ENAC semester project

An ENAC semester project (4 ECTS) can be carried out during the first three semesters of the Master cycle. This course allows students to apply and consolidate their theoretical knowledge to plan and realize interdisciplinary research projects.

Students can choose between different interdisciplinary topics offered by ENAC teachers. Students have also the possibility to develop their own project ideas and have access to SKIL, a workshop environment permitting the realization of hands-on projects.

Students can choose to follow either an ENAC Semester Project or an ENAC Summer Workshop and integrate it into their study plan as follows:

  • Master in Civil Engineering: among the branches of Block 2
  • Master in Environmental Science and Engineering: instead of a SIE Project
  • Master in Architecture: as an optional branch

In the ENAC Semester Project, the aim is that students do not only perform an interdisciplinary project, but are also are equipped with the tools to design an interdisciplinary project themselves. Student use the interdisciplinary bridges by conducting autonomously an interdisciplinary research project. The expected transversal and interdisciplinary learning outcomes of the ENAC Semester Projects are:

Practical intelligence Plan and carry out an interdisciplinary project independently; fix objectives, manage and monitor progress of work; present, discuss and communicate research results to different disciplines.
Creative intelligence Explore research questions in a wider context; develop risky hypotheses; design and defend coherent and innovative solutions.
Analytical intelligence Identify and structure the problem in a systemic way; analyze the complexity of the system; synthetize information; critically evaluate solutions and results; apply interdisciplinary knowledge to new problems or themes.
Reflective intelligence Be aware of the challenges of interdisciplinary work and develop solutions to deal with them; reflect on the relevance of different approaches and integrate tools from multiple disciplines; be aware of the social and human implications of engineers/architects; take responsibility for the environmental impacts of one’s actions and decisions; anticipate and adapt to unforeseen challenges in a project.

Students can work on an ENAC semester project individually or in groups with peers from one or more ENAC sections. ENAC semester projects can contribute to meeting mandatory requirements of the sections. Students obtain four credits for the successful completion of an ENAC semester project. In the context of the ENAC semester projects, students may also be supervised by a teacher from another EPFL school. In this case, an agreement has to be made between the respective sections.

Students choose the topic they are interested in from a list of projects provided by the teachers for the respective semester or submit their own ideas to potential supervisors. In any case, the students have to meet their teachers before the beginning of the semester (at semester start, at latest) to receive a confirmation for the supervision.

Project Instructor I Instructor II
Evaluation and prediction of world population dynamics Meibom Anders Benettin Paolo
Analyse sociale et spatiale de enjeux du projet “nature en ville”, Ville de Lausanne Pattaroni Luca Stavo-Debauge Joan
Enjeux socio-architecturaux de l’accueil des migrant-e-s précaires à Genève Pattaroni Luca Felder Maxime Carl
Analyse spatiale du potentiel d’hospitalité urbaine à Genève face aux défis migratoires Pattaroni Luca Drevon Guillaume Simon Joseph
Evaluation of indoor comfort using field study data Karmann Caroline Wienold Jan
Représentation en VR (réalité virtuelle) de cas de charge dans un bâtiment/structure Meibom Anders Leonardi Claudio
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKIL Meibom Anders  
Building and testing a low-cost thermal manikin Licina Dusan  
Indoor air quality, lighting and thermal comfort assessment in office building Licina Dusan  
Vague d’impulsion due à des avalanches Ancey Christophe  
Using thermal imagery to identify energy hotspots in urban areas Mauree Dasaraden Castello Roberto
Terrain Texture Modeling for UAV Mapping Skaloud Jan  
Suivi in situ de la reptation d’un manteau neigeux Ancey Christophe  
Suivi des effets d’une inondation temporaire contrôlée (printemps 2019) sur l’évolution d’un sol tourbeux dans la Plaine de l’Orbe Guenat Claire  
Sensitivity analysis patient specific bone model Molinari Jean-François Pioletti Dominique
Reconstitution de la crue de la Drance de Bagnes après la débâcle du Giétroz Ancey Christophe  
Quantification de l’impact socio-climatique de l’intégration végétation en milieu urbanisé Mauree Dasaraden Binder Signer Claudia Rebeca
projet SKIL – propose YOUR project Meibom Anders  
Projet ENAC (mineurIDEAS):Stratégies et techniques pour la réutilisation de l’architecture du XXe siècle Marino Giulia Graf Franz
Passerelle en bois Natterer Johannes  
Open City Research Platform 2020 Guaita Patricia Baur Raffael
Multimodal interactions utilising data from an experiment with a swarm of drones Barmpounakis Emmanouil Montesinos Ferrer Martí
Modeling purchases of new cars for 2015: a comparison between countries. Fernández Antolín Anna Pacheco Paneque Meritxell
Mobile clinic for humanitarian action Vannucci Riccardo Hostettler Silvia
Le Canal de Panama – passé, présent, future De Cesare Giovanni  
Influence of Surface Texture on Drone Mapping Skaloud Jan Cucci Davide Antonio
Indoor air quality, comfort and occupant satisfaction assessment in an office building Licina Dusan Ullal André
Human-centric evaluation of advanced shading systems for visual comfort Karmann Caroline Wienold Jan
Gestion de la mobilité dans les grands événements Pattaroni Luca Drevon Guillaume Simon Joseph
Formules de transport solide en rivière et structures morphologiques Ancey Christophe  
Evaluation sismique des bâtiments de Terre des Hommes à Bex Lestuzzi Pierino  
Evaluation and prediction of world population dynamics Meibom Anders Benettin Paolo
Evaluating the need for energy storage to enhance autonomy of neighbourhoods Mauree Dasaraden  
Etude de l’impact des conditions de stationnement au lieu de travail sur le choix du mode de transport pour les trajets domicile-travail Kaufmann Vincent  
Construction en bois – ENAC Natterer Johannes  
CO-CULTURE OF MICROALGAE AND BACTERIA FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT Breider Florian  
Characterizing daylit architectural scenes through image statistics Karmann Caroline Andersen Marilyne
Autonomous Integrity Monitoring in GNSS + Systems Skaloud Jan Garcia Crespillo Omar
Arrêt d’une avalanche Ancey Christophe  
ARC-HEST: Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange Program Khovalyg Dolaana Licina Dusan
Applying saliency models in daylit architectural scenes: an exploratory study Karmann Caroline Andersen Marilyne
Analysis of the value of demand forecasting within vehicle sharing systems Ataç Selin Bortolomiol Stefano
A benchtop model of a geothermal reservoir and power-plant Lecampion Brice Loginov Dmitry
A Prototype Pavillon in Textile Reinforced Concrete_Summer Workshop at EPFL Fribourg Baur Raffael Guaita Patricia
A comparative study of indoor environmental quality in temporary emergency shelters Licina Dusan Ullal André
3D microstructural analysis of a material of your choice Turberg Pascal  
Dimensionnement d’une structure par la méthode des champs de contraintes Fernández Ruiz Miguel  
Etude hydraulique de la Navisence (Zinal, VS) Ancey Christophe  
Daylighting in a Smart Building design project Wienold Jan Aguacil Moreno Sergi
projet SKIL – propose YOUR project Meibom Anders