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    26.05.11 — Mediacom Robots typically acquire new capacities by imitation. Now, EPFL scientists are doing the inverse -- developing machines that can learn more rapidly and outperform humans by starting from failed or inaccurate demonstrations. Read the whole article
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    26.05.11 — Nanophotonics and Metrology The transition from localized to delocalized plasmons (i.e. the transition from a situation where the decay length of a travelling surface plasma wave is greater than its propagation distance to a situation where it is smaller) and hence the onset of plasmon delocalization is studied in a single 2D silver nanoparticle of increasing length. A fourier analysis in the near-field of the nanoparticle is used as the main tool for analysis. This method, along with far-field scattering spectra simulations and the near-field profile directly above and along the length of the nanoparticle are used to investigate and clearly show the transition from localized to delocalized modes. In particular, it is found that for a finite sized rectangular nanoparticle, both the emerging odd and even delocalized modes are nothing but a superposition of many standing wave plasmon modes. As a consequence, even very short metal films can support delocalized plasmons that bounce back and forth along the film. Read the whole article
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    25.05.11 — Mediacom Microrobots from the company Imina Technologies are revolutionizing the manipulation of tiny components/elements under the microscope. The EPFL spin-off is now attacking the American market, and has received one of the four Vittoz awards – worth 30,000 Swiss francs – given by the Science Park (PSE). Read the whole article
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    24.05.11 — Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies In the frame of the National Project "Sustainable Neighborhoods", the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) publishes a book edited by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Available in French, German and Italian, this publication is a synthesis of the main issues – conceptual, methodological and operational – particular to projects addressing sustainability at the scale of a neighborhood. Read the whole article
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    24.05.11 — Geographic Information Systems Laboratory Dans le cadre de l’Academic Cooperation Palestine Project (ACPP), une délégation de la CEAT et du LASIG (Laboratoire des systèmes d'information géographique) s'est rendue en Cisjordanie du 22 au 31 avril derniers. Read the whole article
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    24.05.11 — Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship The 1st Graduate Transport Regulation Seminar (GTRegS) series is designed to bring to the fore outstanding graduate research on transport regulation. Read the whole article
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    24.05.11 — Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies Prof. Emmanuel Rey of the Laboratory of architecture and sustainable technologies (LAST) took part in the round table of the Sustainable Development Forum organized on 18th May 2011 by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy at the Kursaal Congress Center in Bern. This event, to which more than 300 participants took part, allowed evaluating the situation on matters such as research and practice in the field of sustainable neighborhoods. Read the whole article
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    24.05.11 — Mediacom Four energy-efficient piles are being installed between end-May and the beginning of June in the foundations of the future building. They will enable research to be performed on the leveraging of geothermal energy and the mechanical behavior of the foundations. Read the whole article
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    23.05.11 — Research Office Projects Label-free spectroscopic detection of vesicles in water using vibrational sum frequency scattering. Read the whole article
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    Campus Life

    23.05.11 — Staff Portal Thursday the 26th of May, rain or shine, VIVAPOLY invites the EPFL community to the eighteenth anniversary of its annual festival. Rendez-vous at the Esplanande. For the first time ever, our neighbors from Innovation Square will join us. Read the whole article