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 or develop their own project ideas. 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.

The following list shows the topics of currently offered ENAC semester projects. The projects are in general supervised by multidisciplinary teams of ENAC teachers and – depending on the subject – by instructors from other EPFL schools.

Project Main supervisor Second supervisor
Propagation of congestion using naturalistic data from a swarm of drones Barmpounakis Emmanouil
Analysis of the value of demand forecasting within vehicle sharing systems Ataç Selin Bortolomiol Stefano
Indoor air quality, comfort and occupant satisfaction assessment in an office building Licina Dusan Ullal André
Reducing the climate impact of (Swiss) aviation Thalmann Philippe
Characterizing daylit architectural scenes through image statistics Karmann Caroline Andersen Marilyne
Prosperity without growth Thalmann Philippe
Realistic COP21-compatible energy availability 2030-2060 Thalmann Philippe
Energy efficiency of human well-being Thalmann Philippe
Human-centric evaluation of advanced shading systems for visual comfort Karmann Caroline Wienold Jan
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
Using thermal imagery to identify energy hotspots in urban areas Mauree Dasaraden Castello Roberto
3D microstructural analysis of a material of your choice Turberg Pascal
Vague d’impulsion due à des avalanches Ancey Christophe
Utilisation de ressources en lien avec la construction et l’utilisation de logements Thalmann Philippe Binder Signer Claudia Rebeca
Terrain Texture Modeling for UAV Mapping Skaloud Jan
Suivi in situ de la reptation d’un manteau neigeux Ancey Christophe
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
Projet ENAC (mineurIDEAS):Stratégies et techniques pour la réutilisation de l’architecture du XXe siècle Marino Giulia Graf Franz
Projet ENAC (mineurIDEAS): Architecture et nature – Leberecht Migge et les Siedlungen de Francfort Ortelli Luca Porotto Alessandro
Gestion de la mobilité dans les grands événements Pattaroni Luca Drevon Guillaume Simon Joseph
Passerelle en bois Natterer Johannes
Open City Research Platform 2019 Guaita Patricia Baur Raffael
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
Influence of Surface Texture on Drone Mapping Skaloud Jan Cucci Davide Antonio
Habiter Mars – Représentation d’espaces intérieurs: du modèle à l’image Zurbrügg Peter Nussbaumer Alain
Habiter Mars – Promenade virtuelle Zurbrügg Peter Nussbaumer Alain
Habiter Mars – Construire un “Habitat” sous la glace Zurbrügg Peter Nussbaumer Alain
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
Dimensionnement d’une structure par la méthode des champs de contraintes Fernández Ruiz Miguel
Construction en bois – ENAC Natterer Johannes
Conception et/ou gestion d’un parc de logements ou de bureaux dans une optique de réduction des m2 par personne Thalmann Philippe Binder Signer Claudia Rebeca
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
Analyse limite numérique pour le dimensionnement des ouvrages géotechniques Lecampion Brice
Analyse de l’efficacité énergétique dans un domaine à choix Thalmann Philippe Moreau Vincent
A comparative study of indoor environmental quality in temporary emergency shelters Licina Dusan Ullal André
A Prototype Pavillon in Textile Reinforced Concrete_Summer Workshop at EPFL Fribourg Baur Raffael Guaita Patricia
Applying saliency models in daylit architectural scenes: an exploratory study Karmann Caroline Andersen Marilyne
Daylight usage of typical Swiss buildings Wienold Jan Andersen Marilyne