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    27.11.09 — Mediacom The Ruzicka award was given this year to Karl Gademann – director, founder, and professor of the Chemical Synthesis Laboratory. He has been recognized for his work done in the field of natural substance synthesis. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) has awarded a sum of 10,000 Swiss francs to the professor, the highest figure in Switzerland for the field of Chemistry. Read the whole article
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    21.11.09 — Nanophotonics and Metrology By introducing the difference permittivity ratio η=(ε 2−ε 0)/(ε 1−ε 0), the Green matrix method for computing surface plasmon resonances is extended to binary nanostructures. Based on the near field coupling, the interplay of plasmon resonances in two closely packed nanostrips is investigated. At a fixed wavelength, with varying η the resonances exhibit different regions: the dielectric effect region, resonance chaos region, collective resonance region, resonance flat region, and new branches region. Simultaneously, avoiding crossing and mode transfer phenomena between the resonance branches are observed. These findings will be helpful to design hybrid plasmonic subwavelength structures. Read the whole article
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    20.11.09 — Mediacom routeRANK, an EPFL start-up website in the Parc Scientifique allowing users to find the best way to their destination according to personalized criteria, has been chosen as a Microsoft Start-up of the Day for November 19th. Using a unique algorithm, the start-up’s founder and chairman Jochen Mundiger created an intelligent way to plan one’s trips that takes into account public transportation, car and air travel, while also giving you the CO2 emissions for those who wish to consider the ecological impact of their travels. Read the whole article
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    09.11.09 — Signal Processing Laboratory 5 Our new book entitled "Multimodal Signal Processing, theory and applications for human-computer interaction" is in press. Read the whole article
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    09.11.09 — Mediacom Based at the Science Park next to Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, MDA aims to accelerate the development of revolutionary medical device technology ideas in Europe and to create entities ready for future financing or licensing. Read the whole article
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    06.11.09 — Laboratory of Intelligent Systems Mirko Kovac, Manuel Schlegel, Jean-Christophe Zufferey and Dario Floreano receive a IROS2009 best paper award for their publication with the title A Miniature Jumping Robot with Self-Recovery Capabilities. Read the whole article
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    04.11.09 — Mediacom The 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, affirms EPFL’s top place among European Universities in the field of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences. Gaining three places from the 2008 rankings this year, the technical university in Lausanne, Switzerland ties Cambridge University as the 1st in Europe and 15th in the world in its field. Read the whole article
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    01.11.09 — ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering The main goal of this research, conducted with the financial support of the Swiss National Science Foundation, is to study the extremely rich, almost unedited material generated from architectural competitions for collective housing that have been organized in Switzerland during the last ten years. Read the whole article
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    30.10.09 — ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering Prof. Y. Weinand, director of the Chair of Timber Construction (IBOIS/ENAC) is part of a research group, together with Dr Frédéric Pichelin (Haute Ecole Spécialisée Bernoise, architecture, wood and civil engineering), Prof. Dominique Derome (EMPA) and Prof. Antonio Pizzi (ENSTIB-Lermab, Epinal, France), which gets CHF 690 019.- from the SNF for a Sinergia project. Read the whole article
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    21.10.09 — Mediacom The European Molecular Biology Organization has elected around 60 reserchers to its prestigious ranks, three of them EPFL scientists. Read the whole article