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A coach, coordinator, facilitator and, above all, sailor

— Professor Robin Amacher holds degrees in naval architecture and materials engineering, but his real passion lies in sailing. He draws on his various skills to guide students through exciting cross-disciplinary projects like SP80 and Swiss Solar Boat.

Hydromea testing its underwater communication system © 2020 EPFL

Three spin-offs make the finals of a deep tech startup competition

— Three EPFL spin-offs – CompPair, Hydromea and Nanogence – have made it through to the finals of the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, an international startup competition that is being held virtually this year. The teams will have three minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.

Bicycles and e-bikes continue to enjoy considerable potential, according to the researchers. ©Adrian-Xurxo Entenza

Vaud residents embrace clean commuting and public transport

— EPFL has established a comprehensive overview of commuting practices by Vaud residents and their views on available means of transport.

Lausanne's train station has numerous bike parking places. © 2020 R. Carlier

Bike-and-ride, an innovative opportunity for the Lake Geneva region

— As part of his Master's project at EPFL's Urban Sociology Laboratory (LASUR), Felix Boesch conducted a survey on the combined use of bicycles and trains in the Lausanne and Nyon urban agglomerations. Based on the assumption that supply creates demand, Boesch has formulated several proposals for boosting the modal share of this type of transportation, which is still underused in the region.

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EPFL tests out self-driving delivery service

— Starting on 12 October, EPFL’s Lausanne campus will serve as a testing ground for a high-tech delivery service that uses a self-driving van. A pioneering initiative that is set to develop further.

“Now you can go almost everywhere by train in Europe,"says Alain Azzi. © DR

Alain Azzi: public transport, puzzles and praise

— Alain Azzi – a recent mechanical engineering graduate from EPFL – has won the 2020 LITRA Award for his Master’s thesis on making Lausanne’s bus system fully electric by 2030. And he’s grateful to EPFL for the experience.

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Microbes working together multiply biomass conversion possibilities

— Non-edible plants are a promising alternative to crude oil, but their heterogenous composition can be a challenge to producing high yields of useful products. Scientists from EPFL, the University of Cambridge, and the Bern University of Applied Sciences have developed a platform that combines different microorganisms that can make a dramatic difference.

Drone-based aerial photogrammetry. © E.Cledat / TOPO / EPFL

New and improved drone mapping software

— For his thesis, an ENAC PhD student has enhanced the accuracy and reliability of drone mapping – a technique that is gaining traction across many sectors of society.

Households in the countryside have larger carbon footprints than those in the city. © iStockphoto.com/AJ_Watt

Our carbon footprint is highly impacted by how we live

— Swiss households have excessively large carbon footprints. However, that footprint depends more on socio-economic status than location – whether the household is in the countryside or the city – because people travel more in the country but consume more in cities.

EPFL Racing Team's students spent a day demonstrating their technical expertise to qualify. ©Alain Herzog/EPFL

A summer of speed for EPFL Racing

— EPFL and its electric single-seater racing car will take part in Formula Student motor racing competitions in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany this summer.

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