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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.

© 2020 EPFL Alain Herzog

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.

© Alain Herzog/EPFL

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.

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