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The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland, that specializes in natural sciences and engineering. It is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, and it has three main missions: education, research and technology transfer at the highest international level. EPFL is widely regarded as a world leading university. The QS World University Rankings ranks EPFL 12th in the world across all fields in their 2017/2018 ranking, whilst Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks EPFL as the world's 11th best school for Engineering and Technology. EPFL is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland; the sister institution in the German-speaking part of Switzerland is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). Associated with several specialised research institutes, the two universities form the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology Domain (ETH Domain), which is directly dependent on the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. In connection with research and teaching activities, EPFL operates a nuclear reactor CROCUS, a Tokamak Fusion reactor, a Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer and P3 bio-hazard facilities.

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New and improved drone mapping software

“For his thesis, an EPFL PhD student has enhanced the accuracy and reliability of drone mapping – a technique that is gaining traction across many sectors of society. Making drone mapping more accurate is one of the goals of the Geodetic …

Speeding up long-range coherent LiDAR

“LiDAR is a technique used for measuring distances with laser light. In a study published in Nature, researchers at EPFL show a new way to speed up a type of LiDAR engine by using photonic circuits. Light detection and ranging …

Transistor sets a new standard for energy efficiency

“Researchers at EPFL’s Nanoelectronic Devices Laboratory (Nanolab), working under Professor Adrian Ionescu, have designed and demonstrated a new type of technology based on 2D semiconducting materials that’s almost as energy-efficient as the human brain. Smartphones, laptops and smartwatches …

Matheminecraft: when Mathematics merge with Minecraft

“Using the famous computer game Minecraft, Mathematicians at EPFL have developed a video game around Eulerian Cycles. It is now freely available online to everyone. Mathematician David Strütt, a scientific collaborator at EPFL, worked for four months to develop Matheminecraft …

MegaX, the first camera to capture the smallest particles of light

“EPFL scientists, working in association with Canon, have developed a camera that can take 3D images with record-breaking speed and resolution “It’s something I’d been dreaming of for a long time,” says Edoardo Charbon, an EPFL professor and …

Photonic microwave generation using on-chip optical frequency combs

“Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators. These microwave signals, as well as their optical carriers, could be used in radars, satellite communications and future 5G wireless networks. In our information society, the synthesis …

A nanoscale device that can see through walls

“Researchers at EPFL have developed a nanodevice that operates more than 10 times faster than today’s fastest transistors, and about 100 times faster than the transistors you have on your computers. This new device enables the generation of high-power …

Introducing the light-operated hard drives of tomorrow

“What do you get when you place a thin film of perovkite material used in solar cells on top of a magnetic substrate? More efficient hard drive technology. EPFL physicist László Forró and his team pave the way for the …

Climate change will disrupt existing energy systems

“As climate changes and extreme weather events become more commonplace, we will need to fundamentally rethink how we produce renewable energy. Researchers at EPFL have developed a simulation method to reduce the adverse influences due to climate-related uncertainties in the …

A novel formulation to explain heat propagation

“Researchers at EPFL and MARVEL have developed a novel formulation that describes how heat spreads within crystalline materials. This can explain why and under which conditions heat propagation becomes fluid-like rather than diffusive. Their equations will make it easier to …