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 may also choose to participate in a MAKE project for their ENAC semester project.

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.

In addition to the projects below, the projects MAKE Réemploi et Low Tech en zone urbaine, Carbon Removal, Agrifood, Genorobotics and Swiss Solar Boat can also be chosen, in which case the students can contact the project coordinator for more information.

Project Supervisor I Supervisor II
étude du charriage torrentiel par une méthode sismique Ancey Christophe  
Etude hydraulique de la Navisence (Zinal, VS) Ancey Christophe  
Prévision en temps réel des crues Ancey Christophe  
Gestion de l’envasement du port de plaisance d’Ars-en-Ré De Cesare Giovanni Amini Azin
Le Canal de Panama – passé, présent, future De Cesare Giovanni  
Modeling purchases of new cars for 2015: a comparison between countries. Fernández Antolín Anna Pacheco Paneque Meritxell
Air quality monitoring using data from a swarm of drones Geroliminis Nikolaos Barmpounakis Emmanouil
Reproducing and improving state-of-the-art prediction methods of traffic states (speed, occupancy, or flow) over freeway networks Geroliminis Nikolaos  
Measuring plant water and carbon transport using X-ray micro-tomography Grossiord Charlotte Turberg Pascal
Investigating ocular responses to discomfort glare from the sun behind coloured glazing Jain Sneha Wienold Jan
Investigating ocular responses to discomfort glare from the sun behind coloured glazing Jain Sneha Wienold Jan
Quantification de l’impact socio-climatique de l’intégration végétation en milieu urbanisé Javanroodi Kavan Florio Pietro
Quantifying the impacts of urban greenery on the microclimate under typical and extreme weather conditions Javanroodi Kavan Florio Pietro
Towards climate-resilient urban neighborhoods: assessment of urban densification scenarios under the impacts of climate change in Switzerland Javanroodi Kavan  
Energypolis footprint Kantor Ivan Daniel Maréchal François
Can we infer our spatial preferences from the way we move our heads? Karmann Caroline Andersen Marilyne
Evaluation of indoor comfort using field study data Karmann Caroline Wienold Jan
Human-centric evaluation of advanced shading systems for visual comfort Karmann Caroline Wienold Jan
EPFL Xplore: Drilling Mechanism for soil collect and measurements Laloui Lyesse  
Pile interaction effects and environmental impacts of refrigerant on the performance of an energy pile foundation Laloui Lyesse Ravera Elena
A benchtop model of a geothermal reservoir and power-plant Lecampion Brice Talebkeikhah Mohsen
Site Selection for a CO2 geological storage Pilot in Switzerland Lecampion Brice  
Evaluation sismique des bâtiments de Terre des Hommes à Bex Lestuzzi Pierino  
Evolution de la vulnérabilité sismique à l’échelle de l’agglomération: Yverdon Lestuzzi Pierino  
Air Quality and Thermal comfort Investigation in a Simulated Spacecraft Cabin Licina Dusan  
Air Quality and Thermal comfort Investigation in a Simulated Spacecraft Cabin Licina Dusan  
Can refined knowledge of outdoor particulate matter across Europe result in improved design of ventilation air filters? Licina Dusan Belias Evangelos
Examining natural ventilation potential in Swiss apartment buildings with regard to energy use and occupant well-being Licina Dusan  
Indoor air quality assessment in residential buildings Licina Dusan  
Projet ENAC (mineurIDEAS):Stratégies et techniques pour la réutilisation de l’architecture du XXe siècle Marino Giulia Graf Franz
Evaluation and prediction of world population dynamics Meibom Anders Benettin Paolo
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKIL Meibom Anders  
Hands-on sustainability projects in the SKIL Meibom Anders  
Low Tech Design : Propose or join a project Meibom Anders  
projet SKIL – propose YOUR project Meibom Anders  
projet SKIL – propose YOUR project Meibom Anders  
Numerical modelling of a fracture roughness from micro-CT data Molinari Jean-François Turberg Pascal
Conception et dimensionnement d’une passerelle sur l’A1 pour piétons et cyclistes / GE Muttoni Aurelio Dreier Damien
Dimensionnement et conception d’une galerie de protection “La Savanne Arolla/VS” Muttoni Aurelio Dreier Damien
Construction en bois – ENAC Natterer Johannes  
Passerelle en bois Natterer Johannes  
Analyse architecturale et sociologique des lieux d’accueil temporaires pour sans-abris Pattaroni Luca Felder Maxime Carl
Industrial citizen revolution : économie circulaire et ville Pattaroni Luca  
Industrial citizen revolution I : industrie, histoire et urbanisme Pattaroni Luca  
L’habitat intergénérationnel : un prototype H4G Pattaroni Luca  
Logement et société : enquête sur l’espace domestique dans le Canton de Genève Pattaroni Luca  
Mobilité quotidienne et logement dans le Canton de Genève Pattaroni Luca Clément Garance
urbanisme et biodiversité Pattaroni Luca  
Impact of window views on building occupant’s comfort and well-being Pierson Clotilde Wienold Jan
Influence of building occupants’ view direction on their non-visual responses to light Pierson Clotilde Andersen Marilyne
Simulation environment for reinforcement learning based design of drones formation for traffic monitoring Senouf Ortal Yona Geroliminis Nikolaos
Autonomous Integrity Monitoring in GNSS + Systems Skaloud Jan Garcia Crespillo Omar
Influence of Surface Texture on Drone Mapping Skaloud Jan Cucci Davide Antonio
Terrain Texture Modeling for UAV Mapping Skaloud Jan  
Assessing the potential for CCUS Thalmann Philippe  
Conception et/ou gestion d’un parc de logements ou de bureaux dans une optique de réduction des m2 par personne Thalmann Philippe  
Innovative technologies to accelerate the energetic renovation of buildings Thalmann Philippe Goto Takayoshi
Prosperity without growth Thalmann Philippe  
Saving the tropical forests Thalmann Philippe Vöhringer Frank
Utilisation de ressources en lien avec la construction et l’utilisation de logements Thalmann Philippe  
3D microstructural analysis of a material of your choice Turberg Pascal  
Application of high resolution X-ray computed tomography (micro-CT) to the analysis of tree rings patterns in dendrochronological and forest ecosystem studies Turberg Pascal Grossiord Charlotte
Micro-CT based bioinspired structure for composites Vassilopoulos Anastasios Turberg Pascal
Daylighting in a Smart Building design project Wienold Jan Aguacil Moreno Sergi
Zooplankton Diel Vertical Migration in Lake Léman Wüest Alfred Johny Minaudo Camille Roland Marie