The laboratories

More than 40 EPFL laboratories have competences in the field of mobility and transport. The list is not exhaustive.

ASPG – Applied signal processing Group

Jean-Marc Vesin (STI)

The researchs of the ASPG focuses on the development and application of robust signal processing techniques, mainly for biomedical applications.

BIOROB – Biorobotics Laboratory

Prof. Auke Ijspeert (STI)

The Biorobotics Laboratory work on the computational aspects of locomotion control, sensorimotor coordination, and learning in animals and in robots.

CEAT – Urban and Regional Planning Community

Jérôme Chenal (ENAC)

Speciality areas: investigating problems, programs and public policies with a spatial impact; management of projects of a complex nature or featuring elements of conflict; setting-up of decision-making processes; the study and subsequent assessment of project implementation; organizing insertion into a large institutional network; and acting as interface between scientist and practitioner.

CEDE – Center for Digital Education

Prof. Pierre Dillenbourg

The center aims to foster the adoption of MOOCs both within EPFL and by partners of EPFL.

CEN – Energy Center

The Energy Center intends to foster multidisciplinary research projects and networks to develop sustainable energy conversion, storage, transportation, distribution and end-use systems and technologies.

CMCS – Chair of Modelling and Scientific Computing

Prof. Alfio Quarteroni (SB)

CNBI – Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-machine Interface

Prof. José del R. Millán (STI)

The focus of CNBI research is on the direct use of human brain signals to control devices and interact with our environment. The team is involved in a large set of complementary projects, which balance the development of prototypes —where robust real-time operation is critical— and the exploration of new principles.

CNPA – Laboratory of Digital Culture for Architectural Projects

Prof. Bernard Cache (ENAC)

The CNPA has two main areas of research: transposing the design and manufacturing methodologies of the industry to architecture and incorporating this transposition into a tradition of architectural culture.

CVLAB – Computer Vision Laboratory

Prof. Pascal Fua (IC)

One important focus of the research of the Computer Vision Laboratory is the recovery of deformable and articulated 3D motion from single video sequences. CVLAB is also active in the areas of multi-camera surveillance, augmented reality, and medical image processing.

DEDIS – Decentralized and Distributed Systems Laboratory

Prof. Bryan Ford (IC)

DEDIS is working on a number of projects related to large-scale collective authorities (cothorities), that distribute trust among a number of independent parties to allow scalable self-organizing communities.

DESL – Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory

Prof. Mario Paolone (STI)

The research activities of DESL refer to the development of smart grid concept solutions in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic and secure electricity supply. These solutions aim to integrate intelligently the actions of all users connected to the electrical network whatever they are generators or consumers.

DHLAB – Digital Humanities Laboratory

Prof Frédéric Kaplan (CHD)

The Digital Humanities Laboratory develops new computational approaches for rediscovering the past and anticipating the future.

DIAS – Data-Intensive Applications and Systems Laboratory

Prof. Anastasia Ailamaki (IC)

DIAS adapts data management technology to IT architecture trends and automates the design of physical databases.

DISAL – Distributed Intelligent Systems and Algorithms Laboratory

Prof. Alcherio Martinoli (ENAC)

DISAL’s research mission focuses on the development of (automatic) design, modeling, control, and optimization methodologies for distributed, intelligent systems. A special emphasis is currently set on real-time, embedded systems such as multi-robot platforms, sensor and actuators networks, and intelligent vehicles.

DISOPT – Chair of Discrete Optimization

Prof. Friedrich Eisenbrand (SB)

DISOPT’s research focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms for discrete optimization problems. We contribute with theoretical results in this area as well as with the application of our research to real-word problems.

GEL – Geo-energy Laboratory

Prof. Brice Lecampion (ENAC)

GEL is working on fundamentals and applied research problems associated with sub-surface geo-energy projects: deep geo-thermal energy, CO­2 storage, Oil and Gas production.

GEM – Groupe of Energy Materials

Dr. Jan Van Herle (STI)

GEM performs R & D on fuel cells and electrolysis, concentrating on solid oxide technology (600-800°C) to convert hydrocarbons (natural gas, biofuels) into electricity and heat (gas-to-cogeneration) and convert excess electricity and waste heat into fuel (power-to-gas).

HERUS – Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems

Prof. Claudia Binder (ENAC)

At the interdisciplinary chair HERUS, we develop innovative concepts and tools on how to integrate knowledge from both the social as well as the natural sciences in order to measure, analyze, interpret and optimize human-environment interactions in urban areas.

IPESE – Industrial Process and Energy Systems Engineering

Prof. François Maréchal (STI)

The IPESE research group is working on the process and energy system engineering for efficient use and reuse of energy, efficient energy conversion, integration of renewables and complex system integration.

LAB-U Laboratory of Urbanism

Prof. Paola Viganò (ENAC)

Lab-U explores the possibility of conceiving the city as a renewable resource, exploring the potential of a transformation that recycles the existing to the full.

LAMD – Laboratory for Applied Mechanical Design

Prof. Jürg Schiffmann (STI)

Research at the LAMD is focused on the design and experimental investigation of small scale turbomachinery for decentralized energy conversion. Typical applications range from small scale gas turbines, compressors for domestic heat pumps to high speed expanders for waste heat recovery using Organic Rankine Cycles. Particular emphasis is given to the domestic and the transportation sector.

LASIG – Geographic Information Systems Laboratory

Prof. François Golay (ENAC)

The research projects conducted at the LASIG contribute to a better territorial management. Through the acquisition of knowledge and the development of methods and tools the laboratories research aims to an efficient and adequate use of geographic information.

LASUR – Urban Sociology and Mobility Laboratory

Prof. Vincent Kaufmann (ENAC)

The LASUR confronts urban phenomena through the mobility capacities of its actors. In this perspective, the principal research themes are daily mobility, residential history, the dynamics of suburbanization and gentrification, public space, and network management.

LCA1 – Computer Communications and Applications Laboratory 1

Prof. Jean-Pierre Hubaux (IC)

The mission of the LCA is to perform basic and applied research in networking and related fields.

LEMA-AC – Acoustic Group

Dr. Hervé Lissek (STI)

The Acoustic Group of the Laboratoire d’Electromagnétisme et d’Acoustique (LEMA, directed by Prof. Juan Mosig) is involved in numerous research activities related to acoustics, focusing on electroacoustics and noise control engineering.

LEM – Logistics, economy and management Chair

Dr. Philippe Wieser (CDM)

The areas of research of the LEM include: analysis, design and implementation of logistical systems (for both goods and persons); development of tools and methods for the management of logistical systems; analysis of industrial policies and their impact on physical and logical flows; study of relationships between production strategies, logistical systems organization and transportation flows.

LEPA – Laboratory of Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry

Prof. Hubert Girault (SB)

LEPA focuses on physical and analytical electrochemistry. LEPA’s research focuses on energy conversion, supercritical CO2 reduction, redox flow batteries and electromobility. LEPA also runs a demonstration project in Martigny focusing on hydrogen mobility.

LESO-PB – Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory

Prof. Jean-Louis Scartezzini (ENAC)

Research at the EPFL Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory focuses on energy efficiency and the implementation of renewable energies in buildings and cities.

LMAF – Laboratory of Applied Mechanics and Reliability Analysis

Prof. John Botsis (STI)

The research at LMAF is focused on the mechanics of solids and structures with special emphases on damage and fracture of composites, reliability analysis, contact mechanics, dynamics and biomechanics

LMOM – Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Materials

Prof. Holger Frauenrath (STI)

The LMOM pursue an interdisciplinary research program at the interface of synthetic chemistry, supramolecular self-assembly, and materials science.

LMTS – Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory

Prof. Herbert Shea (STI)

LMTS’ goal is to develop soft complex machines, integrating actuations, position and force sensing, stiffness control, and stretchable electronics.

LPAC – Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites

Prof. Véronique Michaud (STI)

The objective of LPAC is to establish the scientific base for the next generation of materials and processes in the fast-growing fields of polymers and composites.

LSIR – Distributed Information Systems Laboratory

Prof. Karl Aberer (IC)

Research in LSIR focuses on efficient peer-2-peer systems, trust management, large-scale semantic interoperability, and self-organization in decentralized information systems.

LSM – Microelectronic Systems laboratory

Prof. Yusuf Leblebici (STI)

The LSM concentrates its activities on the design and implementation of high-performance digital and mixed-signal VLSI circuits, language-based modeling and validation of SoC components, neuromorphic / bio-inspired system architectures, and integration of novel technologies for complex system design.

LSMS – Computational Solid Mechanics Laboratory

Prof. Jean-François Molinari (ENAC)

LSMS conduct cutting-edge research at the interface between Mechanics, Materials Science and Scientific Computing.

LTS2 – Signal Processing Laboratory 2

Prof. Pierre Vandergheynst (STI)

The research of the LTS2 focuses on complex data processing.

LTS4 – Signal Processing Laboratory 4

Prof. Pascal Frossard (STI)

The research at LTS4 mainly focuses on visual information processing, analysis and coding, and on media streaming and closely related fields.

LTS5 – Signal Processing Laboratory 5

Prof. Jean-Philippe Thiran (STI)

LTS5 research covers the following domains: image segmentation, object detection and tracking; multimodal signal and image analysis and medical image analysis.

LUTS – Urban Transport Systems Laboratory

Prof. Nikolas Geroliminis (ENAC)

LUTS’s research activities focus on three main complementary directions: modeling, monitoring and control of urban transport systems.

MIR – La Poste Chair in Network industry Management & e-governance

Prof. Matthias Finger (CDM)

The Chair MIR studies the de- and re-regulation, as well as the governance and the management of the network industries, postal services, telecommunications, electricity, water distribution and sanitation, air transport and railways with a special focus on the role the ICTs play in both transforming and governing these industries.

REACT – Coordination and Interaction Systems Group

Dr. Denis Gillet (STI)

The interdisciplinary research carried out in the React Group aims at handling real-time coordination and distributed interaction challenges using systems engineering methodologies.

RESSLAB – Resilient Steel Structures Laboratory

Prof. Dimitrios Lignos (ENAC)

The RESSLab integrates the teaching and research related to the design and behavior of steel and composite-steel structures under multiple hazards.

SDSC – Swiss Data Science Center

Olivier Verscheure

The SDSC is a joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich that aims to accelerate data science through through both an expansion of education and research.

TOPO – Laboratory of Geodetic Engineering

Prof. Bertrand Merminod (ENAC)

The core lecturing and research activity of TOPO are in geomatics engineering. Based on the scientific frame-work of geodesy this is one of the key information technology of the 21st century that integrates acquisition, modeling, analysis, and management of spatially referenced data.

TRANSP-OR – Transport and Mobility Laboratory

Prof. Michel Bierlaire (ENAC)

TRANSP-OR is active in modeling, optimization and simulation of transportation systems, with a specific emphasis on the mobility of individuals.

VITA – Visual lntelligence for Transportation

Prof. Alexandre Alahi (ENAC)

VITA work on the theoretical challenges and practical applications of socially-aware systems, i.e., machines that can not only perceive human behavior, but reason with social intelligence in the context of transportation problems and smart spaces.