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.

ProjectInstructor IInstructor II
Evaluation and prediction of world population dynamicsMeibom AndersBenettin Paolo
Analyse sociale et spatiale de enjeux du projet “nature en ville”, Ville de LausannePattaroni LucaStavo-Debauge Joan
Enjeux socio-architecturaux de l’accueil des migrant-e-s précaires à GenèvePattaroni LucaFelder Maxime Carl
Analyse spatiale du potentiel d’hospitalité urbaine à Genève face aux défis migratoiresPattaroni LucaDrevon Guillaume Simon Joseph
Evaluation of indoor comfort using field study dataKarmann CarolineWienold Jan
Représentation en VR (réalité virtuelle) de cas de charge dans un bâtiment/structureMeibom AndersLeonardi Claudio
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKILMeibom Anders 
Building and testing a low-cost thermal manikinLicina Dusan 
Indoor air quality, lighting and thermal comfort assessment in office buildingLicina Dusan 
Vague d’impulsion due à des avalanchesAncey Christophe 
Using thermal imagery to identify energy hotspots in urban areasMauree DasaradenCastello Roberto
Terrain Texture Modeling for UAV MappingSkaloud Jan 
Suivi in situ de la reptation d’un manteau neigeuxAncey Christophe 
Suivi des effets d’une inondation temporaire contrôlée (printemps 2019) sur l’évolution d’un sol tourbeux dans la Plaine de l’OrbeGuenat Claire 
Sensitivity analysis patient specific bone modelMolinari Jean-FrançoisPioletti Dominique
Reconstitution de la crue de la Drance de Bagnes après la débâcle du GiétrozAncey Christophe 
Quantification de l’impact socio-climatique de l’intégration végétation en milieu urbaniséMauree DasaradenBinder Signer Claudia Rebeca
projet SKIL – propose YOUR projectMeibom Anders 
Projet ENAC (mineurIDEAS):Stratégies et techniques pour la réutilisation de l’architecture du XXe siècleMarino GiuliaGraf Franz
Passerelle en boisNatterer Johannes 
Open City Research Platform 2020Guaita PatriciaBaur Raffael
Multimodal interactions utilising data from an experiment with a swarm of dronesBarmpounakis EmmanouilMontesinos Ferrer Martí
Modeling purchases of new cars for 2015: a comparison between countries.Fernández Antolín AnnaPacheco Paneque Meritxell
Mobile clinic for humanitarian actionVannucci RiccardoHostettler Silvia
Le Canal de Panama – passé, présent, futureDe Cesare Giovanni 
Influence of Surface Texture on Drone MappingSkaloud JanCucci Davide Antonio
Indoor air quality, comfort and occupant satisfaction assessment in an office buildingLicina DusanUllal André
Human-centric evaluation of advanced shading systems for visual comfortKarmann CarolineWienold Jan
Gestion de la mobilité dans les grands événementsPattaroni LucaDrevon Guillaume Simon Joseph
Formules de transport solide en rivière et structures morphologiquesAncey Christophe 
Evaluation sismique des bâtiments de Terre des Hommes à BexLestuzzi Pierino 
Evaluation and prediction of world population dynamicsMeibom AndersBenettin Paolo
Evaluating the need for energy storage to enhance autonomy of neighbourhoodsMauree Dasaraden 
Etude de l’impact des conditions de stationnement au lieu de travail sur le choix du mode de transport pour les trajets domicile-travailKaufmann Vincent 
Construction en bois – ENACNatterer Johannes 
CO-CULTURE OF MICROALGAE AND BACTERIA FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENTBreider Florian 
Characterizing daylit architectural scenes through image statisticsKarmann CarolineAndersen Marilyne
Autonomous Integrity Monitoring in GNSS + SystemsSkaloud JanGarcia Crespillo Omar
Arrêt d’une avalancheAncey Christophe 
ARC-HEST: Swiss-Korean Academic Exchange ProgramKhovalyg DolaanaLicina Dusan
Applying saliency models in daylit architectural scenes: an exploratory studyKarmann CarolineAndersen Marilyne
Analysis of the value of demand forecasting within vehicle sharing systemsAtaç SelinBortolomiol Stefano
A benchtop model of a geothermal reservoir and power-plantLecampion BriceLoginov Dmitry
A Prototype Pavillon in Textile Reinforced Concrete_Summer Workshop at EPFL FribourgBaur RaffaelGuaita Patricia
A comparative study of indoor environmental quality in temporary emergency sheltersLicina DusanUllal André
3D microstructural analysis of a material of your choiceTurberg Pascal 
Dimensionnement d’une structure par la méthode des champs de contraintesFernández Ruiz Miguel 
Etude hydraulique de la Navisence (Zinal, VS)Ancey Christophe 
Daylighting in a Smart Building design projectWienold JanAguacil Moreno Sergi
projet SKIL – propose YOUR projectMeibom Anders