Applying Technology to Sports

EPFL has long been involved in bold technological initiatives that have earned it international recognition. The field of sports is no exception. We have backed several large-scale sports-related projects – such as Alinghi, Hydros and Rivages – where our cutting-edge research helped teams excel in real-world competitions. These projects illustrate how our expertise can benefit the entire sports community.

Over 30 of our labs (download our brochure) have gotten involved in sports-related research, focusing on topics like the quantified self, next-generation equipment, motion and position measurement, data analysis and the spectator experience.

Sports innovations don’t just boost athletes’ performance, they can improve everyone’s life.

A catalyst for research

Athletes are driven by performance. That’s what pushes them to go beyond their limits, and it’s what makes them ideal partners for developing new technologies. Our cutting-edge research projects address their needs and involve concepts from a range of fields. By working with athletes, our labs are able to design and test sophisticated technology and gain valuable, hands-on feedback. The resulting technologies have applications that go well beyond any one sport.

Cross-disciplinary approach

Developing advanced, sports-related technology often requires input from a variety of disciplines. By working together towards a common goal, research teams can consolidate their know-how and come up with integrated, pioneering solutions. We encourage and support collaborative projects among EPFL’s labs and with members of the SmartMove network in an effort to develop cross-disciplinary solutions to complex challenges.

Healthier lives for everyone

Our projects are designed to help everyone – not just professional athletes – in areas like nutrition, motion, physiology, psychology and the use of various types of equipment. For example, the systems and devices we create can help sedentary people lead more active lives, encourage teenagers to get involved in sports and reduce the risk of injury among amateur athletes.

A promising career path

The sports industry is becoming increasingly professional and giving rise to new types of jobs. EPFL and its Smart Move partners offer a range of educational programs in many sports-related disciplines. These programs are designed to open up new career opportunities for our graduates.

A local ecosystem of sports facilities and events

The Lausanne region boasts a vibrant sports ecosystem with excellent facilities and a long list of annual events, from local, open competitions all the way up to international championships. These facilities and events are great opportunities for participants from across the sports industry – athletes, sports clubs, startups, established companies and researchers – to collaborate. EPFL’s joint Sport and Health Center with UNIL has begun conducting sports-related research, including for the Youth Olympic Games. This progress shows that our approach is working. The technologies we are developing, with the support of experts from various fields, will help everyone get more out of their favorite sport.


Smart Move is an association of 9 academic institutions. The Smart Move network draws on these entities to provide expertise and facilities to athletes’ intent on improving their performance and to sports federations and individual companies seeking to enhance their own activities in this area. Smart Move also offers a wide range of training and research services.

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Discover the labs involved in the in sports-related research and all the associated projects.

Contact

EPFL Vice Presidency for Innovation
EPFL Innovation Park
Building J
1015 Lausanne