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The virtual defense was held over Zoom © Monique Bolli

Monique Bolli defends first IAGS doctoral thesis

— On March 27th, doctoral student Monique Bolli of the College of Humanities (CDH) Institute for Area and Global Studies (IAGS) successfully defended her thesis – the first in the IAGS program.

Each project addresses mobility, whether from a social, cultural, computational, or technological perspective © iStock

CROSS program funds six new projects for 2020

— The Collaborative Research on Science and Society (CROSS) program in the College of Humanities (CDH) is pleased to announce six projects funded for the year 2020, all on the theme of “mobility”.

EPFL data scientist Robert West believes it’s going to take more than statements from scientists to communicate about COVID-19 effectively © iStock

How digital humanities can help in a pandemic

— With the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a race against the clock to implement science-based measures to protect society’s most vulnerable populations. Public engagement with data has never been more urgent, and as EPFL professor Robert West explains, digital humanities research has a key role to play.

Jean-André Davy-Guidicelli tests the space divider prototypes (image from Feb. 2020, before COVID-19) © INSSINC/Vivian Ambros

EPFL students innovate educational solutions in Bangalore schools

— For the second edition of the India Switzerland Social Innovation Camp (INSSINC), ten students spent two weeks in February prototyping multifaceted solutions to challenges facing underserved communities in India.

At ArtLab, actors and musicians await soundpainter Walter Thompson's instructions © Constance Frei

EPFL learns how to 'soundpaint'

— Students from EPFL and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) brought their musical, theatrical, and dance skills to ArtLab for a unique workshop and performance series led by Walter Thompson, inventor of the real-time composing sign language known as soundpainting.

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