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.
Signs of burnout can be detected in sweat
EPFL engineers, working in association with startup Xsensio, have developed a wearable sensing chip that can measure the concentration of cortisol – the stress hormone – in human sweat. Enabling future quasi-continuous monitoring, their device can eventually help doctors better understand and treat stress-related conditions like burnout and obesity.
NAD+ can restore age-related muscle deterioration
Scientists at EPFL have discovered that Alzheimer’s-like protein aggregates underly the muscle deterioration seen in aging. But the aggregates can be reversed by boosting the levels of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), which turns on the defense systems of mitochondria in cells and restores muscle function.
DeepLabCut-Live! real-time marker-less motion capture for animals
Behavioral scientists at EPFL introduce DeepLabCut-Live!, a deep-learning tool that can enable real-time feedback studies on animal movement and posture. The software features “maker-less” real-time motion capture, can interface with lab hardware for neurological analysis, and is now available open source for use by researchers.
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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