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New laser helps LiDAR for driverless cars

— An international collaboration team of EPFL and Purdue University has developed a hybrid integrated laser that may help the next generation LiDAR for the automotive industry.

Artemis, the latest Formula Student racer of EPFL Racing Team. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

EPFL Racing Team bets on Artemis to bring home the wins

— The team unveiled its latest car yesterday evening at EPFL’s new makerspace. Their speedster will compete in four Formula Student Electric races throughout Europe this summer.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

Prof. Alahi among 100 Most influential Scholar in Computer Vision

— The professor, head of the Visual intelligence for transportation lab, has received the award delivered by AMiner.

Glider over mountains © iStock /  EPFL 2022

Gliding to Greater Sustainability

— Imagine designing a robotic glider able to accelerate to 800km per hour using only the wind at its back. Combining passion with work, EPFL Professor Pascal Fua is leading research to develop the required capabilities, with important implications for sustainability.

The DESL team hopes to develop a method for certifying batteries for second-life applications. © Alain Herzog/EPFL

Electric car batteries could soon get a second lease on life

— EPFL has joined six other Swiss research institutions in CircuBAT, an initiative selected for the first Innosuisse Flagship program, in order to develop a circular business model for lithium-ion batteries.

Aude Billard, head of LASA et Diego Paez, postdoc at LASA © Alain Herzog / 2021 EPFL

Developing a crowd-friendly robotic wheelchair

— Robotic wheelchairs may soon be able to move through crowds smoothly and safely. As part of CrowdBot, an EU-funded project, EPFL researchers are exploring the technical, ethical and safety issues related to this kind of technology. The aim of the project is to eventually help the disabled get around more easily.

Amir Rezaie, CEO of SwissInspect. © Alain Herzog / EPFL

Using images and artificial intelligence to inspect bridges

— EPFL startup SwissInspect has developed a novel bridge-inspection system that combines structural engineering with drone technology, artificial intelligence and computer vision. SwissInspect is the result of research at Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (EESD) in collaboration with Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) on the image-based inspection and monitoring of structural elements.The company plans to test its system, which offers major advantages over visual inspection methods, on around 50 bridges in Switzerland.

© 2022 Alain Herzog

Making installed train windows permeable to mobile-phone signals

— EPFL spin-off nu glass has successfully tested a portable system that makes the window panes on railcars permeable to mobile communications. This can bring significant environmental and cost benefits to railway companies and mobile-phone operators, since they’ll no longer have to install signal boosters to provide wireless connectivity for passengers.

Illustration of switchable wettability © S. Yoon, TH Shen, V. Tileli

Scientists overcome a hurdle on the path to renewable-energy storage

— EPFL scientists have observed how catalysts behave at the particle level during water electrolysis. Catalysts play a crucial role in this reaction, in which water splits into hydrogen and oxygen. By shedding light on the underlying mechanism of the functional role of catalysts during the reaction, the scientists have made an important discovery for the design of renewable-energy storage systems.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

Impact of electromobility on the power system

— Online workshop on January 25th, 2022.

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