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Hédi Fendri Wins OMEGA Prize Student Award

Hédi Fendri Wins OMEGA Prize Student Award

Each year, a student of the Microengineering Section of EPFL is awarded the prestigious OMEGA Student Award for contributing to scientific and technological advances in the disciplines of Microengineering, Micro- and Nanotechnologies, and Chronometry. This year, the Board of the Foundation of the OMEGA Prize decided to honor Mohammed Hédi Fendri, a master student at the Institute of Microengineering in EPFL’s School of Engineering.

Award Ceremony: ICCAD 2020 Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

Award Ceremony: ICCAD 2020 Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

The ICCAD Executive Committee has recognized “3D-ICE: Fast Compact Transient Thermal Modeling for 3D ICs with Inter-Tier Liquid Cooling” as “the most influential on research and industrial practice in computer-aided design of integrated circuits over the ten years since its original appearance at ICCAD.” The authors of the paper are Arvind Sridhar, Alessandro Vincenzi, Martino Ruggiero, David Atienza (all from the Embedded Systems Laboratory – ESL at EPFL), and Thomas Brunschwiler (IBM Zurich Research Laboratory).

Carmela Troncoso among Fortune’s 40 Under 40

Carmela Troncoso among Fortune’s 40 Under 40

Her inclusion in Fortune’s 40 Under 40 provides Troncoso a platform to showcase the work done by the SPRING lab in alleviating the negative impact of technology on society, such as privacy concerns, and presenting purely system-based solutions rather than data-driven platforms.

Novel Frequency Division Technique to Generate Low-Noise Microwave Signals

Novel Frequency Division Technique to Generate Low-Noise Microwave Signals

Researchers at EPFL’s Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (K-Lab), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and Dublin City University (DCU) have teamed up to develop a new technique for generating variable low-noise microwaves with a single optical microresonator. The paper was recently published in Science Advances.

3D-ICE Thermal Modeling Research Wins Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

3D-ICE Thermal Modeling Research Wins Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award

Given the fast pace of research, very few scientific studies stand the test of time. Even rarer is a study that continues to influence research a decade after its first publication. That distinction goes to “3D-ICE: Fast Compact Transient Thermal Modeling for 3D ICs with Inter-Tier Liquid Cooling,” a paper presented at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD) 2010 Conference. It has been selected as the winner of the prestigious ICCAD 2020 – Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award , which is one the most prestigious given in the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) community about industrial and academic relevance of a technical paper.

Black-box Estimation of the Bayes Risk Using ML Methods

Black-box Estimation of the Bayes Risk Using ML Methods

One of the key researches in the domain of quantitative information flow (QIF) is to effectively estimate information leaks in a system in order to prevent adversarial attacks. Most existing approaches are based on the white-box approach. However, this approach is often impractical due to the size or complexity of its internals, or the presence of unknown factors. This and other challenges forced a shift in focus to investigate methods for measuring a system’s leakage in a black-box manner.

Microchannel Network Inspired by the Human Circularity System

Microchannel Network Inspired by the Human Circularity System

While scientists have successfully reduced the size and costs of electronic components, a major challenge faced by such tiny devices is the absence of an optimum thermal and energy management technology. To bridge that gap, Elison Matioli and his colleagues at EPFL’s Power and Wide-band-gap Electronics Research Laboratory (POWERlab) have developed a novel microchannel network that not only cools electronic components but also makes them energy efficient.

Facebook-EPFL Joint ML Research Engagement

Facebook-EPFL Joint ML Research Engagement

Facebook and EPFL have initiated a collaborative program that aims to carry out seminal research with common meeting points for both organizations. Facebook seeks to leverage EPFL’s proven expertise in Computer Science and Engineering to enable the flow of technology from one of the most renowned research institutions to the leading American social media conglomerate. The collaboration will also help the latter strengthen its position in Switzerland and gain access to some of the best academic minds in Europe.

Datashare Network: A Decentralized Search Engine for Journalists

Datashare Network: A Decentralized Search Engine for Journalists

EPFL researchers at the Security and Privacy Engineering (SPRING) Lab, School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC), have developed a ‘Datashare Network’ that allows investigative journalists to exchange information securely and anonymously. A detailed paper on the subject will be presented by the scientists at the 29th Usenix Security Symposium (USENIX Security ’20), which will be held online from August 12 to 14. The event, which brings together specialists in the security and privacy of computer systems and networks, will undoubtedly draw worldwide attention to the EPFL research.

EPFL Authors Win ISVLSI 2020 Best Paper Award

EPFL Authors Win ISVLSI 2020 Best Paper Award

The paper “Enabling Optimal Power Generation of Flow Cell Arrays in 3D MPSoCs with On-Chip Switched Capacitor Converters” is a collaborative research by Halima Najibi, Alexandre Levisse, Marina Zapater, and David Atienza, who are associated with EPFL’s Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL). Considering the reputation of the symposium, built over a period of three decades, it is no mean achievement to have a paper accepted and then selected as the Best Paper. Many congratulations to the EPFL authors for their singular academic triumph.

Dina G. Mahmoud Awarded CYD Doctoral Fellowship

Dina G. Mahmoud Awarded CYD Doctoral Fellowship

As a CYD Doctoral Fellow, Dina will conduct research on vulnerabilities and backdoors in heterogeneous hardware platforms, for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of cyber and cyber-physical systems.

Google-Apple–based “SwissCovid” App in Pilot Test

Google-Apple–based “SwissCovid” App in Pilot Test

The first coronavirus digital contact-tracing app using OS updates from Google and Apple is now in a large-scale pilot test. Dubbed as SwissCovid, the app is based on the decentralized protocol, where operations that have data privacy implications are not stored or conducted through a centralized server, but on the phone of individual users. Employees at EPFL, ETH Zurich, the Swiss Army, and select hospitals and cantonal administrations can now download the app for tracing contacts at risk of transmission of COVID-19.

EPFL Field-tests Contact Tracing App

EPFL Field-tests Contact Tracing App

As the name implies, the international Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing project (DP3T) focuses on data privacy and negates any chance of data being misused by hackers.

Survey Reveals Importance of the Messenger in COVID-19 Communication

Survey Reveals Importance of the Messenger in COVID-19 Communication

The research paper “Who is listening? Spokesperson Effect on Communicating Social and Physical Distancing Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic” is authored by Andreas Spitz and Ahmad Abu-Akel (Institute of Psychology, University of Lausanne) and Robert West (School of Computer and Communication Sciences, EPFL).

Coming Soon: EPFL’s App-based Self-screener for COVID-19

Coming Soon: EPFL’s App-based Self-screener for COVID-19

A group of five researchers at EPFL’s Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESL) have developed an artificial intelligence-based system that allows you to record your cough and have it analyzed almost instantly to indicate whether you have COVID-19. In a few weeks’ time, the team will release an app, aptly named Coughvid, which will be available for free and direct download to your devices.

JEDI Empanels EPFL Scientists in Search for COVID-19 Cure

JEDI Empanels EPFL Scientists in Search for COVID-19 Cure

JEDI has appointed a high-profile scientific committee to run the ‘Billion Molecules against COVID-19’ challenge, including Babak Falsafi and Bryan Ford from EPFL’s School of Computer and Communication Sciences.

EPFL, ETH Zurich Lead Contact Tracing Technology to Tackle COVID-19

EPFL, ETH Zurich Lead Contact Tracing Technology to Tackle COVID-19

Researchers from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed a digital contact tracing technology by working closely with a large number of European colleagues. They are now very close to releasing a solution called DP-3T (Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing).

EPFL Software Helps Cryptographic Innovation for Swiss Hospitals

EPFL Software Helps Cryptographic Innovation for Swiss Hospitals

In a major breakthrough last year, EPFL and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) collaborated to develop a secure software called the MedCo system. The system took shape in the Laboratory for Data Security (LDS), headed by Professor Jean-Pierre Hubaux, and is based on software libraries developed by the Decentralized and Distributed Systems (DEDIS) Lab, headed by Professor Bryan Ford.

Digital Humanities in Pandemic Times: A Data Scientist’s Approach

Digital Humanities in Pandemic Times: A Data Scientist’s Approach

To steer clear of false or misinterpreted information during the pandemic, Robert West advises a three-pronged strategy: check the sources of data interpretations and of the data itself; check whether graphs representing coronavirus data are linear or logarithmic; and retain the correct perspective by staying updated about data on the virus.

New Nanodevice to Bridge the Terahertz Gap

New Nanodevice to Bridge the Terahertz Gap

The nanodevice has the capacity to generate terahertz waves that are 20 times more powerful than any existing device today. That is a revolutionary advancement in the field because terahertz waves, despite their immense potential, are extremely difficult to achieve.

Atri Bhattacharyya Awarded IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Atri Bhattacharyya Awarded IBM Ph.D. Fellowship

Atri joined EPFL in 2016 and completed his MS in Computer Science in 2018. Since then, he has worked at EPFL in the areas of microarchitectural security and design, and datacenter architectures. Through his years at EPFL, Atri has worked under the supervision of Prof. Babak Falsafi, Prof. Paolo Ienne, and Prof. M. Payer, completing many projects along the way.

EPFL Researchers Win Best Paper Award at FPGA’20

EPFL Researchers Win Best Paper Award at FPGA’20

Lana Josipović, Shabnam Sheikhha, Andrea Guerrieri, Paolo Ienne (all from EPFL, Processor Architecture Lab), and Jordi Cortadella (from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) are winners of the Best Paper Award at the 28th ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA ’20), which concluded on February 25 at Seaside, California.

Facebook Fellowship for EPFL Students

Facebook Fellowship for EPFL Students

The Facebook Fellowship Program, initiated in 2013 and awarded in 21 different categories, encourages and supports doctoral students who are engaged in innovative research on computer science, engineering, and allied domains. The winners for 2020 have been announced, and they include the first-ever awardees from EPFL. Panagiotis Sioulas and Merlin Nimier-David, both PhD students at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, are winners in the categories of Structured Data Stores and Computer Graphics respectively.

Computer Science at EPFL: James Larus Charts the Future

Computer Science at EPFL: James Larus Charts the Future

Computer Science is taking rapid strides in realigning itself to advancing technologies. It is beginning to emerge from the cocoon of traditional research to address new challenges posed by avant-garde technologies. In an article published in EPFL Magazine in December 2019, School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) Dean James Larus recorded his candid observations on the current status of the discipline at EPFL and the way forward.

EPFL Scientists Call for Ethical Framework to Govern Algorithms

EPFL Scientists Call for Ethical Framework to Govern Algorithms

Most discourses on the risks of Artificial Intelligence tend to focus on tech applications that are in the future horizon. The preoccupation with perceived threats such as sentient robots and AI consciousness takes away attention from AI-related issues that are already in the present, affecting simple daily activities such as reading the news, watching YouTube, or using a smartphone app. As School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) researchers Lê Nguyên Hoang and El Mahdi El Mhamdi emphasize in their new book, there is an urgent need to restate ethical questions related to algorithms in computational terms.

EPFL at FPGA 2020

EPFL at FPGA 2020

Seaside in Monterey County, California, will host the 28th ACM/SIGDA International Symposium on Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) between February 23 and 25 this year. Recognized as the premier conference for advances in FPGA technology, the symposium draws research papers, tutorial papers on emerging applications and methodologies, and panel discussion proposals. Among the papers being presented at FPGA 2020 are several original submissions and a tutorial paper by computer scientists at EPFL, which comprise a very good representation at the prestigious global event.