Our research mission is to model and develop hardware/software systems based on quantum devices. Particular emphasis is on high-speed 2D/3D optical sensing, embedded & reconfigurable processing architectures, single photon avalanche devices (SPAD) and design optimization techniques.
Our teaching mission is to equip engineers and scientists with a multi-disciplinary knowledge on state-of-the-art hardware/software systems. Check out the virtual tour of the lab.
Key Events and Awards
- SuperMaMa Webinar, Fri May 21st 15:00-17:15 UTC+1:
Prof. Edoardo Charbon will hold a presentation titled “Superconducing Nanowire Camera: design and fabrication” within the framework of a webinar organized by the European project SuperMaMa – Superconducting Mass Spectrometry and Molecule Analysis (https://www.supermama-project.eu/webinar-2021/)
- AQUA lab was well represented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2021). Andrea Ruffino presented A Fully-Integrated 40-nm 5-6.5 GHz Cryo-CMOS System-on-Chip with I/Q Receiver and Frequency Synthesizer for Scalable Multiplexed Readout of Quantum Dots and Preethi Padmanabhan presented A 256×128 3D-Stacked (45nm) SPAD FLASH LiDAR with 7-Level Coincidence Detection and Progressive Gating for 100m Range and 10klux Background Light. You can read the feature on EPFL News.
- Light-in-flight using Mega X has been featured in IEEE Spectrum. Read the article here.
- Andrea Ruffino was awarded the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award for 2020-2021 for his work on cryogenic CMOS integrated circuits for scalable quantum computers. This award is granted to a small number of promising graduate students on the basis of academic record and promise, quality of publications, and a graduate study program well matched to the charter of SSCS. A profile about Andrea will be published in the Spring 2021 issue of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. The news was covered by an announcement on the IEEE SSCS website and it was featured in an article by EPFL.
- Researchers from AQUA lab have published work on Superluminal light in flight imaging using a megapixel camera in Physical Review. Check out the focus article here
- Francesco Gramuglia was awarded First Place Student Paper Award at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference for his paper entitled “Light Extraction Enhancement Techniques for Inorganic Scintillators.” Read more details here.
- Read about the MOS-QUITO project here, where researchers across Europe including at AQUA lab have been developing cryogenic circuits for quantum computing.
- Check out the new publication in Nature Photonics on MegaX, the first Megapixel SPAD imager.
- Researchers at EPFL’s Advanced Quantum Architecture Laboratory and the Wision Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a technique for building crystal-clear images of moving subjects. The team has presented its paper at the prestigious SIGGRAPH 2020 conference in August.
- An article summarizing the work was featured by EPFL.
- Check out the video featuring Prof. Charbon on AQUA lab research here.
- A Megapixel support video demonstrating Imaging Flashlight Propagation for 3D Depth Mapping using the Megapixel camera can be viewed here.
- Video of superluminal imaging using the Megapixel SPAD camera can be viewed here.
- Kazuhiro Morimoto is among the recipients the 2020 Swiss Nanotechnology PhD Award. This prestigious honor is awarded for his work developing a Megapixel SPAD camera. The SNC 2020 has now been moved to 2021. It will take place on 24th and 25th of June 2021 at the Congress Center in Basel. The 2020 prizes and the ones from 2021 will be handed over on Friday 25th 2021 in a special award ceremony.
- Preethi Padmanabhan won the best student paper award at the International Image Sensor Workshop (IISW) held in Snowbird, Utah from June 23-27, 2019 (see pictures) for her work on modeling and analysis of a coincidence-based direct-TOF sensor architecture for wide-dynamic range targets in LiDAR applications.
IISW is the premier meeting focused on image sensors and it is often the place where major new inventions are announced in the field of cameras for SLR, smartphones, industrial, scientific, medical, and security markets.
- AQUA team have received the “Best Academic Research Team” award at the 2019 Image Sensors Europe conference. Prof. Edoardo Charbon and his team received the award for “pioneering work in SPAD image sensors” and for “generating many new ideas over the last 25 years”. The prize was awarded at an official ceremony on March 13th during the 2019 edition of Image Sensors, Europe’s premier conference on image sensors, gathering all major industrial and academic players in the field. See details.
- Prof. Edoardo Charbon gave a talk with the title “The role of cryo-CMOS in quantum computers” at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as a part of Berkeley Quantum seminar series. The abstract and slides of the talk can be found here.
- Simone Frasca receives the best student paper award from the 683rd. WE-Heraeus-Seminar: Physics and Applications of Superconducting Nanowire Single Photon Detectors committee Simone Frasca has been awarded for his work on the development of a practical method to measure the depairing current density of superconducting ultrathin films by means of superconducting nanowire resonators.
- Andrada Muntean receives the best student paper award at the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium / Medical Imagind Conference.In this work we have, for the first time, integrated a state-of-the-art silicon photomultiplier with electronics designed to detect single photons with a time resolution of a few tens of picoseconds (1 picosecond = 10^-12 seconds). This super-fast detector is used in positron emission tomography, a non-invasive technique for imaging cancer cells in three dimensions.
AQUA participated to the Micro18-“Big Data sous la loupe” in Microcity, Neuchatel
Preethi Padmanabhan, PhD, wins the 2018 ISSCC Student Travel Grant Award (STGA), given by the IEEE Solid State Circuits Society to 28 promising graduate-level student engineers this year. A profile about Preethi will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine.
AQUA organized the 1st International SPAD Sensor Workshop in Les Diablerets, Switzerland February 26th-28th, 2018 / workshop’s website / July 2018: presentations available
- Scott Lindner was selected to participate to the final of the EPFL MT180 (My Thesis in 180 sec.), see video / Nov 2017
- Preethi Padmanabhan, PhD, received the Best Poster Award for the paper titled “A CMOS Front-end for GaN-based UV Imaging” at the 2017 International Image Sensor Workshop, Hiroshima, Japan (IISW – http://imagesensors.org/2017-iisw/) / 05.2017
- AQUA presented a 512×512 SPAD Image Sensor (largest SPAD imager to date) at the 2017 International Image Sensor Workshop, Hiroshima, Japan (IISW – http://imagesensors.org/2017-iisw/) / 05.2017
- Review on “Ten years of biophotonics single-photon SPAD imager applications: retrospective and outlook” (https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2256247) at the BIOS/SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco / 02.2017
- Edoardo Charbon is nominated IEEE Fellow “For contributions to solid-state single photon avalanche detectors and their applications in imaging” (http://sti.epfl.ch/page-142418-en.html) / 01.2017
- Edoardo Charbon participates in the RSR broadcast CQFD “Un nouvel outil pour la traque aux tumeurs”, http://www.rts.ch/audio/la-1ere/programmes/cqfd/7751701-un-nouvel-outil-pour-la-traque-aux-tumeurs-09-06-2016.html) / 06.2016
- The CTI (Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation)) “Compact probes” project is among the three finalists of the 2016 CTI Swiss Medtech Awards (https://www.kti.admin.ch/kti/en/home/veranstaltungen/cti-medtech-event.html) / 06.2016
- The project partners – Forimtech SA, Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) and the EPFL – developed a compact, wireless probe, which allows the precise and simple localisation of cancer cells in diagnosis and operations and opens up a new chapter in the fight against cancer (https://actu.epfl.ch/news/portable-probes-hunt-down-cancer-cells-during-surg/, https://actu.epfl.ch/news/des-sondes-portables-pour-traquer-les-tumeurs-au-b/) / 06.2016
- The paper “Analyzing blinking effects in super resolution localization microscopy with single-photon SPAD imagers” (Ivan Michel Antolovic et al. – https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2211430) received the PicoQuant Young Investigator Award at the BIOS/SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco, USA / 02.2016
Edoardo Charbon is nominated as Full Professor of Microtechnology in the School of Engineering (STI) (https://actu.epfl.ch/news/nominations-of-epfl-professors-24/) / 09.2015