EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) is an internationally top-ranked scientific research and educational institution on the shores of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. As one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, its trajectory over the past four decades is unparalleled—taking the lead in emerging fields of research such as bioengineering and energy/transportation technology, as well as expanding far beyond the Lausanne campus throughout Switzerland with satellite campus in the Cantons of Neuchatel, Valais, Geneva, and Fribourg and international alliances with other world-class universities.
The school’s educational and research activities span a large spectrum of science and technology with a focus on life sciences (the Human Brain Project and the Center for Neuroprosthetics), micro- engineering (flying, running, climbing, swarming, and perching robotics), computer and communication science (software and language development, improving communication systems and managing big data), energy technology (solar cells, hydrogen conversion, smart grids and energy management) and basic sciences.
EPFL is distinguished by the quality of its infrastructures, faculty and students. Close collaborations with the nearby CERN and CHUV University Hospital, as well as top faculty promise one of the best educations in Europe and the world. Its close ties to industry, reinforced by the presence of multinationals in the Innovation Park and the start-ups on campus, ensure that research and education at EPFL is in line with the needs of today’s society.
Beyond offering world-class administrative and legal support, the campus site is a hub of companies, small and large, where scientific entrepreneurs can explore a number of options to bring their discoveries out of the lab. Over a 100 Start-ups based on research innovations have a home on campus in the EPFL Innovation Park, while large companies such as PSA Peugeot Citroën, Nestlé and Credit Suisse are also on campus and able to work directly with EPFL researchers, including PhD and Master students. A dozen start-ups are born each year and numerous patents and industrial agreements continually catalyze the local and national economy while offering students pathways into the highly- end job market.
Transportation Center TRACE
The Transportation Center (TraCE) is the entry point at EPFL for all research projects dealing with transportation and mobility of people and goods. It is the interface between EPFL and the outside world for all topics related to these themes. In this regard, the main objectives of TraCE are (i) to initiate transportation-related research projects in collaboration with private and public partners, (ii) build strong partnerships with key players in the transportation sector at national and international levels, and (iii) to raise external funding to support the development and the expansion of transportation research at EPFL.
The field of transportation being highly multi-disciplinary by nature, TraCE also aims at encouraging innovative research in transportation through the promotion of multi-disciplinary approaches that includes all facets of this topic (economics, logistics, sociology, environment, human behavior, etc.). The second key objective of TraCE is to initiate research projects involving several EPFL laboratories with complementary competences related to transportation. Created in 2009, TraCE now gathers close to 40 member laboratories and has already initiated more than 70 research projects with private and public partners in Switzerland and abroad.
In addition to conducting cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research on transportation topics related to key industrial and societal challenges, the third goal of TraCE is to ensure the visibility and the valorization of transportation research conducted at EPFL. The good visibility of the center makes it the privileged anchor point for all external actors in transportation that want to investigate various opportunities for potential collaboration with EPFL.