Located in Lausanne, on the campus of one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university; the innovative and productive scientific institution EPFL with its 11’000 persons and 400 laboratories.

EPFL Innovation Park is housing start-ups, SMEs, research teams and innovation cells from major companies in the fields of information technology, computing, health and nutrition, engineering, transport, telecommunications or materials.

In a spirit of scientific collaboration, the EPFL Innovation Park offers unparalleled exposure to the wide range of new technologies being developed in the research units of the EPFL, UNIL and the CHUV.

Examples

A new way to treat colon cancer

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

Observing living cells in 3D

3D Cell Explorer, a new type of microscope, will allow researchers to peer inside living cells without damaging them.

4-wheel robot to conduct dangerous operations

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

Amplifying molecular vibrations with light

Researchers have determined the exact conditions needed for a light-induced force to drive a molecule’s vibrations to large amplitudes.

50,000 images of infected and healthy crop

Scientists create a database of infected plants for a smartphone app allowing farmers to get instant diagnosis and treatment advice.

Locating short circuits with time reversal

A faster and more efficient method to locate short circuits in power grids based on the theory of electromagnetic time reversal (EMTR).

Automatic captioning of photos

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

Cubosomes for the controlled release of molecules

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.

The brains ‘go’ signal

With the finding of a specific neuron, researchers pinpointed a part of the brain where actions are first sparked into life.

3D printed miniature microfluidic device

Scientists unveiled a unique 3D printed medical device which is able to monitor critical blood levels in real time.

Driverless shuttles for Sion

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

New Two-Micron Laser without an isolator

Scientists created a 2-µm fiber laser without isolator that might move the boundaries of surgery and molecule detection.

A far-red DNA stain for live-cell nanoscopy

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

Better and cheaper DNA sequencing

EPFL scientists have developed a method that improves the accuracy of DNA sequencing up to a thousand times.

CRPP becomes the Swiss Plasma Center

10 million francs are allocated to upgrade and carry out new experiments on The Variable Configuration Tokamak, aiming to master nuclear fusion.

EPFL produces 100 inventions per year

Over the past ten years, EPFL has produced a total of 1500 inventions. 40% have been or will be put to commercial use.

Slowing down aggressive brain cancer

Tricyclic antidepressants combined with anticoagulant drugs cause cancer cells to eat themselves and slow down brain tumors.

Crawling and jumping robogamis

Two centimetres tall, 4 grams heavy, T-shaped with three legs; this jumping and crawling robot creates new perspectives in the field of robotics.

Self-learning and easy-to-use prostheses

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

Artificial insect eye for drones

Inspired by the eyes of fruit flies, a new artificial eye allows robots to detect and avoid obstacles. From E-textiles to cars, the applications are numerous.

 

High-resolution mapping to understand plants

Evaluating climate and topography parameters with high-resolution digital elevation models to study organisms in their local environment.

Algorithm to identify the origin

Tracing the path of information with mathematics to find sources of crime, terrorism, diseases, epidemics and rumours.

Miracle molecule detected

A molecule naturally present in milk and other foods, nicotinamide riboside, that has extraordinary health benefits.

Texting for the Illiterate

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

Allergy-detecting device

Quick and painless allergy detection, only 20 minutes to diagnose primary allergies, using a single drop of blood.

Cleaning up Earth’s orbit

Satellite technology to clean up space debris.

The next level of gene regulation

The same genes under the same regulation can still produce different organs in the developing fetus.

Cheaper solar-energy storage

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

Identify allergies in seconds

A highly sensitive method capable of identifying quickly and accurately the responsible protein for an allergy.

Inviolable encryption

Deemed inviolable encryption cracked in two hours at the EPFL.

An ultra-fast robotic arm

Able to respond on the spot, this robot grabs objects and performs complex movements in a split second.

Re-educating the immune system

A promising method to fight autoimmune diseases by re-educating the white blood cells.

Solar LED-lamp for everybody

LEDSafari: A low-cost-easy-to-make solar lamp for developing countries.

 

Anger and fatigue at the wheel

A device to detect the emotions and state of fatigue of a driver to minimize the risks of accidents.

Pocket-size medical lab

Miniature laboratory for medical tests in the size of a Swiss army knife.

 

Fuel from microalgae

Direct transformation of wet algal biomass into a biogas, which is compatible with today’s natural gas infrastructure.

Logitech mouse for super-quick motions

Logitech computer mouse with nearly-unlimited tracking speed. Unique combination of optical sensor and accelerometers and gyroscopes.

Sniffing out fake parfumes

Quick method for detecting counterfeit perfumes, tested on major brands like Givenchy, Hermes and D&G.

Robot piloted by thoughts

Telepresence system developed at the EPFL and successfully tested by quadriplegics to remotely control a robot.

Alinghi

EPFL collaboration with the Alinghi sailing syndicate. The first European team to win the Auld Mug.

Hydroptère

Not floating anymore but flying, the ultimate dream that comes true with Hydroptere. The EPFL-Hydros collaboration.

Solar Impulse

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

A cyber skin that feels

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

On site

Advanced manufacturing

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 processing.

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.

Computer science

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Extreme

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.  

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.

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.

Space

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

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.

Energy Management

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.

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.

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.

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.

LifeScience

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professors and experts

Boi Faltings

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence
Constraint programming
Multi-agent systems
Electronic commerce

Edouard Bugnion

Data Center Systems

Computer Systems
Data center infrastructure
Operating systems
Virtualization

Francesco Stellacci

Supramolecular Nanomaterials and Interfaces

Nanomaterials
Soft Materials
Supramolecular interactions
Nanomedicine

Jan-Anders Månson

Composite and Polymer Technology

Composite tailoring
Polymer tailoring
Surface study
Process kinetics

Karl Aberer

Distributed Information Systems

Data integration
Peer-to-peer systems
World Wide Web
Sensor data management

Mario Paolone

Distributed Electrical Systems Laboratory

Smart/Power Grids
Storage technologies
Smart metering
Ancillary systems

Paul Joseph Dyson

Organometallic and Medicinal Chemistry

Catalysis and nanoscience
Sustainability and the environment
Engineering chemistry and devices

Volker Gass

Swiss Space Center

Space applications

Christian Ludwig

Solid Waste Treatment

Wast Management
Battery recycling

Berend Smit

Molecular simulation

Energy storage
Surfaces and biological membranes

Christian Enz

Integrated Circuits

Low-Power Analog and RF IC Design
MEMS-Based IC Design
Wireless Sensor Networks
Semiconductor Device Modeling

Christophe Ballif

Laboratoire de Photovoltaïque

Thin film silicon solar cells
Transparent conductive oxides (TCOs)
a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells
Thin-film electronics / microsystems

 

Anton Schleiss

Hydraulic Constructions

Hydraulic and hydro-mechanical analysis of hydraulic structures

Diego Ghezzi

Neuroengineering

Neuro-optoelectronic interfaces
Visual prosthesis
Nanofabrication
Biocompatibility

François Avellan

Hydraulic Machines

Hydrodynamics of turbines, pumps and pump-turbines
Cavitation
Numerical flow simulations and experimental studies

François Maréchal

Industrial Energy Systems

Process integration
Process design
Energy process modeling
Thermoeconomic optimisation
Renewable Energy

Grégoire Courtine

Spinal Cord Repair

Multifaceted neuroprosthetic systems
Advanced neurorehabilitation
Spinal cord injury
Neuroprosthetics
Brain-machine interface

Hans Peter Herzig

Optics and Photonics Technology Laboratory

Nano and Micro-Optics
Metrology Material
Process Technology
Environmental and Biomedical Sensing

Henry Markram

Neural Microcircuitry Laboratory

Single-cell gene expression
Channelome
Electrophysiology & Microcircuits
Neuromodulation

Herbert Shea

Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory

Miniaturized Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA)
Electric Propulsion for small spacecraft
Tactile Displays
Chip-scale atomic clock

Hubert Girault

Physical and Analytical Electrochemistry

Electrophoresis
Electroanalysis
Electron Transfer at Soft Interfaces
Redox Flow Batteries

Jan Van Herle

Industrial Energy Systems

Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Coelectrolysis of steam and CO2

José del R. Millán

Brain-Machine Interface

Brain-computer interfaces
Statistical machine
Learning Human-robot interaction
Adaptive robotics

Jürg Schiffmann

Applied Mechanical Design

Small scale turbomachinery
Rotordynamics
Heat pumps
Organic Rankine Cycles

Marilyne Andersen

Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design

Sustainable Architecture
Daylighting Strategies
Human Comfort and Health in Buildings
Climate-Responsive Envelopes

Olaf Blanke

Cognitive Neuroprosthetics

Multisensory and sensorimotor integration
Neuroscience robotics
Neuroimaging
Virtual reality

Nico de Rooij

Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems

Microsystems Technology
Bio MEMS / NEMS
Lab-on-a-Chip
Nanotools

Mohammad Nazeeruddin

Molecular engineering of functional materials

Solar Cells
Charge transporting materials
Photophysics
Photochemistry

Olivier Martin

Nanophotonics and Metrology Laboratory

Plasmonics
Optical nanostructures
Nanofabrication
Metamaterials

Pierre-André Farine

Electronics and Signal Processing Laboratory

Audio processing
Wireless Sensor Networks
Positionning Systems
Biomedical Micro-electronics

Roland Logé

Laboratoire de Métallurgie Thermomécanique

Thermomechanical testing
Microstructure design

Silvestro Micera

Translational Neuroengineering

Implantable neuroprostheses
Rehabilitation robotics
Wearable devices
Neuro-controlled artificial limbs

Simon Henein

Micromechanical and Horological Design

Horology
Surgical Instrumentation
Aerospace mechanisms
High precision robotics

Sophia Haussener

Laboratory of Renewable Energy Science and Engineering

Thermal sciences
Fluid dynamics
Thermo/electro/photochemistry
Reactor and device engineering

Stéphanie Lacour

Neuroprosthetic Technology

Tactile sensors
Biocompatibility
Thin film electronics
Micro nanofabrication

Tom Battin

Stream Biofilm and Ecosystem Research

Microbial biofilms and their consequences
Microbial ecology
Carbon and nutrient biogeochemistry and hydrodynamics

Wendy Queen

Chemical Engineering

Hybrid materials organic-inorganic
Separation of gas mixtures
Storage of small molecular entities and catalyze

Yves Bellouard

Galatea Laboratory

Microengineering
Micromanufacturing
Device miniaturization
Surface tailoring

Yves-Olivier Perriard

Integrated Actuators Laboratory

Electric drives
Linear transducers
Complex system optimization
Invasive blood pump
Piezo electric motors

Jean-Louis Scartezzini

Solar Energy and Building Physics

Day- and Greenlighting
Passive and Active Solar
Sustainable Building
Stochastic Building Simulation

Thomas Keller

Composite Construction

Structural Design
Advanced Composite Materials

Emmanuel Rey

Architecture and Sustainable Technologies

Sustainable Architecture
Daylighting Strategies
Energy-Efficient Design
Façade Technology

Partners

Université de Lausanne (UNIL)

The University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties, 14,300 students and 3,000 researchers. In an international atmospere, the UNIL emphasises on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, teaching staff, and professors. The UNIL is renowned for its innovative teaching methods.

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV)

The University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) is one of the 5 Swiss university hospitals. Through its collaboration with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne, the CHUV plays an important role in european advances for medical care, medical research and training. The CHUV employs 10’000 collaborators of 113 nationalities.

 

HES-SO

The largest University of Applied Science in Switzerland comprises 28 schools of higher education with 19’400 students and six faculties for Design and Fine Arts, Business Management and Services, Engineering and Architecture, Music and Performing Arts, Health and Social Work.