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    02.06.09 — Laboratory of Intelligent Systems The LIS launches its YouTube channel. Check out our videos. Read the whole article
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    01.06.09 — ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering The project encompasses several research activities in the structural concrete laboratory (IBETON) in the field of the ultimate load capacity of concrete structures. Read the whole article
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    16.05.09 — Mediacom Federal councilor Pascal Couchepin participated in the May 14 groundbreaking ceremony for EPFL's future offshore campus in Ras al-Khaymah (United Arab Emirates). The event took place in the presence of the vice-governor of the region, Sheikh Saoud, as well as EPF Council president Fritz Schiesser and EPFL president Patrick Aebischer. This historic day represents another step in the development of the School, which can attract top researchers and create scientific and industrial partnerships with an Emirate that is economically thriving. Completely financed by Ras al-Khaymah, the new campus should welcome some 100 graduate level students in 2012. Read the whole article
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    16.05.09 — Laboratory of Intelligent Systems The LIS will be participating in the Festival de Robotique by presenting bio-inspired flying robots to the general public. Read the whole article
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    15.05.09 — Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements On July 19- 22 the 438. Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Seminar, organized by Tobias Kippenberg, Markus Aspelmeyer, and Florian Marquardt will take place in Bad Honeff. It will include invited presentations from leading groups in the emerging field of cavity optomechanics. Read the whole article
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    12.05.09 — Nanophotonics and Metrology In this paper, we present the design, fabrication, and characterization of wire grid polarizers. These polarizers show high extinction ratios and high transmission with structure dimensions that are compatible with current complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor(CMOS)technology. To design these wire grids, we first analyze the transmission properties of single apertures. From the understanding of a single aperture, we apply a modal expansion method to model wire grids. The most promising grids are fabricated on both a glass substrate and CMOS photodiode. An extinction ratio higher than 200 is measured. Read the whole article
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    07.05.09 — Mediacom Mr. Radu Jurca of the EDIC School received, end of April, the EPFL best thesis award for his work entitled "Truthful Reputation Mechanisms for Online Systems" under the supervision of Professor Boi Faltings. His thesis concentrates on the reliability of Internet forums. The internet offers tremendous opportunities for sharing feedback and ratings of products or services. Feedback forums, however, can be manipulated by users who deliberately lie with the ulterior motive of punishing or promoting particular items. Radu Jurca's thesis analyzes a complete range of settings for feedback mechanisms, and shows for the first time how to design incentives that make honest reporting the highest-paying equilibrium strategy even in the presence of large fractions of colluding raters that try to break the system. Applications are under way not only in online feedback forums, but also for less prominent problems such as self- monitoring of services. Read the whole article
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    01.05.09 — ENAC | Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering Porous asphalts are road surface materials that are up to 22% void, which have the advantage of absorbing traffic noise and controlling surface runoff. Read the whole article
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    15.04.09 — Mediacom A close cousin to l’Hydroptère, the flying boat that’s racing on the ocean in the quest to break speed records, l’Hydroptère.ch will let developers test geometries and behavior in variable conditions much closer to home, on Lake Geneva. Read the whole article
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    15.04.09 — Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements The most recognized european price in the field of metrology has been awarded to the novel method of frequency comb generation in monolithic microresonators developed in our working group. The official awards ceremony will take place during the Hermann-von-Helmholtz symposium on June 23rd, 2009 in Berlin. Read the whole article