College of Humanities

Bringing together engineering and the humanities

About the CDH

The College of Humanities (CDH) encourages joint research and educational programs that combine the human and social sciences with engineering, life sciences, natural sciences and the other technical fields taught at EPFL. We work through a variety of teaching, research and public outreach programs as described below.

CDH in brief

This year our school has 74 employees, seven faculty members and 130 teachers, and offers 146 classes on a wide variety of topics. We are also home to two research centers – the Digital Humanities Institute (DHI) and the Institute for Area and Global Studies (IAGS) – as well as ArtLab and the CDH-Culture program, which puts on a range of artistic and cultural events.

Our teaching, research and public outreach activities are carried out using what we call a POLY-perspective approach based on the principles of:

  1. cross-disciplinary thinking
  2. big-picture awareness
  3. responsible citizenship
  4. creativity


ArtLab EPFL - photo Adrien Barakat

ArtLab EPFL – photo Adrien Barakat

EPFL Pavilions

Learn more about ArtLab

EPFL Pavilions, located in the middle of EPFL’s Lausanne campus, consists of three pavilions that bring together art, research and technology. The exhibitions held by ArtLab explore the many ways that digital technology and engineering are changing the way we experience art and our cultural heritage. Entry free of charge.

CDH events

Next events

Comparative musicology: The science of the world’s music – Talk by Prof Patrick Savage – Keio University SFC


With: Prof. Patrick Savage
Place and room: By Zoom
Category: Conferences – Seminars

Philosophy Hour: Ask philosophy teachers your existential questions!


With: Dr Johan Rochel, specialist in philosophy of law and applied ethics  
Category: Cultural events

Nature of Robotics: An Expanded Field


With: EPFL: Prof. Auke Ijspeert’s Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob), Prof. Herbert Shea’s Soft Transducers Laboratory (LMTS), Prof. Selman Sakar’s MicroBioRobotic Systems (MICROBS) Laboratory, Prof Jamie Paik’s Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (RRL). Artistes: Haseeb Ahmed, Claudia Comte, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Agnes Denes, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Urs Fischer, Basim Magdy, Jürg Lehni, Adrien Missika, Katja Novitskova, Trevor Paglen, Léa Pereyre & PATHOS, Jean Tinguely et Suzanne Treister
Place and room: EPFL pavilions
Category: Exhibitions

Rohrwerk, pavillon sonore

ROHRWERK – pavillon sonore


With: Compositeurs: Beat Gysin (idée et concept), Nicolas Buzzi, Emilio Guim, Marianthi Papalexandri, German Toro-Perez et Denis Schuler Architectes: Bureau Made In (François Charbonnet et Patrick Heiz) Scénographe: Peter Affentranger Musiciens : Shuyue Zhao, Jens Bracher, Stephen Menotti, brise Anne, Jeanne Larrouturou – Studio-klangraum
Place and room: Patio extérieur du Rolex Learning Center
Category: Cultural events