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    Kids and robots learn to write together

    today - Mediacom Who is the teacher: the student or the machine? By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self-­‐confidence. This system, called CoWriter, was developed by EPFL researchers.

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    Proof of Concept Grant awarded to Prof. Martin Gijs

    today - ERC Grants Prof. Martin Gijs has been awarded a Proof of Concept ERC Grant. This funding initiative, launched in March 2011, is only open to researchers who have already been awarded an ERC grant. It aims at establishing the innovation potential of ideas arising from the ERC-funded frontier research project.

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    Paper on Dynamic Credit Collections Accepted at Management Science

    yesterday - CDM | Management of Technology Recent research by Prof. Thomas Weber and his former student, Prof. Naveed Chehrazi (UT Austin), on the “Dynamic Valuation of Delinquent Credit-Card Accounts” has been accepted for publication by Management Science, the leading INFORMS journal. In their paper, the authors introduce a dynamic collectability score (DCS), which can be used to evaluate the probability that a delinquent credit-card account repays an outstanding balance. The parameters of the underlying model, based on stochastic point processes, can be estimated using techniques provided by the authors. The theoretical results are applied to a large data set obtained from a major credit-card issuer.

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    Lausanne to reunite the world's major “Brain Initiatives”

    yesterday - Mediacom The Brain Forum 2015 will bring together top scientists and entrepreneurs from the biggest “brain initiatives” of recent years. The event will run from March 30 to April 1 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne.

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    Sustainability, a "raw material" for architects

    yesterday - ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering Far from standing in the way of architectural creativity, constraints related to sustainability can, instead, stimulate it. This becomes especially clear if they are considered from the beginning of the project. Emmanuel Rey, architect, director of the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) and partner from the architectural firm Bauart in Bern, Neuchatel and Zurich demonstrated during a conference at the Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris how research-related sustainability issues have shaped his architectural production. His book "From Spatial Development to Detail," recently published by Quart Publishers, includes the concepts developed on this occasion. We met Emmanuel Rey to see how this new societal and environmental element influences his work.

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    SNSF Consolidator Grant awarded to Prof. Christian Heinis

    yesterday - ERC Grants Prof. Christian Heinis has been awarded a CONSOLIDATOR GRANT by the SNSF in the context of the so-called “Temporary Backup Schemes” for the European Research Council (ERC) grants. This transitional measure of the SNSF offers the awardee an adequate substitute for an ERC grant.

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    Keeping a step ahead of disease

    yesterday - ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering ENAC researchers have compared different types of mathematical models of the spread of epidemics to investigate their validity as decision-making tools to guide the emergency response following an outbreak.

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    The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

    02.03.15 - Mediacom Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

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    IS Training

    02.03.15 - Information Systems We would like to inform you that the range of courses linked to information systems will from now on be the responsibility of the Staff Training Service (STS).

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    SNSF Consolidator Grant awarded to Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic

    02.03.15 - ERC Grants Prof. Aleksandra Radenovic has been awarded a CONSOLIDATOR GRANT by the SNSF in the context of the so-called “Temporary Backup Schemes” for the European Research Council (ERC) grants. This transitional measure of the SNSF offers the awardee an adequate substitute for ERC grants.

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