EPFL Magazine N° 29

ÉDITO

Après ses portes, l’EPFL ouvre sa science!


OPEN SCIENCE

Promoting open science

open_sommaire

A fund to support open science


Microscope-building workshops


Sharing data. All data


50 ANS DE L’EPFL

«Dès que je me sens trop à l’aise, j’ai envie d’apprendre autre chose»


ACTUALITÉS SCIENTIFIQUES

Une main artificielle combine contrôles humain et robotique

actu_sommaire

Une voie pour les métastases cérébrales du cancer du sein


Un dispositif de haute précision pour l’ophtalmologie


INTERVIEW

Eric Mazur, une onde de choc dans l’enseignement

interview_sommaire

VU ET ENTENDU SUR LE CAMPUS

Faute de mieux


EN IMAGES

L’EPFL célèbre ses 1028 nouveaux diplômés


CAMPUS

Nouvelles nominations de professeurs


La face cachée des portes ouvertes


La mobilité vers l’EPFL est de plus en plus douce


A l’EPFL, les légumes poussent dans les cafétérias


Partager sa science autour d’une bière


EN IMAGES

Enorme succès pour les portes ouvertes 2019

campus_sommaire_image

A roulette with curves and surfaces


Arsenic et vieilles dentelles


How strategic alliances benefit education


Emplois


Un masque antipollution de haute qualité pour sauvegarder la santé de millions de citadins


Le bateau léger de l’EPFL remporte l’HydroContest 2019


Deux étudiants de l’EPFL champions universitaires de triathlon


LECTURE

La sélection des libraires


CULTURE

Les défis de la construction au Bangladesh face au changement climatique

culture_sommaire

Un restoroute comme lieu de résistance?


Danses-performances au Datasquare d’ArtLab


Les événements à venir


ÉVÉNEMENTS

Les points forts des 50 ans de l’EPFL


CAMPUS

BS – INAUGURAL LECTURE

 

 

A roulette with curves and surfaces

Inaugural lecture of Professor Juhan Aru

 

Abstract

If you need to choose between two equal options, you can toss a coin. If you need to choose between six of them, you roll a dice. If your life decisions have more facets, you can ask for help from a roulette. We all know what it means to uniformly randomly pick a number from one to ten, or to open the book from a random spot. But what does it mean to pick a random curve, or a random surface? How do such objects look like, are they beautiful? And why should we care about these random objects, why should we care, at all?

 

Biography

Juhan Aru was born in Estonia, has Bachelor and Master degrees in mathematics from University of Cambridge and a master's degree in interdisciplinary life sciences from Université Paris Descartes. He obtained his PhD in mathematics from ENS Lyon, and spent three years as a post-doc in ETH Zurich. In January 2019 he joined EPFL as a tenure-track assistant professor in mathematics.

He is interested in how to mathematically describe and study systems where geometric structure and randomness interact. The mathematical field studying such phenomena lies at the interface of probability theory, analysis and mathematical physics. More precisely, he studies random curves (SLE curves), height functions (Gaussian free field) and other random geometric structures (e.g. Gaussian multiplicative chaos), often with roots in the phenomena of statistical physics.

He has also done some work in neurosciences, written a mathematics book for high-school students and has taken part in constructing a computer-based statistics curriculum for high schools.

> OCTOBER 24TH AT 17:15, CO 3 EPFL

 

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> REGISTRATION REQUIRED: go.epfl.ch/JAruLecture

BS - HONORARY LECTURE

 

 

Engines of discovery

Honorary lecture of Professor Leonid Rivkin

 

Abstract

After the first hundred years accelerators have come of age. These modern instruments of science and the associated technologies are at the heart of research that spans from the infinitely small to the infinitely large. Switzerland is host to two leading centers of accelerator science and technology, CERN and PSI. They belong to the handful of top scientific organizations with a worldwide impact that goes far beyond particle physics, and benefits all areas of natural sciences as well as industry. A brief overview of the recent achievements and of future developments will be presented.

 

Biography

Leonid Rivkin was born in Odessa in 1954. He studied physics in Novosibirsk and Cambridge, USA, graduating from Harvard University with AB in Physics in 1978. He completed is education with a PhD in Physics from Caltech in 1985. He worked on several accelerator projects at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, followed by a year at LEP, CERN, Geneva.

He joined the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in 1989 and worked on the design, construction and commissioning of the Swiss Light Source. Since 2006 he has been the Head of the Department of Large Research Facilities at PSI and professor of particle accelerator physics at EPFL. He has been serving as PSI Deputy Director since 2017. Currently serving on several international advisory committees and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

> NOVEMBER 7TH AT 17:15, CO 3 EPFL

 

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BRÈVE

 

SANTÉ

Explorer la médecine de demain

 

L’exposition itinérante «A notre santé!» sillonne la Suisse romande jusqu’au 17 novembre.

Immersive et interactive, cette exposition propose au public de tester des outils de mesure de soi et d’expérimenter comment la médecine de demain pourra offrir un diagnostic, des traitements ou des recommandations de santé plus adaptés et personnalisés.

Le thème de la nutrition personnalisée est présenté avec le projet «Food & you» du professeur Marcel Salathé. Avec le projet «Mon génome & moi» du professeur Jacques Fellay, c’est la prise de décision après des tests génétiques qui est abordée.

«A notre santé!» est un projet réalisé par Bioscope, le Musée de la main, l’UNIL, le CHUV et les HUG.