The Civil Engineering Institute of EPFL
Urban population growth, scarcity of resources and climate change will create situations where traditional civil-engineering practice is no longer appropriate. While civil engineers have strived to do “more with less” for centuries, they now need to do this proactively in challenging contexts of high environmental uncertainty and limited material availability.
The mission of the Civil Engineering Institute at EPFL is to combine expertise across a broad range of disciplines with world-class experimental facilities to develop significant scientific results, advanced learning support and appropriate innovation and technology transfer for the next generation of engineers. These engineers shall either become specialists or be able to collaborate with specialists from EPFL and elsewhere to meet society’s needs through improving the quality of life, lowering environmental impact and reducing life-cycle costs.
Our core disciplines:
The Civil Engineering Institute at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne performs research in the core disciplines of Civil Engineering (structures and materials, transportation and networks, geosystems and natural resources), as well as research at the interface with environmental engineering (fluids) and at the interface with architecture (buildings physics).
The research conducted in our laboratories and research groups fosters excellence in fundamental and applied research.
We offer exceptional experimental facilities at various scales including the ability to test large-scale structures in our experimental halls.
With the emergence of the EPFL Valais and EPFL Fribourg (Smart Living Lab) campuses, the Civil Engineering Institute is going through an exciting growth phase.
Michel Bierlaire, Director of Civil Engineering Institute
Sophie Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Paying to reduce traffic
The Federal Government wants to authorise the cities and cantons to launch pilot projects for regional charges in order to improve traffic flow, announces "Le Temps". Some are sceptical, such as Vincent Kaufman, director of the Urban Sociology Laboratory at EPFL.
Tribute to Michel Bassand
In an article in swissinfo, Vincent Kaufmann and Yves Pedrazzini both return to the work and figure of Michel Bassand, founder of the Urban Sociology Laboratory. They underline the importance of the researcher in the world of urban sociology throughout his long career since the 1970s.
Prof. C. Fivet speaker at the Climate and Sustainability Action Week
Prof. Corentin Fivet (Structural Xploration Lab) is invited as a panel speaker at the first edition of the Climate and Sustainability Action Week, which focuses on Circular Economy and takes place virtually in February 2021 (18-20th & 27-28th). The EPFL Climate and Sustainability Action Week asks students to explore collectively how to act upon complex sustainability issues as engineers, scientists and architects. Corentin Fivet's contribution will highlight the opportunities, challenges and limits of the circular economy applied to the built environment.