We printed almost 300 information articles on EPFL’s homepage in 2022, detailing the newest developments in science, lecturers, pupil life, startups and EPFL normally. Nevertheless, these articles present solely a glimpse of the various thrilling issues occurring at our Faculty in analysis, schooling and innovation. Right here’s a abstract of the ten most-read information tales from 2022.
1. EPFL mathematician Maryna Viazovska is awarded a Fields Medal
In July, Maryna Viazovska, who holds the Chair of Quantity Principle at EPFL, has been awarded a Fields Medal, broadly thought-about to be the best accolade in her self-discipline and described because the Nobel Prize of Arithmetic. At 37 years of age, Viazovska has thus turn out to be solely the second feminine Fields Medalist – after Maryam Mirzakhani in 2014. The Fields Medal is awarded each 4 years to a number of mathematicians underneath the age of 40. Initially from Ukraine, Maryna Viazovska joined EPFL in 2016.
2. New implant presents promise for the paralyzed
A system developed by Grégoire Courtine and Jocelyne Bloch now allows sufferers with an entire spinal cord injury to face, stroll and even carry out leisure actions like swimming, biking and canoeing. A focused epidural electrical stimulation of the realm that controls leg motion allowed sufferers to regain some motor perform. The scientists additionally recognized a key neuron concerned within the restoration of motor perform.
3. New PET-like plastic made straight from waste biomass
EPFL scientists have developed a brand new, PET-like plastic that’s simply created from the non-edible elements of crops. The plastic is hard, heat-resistant, and barrier to gases like oxygen, making it a promising candidate for meals packaging. Because of its construction, the brand new plastic can be chemically recycled and degrade again to innocent sugars within the atmosphere.
4. Extra soil, much less concrete
Structure pupil Jeremy Morris assessed the life cycle of constructing supplies in Vaud Canton. His analysis exhibits that the development business might shrink its carbon footprint by making extra common use of soil. Morris proposes three programs of motion: altering the regulation in order that soil is not handled as “waste” however as an alternative as a “useful resource”, governmental subsidies for earth development strategies, organising coaching applications in rammed earth and soil development strategies.
5. A key function for quantum entanglement
A way often known as quantum key distribution has lengthy held the promise of communication safety not doable in typical cryptography. For the primary time, a global crew of scientists, together with researchers from EPFL, has demonstrated experimentally an method to quantum key distribution based mostly on high-quality quantum entanglement – providing a lot broader safety ensures than earlier schemes.
6. Find out how to compete with robots
Swiss roboticists and economists from EPFL and College of Lausanne developed a technique for estimating the chance of jobs being automated by future clever robots and suggesting profession transitions with decrease dangers and minimal retraining effort.
7. AI to regulate plasmas for nuclear fusion
Scientists at EPFL’s Swiss Plasma Middle and DeepMind have collectively developed a brand new technique for controlling plasma configurations to be used in nuclear fusion analysis.
8. EPFL lab to digitize 1,000m2 ‘Swiss nationwide treasure’
EPFL is main the digitization and valorization of the Panorama of the Battle of Murten – a 100 x 10-meter work created in 1893 by German panorama painter Louis Braun – in an enterprise that guarantees to yield one of many largest digital pictures ever produced.
9. The times of the generalist are gone. Lengthy dwell the specialist!
Is it higher to be a generalist or a specialist? A crew from ERPFL set about answering this query by digging by way of knowledge on greater than 30,000 biomedical researchers. When it comes to profession impression, the reply couldn’t be clearer: specialization confers a major, long-lasting benefit. This discovering, which may very well be extrapolated to different disciplines, confirms that the times of the Renaissance generalist are gone, and that we now dwell within the period of the specialist.
10. A brand new makerspace and medals
In March 2022, EPFL inaugurated the SPOT (Scholar Prototyping and Outreach Tank), a brand new constructing devoted to mechanical and digital prototyping. This house goals to supply college students with all of the assets they should perform their initiatives. These initiatives have enabled them to attain nice success in worldwide competitions in artificial biology, biosensing, photo voltaic boats and Method pupil.