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Two IC laboratories win support from Open Science Fund

The Open Science Fund was launched in 2018 by EPFL president Martin Vetterli. © EPFL/Alain Herzog.

The Open Science Fund was launched in 2018 by EPFL president Martin Vetterli. © EPFL/Alain Herzog.

EPFL’s Open Science Fund, launched in September 2018 by EPFL president Martin Vetterli, has selected projects from the Integrated Systems Laboratory (LSI) and Distributed Information Systems Laboratory (LSIR) in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) for its first round of support.

The Open Science Fund was started to “support bottom-up ideas that make [EPFL] research more open and reproducible”, and will provide a total of CHF3 million in funding from 2019-2021.

The LSI, led by Professor Giovanni de Micheli, was awarded funding for its open science project “Promoting Open Benchmarks in Logic Synthesis”. The goal of this project is to promote the research community’s adoption of benchmarking tools and open software libraries for reproducing and comparing performance between different technologies.

Meanwhile, the LSIR, led by Professor Karl Aberer, will use the Open Science Fund support for the project “Evaluating the Quality of Science News Articles”. This project aims to combat “fake news” by developing a platform called SciLens, which automatically generates indicators to help non-experts better evaluate the quality of scientific news articles.

The two IC projects are among nine selected to receive funding, out of nearly 50 proposals submitted for consideration in late 2018. Read more about the other winning projects here.


Author: Celia Luterbacher
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