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The test track – 40 m in diameter and 120 m long – is a first in Europe. © Murielle Gerber/EPFL

EPFL now has its own Hyperloop test track

— Engineers at EPFL’s DESL lab, working in association with EPFL spin-off Swisspod, have built a Hyperloop test track on the Lausanne campus. They will use the loop – a large vacuum tube for ultra-high-speed travel – to test a linear induction motor. The research is being funded by an Innosuisse grant.

Being able to get around other than by car is sometimes a luxury. © iStock

Some urban commuters have no choice but to take their car

— An EPFL study shows that suburban commuters do not necessarily take environmental concerns into account when deciding whether to use their car. Many car commuters – especially those with hectic schedules – feel they have no other choice. That’s especially true when it comes to working mothers.

© 2021 EPFL Swiss Solar Boat, baptisé "Dahu"

Swiss Solar Boat competes with a revolutionary design

— The Swiss Solar Boat is the first solar-powered boat designed entirely by EPFL students. Modeled after a Polynesian canoe, it will compete in the upcoming Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge and, for the first time, have a pilot on bord.

LASUR conducted similar surveys in 1994 and 2011, and then – as now – Bern proved to be a model city. ©istock

Which type of transportation user are you?

— Sociologists at EPFL conducted a survey of the factors that prompt people to select one form of transportation over another, and then compared the results from cities across Switzerland.

The 3D detector can be set up to 40 meters away. © Alain herzog / EPFL 2021

3D detectors measure social distancing to help fight Covid-19

— A team of EPFL researchers has repurposed an algorithm they initially developed for self-driving cars to help people comply with social distancing requirements. Their program, which works with a camera, can detect whether individuals are maintaining the right distance to prevent infection – without collecting any personal data. It could be useful for public transport systems, in shops and restaurants, and even in factories.

ScanVan © DHLAB / EPFL

3D models to explore the future of urban digitization

— A multidisciplinary Swiss team explored the future of urban digitization in its theoretical, technical, and legal dimensions by modeling the city of Sion with an innovative ScanVan.

The robust model that can predict when a systemic shift is about to occur. ©istock

Topological data analysis can help predict crashes

— EPFL scientists, together with local startup L2F, have developed a robust model that can predict when a systemic shift is about to occur, based on methods from a branch of mathematics called topological data analysis.

© 2021 EPFL

Clean hydrogen can reduce the climate impact of industries

— EPFL engineers are taking part in PROMETEO – an EU research project to generate hydrogen on a large scale from renewable sources, in an effort to lower industrial carbon emissions.

Artificial Intelligence technology © 2021 4X-image

EPFL algorithm in the world's most popular deep learning software

— PyTorch is used for countless AI applications ranging from Tesla’s Autopilot to Facebook’s translation software and its latest version, just launched, features an EPFL communication-efficient training algorithm that even helps the planet. 

Car-sharing has yet to become a permanent part of the urban transportation landscape. © IStock

Using algorithms to improve car-sharing systems

— For his PhD thesis at EPFL, Martin Repoux examined solutions for improving how car-sharing systems manage their fleets and parking places. The models he created, particularly for a car-sharing provider in Grenoble, France, helped boost the service levels and increase profitability.

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