Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)
Technology in the service of mankind
The EPFL is an institution at the cutting edge of training, research and innovation. Ranked among the best institutes of technology in the world, it provides an education ranging from engineering disciplines to life sciences, taking in information technology along the way.
The EPFL offers 13 complete courses of study, from bachelor to master. Its five faculties (computer and communication sciences, science and engineering, basic sciences, life sciences, natural and built environment) bring together nearly 10'000 students and researchers, as well as 1'400 PhD students. Nearly 125 nationalities are represented here. The EPFL promotes meetings between students, teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, thus facilitating the emergence of new projects in the fields of science, technology and architecture. Good examples of this are the SwissTech Convention Center, inaugurated in 2014, which houses a 3'000-seater conference hall in an ultra-modern setting, the Alinghi yacht, the Solar Impulse solar aircraft and the Human Brain project, a study of how the brain works involving numerous European laboratories.
An environment conducive to the creation of start-ups
Collaboration between the research community and the private sector brings benefits for the EPFL. Situated on the same site, the Science Park offers an ideal environment for the creation of technology start-ups. As for Innovation Square, this is home to large companies seeking to bring their research departments closer to an academic environment.
The EPFL is further associated with a number of specialist research establishments (notably ISREC, the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research) and has 250 research laboratories and centres.
Situated on Dorigny campus, which it shares with the UNIL and other research institutes, the EPFL is a key player in the community of scientific interests being built in Lausanne.
For more information, visit the website www.epfl.ch
Made in EPFL
- Human Brain Project
Initiated and coordinated by the EPFL, this is the biggest neuroscience project in the world, selected by the European Commission.
- The bionic prosthesis
A product of Swiss-Italian collaboration, the bionic prosthesis of Silvestro Micera is capable of restoring a patient's sense of touch thanks to integrated sensors and electrodes implanted in the nerve endings.
- Sensefly and Pix4D
Two EPFL start-ups, the result of work done by our researchers and based on the campus, acquired by the French group Parrot. The first one develops mini-drones, the second an automatic system of 3D modelling based on images shot with a standard video camera. To demonstrate a sample application, the two start-ups modelled the Château de Chillon by running their drones along the sides of the château.
- Solar Impulse