Examples of competences per innovation area

Innovation Areas Park Network West EPFL

Computer and Computational Science

Data security (for example blockchain), data analytics, artificial intelligence, storage technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT), smart sensors, cloud computing, bioinformatics

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world for engineering and sciences, ranking 17th overall and 10th in engineering in the 2015 QS World University Rankings, 34th overall and 12th in engineering in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Diverse research and innovation areas reflect the diversity of the application of computers and communication systems.

Exchange between the academic research and the international companies on the campus is strong. It has lead to innovative products which have improved our daily life, and have created new markets.

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Cloud computing

Focusing on maximizing the effectiveness of the shared computer resources. It means multiple users, dynamically reallocated per demand, while keeping the access simple and secure.

Smart data

The collection and exploitation of valuable data from cellphones, tablets, smart objects, social networks, web services etc., used effectively to optimise and automate solutions and solve business problems.

Cybersecurity

Network outages, data compromised by hackers, computer viruses… Cyber security focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unintended or unauthorized access, change or destruction.

Social media

Research and developments in the fields of big data, social media semantic analysis, machine learning and predictive analytics. Valorising the quality of the research work and creating a clear added value for entreprise partners.

Digital sciences

Innovating applications, designing the architecture of computers and server farms, solving problems using algorithmic models, storing, transforming and using information. The study of digital science allows us to better understand our reality.

Projects

A program that captions your photos

A program that captions your photos

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Researchers have developed a simpler and better working technology for captioning pictures automatically.

Rooting out rumors, epidemics, and crime – with math

Rooting out rumors, epidemics, and crime – with math

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Texting Made Possible for the Illiterate

Texting Made Possible for the Illiterate

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An application that allows people incapable of reading and writing to use text messages.

Energy, Natural Resources and Environment

Energy storage, smart grids, power generation, smart building/living, energy/resource efficiency, green chemistry, alternative energy sources

Global energy consumption is rapidly growing and petroleum resources are declining. A fundamental shift in energy consumption is creating new market opportunities!

The need for renewable energy is demanding new solutions, distributed energy resources and microgrids technologies will grow significantly in coming years.

Switzerland has a long history of innovation in energy and is today regarded as a global center of energy innovation.

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Hydrodynamics of turbines

With hydrodynamic screw turbines, even small flowing waters serve as a renewable source of energy. The ocean offers immense potential for clean energy extraction and tidal stream turbines could play a significant role in the future energy supply chain.

Future of photovoltaics

The demand for energy is continually increasing along with the need for new and clean energy sources. Solar energy will definitely be an important part of the future energy mix and rapidly become a vital source of energy.

Smart living

Improving the quality of life by transforming home, workplace, transportation and energy infrastructures into “smart” environments and therefore creating innovative living environments that enhance well-being.

Sustainable architecture

Ensuring that our architectural decisions of today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations. Therefore energy efficiency over the entire life cycle of a building is the most important goal of sustainable architecture.

Green chemistry

Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances leading to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a strengthened economy.

Essential technologies

Some technologies have the potential to improve millions of human lives in the world’s poorest regions in a sustainable manner. They can help meet people’s most fundamental needs and may open new markets.

Extreme environments

Conditions hard to survive for most known life forms. Extremely high or low temperature or pressure; high or low content of oxygen or carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; high levels of radiation, acidity, or alkalinity; absence of water; water containing a high concentration of salt or sugar; presence of sulphur, petroleum, and other toxic substances.

Smart grid

Smart Grids are electric systems that satisfy both, the increasing demand for power and the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. An electric system that can handle these challenges in a sustainable, reliable and economic way.

Space

Activities in the space covering fairings, structures, ground support equipments, electronics, sensors, tiny but extremely reliable mechanisms, atomic clocks, and others.

Resources & Water management

The use of resources in the most efficient way possible. Optimum use of water resources for sustainable water management, a complex task that involves many different activities conducted by many different players.

Energy for industry

Energy management for the effective use of energy in industries to maximise profits and to enhance competitive positions through organisational measures and optimisation of energy efficiency in the processes.

Materials

Understanding and engineering the relations that exist between the microstructure, the synthesis and processing, the properties, and the performance of all materials, i.e. of what we make all engineered structures from.

Capture and transformation of CO2

Carbon Capture and Utilisation for sustainable and diversified energy supply with lower greenhouse gas emissions. CO2 can be captured from large emitters and transformed into useful chemical products like synthetic fuels.

Renewable Energy

Production of energy generated from natural processes that are continuously replenished and renewed and cannot be exhausted... artificial photosynthesis, perovskite solar cell, hydrogen, biogas, cogeneration.

Energy storage

Developing reliable energy storage systems like electrochemical storage, fuel cells and metal hydrides is critical to the the integration of renewable energy sources and to the controlled use of renewable energy.

Projects

Solar Panels That Protect Themselves in High Temperatures

Solar Panels That Protect Themselves in High Temperatures

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A new smart material that enables the efficient absorption of solar energy while reducing the impact of overheating.

A new method for cheaper solar-energy storage

A new method for cheaper solar-energy storage

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Cost-effective device with new method for converting and storing solar energy into hydrogen.

Transforming farm residues into biofuels and more

Transforming farm residues into biofuels and more

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Residues from Brazilian palm oil production turned into furfural and lignin. A much-used industrial compound and a solid fuel.

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

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The heavyweight version of this unique robot will be equipped with a robotic arm to dismantle nuclear plants, for example.

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

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EPFL and BestMile launch a project for a fleet-management system with ‘smart’ vehicles circulating in the town center of Sion.

Future “fueling station” delivers power or hydrogen

Future “fueling station” delivers power or hydrogen

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A glimpse into the fueling stations of the future. Pilot hydrogen storage and production facility developed and tested by the EPFL.

Health and Life Sciences

Drug discovery and design, precision/personalized medicine, medtech, biotech, diagnostics, biomedical engineering, nutrition, human physiology

Engineering the nervous system to improve sensation, cognition, and mobility, we strive to create solutions for new markets using bioengineering and neuroscience.

Life science as center point. Discovering and understanding how to create solutions, methodologies and products to improve quality of life.

The aim is to develop new technologies that detect, support, repair and replace functions of our human body including the nervous system.

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By the way:
We are also reconstructing the brain piece by piece and building a virtual brain in a supercomputer—these are some of the goals of the Blue Brain Project.  The virtual brain will be an exceptional tool giving neuroscientists a new understanding of the brain and a better understanding of neurological diseases.

Sport

The application of scientific principles to exercise and sport. With the increasing pressure on achieving better results, sport scientists and performance knowledge regarding the human body or materials employed in sport are growing in demand.

Bioinformatics

The science of bioinformatics is about applying information technology to biological problems. It provides databases, algorithmic and software tools that help in searching, analyzing, modeling and understanding of biological data.

Immunology

Renowned expertise in vaccine development including therapeutic and preventive vaccines against pathogens, chronic diseases and allergies. Innovative approaches focused on vaccine formulation and virus-based vaccines and immuno-engineering.

Nutritional health

Nutritional science investigates the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to food and diet, including the role of nutrients in the cause, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Personalized medicine

The medical discipline that strives to the customization of healthcare, with medical decisions, practices, and/or products being tailored to the individual patient’s needs all across the healthcare value-chain. By concentrating their work on the knowledge of the human being and illness, with the patient as the main actor, researchers aim to develop new therapeutic solutions, and to improve the diagnostic tools, the prevention, the quality of treatment, help and support for patients.

Affective Sciences

Through psychology, philosophy and neurosciences, the multidisciplinary study of emotions and their effects on human behaviour and society helps better understand the involvement of emotions in the areas such as health, human resources, resource management, decision making and art.

Global Health

Research and action on transnational issues, determinants and solutions on all factors that comprise health for the protection against global threats and the achievement of health equity for all people worldwide.

The unique position of Geneva enables the researchers to develop strong links with global actors in global health. Through reflection, research and cutting edge teaching, students, professionals and decision-makers can cope better with the contemporary challenges of global health.

Neurosciences

Aiming at engineering the nervous system to improve sensation, cognition, and mobility. Neurosciences strives to create solutions for new markets using bioengineering and neuro-prosthetics to improve human lives. Leading cutting edge research in different neuroscience areas is only possible by studying, in particular, the standard or pathological behaviours of the brain, both in human beings (adults or children) and animals.

Essential technologies

Some technologies have the potential to improve millions of human lives in the world’s poorest regions in a sustainable manner. They can help meet people’s most fundamental needs and may open new markets.

Extreme environments

Conditions hard to survive for most known life forms. Extremely high or low temperature or pressure; high or low content of oxygen or carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; high levels of radiation, acidity, or alkalinity; absence of water; water containing a high concentration of salt or sugar; presence of sulphur, petroleum, and other toxic substances.

Materials

Understanding and engineering the relations that exist between the microstructure, the synthesis and processing, the properties, and the performance of all materials, i.e. of what we make all engineered structures from.

Robotics

Robotics comprises mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science for the production of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processin

Smart living

Improving the quality of life by transforming home, workplace, transportation and energy infrastructures into “smart” environments and therefore creating innovative living environments that enhance well-being.

Oncology

Innovative technologies to better diagnose and treat cancer using state-of-the-art knowledge and platforms to discover biomarkers and develop efficient small molecules, antibodies and cell therapies.

Projects

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

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EPFL and BestMile launch a project for a fleet-management system with ‘smart’ vehicles circulating in the town center of Sion.

When the neuroprosthetics learn from the patient

When the neuroprosthetics learn from the patient

Brain-machine interfaces to teach neuroprosthetics the proper movements based on "ERP – error-related potential".

A new way to treat colon cancer

A new way to treat colon cancer

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Vitamin A can treat resistant colon cancer, preventing cancerous stem cells of the colon from growing uncontrollably and spreading.

New DNA stain lights up living cells

New DNA stain lights up living cells

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By combining two molecules, scientists have developed a DNA stain that that can be used to safely image living cells.

Human Brain Project

Human Brain Project

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Understanding and mimic the way the brain works, to revolutionize information technology, medicine and society.

A cyber skin that feels

A cyber skin that feels

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An artificial electronic skin connected to the nervous system. Stretchable electronics as prosthetic skin for burn victims.

3D-mapping a new drug-delivery tool

3D-mapping a new drug-delivery tool

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Scientists were able to study the 3D structure of cubosomes in detail for the first time for possible future use in medicine and food science.

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

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The heavyweight version of this unique robot will be equipped with a robotic arm to dismantle nuclear plants, for example.

Materials and Manufacturing

Robotics, automation, industry 4.0, advanced manufacturing, accelerator technology, nondestructive testing, new materials, nanotechnology, microelectronics

Digitalization, 3D printing, laser nano-structure, green manufacturing … Manufacturing and robotics revolution is on its way and represents one of the megatrends, affecting all steps in producing, manufacturing, supply chain and design.

Robotics also saw its transformation with the fantastic progress of artificial intelligence and the countless applications that are emerging.

The turning point is important and the stakes are high in terms of competitiveness.

Let your R&D participate and use the best skills and infrastructure and secure your place at the forefront of this megatrend!

Sensors

Practitioners of manufacturing have always employed sensors. The current revolution in computer-integrated manufacturing has been enabled by advanced sensor technology. In many instances today, manufacturing process sensors are the limiting capability that defines the best possible product performance and reliability.

Microtechnology

On the strength of its dynamic research facilities, Swiss microtechnology has demonstrated its expertise in all areas of industry (watchmaking, medtech, electronics, cars, spatial, telecommunications, biotechnology, chemicals, etc). Microtechnology is deeply rooted in Neuchâtel’s industrial history which has developed continuously through innovation for the benefit of mankind.

Additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing encompasses many technologies like 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping (RP), Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM), layered manufacturing and additive fabrication. While the adding of layer-upon-layer approach is simple, there are many applications of the technology with degrees of sophistication to meet diverse needs.

Robotics

Robotics comprises mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science for the production of robots and computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processin

Materials

Understanding and engineering the relations that exist between the microstructure, the synthesis and processing, the properties, and the performance of all materials, i.e. of what we make all engineered structures from.

3D printing

3D printing

Today mechanical and electrical discharge machining and stamping processes are still playing an important role in parts production. The future of parts production will be dominated by the emerging technologies like laser machining, 3D printing and plasma etching. In Neuchâtel is one of the most advanced laboratories for Microengineering and 3D printing.

Projects

EPFL students revolutionize medical sterilization

EPFL students revolutionize medical sterilization

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A cheap mobile sterilization kit for medical tools to prevent infections resulting from bad hygienic conditions.

A Decade of Collaboration for EPFL and Solar Impulse

A Decade of Collaboration for EPFL and Solar Impulse

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First aircraft only powered by photovoltaic cells to circumnavigate the globe.

Breath test for detecting head and neck cancer

Breath test for detecting head and neck cancer

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Portable device detects the presence of certain types of cancer in people’s breath. Innovative tool for the early diagnosis of tumors.

Mobility and Transportation

Aviation and space, autonomous driving, avionics and drones, electric mobility and batteries, traffic planning and transport systems, mobility infrastructure.

Essential technologies

Some technologies have the potential to improve millions of human lives in the world’s poorest regions in a sustainable manner. They can help meet people’s most fundamental needs and may open new markets.

Energy storage

Developing reliable energy storage systems like electrochemical storage, fuel cells and metal hydrides is critical to the the integration of renewable energy sources and to the controlled use of renewable energy.

Projects

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

Autonomous shuttles in the center of Sion

Read more

EPFL and BestMile launch a project for a fleet-management system with ‘smart’ vehicles circulating in the town center of Sion.

A new method for cheaper solar-energy storage

A new method for cheaper solar-energy storage

Read more

Cost-effective device with new method for converting and storing solar energy into hydrogen.

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

All-terrain robot for nuclear decommissioning

Read more

The heavyweight version of this unique robot will be equipped with a robotic arm to dismantle nuclear plants, for example.