related to adipose biology. First, I will show how we are using integrative ... Read more about "An omics journey through the intriguing world of adipose biology"
By Dr Bart Deplancke, FSV / IBI / UPDEPLA
18FEB
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BIOENGINEERING COLLOQUIA SERIES (sandwiches served) Abstract: To be provided. Read more about "to be announced"
By Prof. Adrian Keller, Paderborn University (D)
18FEB
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By Prof. Sarah Haigh, Materials Characterisation, University of Manchester UK

Thesis defenses

25JAN
  17:00 BC 420

Thesis directors : Prof. V. Cevher , Prof. J. D. Haupt Computer and Communication Sciences doctoral program. Thesis 9147 Read more about "Robust Adaptive Decision Making: Bayesian Optimization and Beyond"
By Ilija BOGUNOVIC
25JAN
  17:00 ELD 120

Thesis directors : Prof. N. Marzari, Prof. M. Parrinello Materials Science and Engineering doctoral program. Thesis 9148 Read more about "Entropy as a tool for crystal discovery"
By Pablo Miguel PIAGGI
25JAN
By Andrea BONETTI

Inaugural lectures - Honorary Lecture

12FEB
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  17:15 EPFL, Auditoire CM 1

LEÇON D'HONNEUR / HONORARY LECTURE Résumé / Abstract: I will describe our contributions to the development of (1) the drug FOSCAN for photodynamic treatment of head and neck cancer, and cancer of the esophagus and bronchi, (2) the autofluorescence bronchoscope DAFE for detection of small bronchial cancers, (3) the drug HEXVIX (CYSVIEW in the USA) ... Read more about "My excursions into the world of medicine. A few examples from the lab to the clinic."
By Prof. Hubert van den Bergh

Exhibitions

24JAN
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  12:15-13:00 Artlab - Pavillon B

EPFL ArtLab invites you, over a lunch break, to a guided tour of the exhibition Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull and the ars combinatoria. Thursday January 24 - guided tour in English Thursday February 7 - guided tour in French Thursday February 28 - guided tour in English Thursday March 7 - guided tour in French ... Read more about "Visit-Lunch ArtLab exhibition - THINKING MACHINES"
By EPFL Artlab
07FEB
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  12:15-13:00 Artlab - Pavillon B

EPFL ArtLab invites you, over a lunch break, to a guided tour of the exhibition Thinking Machines. Ramon Llull and the ars combinatoria. Thursday February 7 - guided tour in French Thursday February 28 - guided tour in English Thursday March 7 - guided tour in French "Thinking Machines" explores a bold approach to acquiring ... Read more about "Visit-Lunch ArtLab exhibition - THINKING MACHINES"
By EPFL Artlab

Call for proposal

21JAN
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The “Manufacturing technologies” impulse programme funds innovation projects at the interface between research and technology transfers that Swiss companies conduct together with research institutions in the digitally-oriented "Industry 4.0 and Modern manufacturing technologies" segment. Submission deadlines: There will be two calls for proposals depending on the project duration Project Duration 18 Months 12 Months Call ... Read more about "[ Innosuisse - Manufacturing technologies Impulse Programme | Research funding ]"
31JAN
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The Congressi Stefano Franscini (CSF) is ETH Zurich’s conference platform located at Monte Verità, a beautiful hilltop overlooking Ascona and Lake Maggiore in Southern Switzerland (Ticino). The CSF gives researchers and university professors the opportunity to organize a 3-5 day international conference for 50-100 senior and junior researchers or a 3-day workshop for 25-30 participants ... Read more about "[ Extended deadline: Congressi Stefano Franscini | Funding for conference, workshop, short courses]"
31JAN
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The Swiss National Science Foundation has announced the third edition of its competition for images and short videos from the world of science. The best entries will be showcased in various exhibitions, including the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, the Zurich Film Festival as well as in Martigny, Paris and San ... Read more about "[ SNSF image competition 2019 | Scientific dissemination ]"
15FEB
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The goal of the FAMAE Foundation is to seek pragmatic, efficient, durable, universal and money-saving solutions to make life easier for urban citizens while reducing their environmental footprint. The Foundation launches annual international competitions to enable brilliant and innovative inventors to make their ideas come true or to effectively launch their product. The 2019 competition ... Read more about "[ FAMAE Foundation - PRECIOUS WATER! | Proof of Concept & Seed funding ]"
18FEB
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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 Discovery is aimed at experienced researchers who wish to realise ... Read more about "[ BRIDGE DISCOVERY – 3rd CALL | Research funding ]"
18FEB
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QuantERA is a consortium of national/regional research organisations supporting research projects in Quantum Technology. The 2019 call addresses the following topics: Quantum communication, Quantum simulation, Quantum computation, Quantum information sciences, as well as Quantum metrology sensing and imaging. Deadline for submitting pre-proposals and proposals: February 18th, 2019, 17.00 CET Thematic scope of proposals should include ... Read more about "[ QuantERA Call 2019 - Research funding ]"

Internal trainings

27JAN
01FEB
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  Hotel Alfa Soleil

The 2019 CCMX Winter School will take place from 27 January to 1 February in Kandersteg, Switzerland and aims to bring together a group of no more than 24 PhD students from various research institutions with backgrounds in Materials Science, Chemistry and Physics. Students will spend an intensive week learning about and discussing fundamental aspects ... Read more about "CCMX Winter School on Surface Science"
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 ...

Miscellaneous

11FEB
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Project description February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. For this occasion, CERN, the UNIGE Scienscope and EPFL are offering schools the opportunity to bring women scientists and engineers to talk to students about their jobs (in mixed classes). They are invited to tell their story, unveil some mysteries of ... Read more about "International Day of Women and Girls in Science"