Saturday, November 5th, from 10:00 to 21:30, EPFL SPOT & Rolex Learning Center Forum

From inspiring talks on burning issues in computer science such as demystifying cryptocurrencies and the deepfake arms race, visits to our brand new data center, an evening spent with alumni guest speakers and a stand-up comedian (yes, an alumni as well!), the 20th anniversary celebration program has something for everyone. It also includes demos, poster sessions and a visit to the mythic Satellite bar. Join us for an exhilarating look at what the IC School has to offer with an eye on the challenges to come.


Morning session

  • 10:00 – 10:30 ǀ Check-in & welcome coffee
  • 10:15 – 12:00 ǀ Tours, poster session, demos, workshop
  • 12:00 – 12:15 ǀ Opening speech by Pierre Dillenbourg, Associate Vice President for Education
  • 12:15 – 13:00 ǀ Networking lunch

Afternoon session

  • 15:30 – 16:00 ǀ Coffee break
  • 15:30 – 17:00 ǀ Poster session & demos
  • 15:45 – 17:00 ǀ Tours & visits
  • 16:00 – 17:00 ǀ Mini Capture The Flag workshop 
  • 16:00 – 17:30 ǀ Back to the Satellite Bar
  • 17:15 – 17:40 ǀ LakeCTF final Awards ceremony

Evening gala 

  • 18:00 – 18:30 ǀ Check-in & welcome drink
  • 18:30 – 18:45 ǀ Opening by Martin Vetterli, President of the EPFL
  • 18:50 – 20:05 ǀ Round table moderated by Mirko Bischofberger
  • 20:05 – 20:10 ǀ Summary by Vishal Joneja, alumni IC & humoriste
  • 20:10 – 20:15 ǀ Closing by Rüdiger Urbanke, Dean of the IC School
  • 20:15 – 21:30 ǀ Cocktail dinner & music by SwingBox trio


Patrick Hertzog is the Co-Founder and User Experience Officer of Nexthink, the global leader in digital employee experience management software. Founded in 2004, Nexthink enables its 1.1k+ customers to make their 15 million employees happier at work. In 2021, Nexthink had a valuation of $1.1B and has today around 900 employees worldwide. He is an expert in product design, user experience and data visualization. He’s the author of several papers published in well-known conferences and has been awarded several patents in these domains. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Computer Science graduate (2001)

Oana Balmau is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at McGill University, where she leads the DISCS Lab. Her research focuses on storage systems and data management systems, with an emphasis on workloads in Machine Learning, Data Science, and Edge Computing. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the University of Sydney, advised by Prof. Willy Zwaenepoel. Before her PhD, Oana earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from EPFL, Switzerland. Oana won the CORE John Makepeace Bennet Award 2021 for the best computer science dissertation in Australia and New Zealand, an Honorable Mention for the ACM SIGOPS Dennis M. Ritchie Doctoral Dissertation Award 2021, as well as a Best Paper Award in the USENIX Annual Technical Conference (USENIX ATC) 2019. Before joining McGill, Oana worked with Nutanix, ABB Research, and HP Vertica. She is also a part of MLCommons, an open engineering consortium that aims to accelerate machine learning innovation, where she is leading the effort for storage benchmarking.

Computer Science graduate (2015)

Hông-Ân Sandlin is a senior scientific project manager in data science at armasuisse Science and Technology. Her work focuses on developing end-to-end Machine Learning solutions through resilient and scalable architectures. She graduated from EPFL with an MSc in Communication Systems in 2012 and earned a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich in 2017.

Communication Systems graduate (2012)

Mark has been President at Vimeo since 2017. Founded in 2004, Vimeo is the world’s leading all-in-one video software solution, serving a growing community of over 260 million users worldwide. Mark was previously the CEO and co-founder at Livestream, the leading live video platform that powered over ten million streams a year, which Vimeo acquired. Prior to Livestream, Mark was one of the developers of the popular peer-to-peer app LimeWire. Mark earned his Masters of Science in computer science from EPFL in Switzerland, and received an Executive MBA from the London Business School. Mark also serves on the board of directors of Korab International, a global pulp and paper trading company, and as an advisor to humbition, a private investment firm that provides venture capital to early stage, founder-led companies in New York.

Computer Science graduate (2005)


Computer Science graduate (2011)



Organizing committee

Deirdre Rochat, Eileen Hazboun, Marta Bellone, Prof. Rachid Guerraoui, Kristof Victor and Toufic Saad.


This event will be photographed and filmed. Please be advised that EPFL may use these images for online publication or print. If you do not wish to have your photo taken, please alert the photographer or someone at the welcome desk at the beginning of the event. 


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