Ongoing Research Projects

Smart eTrolley: Lightweight vehicles for Intermodality Areas and Transportation Hubs (GVA, SBB)

Denis Gillet and Yves Piguet

Keywords: Connected and Autonomous vehicles, Mobility on Demand, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)

Commuting in large train stations or airports could be challenging for passengers such as tourists not knowing the place and their ways, elderly people with low mobility or high stress in crowd, parents traveling with children and luggage, or young people with sport equipment. This project investigate future solutions relying on lightweight vehicles such as connected and autonomous luggage trolleys to tackle these intermodality challenges.

DIARY: Digital Affordances for Improving Adolescent Mental Well-being with Application to Bullying (EPFLinnovators)

Maria GaciIsabelle Vonèche Cardia, Denis Gillet

Keywords: Social Entrepreneurship, Under-connected Areas, ICT for Development

In human-computer interaction, establishing trust is an important aspect of the design of digital affordances, such as mobile apps, especially for individuals who have the necessity of disclosing sensitive information regarding distressing experiences. As privacy and security have been identified as factors that nudge individuals into disclosing sensitive information, they could be utilized to design digital affordances for adolescents to disclose bullying. This project enhances approach that build upon existing models, and combines the social and technical dimension of trust for designing digital affordances for adolescents who are bullied at schools by the local community. The aim is to provide a digital solution that will help the anti- bullying intervention at schools in Switzerland and beyond.

MOOLs: Massive Open Online Laboratories

Denis Gillet, Christophe Salzmann

Keywords: Remote Labs, Cyber Physical Systems, ICT for Development, SDGs

This project supports countries in the Global South to implement digital solutions for higher education integrating (in a common engineering MOOC) remotely accessible laboratory equipment and learning analytics dashboards (as rich, pedagogical structured, open educational resources). It is co-financed by the swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN and carried out in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences in Wallis (Prof. Fariba Moghaddam).

Go-Ga: Go-Lab Goes Africa

Juan Carlos FarahDenis Gillet

Keywords: Inquiry Learning, Online Labs, Learning Analytics, Open Educational Resources, Digital Education

Deploying contextually engaging digital science, technology, engineering and mathematics educative content in Africa by adapting the proven Go-Lab ecosystem to local needs. The open access Go-Lab ecosystem includes a sharing platform , as well as an authoring and learning platform. Partners in Africa are CcHUB in Nigeria, EtriLabs in Benin, and eLimu in Kenya. Read more.

Next Generation Stakeholders and Next Level Ecosystem for ColLaborative Science Education with Online Labs (Next-Lab)

André Nogueira, Denis Gillet, Juan Carlos Farah, Maria Jesus (Chus) Rodriguez Triana, Mélissa Riesner, Alex Wild, Andrii Vozniuk, ​​​​​​​Adrian Holzer

Keywords: Learning Environments, Social Media, Learning Analytics, Human Computer Interaction, Online laboratories, Collaborative Learning, Inquiry Learning, Recommender Systems, Peer Assessment, 21st Century Skills

Next-Lab intends to change the educational landscape of science and technology education in Europe on a very large scale. The project offers through its repository (Golabz) a unique and extensive collection of interactive online labs that can be straightforwardly and efficiently combined through its digital education platform (Graasp) with dedicated support tools (learning apps) and multimedia material to truly form open, cloud-based, shareable educational resources with an embedded pedagogical structure. Next-Lab offers extensive opportunities for localisation and personalization together with analytics facilities monitoring students’ progress and achievements. Next-Lab builds on the highly successful (FP7) Go-Lab project that already offers online labs, inquiry learning apps, and authoring facilities for inquiry learning. To amplify the existing impact to the next-level innovation stage, Next-Lab extends the Go-Lab ecosystem with tools for the learning of 21st century skills and cover secondary and also primary education, to ensure an early positive attitude towards science and technology.

DriveForAll: Coordination of Connected and Automated Vehicles at Roundabouts

Ezequiel González Debada and Denis Gillet

Keywords: Connected and Autonomous vehicles, Collision Avoidance, Dynamic Coordination, Optimal Control, Reactive Control, Trajectory Planning

MINES ParisTech was sponsored by industrial partners Safran, Valeo and PSA Peugeot Citroën to launch an international effort on the future of ground autonomous driving. International academic partners are EPFL, UC Berkeley and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

SDSS-V: Developing a high accuracy, cost effective robot-positioners system for cosmology spectroscopic surveys (SLOAN)

Matin Macktoobian, Denis Gillet, Dominique Tao, and Laleh Makarem, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Kneib (Laboratory of Astrophysics)

Keywords: Astrobots, Collision-free Positioning

The next generation of large-scale spectroscopic survey experiments such as SDSS, will use thousands of fiber positioners packed at a focal plane. In order to maximize the observing time, the end-effectors of all positioners handling the fibers need to be actuated in parallel from the previous to the next target coordinates. Independent trajectory following are not feasible as the end-effectors share part of their operating space with their neighbors. In this project, we are investigating motion planning approaches based on a novel decentralized navigation function for collision-free coordination of fiber positioners.