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.
Parkinson's disease: wearable sensors to track symptoms
EPFL scientists have developed algorithms that, combined with wearable sensors, could help clinicians to monitor the progression of Parkinson’s disease and assess the effects of medications commonly used by people with this neurodegenerative disorder.
Self-healing composites extend a product's lifespan
EPFL spin-off CompPair has developed a family of composites that can repair themselves in just a few minutes when heat (100°C to 150°C) is applied locally. The firm has just completed its first fundraising round.
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.
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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