The Lausanne region is well-known in sporting circles around the world because it is home to the International Olympic Committee and many sports federations.
But that masks another important fact, that a number of local academic institutions (organized in the academic network for sports called Smart Move), startups and established companies operate in sports related fields and conduct pioneering R&D. This makes the region a first choice location for project developments.
Over the years, this vibrant sports ecosystem demonstrated its excellence in many events, international sport adventure, and competitions demonstrating that our approach is working.
Smart helmets to prevent head trauma
Players may not be aware of the severity of head impacts suffered during a game. Bearmind, an EPFL spin-off, has developed smart helmets that provide a series of metrics enabling coaches to monitor the neurological effects of head impacts suffered by their players. The firm hopes to quickly conquer the US market.
Prototyping Sports Tech: Enhancing Performance and Sustainability
In the latest edition of the graduate course “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Engineering,” students across many disciplines at EPFL tackled prototyping challenges at the intersection of sports and technology. Led by Prof. Véronique Michaud and Prof. Thomas Weber, and supported by a diverse group of additional faculty, eight student teams solved various industrial ‘Sports Tech’ challenges, in collaboration with the industry sponsors Archinisis, Montblanc, Pomoca, and Vacheron Constantin. In addition to finding an innovative technological solution with a viable business model, the challenge included a quest for reducing environmental impact. This year’s winning team provided a redesign of a Pomoca ski touring skin with a novel shape and fixation type.
In January 2020, almost 2,000 athletes aged 18 and under descended on Lausanne and the surrounding area for the Youth Olympic Games. EPFL, in partnership with the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), used this unique opportunity to test a series of technologies developed in the lab before bringing them to the general public.
EPFL has long been involved in bold technological initiatives, leveraging its expertise at the international level. In the field of sports, our School has provided scientific support to several major projects including Alinghi, Hydros and Rivages, applying our expertise to real-world challenges. These research projects have shown the full extent of what our School has to offer to the sports community.
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