École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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|Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne|
|École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne|
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The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, English: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is a university specialising in engineering and technology located in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.
The school was founded by the Swiss Federal Government with the stated mission to:
- Educate engineers and scientists
- Be a national center of excellence in science and technology
- Provide a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry
EPFL has, in the past decade, consistently being rated among the top universities in the world for engineering as well as natural sciences and life sciences. It is currently ranked 17th in the world overall, and 10th best university in the world in engineering and technology (QS 2014).
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Reputation
- 4 Campus
- 5 Students and traditions
- 6 Scientific partners
- 7 Associated institutions
- 8 Organization
- 9 Notable affiliates
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Partner universities
- 12 Notes and references
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
The school was founded in 1853 as a private school under the name École spéciale de Lausanne at the initiative of Lois Rivier, a graduate of École Centrale Paris and John Gay, the then professor and rector of the Académie de Lausanne. At its inception it had only eleven students and the offices was located at Rue du Valentin in Lausanne. In 1869, it became the technical department of the public Académie de Lausanne. When the Académie was reorganised and acquired the status of a university in 1890, the technical faculty changed its name to École d'ingénieurs de l'Université de Lausanne. In 1946, it was renamed the École polytechnique de l'Université de Lausanne (EPUL). In 1969, the EPUL was separated from the rest of the University of Lausanne and became a federal institute under its current name. EPFL, like ETH Zurich, is thus directly controlled by the Swiss federal government. In contrast, all other universities in Switzerland are controlled by their respective cantonal governments.
In 1946, there were 360 students. In 1969, EPFL had 1,400 students and 55 professors. In the past two decades the university has grown rapidly and as of 2012 roughly 14,000 people study or work on campus, about 9,300 of these beings Bachelor, Master or PhD students. As EPFL first became a federal institute under its current name in 1969, with a student body of then less than 1500, the university is included in the Times Higher Education list of top 100 universities under 50 years old. The environment at modern day EPFL is highly international with the school now attracting top students and researchers from all over the world. More than 125 countries are represented on the campus and the university has two official languages, French and English.
Following the nomination of Patrick Aebischer as president in 2000, EPFL has started to develop into the field of life sciences. It absorbed the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) in 2008.
EPFL hosted Iranian nuclear talks in April 2015. Iran as well as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China (P5 +1) were represented respectively by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, John Kerry (U.S. Secretary of State), Philip Hammond (British Foreign Secretary), Frank-Walter Steinmeier (German Foreign Minister), Laurent Fabius (French Foreign Minister), Alexey Karpov (Russian Deputy Political Director) and Wu Hailong (Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations).
"Criteria for admission in 1st year and requested documents:
-Holders a Swiss high-school maturité certificate:
All holders of a Swiss high-school maturité certificate recognized by the Confederation will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, under no other condition.
-Holders of a Swiss HES bachelor’s degree:
All holders of a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss HES will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, under no other condition. Holders of a diploma delivered by a Swiss HES before the introduction of Bachelor’s degrees will be admitted as well.
-Holders of a Swiss professional maturité or a Swiss specialized maturité:
Holders of a Swiss professional maturité or a Swiss specialized maturité will not be admitted in 1st year directly. They are kindly asked to apply to the CMS preparatory course.
-Holders of a European high-school certificate:
As of the 1st of December 2013, holders of a high-school certificate with a scientific orientation delivered by an EU-member country or an EFTA-member country (baccalauréat, Abitur, matura, A-levels, etc.) will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice, if their overall average grade equals or tops 80% of the maximum grade. If, in the country of graduation, an additional exam is necessary to be admitted at universities, candidates must prove that they also have been admitted in the wished field of study in their home country. EPFL considers that a B2 level in French is required in order to follow Bachelor’s programs taught at EPFL. A C1 level is recommended. International candidates from non-French-speaking countries must have a possibility to complete their application with a certificate proving their language-level.
Holders of an International Baccalaureate (I.B.):
Holders of an International Baccalaureate will be admitted at EPFL in 1st year in their Bachelor’s program of choice if the following criteria are fulfilled:
- 38 points out of 42 (without bonus points);
- Higher Level (HL) in mathematics, either physics or chemistry (or biology up to and including the 2011/2012 school year) and one modern language (a language at A1 or A2 SL also counts as HL);
- 3 additional Standard Level (SL) branches from the following fields: natural sciences, geography, history, economics, a modern language, applied mathematics.
- EPFL considers that a B2 level in French is required in order to follow Bachelor’s programs taught at EPFL. A C1 level is recommended. International candidates from non-French-speaking countries must have a possibility to complete their application with a certificate proving their language-level." (EPFL 2015)
The academic year is divided into two academic semesters (fall and spring).
Since 2013 EPFL possesses an IBM Blue Gene/Q, Lemanicus. It is the 11th most powerful in the World according to TOP500 (November 2012). It is capable of operating as fast as 209 teraflops per second. It is also ranked as the 10th greenest supercomputer in the Green 500 Ranking (November 2012). It is used in the Blue Brain Project.
EPFL is considered to be among the world's most prestigious universities in technology. The three most influential and widely observed international university rankings, QS World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranks EPFL No. 2, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the field of Engineering and Technology on continental Europe in their 2014–2015 rankings. In the rankings EPFL competes with Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College London and its sister institution, ETH Zurich, for the European top five spots in Engineering and Technology.
QS World University Ranking 2014 ranks EPFL world No. 17. EPFL reaches world No. 10 in Engineering (4th in Europe behind ETH Zurich, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London) and world No. 16 in the Natural Sciences subcategories (5th in Europe). In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, EPFL ranks world No. 26 in Mathematics (No. 6 in Europe), world No. 16 in Physics (No. 7 in Europe), world No. 16 in Chemistry (No. 5 in Europe) and world No. 26 in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, world No. 29 in computer science and world No. 49 in Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering.
THE World University Rankings 2014-2015 (Times Higher Education) ranks EPFL world No. 34 (7th in the Europe behind the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, ETH Zürich, University College London (UCL) and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and ahead of the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and King's College London (KCL)). EPFL was 48th in the world in the 2010-2011 ranking and its rank has since been rising each year. In the engineering and technology subcategory (2014-2015), EPFL ranks world No. 12 (No. 5th in Europe behind Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and ETHZ). In the physical sciences subcategory (2014-2015), EPFL is world No. 20 (5th in Europe behind Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, ETHZ and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich). In the life science science subcategory (2014-2015), EPFL ranks world No. 43. EPFL is also the world No. 1 University among the "100 Under 50" ("100 Under 50 Rankings - 2015" published by THE).
In the 2015 reputation ranking, EPFL ranks world No. 48 (13th in Europe).
Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014 ranks EPFL world No. 19 and Europe No. 3 in the Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences category, behind Cambridge and notably ahead of ETH Zurich and American namebrand universities such as Caltech and Princeton. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Chemistry - 2014, EPFL ranks world No. 25 (6th in Europe) and in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in Computer Science - 2014, EPFL ranks world No. 34 (6th in Europe).
CWTS Leiden Ranking and THE Ranking
EPFL typically scores high on faculty to student ratio, international outlook and scientific impact. The specialised CWTS Leiden Ranking that "aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities" ranks EPFL world No. 13 and No. 1 in Europe in the 2013 rankings for all the sciences. Similarly, in the THE World University Rankings 2014-2015, EPFL ranks 15th in the world and 2nd in Europe on the citation index score.
Newsweek's Global Universities Ranking (2007)
EPFL was ranked No. 26 in the world.
Blue Brain Project
The reputation of EPFL as a strong research institution has been further strengthened by a number of high-profile projects, the most notable of these being the Blue Brain Project that in 2013 secured a 0.5 Billion Euro Flagship Grant from the European Commission.
In recent years, EPFL's faculty members were selected as a WEF Young Global Leader and as Young Scientist by World Economic Forum.
The École d'ingénieurs de l'Université de Lausanne, from which EPFL in its modern day form originates, was located in the center of Lausanne. In 1974, 5 years after EPFL was separated from University of Lausanne and became a federal institute under its current name, the construction of a new campus at Dorigny in Écublens, a suburb south-west of Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva, began. The inauguration of the first EPFL buildings of the new campus took place in 1978.
The EPFL campus has been evolving ever since. The first stage of the development plans, with a total budget of 462 million Swiss francs, was completed in 1984 and in 1990 the second stage was completed. The construction of the northern parts of campus began in 1995 with the construction of the Microtechnology building, completed in 1998, and the architecture building, completed in 2000. In 2002, the department of architecture also moved to the campus in Écublens, uniting all departments of EPFL on the same site. The latest addition to the EPFL campus is the Rolex Learning Center completed February 2010. The Rolex Learning Center includes areas for work, leisure and services and is located at the center of the campus. The EPFL campus is now being expanded with the construction of the Swiss Tech Convention Center to be completed in 2014.
Together with the University of Lausanne, also located in Écublens, the EPFL forms a vast campus, welcoming about 20,000 students, at the shores of Lake Geneva. The campus is served by the Lausanne Metro Line 1 (M1) and is equipped with an electric bicycle sharing system. The EPFL campus was the first campus to receive the International Sustainable Campus Excellence Award by the International Sustainable Campus Network.
Of the 14,000 people that work and study at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne campus, roughly 9.300 are students in either Bachelor, Master or Doctoral programs, the remaining 4,700 being administrative staff, scientists, technical staff, professors and the entrepreneurs located in the Science Park EPFL7. More than 125 nationalities are present on campus with 48% of the student population being foreign nationals.
Almost all of the structures of the EPFL are located on its main campus. However, it also has branches in Neuchâtel ("Microcity"), in Sion ("Pôle EPFL Valais"), in Geneva (Campus Biotech, including the Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-engineering) and in Fribourg ("Smart Living Lab").
The campus consists of about 65 buildings on 136 acres (55 ha). Built according to the growth of the school, the campus includes different types of architectures:
- Late 1970s–1980s: modularised building, used today by the Schools of Basic Sciences and Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
- 1990s: buildings with institutes from the Schools of Engineering Sciences and Techniques, Computer and Communication Sciences, and the Scientific Park (PSE)
- Modern: new buildings (2002–2004) with Microengineering, Communications and Architecture institutes, the School of Life Sciences and the College of Management.
- The Learning Center, a new library (2010)
- 2014: The Swiss Tech Convention Center and the "Quartier Nord" (convention center, student accommodation, shops...)
Facilities are available on the campus for the students and staff:
- Libraries: the Learning Center
- Restaurants: Le Copernic and La Table de Vallotton
- Cafeterias: La Coupole, Le Corbusier, Le Parmentier, Le Vinci, BMX (Bâtiment des matériaux), BC (Bâtiment des communications), L'Arcadie, Le Hodler, Le Klee, L'Ornithorynque
- Bar: Satellite
- Travel agencies: Swiss Federal Railways and STA Travel
- Banks: Credit Suisse and PostFinance
- Radio: Fréquence Banane (student radio)
- Conference centre: the Swiss Tech Convention Center
- Museum: Musée Bolo
- Museum: Archizoom
Dormitories and student housing
- Quartier Nord (Atrium).
- Les Estudiantines.
- Microcity (in Neuchâtel): "A temple dedicated to innovation" ( Patrick Aebischer)
- EPFL Fribourg: "The EPFL Fribourg outpost develops its activities in the fields of technology, construction and sustainable architecture. Besides the activities of advanced research, it designs, with the School of Engineering and Architecture HEIA-FR and the University of Fribourg, the Smart Living Lab, a new interuniversity pole of competence. Its location at the heart of the blueFACTORY innovation park will allow it to exploit the development potential of public-private partnerships offered by this opportunity and will contribute to the future National Innovation Park." (EPFL website)
- EPFL also has satellite facilities in Sion, Geneva, and Basel.
Students and traditions
Evolution of EPFL's student body
There were 2367 students in 1982, 4302 in 199 and 9868 in 2013.
In 2013 there was 1683 matriculations for Bachelor programs and CMS, 275 external matriculations for Master programs and 516 matriculations for Phd programs.
Students from oversea
- Bachelor and Master: 3235 students from oversea (43%)
- Doctoral: 1630 students from oversea (79%)
The school encourages the formation of associations and sports activities on campus. As of 2012 more than 79 associations exist on campus for recreational and social purposes. In addition, the school has its own monthly newspaper, Flash. Included in the 79 associations are
- AGEPoly is the Student's Association of the EPFL. The purpose of AGEPoly is to represent the EPFL's students, defend the general interests of the students and inform and consult its members on decisions of the EPFL Direction that concern them.
- The Forum is an EPFL student association responsible for organisation of the Forum EPFL. The Forum was founded in 1982 as a platform for exchange and meeting between the academic and professional communities. Today, the Forum EPFL is one of the largest recrouting events in Europe.
- UNIPOLY is the EPFL Association for Sustainable Development, the Association works to create awareness of sustainable developmenent on campus and in western Switzerland. UNIPOLY is part of the World Student Community for Sustainable Development, an international network of student organisations for sustainable development consisting of EPFL, ETH Zurich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo, University of Fort Hare, University of Nairobi, Chalmers, and University of Yaounde.
Several music festivals are held yearly at EPFL. The most important one is the Balélec Festival, organised in May. The festival wellcomes 15,000 visitors to around 30 concerts. Other smaller festivals include Sysmic organised in April by the students of the Department of Microengineering, hosting two stages for local and national bands, and Artiphys, organised by the students of the Physics Department.
Student exchange programs
EPFL maintains several long-standing student exchange programs, such as the junior year engineering and science program with Carnegie Mellon University in the United States, as well as a graduate Aeronautics and Aerospace program with the ISAE in France and a graduate program with Technical University Munich.
The Archimedean Oath is an ethical code of practice for engineers and technicians, similar to the Hippocratic Oath used in the medical world:
"I commit to keeping completely, to the full extent of my capacities and judgment, the following promises:
I shall use my knowledge for the benefit of mankind. I shall not put my skill to the service of people who do not respect Human Rights I shall not permit consideration regarding religion, nationality, race, sex, wealth and politics to harm people affected by my actions. I shall bear the entire responsibility for my actions and shall in no way discharge them on another. I shall practice in respect for the environment. I shall not use my knowledge for destructive purposes. I shall practice my profession in complete intellectual honesty, with conscience and dignity. I solemnly take this oath, freely and on my honour."
- EPFL is the official scientific advisor of Alinghi, twice winners of the America's cup 2003 and 2007.
- Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft project developed at EPFL, the project eventual hopes to achieve the first circumnavigation of the world using only solar power.
- The Hydroptère, is an experimental sailing hydrofoil that in 2009 broke the world speed sailing record, sustaining a speed of 52.86 knots (97.90 km/h; 60.83 mph) for 500m in 30 knots of wind
- EPFL contributed to the construction of SwissCube-1. It is the first satellite entirely built in Switzerland. It was put into orbit on 23 September 2009 by the Indian launcher PSLV.
- To better understand the relationship between nutrition and the brain, EPFL and the Nestlé research center has signed a five-year agreement providing 5 million CHF each year for the creation of two new chairs at the EPFL Brain Mind Institute.
- Logitech and EPFL has announced the creation of the EPFL Logitech Incubator that will provide financial, educational and operational support in entrepreneurship to researchers and students.
- Breitling Orbiter became the first balloon to circumnavigate the earth non-stop in March 1999. The balloon was piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones.
- The Human Brain Project is the successor of the EPFL Blue Brain Project. The project is directed by EPFL and involves 86 institutions across Europe. The total cost is estimated at 1.190 billion euros.
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- Swiss Cancer Centre
- Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM)
- Centre for Advanced Modelling Science (CADMOS)
- École cantonale d'art de Lausanne (ECAL)
- Campus Biotech
- Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro-engineering
- Swiss National Supercomputing Centre
EPFL is organised into seven schools, themselves formed of institutes that group research units (laboratories or chairs) around common themes. The seven schools at EPFL:
- School of Basic Sciences (SB, Thomas Rizzo)
- Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (MATHICSE, Alfio Quarteroni)
- Mathematics institute of Analysis and Applications (MATHAA, Anthony Davison)
- Mathematics Institute of Geometry and Applications, (MATHGEOM, Eva Bayer-Fluckiger)
- Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC, Paul Dyson)
- Institute of Physics of Energy and Particles (IPEP, Minh Quang Tran)
- Institute of Condensed Matter Physics (IPMC, Wolf-Dieter Schneider)
- Institute of Physics of Biological Systems (IPSB, Giovanni Dietler)
- Institute of Physical Sciences (SPH-GE, Jean-Philippe Ansermet)
- Institute of Quantum Electronics and Photonics (IPEQ, Benoît Deveaud-Plédran)
- Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITP, Alfonso Baldereschi)
- Institute of Computational Condensed Matter Physics (IRRMA, Alfonso Baldereschi)
- Interdisciplinary Center for Electron Microscopy (CIME, Cécile Hébert)
- Center for Research in Plasma Physics (CRPP, Minh Quang Tran)
- PRN Quantum Photonics (PRN-QP, Benoît Deveaud-Plédran)
- Bernoulli Center (CIB, Nicolas Monod)
- School of Engineering (STI, Demetri Psaltis)
- Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEL, Giovanni De Micheli)
- Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IGM, Daniel Favrat)
- Institute of Materials (IMX, Andreas Mortensen)
- Institute of Microengineering(IMT, Nico de Rooij)
- Institute of Bioengineering (IBI, Jeffrey Hubbell)
- School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC, Marilyne Andersen)
- School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC, James Larus)
- Algorithms & Theoretical Computer Science
- Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
- Computational Biology
- Computer Architecture & Integrated Systems
- Data Management & Information Retrieval
- Graphics & Vision
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Information & Communication Theory
- Programming Languages & Formal Methods
- Security & Cryptography
- Signal & Image Processing
- School of Life Sciences (SV, Jeffrey Hubbell)
- Bachelor-Master Teaching Section in Life Sciences and Technologies (SSV)
- Brain Mind Institute (BMI, Carmen Sandi)
- Institute of Bioengineering (IBI, Melody Swartz)
- Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC, Douglas Hanahan)
- Global Health Institute (GHI, Stewart T. Cole)
- Ten Technology Platforms & Core Facilities (PTECH)
- Center for Phenogenomics (CPG)
- NCCR Synaptic Bases of Mental Diseases (NCCR-SYNAPSY)
- College of Management of Technology (CDM, Philippe Gillet)
- Swiss Finance Institute at EPFL (CDM-SFI, Damir Filipovic)
- Program of Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship (CDM-PMTE, Christopher Tucci)
- Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (CDM-ENTC, Marc Gruber)
- Institute of Logistics, Economy and Management of Technology (ILEMT, Dominique Foray)
- Management of Technology EPFL – UNIL (CMT, Francis-Luc Perret)
- College of Humanities (CDH, Francesco Panese)
- Human and social sciences teaching program (CDH-SHS, Eric Junod)
- Guy Berruyer (chief executive of Sage Group)
- Aart de Geus (Chairman, founder and CEO of Synopsys)
- George de Mestral (Electrical engineer, inventor of Velcro)
- André Gorz (Austrian-French philosopher and economist)
- Martin Vetterli (Scientist in the field of Digital Signal Processing, president of the Swiss National Science Foundation)
- Daniel Borel (Co-founder of Logitech)
- Franck Riboud (CEO of Danone)
- André Kudelski (CEO of Kudelski)
- Jean-Daniel Nicoud (Swiss computer scientist)
- Othman Benjelloun (Moroccan businessman)
- Daniel Brélaz (Swiss Mathematician, Politician and Environmentalist)
- Stefan Kudelski (Industrialist, inventor of the Nagra)
- Luc Recordon (Swiss politician)
- André Borschberg (Businessman and pilot, founder of the Solar Impulse project)
Doctorates honoris causa
The EPFL has awarded a doctorate honoris causa to several people:
- 2013 : Fabiola Gianotti, John A. Rogers, Christos Papadimitriou
- 2012 : David Donoho, Emily Carter
- 2011 : Hanna Damasio, Antonio R. Damasio, Roberto Car, Subra Suresh
- 2010 : Jerry Yang, Pierre-Louis Lions, Shirley Jackson (physicist)
- 2009 : Pascale Cossart, Joseph Sifakis, Ahmed Zewail
- 2008 : Al Gore, Deborah Estrin, Christian Menn
- 2007 : Paul Allen, Catherine Bréchignac, David Forney
- 2006 : Manuel Castells, Paul Gray, Claude Nobs
- 2005 : Odile Jacob, Klaus Töpfer, Alexandre Chorin
- 2004 : Merton C. Flemings, Nicolas Gisin, Leslie Lamport
- 2003 : Claudie Haigneré, John L. Hennessy, Sumio Iijima, Jörg Schlaich
- 2001 : Ingrid Daubechies, Michel Serres, Charles Weissmann, Kurt Wüthrich
- 1999 : René Berger, Hans Beutler, Klaus Schwab
- 1998 : Beat Richner, Jeanne Hersch, Jean-Pascal Delamuraz
- 1997 : Konrad Basler, Hiroyasu Funakubo, Bernard Huet
- 1996 : Jean-Pierre Changeux, Bernhard Hirt, Nico Weserhof
- 1995 : Marie-Claude Gaudel, Edward J.Kramer, Elliott Lieb
- 1994 : Arun Netravali, Erich Spitz, Branco Weiss
- 1993 : René Badan, Claude Nicollier, Jean-Claude Piguet, Alvaro Siza, Hugo Thiemann
- 1992 : John M. Ball, Daniel Borel, Rudolf Grüetter
- 1991 : Gérard Bauer, Jean-René Bory, Olivier Reverdin, Henri Rieben
- 1990 : Heinz Lienhard, Martin Peter
- 1986 : Stefan Kudelski
- Álvaro Siza Vieira, Portuguese architect, (Guest Professor, Architecture), Pritzker Prize 1992
- Amin Shokrollahi (Professor, Computer Science and Communication Systems and Mathematics. Best known for the invention of Raptor codes)
- Arjen Lenstra (Professor, cryptographic algorithms)
- Claude Nicollier (Professor, spatial technology and astronaut)
- Daniel Thalmann (Professor, Computer Science and Communication Systems, Pioneer in Virtual Humans)
- Dario Floreano (Professor, intelligent systems)
- David Chipperfield, British architect, (Guest Professor, Architecture)
- Denis Duboule (Professor, Life Sciences)
- Eduardo Souto de Moura, Portuguese architect, (Guest Professor, Architecture), Pritzker Prize 2011
- Giovanni De Micheli (Professor, integrated systems)
- Henry Markram (Professor, neurology)
- Jean-Daniel Nicoud (Professor, computer science, inventor of the modern ball mouse)
- János Pach (Professor, Mathematics, One of the few living Mathematicians with Erdos Number 1)
- Kuppuswamy Kalyanasundaram (Professor of Chemistry, founder of Project Madurai)
- Luigi Snozzi
- Lyesse Laloui (Professor and director of Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, et directeur du programme doctoral en Mécanique )
- Martin Odersky (Professor, programming methods, inventor of Scala)
- Martin Vetterli (Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences EPFL and President of the National Research Council at Swiss National Science Foundation)
- Michael Grätzel (Professor, Photonics and Interfaces Sciences, Inventor of the dye-sensitized solar cells)
- Minh Quang Tran (Professor, physics of energy and particles)
- Reymond Clavel (Professor, robotics and micro engineering, inventor of the Delta robot)
- Serge Vaudenay (Professor, security and cryptography)
Buildings and campus
Projects and partnerships
The EPFL has 179 partner universities around the globe.
- Vienna University of Technology, Austria
- University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria
- University of Vienna, Austria
- University of Freiburg, Germany
- University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
- Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
- Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
- University of Magdeburg, Germany
- University of Marburg, Germany
- Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
- Technical University of Berlin, Germany
- Braunschweig University of Technology, Germany
- Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany
- Dresden University of Technology, Germany
- Technical University of Munich, Germany
- University of Ulm, Germany
- University of Bonn, Germany
- University of Karlsruhe, Germany
- University of Stuttgart, Germany
- Faculté polytechnique de Mons, Belgium
- Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- University of Liège, Belgium
- Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
- Ghent University, Belgium
- Sofia University, Bulgaria
- Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
- Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
- Aalborg University, Denmark
- Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
- Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark
- Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland
- University of Helsinki, Finland
- École Centrale Paris, France
- École d'Architecture de la Ville et des Territoires, Marne-la-Vallée, France
- École des Mines d'Alès, France
- École des Mines d'Albi-Carmaux, France
- École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Lyon, Lyon, France
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille-Luminy Marseille, France
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville, France
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Strasbourg, France
- École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), Paris, France
- École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, France
- École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
- Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, France
- École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
- École polytechnique (" X ", Palaiseau), France
- École Supérieure d'Electricité (Supélec), Gif sur Yvette, France
- École supérieure d'ingénieurs en électronique et électrotechnique, ESIEE, Noisy, France
- École supérieure de chimie physique électronique de Lyon, France
- Fondation EPF, Sceaux, France
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Rouen, France
- Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Strasbourg, France
- Institut National polytechnique de Grenoble, France
- Institut National polytechnique de Toulouse, France
- Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE), Toulouse, France
- École polytechnique universitaire de Montpellier (Polytech'Montpellier), Montpellier, France
- Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France
- Upper Alsace University, France
- Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II, France
- Université de Poitiers, France
- Université Louis Pasteur Strasbourg 1, France
- Université Paris 13 (Paris-Nord), France
- Université Paris Dauphine, France
- National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- University of Patras, Greece
- Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Technical University of Crete, Greece
- Technical University of Budapest, Hungary
- University College Dublin, Ireland
- Dublin City University, Ireland
- Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy
- University Iuav of Venice (Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia), Italy
- Politecnico di Bari, Italy
- Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Politecnico di Torino, Italy
- Università di Bologna, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Cassino, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
- Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy
- Kauno Technologijos Universitetas, Lithuania
- Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
- Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
- Universiteit Twente, Netherlands
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway
- Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland
- AGH University of Science and Technology (University of Mining and Metallurgy) Kraków, Poland
- Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
- Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland
- Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal
- Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
- Universidade do Porto, Portugal
- Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania
- Technical University of Cluj, Romania
- Universitatea Politehnica Din Bucuresti, Romania
- University of Iasi, Romania
- Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
- Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
- Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
- Mondragon University, Spain
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
- Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
- Universidad de Burgos, Spain
- Universidad de Cantabria, Santander, Spain
- Universidad de Granada, Spain
- Universidad de Malaga, Spain
- Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
- Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
- Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
- Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain
- Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena, Spain
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- Technical University of Madrid, Spain
- Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
- Universidad Pontifica Comillas, Madrid, Spain
- University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
- Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
- Universitat de Girona, Spain
- Universidad de Alicante, Spain
- Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
- Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
- Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
- University of Uppsala, Sweden
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
- Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
- Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
- Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
- Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey
- Koç University Istanbul, Turkey
- Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- University of Bristol, United Kingdom
- University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), United Kingdom
- University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
- University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom
- École Polytechnique de Montréal, Québec
- Université de Montréal, Canada
- Université Laval, Canada
- McGill University, Canada
- University of Waterloo, Canada
- Cornell University, United States
- Michigan Technological University, United States
- Iowa State University, United States
- University of California, Berkeley, United States
- Carnegie Mellon University, United States
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, United States
- Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico
- Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile
- Fudan University, China
- Peking University, China
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
- Tsinghua University, China
- Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India
- Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, India
- Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
- Osaka University, Japan
- The University of Tokyo, Japan
- Tohoku University, Japan
- Shibaura Institute of Technology, Japan
- KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), South Korea
- Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
- National University of Singapore, Singapore
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