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10.07.2017 | Zukunftsblog

Smart technology needs smart users

What’s the point of smart assistants and intelligent electricity meters if people don’t use them correctly? In order to cope with the energy transition, we need a combination of digital technologies and smart user behaviour – and the social sciences can help. Read more 

04.07.2017 | News | 8 Comments

On fast track at ETH

At the age of 29, Professor of Computer Science Mohsen Ghaffari is one of the youngest professors at ETH Zurich. But in his native Iran he originally studied quite a different subject. Read more 

27.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

More security in cyberspace

At yesterday's Cyber Risks Summit at ETH Zurich, international experts discussed and presented the latest scientific and technological approaches for effectively protecting society from the dangers of cyberspace. Read more 

22.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Olga Sorkine-Hornung wins Rössler Prize

Computer scientist Olga Sorkine has won this year’s Rössler Prize for her work in the field of computer graphics. The prize comes with a research award of CHF 200,000. Read more 

20.06.2017 | News | 1 Comment

“We have to seize this opportunity”

Digitalisation is leading to profound changes in more and more areas of life. For ETH President Lino Guzzella, it is clear that these changes present a huge opportunity for Switzerland, as the country offers the ideal conditions in which to build a competitive digital industry. Read more 

19.06.2017 | News

Piz Daint is a world leader

After an extensive hardware upgrade at the end of last year, the CSCS supercomputer Piz Daint is now the most powerful mainframe computer outside Asia. With a peak performance in excess of 20 petaflops, it will enable pioneering research in Switzerland and Europe. Read more 

10.06.2017 | Globe magazine

Programmed by computers

ETH Professor Martin Vechev is automating the computer programming process: he is one of the first researchers ever to teach computers how to write their own software. This makes him one of the founders of a new field of research that is growing rapidly. Read more 

17.05.2017 | News | 1 Comment

City model created from images alone

ETH scientists have combined millions of images and videos into a three-dimensional, living model of the city of Zurich. The new technology has many possible applications – for example, it can analyse where and when pedestrians are on the move and parking spaces become free. Read more 

05.05.2017 | News

How does trust work on the internet?

A secure and reliable internet generates trust. Just how the internet creates trust is a matter for debate between ETH computer scientists and social scientists – for example, in a public session on 9 May 2017. Read more 

20.04.2017 | News

Sounds provide a safer login

A start-up formed by a group of IT specialists at ETH has come up with a simple and user-friendly way to enhance network security. The Futurae team has already won 130,000 Swiss francs start-up capital from Venture Kick. Read more 

30.03.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Spark Award for fundamental research

ETH Professor Sabine Werner and her team won the Spark Award 2017 yesterday for their groundbreaking new approach to combating viral diseases. If their results can be confirmed, they could lead to the development of better treatments for viral diseases such as herpes. Read more 

14.03.2017 | News | 1 Comment

Liquid fuel for future computers

In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce. Read more 

08.03.2017 | News

An insight into the workplace of tomorrow

Could we soon be working alongside robots? Treffpunkt Science City will focus on this and other questions at the Experience Sundays dedicated to "Working in the World 4.0". Read more 

07.03.2017 | Globe magazine | 2 Comments

An app that saves children's lives

In remote villages in Peru, pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death in children. Now researchers from ETH Zurich are in the process of developing an app to help identify the illness early on. Read more 

25.02.2017 | News

Federal Councillor Berset visits the Disney lab

Federal Councillor Alain Berset was invited by Lino Guzzella to visit ETH Zurich on Friday. Berset seemed very impressed by what he saw at the Disney Research Zurich research laboratory. Read more 

14.02.2017 | News

Success by deception

Theoretical physicists from ETH Zurich deliberately misled intelligent machines, and thus refined the process of machine learning. They created a new method that allows computers to categorise data – even when humans have no idea what this categorisation might look like. Read more 

10.02.2017 | News

Taming complexity

Quantum systems consisting of many particles are a major challenge for physicists, since their behaviour can be determined only with immense computational power. ETH physicists have now discovered an elegant way to simplify the problem. Read more 

26.01.2017 | News

“We need a decentralisation of the Internet”

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, has had a substantial impact on our lives. While his invention was a resounding success and the Internet has developed unexpectedly fast, he is anything but satisfied with today's situation. Read more 

09.11.2016 | News

Robotic encounters

Visitors are flocking to Treffpunkt Science City. Around 3,600 captivated visitors attended the Sunday Special “Die Roboter sind los” (Robots on the loose) to see ETH Zurich's various robotics projects in action. The event gave guests a chance to not only learn and marvel at these innovative technologies, but also to do some experiments themselves. Read more 

26.10.2016 | News

Welcome to the World 4.0!

Self-driving cars, talking robots and intelligent houses: the autumn edition of the Treffpunkt Science City series begins next Sunday and will focus on everyday life in the World 4.0. Read more 

16.08.2016 | News

Innovative IT solution to tackle cyber crime

An ETH spin-off, xorlab, has ambitious plans: it has developed a unique IT security solution that provides more effective protection against hacker attacks. Now the product is about to undergo crucial trials in a real business environment. Read more 

15.07.2016 | News

Eight professors appointed at ETH Zurich

Upon application of ETH President Lino Guzzella the ETH Board appointed a total of eight professors and awarded the title of professor to one individual. Read more 

29.06.2016 | News

Net-worker with the drive to optimise

She connects electricity networks and people: Gabriela Hug is Professor of Electric Power Systems – and a sought-after woman. Her research helps make existing electricity infrastructure fit for the energy transition.   Read more 

25.05.2016 | News

Creative proofs with pigeons and boxes

A principle may be simple, but in mathematics it can be the key to the solution of challenging problems. The pigeonhole principle is a good starting point for students who want to get to know the creative side of proofs. Read more 

19.05.2016 | News

An IT festival for everyone

On 3 and 4 June, businesses, government bodies and research institutions will be opening their doors: On the first ever IT Days, the canton of Zurich will be showcasing its status as a centre for information and communication technology. ETH Zurich will also be there. Read more 

03.05.2016 | Press release | 4 Comments

Replication of coloured 3D models simplified

Researchers at ETH Zurich and Disney Research Zurich have developed a new technique called Computational Thermoforming. It enables them to manufacture plastic replicas of digital 3D models, in which the shape and colour are reproduced in detail. This technique extends the range of digital fabrication methods and represents an efficient and cost-effective alternative to colour 3D printing. Read more 

20.04.2016 | News | 2 Comments

ETH researchers print wild robotic beings

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Disney Research Zurich, and Carnegie Mellon University have developed a software tool that empowers average users to design custom robotic creatures and their movements. Read more 

30.03.2016 | News | 3 Comments

Open-source microprocessor

In future, it will be easier and cheaper for developers at universities and SMEs to build wearable microelectronic devices and chips for the Internet of Things, thanks to the PULPino open-source processor, which has been developed at ETH Zurich and the University of Bologna. Read more 

29.02.2016 | News

Game apps for creative kids

Augmented creativity can encourage children towards a new-found sense of creativity, cooperation and interaction with their environment. ETH Zurich’s Game Technology Center will present its latest apps in the field at the CeBIT computer expo. Read more 

26.02.2016 | News

A smart walking aid

Computer scientists and roboticists at ETH Zurich have developed a robotic walker that makes senior citizens more mobile. Now SmartWalker is waiting for an industrial partner to come along and help get the technology ready for mass production. Read more 

17.02.2016 | News

"Alan Turing's ideas still influence research"

Founded in 2015, the new Turing Centre at ETH Zurich brings together researchers and students of science, engineering and humanities. In an interview with ETH News, Managing Director Giovanni Sommaruga and his New Zealand co-directors Diane Proudfoot and Jack Copeland explain why the Centre inspires blue skies research and what it all has to do with ‘child machines’. Read more 

01.02.2016 | News

“We want to inspire young people to get involved in start-ups”

Last Friday at ETH Zurich an event was held to coincide with the World Web Forum digital conference. The event hosted well-known speakers such as John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple and Pepsi. This free forum for students, trainees, and young professionals was organised by the Department of Computer Science. Department Head Markus Püschel explains its purpose. Read more 

01.02.2016 | News

Switching light with a silver atom

Researchers working under Juerg Leuthold, Professor of Photonics and Communications, have created the world’s smallest integrated optical switch. Applying a small voltage causes an atom to relocate, turning the switch on or off. Read more 

27.01.2016 | News

ETH software to become a standard for drones

Lorenz Meier, a doctoral student in computer science at ETH Zurich, created the PX4 software that is already being used to pilot many drones. Now, one of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers has adopted the software as standard. Read more 

13.01.2016 | News

3D mapping of entire buildings with mobile devices

Computer scientists working in a group led by ETH Professor Marc Pollefeys have developed a piece of software that makes it very easy to create 3D models of entire buildings. Running on a new type of tablet computer, the program generates 3D maps in real time. Read more 

20.12.2015 | News

A multitool for cells

Cells have an infallible sense of smell that tells them which direction to grow in to move closer to the source of a scent. ETH researchers have now learned how this sense of smell works. Read more 

20.11.2015 | News

Two finalists in supercomputing

Every year at the SC conference, the Gordon Bell Prize is presented to recognise outstanding work in the field of high-performance computing. This year, two research groups from ETH Zurich competed in the finals, a remarkable achievement considering only five teams have been preselected world-wide. Read more 

16.11.2015 | News

Turning life into a profession

Computer scientist Torsten Hoefler is the winner of this year’s Latsis Prize awarded by ETH Zurich. His Scalable Parallel Computing Laboratory is one of the few laboratories to combine theory and application in the field of high-performance computing. Although mentors warned him against uniting these two aspects, it is precisely by doing so that he has now achieved his success. Read more 

21.10.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Using applied mathematics to track down counterfeits

At this year’s Pauli Lectures, mathematics professor Ingrid Daubechies will offer an insight into her research on wavelets and digital signal processing. Among other applications, she uses these two fields to unequivocally identify forged Van Goghs. Read more 

13.10.2015 | News

Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann is impressed by the ETH team

Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, visited ETH Zurich on Monday. He learned about the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation, and expressed how impressed he was by the university's achievements.  Read more 


Polybahn Pitch feat. Ueli Maurer

Riding the Polybahn from Central up to ETH Zurich with Ueli Maurer: the computer science professor and head of ETH Zurich’s Institute of Theoretical Computer Science tells us in a new Polybahn Pitch what he’s doing to contribute to internet security. Read more 

28.07.2015 | News

Smaller, faster, cheaper

Transmitting large amounts of data, such as those needed to keep the internet running, requires high-performance modulators that turn electric signals into light signals. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now developed a modulator that is a hundred times smaller than conventional models. Read more 

23.07.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Business clusters boost company success

Faster, more global, more complex – innovation and product cycles are constantly changing. A study conducted by the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation at ETH Zurich found that the best way to keep up with the competition is sharing knowledge within a business cluster. Read more 

10.07.2015 | News

6 professors at ETH Zurich appointed

At its meeting of 8/9 July 2015, the ETH Board appointed six professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH Zurich President Lino Guzzella. Read more 

17.06.2015 | News

Expansion of Information Security

ETH Zurich is expanding its Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC). A donation of five million Swiss francs has been made by Zürcher Kantonalbank to the ETH Zurich Foundation specifically for this purpose. Read more 

15.06.2015 | News

Buckle up for fast ionic conduction

ETH material engineers found that the performance of ion-conducting ceramic membranes that are so important in industry depends largely on their strain and buckling profiles. For the first time, scientists can now selectively manipulate the buckling profile, and thus the physical properties, allowing new technical applications of these membranes. Read more 

14.06.2015 | Globe magazine

Lightning-fast communications

Light is a medium that allows for efficient data transmission at the highest data rates. Jürg Leuthold, head of the Institute of Electromagnetic Fields, explains how researchers continue pushing the boundaries of the possible. Read more 

29.05.2015 | News

A pioneer of the Swiss internet to retire

Professor Bernhard Plattner, one of the fathers of the Swiss internet and a pioneer in computer networks is set to retire at the end of July 2015. The Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory, which he co-founded, will simultaneously celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open day. Read more 

28.05.2015 | News

New ETH hub for computer games

ETH Zurich’s new Game Technology Center in the Department of Computer Science will pool Swiss know-how in the development of computer games. This was announced on Wednesday as part of the final presentation of the Game Programming Laboratory. Read more 

25.05.2015 | News

Squeezed quantum cats

ETH professor Jonathan Home and his colleagues reach deep into their bag of tricks to create so-called “squeezed Schrödinger cats”. These quantum systems could be extremely useful for future technologies. Read more 

23.05.2015 | News

12 professors at ETH Zurich appointed

At its meeting of 20/21 March 2015, the ETH Board appointed 12 professors at ETH Zurich in accordance with the application submitted by ETH President Lino Guzzella.   Read more 

11.05.2015 | News

Measuring your own movement – all in the name of research

As part of a campaign run by the Swiss radio and television broadcaster SRF, two members of ETH Zurich have developed an app which allows users to carry out live comparisons between their own physical activity data with that of others. The data collected is then made available for research. Read more 

02.04.2015 | News | 3 Comments

Giving it her all in both athletics and science

Bettina Heim has succeeded in publishing the results of her semester project in one of the most prestigious scientific journals. Heim was able to show why in certain tests current quantum computing devices were no faster than conventional computers, contrary to previous assumptions. ETH News met the former top athlete and now successful scientist. Read more 

27.03.2015 | News

ScopeM: Magnifying the minuscule

Need an optical or electron microscope for your research? Look no further than ScopeM. The Hönggerberg campus has been home to this technology platform since 2014. Read more 

24.03.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Sparen Computer Energie?

Computer und Kommunikationsnetze benötigen Strom; sie sind für ein bis zwei Prozent des Weltenergieverbrauchs verantwortlich. Andererseits wird mit ihrer Hilfe Energie in anderen Bereichen eingespart, wobei die «smarte» Informationstechnik zunehmend an Bedeutung gewinnt. Read more 

03.03.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Wieviel Strom braucht das Internet?

Computer sind heute um ein Vielfaches leistungsfähiger als in ihren Anfängen. Aber sind sie auch sparsamer geworden? Ein nicht unerheblicher Teil des Stromverbrauchs geht auf das Konto unserer digitalen Vernetzung. Read more 

20.02.2015 | News

An oscilloscope for MRI scanners

Take three driven physics wizards, an innovative business idea and lots of hard work, and what do you get? An ETH spin-off that could further advance both MRI research and medical diagnostics. Read more 

16.02.2015 | News

Knowing how to exchange knowledge across disciplinary borders

Vartan Kurtcuoglu crosses the border between medicine and mechanical engineering: at the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich graduate develops medical computer models for the heart and kidneys. Anyone who studies under him soon learns what to be aware of in interdisciplinary projects. Read more 

13.02.2015 | News | 4 Comments

Data-storage for eternity

How can we preserve our knowledge today for the next millennia? ETH researchers have found a way to store information in the form of DNA, preserving it for nearly an eternity. Read more 

09.02.2015 | News | 1 Comment

Ways to escape the empirical nirvana

A law professor from ETH Zurich and an economist from MIT have been studying how a court ruling on the use of trademarks as keywords in Internet advertisements affects user behaviour – a case of big data with an interesting beginning and potential. Read more 

30.12.2014 | News

A quantum channel made of light

In experiments using ultracold atoms and laser light, ETH researchers have measured a stepwise change in conductivity as the atoms pass through tiny structures. This is the first time that this quantum effect has been observed for electrically neutral particles. Read more 

11.12.2014 | News

University of Zurich takes a stake in CSCS supercomputer

In May the Executive Board gave approval for the expansion of supercomputing at CSCS. The University of Zurich will contribute to the cost of one new computer. ETH Zurich is willing to allow all Swiss universities of applied science and other universities to hold considerable computing resources at CSCS. Read more 

09.12.2014 | News

Key motivators of the open source community

These days, technology companies are tapping into the expertise of online open source communities to develop new software. A research group under the Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation is examining how companies can boost the motivation of these unpaid developers. Read more 

14.11.2014 | News | 1 Comment

ETH launches Future Resilient Systems Programme in Singapore

Critical infrastructure systems are the backbone of society and ever growing in complexity and interconnectedness. A new research programme kicked off at the Singapore-ETH Centre strives to increase their robustness and resilience. Read more 

13.10.2014 | News

Hardcore hackers

Developing a computer app in just 40 hours – that was the challenge facing the 350 attendees of the HackZurich programming marathon last weekend. The winner produced an app which enables users to explore remote places using their smartphone. Read more 

08.10.2014 | News | 2 Comments

Smartphone understands gestures

Professor Otmar Hilliges and his staff at ETH Zurich have developed a new app enabling users to operate their smartphone with gestures. This development expands the range of potential interactions with such devices. Read more 

23.09.2014 | News

Making use of spooky phenomena

ETH President Ralph Eichler's final Lokaltermin event focused on a topic close to his heart: together with five other experts from ETH Zurich, he gave representatives from the worlds of business, politics and science an insight into the unusual world of quantum physics and explained how it may be used commercially in the future. Read more 

19.09.2014 | Globe magazine

Simple, safe, reliable

At first glance, the internet seems to work reliably. A closer inspection, however, reveals some serious flaws, including large-scale breakdowns and un­welcome data redirections. Computer science professor Adrian Perrig now proposes a new internal architecture to remedy these discrepancies. Read more 

21.08.2014 | News

App learns Swiss dialects

Writing text messages or emails in Swiss German on mobile phones or tablets will soon be simpler, thanks to an app developed by ETH. Read more 

31.07.2014 | Press release

Hotspots of cultural history

An interdisciplinary research team has managed to uncover clear migration and interaction patterns, applying statistical analysis to information on where notable cultural figures were born and died. Just published in the journal Science, the study shows that natural science and the humanities can enrich each other and that the humanities can profit from complex network research. Read more 

23.07.2014 | News

ETH is dancing with Google Tango

Google is working with various universities and other institutions on Project Tango, an initiative to develop mobile devices that can detect surroundings in three dimensions and enable navigation indoors. The first devices are expected to hit the market next year. ETH Zurich has a significant role in the project. Read more 

26.06.2014 | News | 3 Comments

A versatile joystick for animation artists

Manipulating 3-dimensional animated characters on a 2D screen is challenging and requires years of training. ETH researchers now make animation artists’ life a little easier with a new input device they can assemble into a shape similar to the virtual character. Read more 

19.06.2014 | News | 2 Comments

“The ball is in D-Wave’s court”

Google and American defence company Lockheed Martin paid more than USD 10 million for a quantum computer, although its exact capabilities are unknown. A team headed by ETH professor Matthias Troyer examined the question of how to properly test such devices, creating quite a stir in the process. Read more 

19.06.2014 | News

Teaching machines how to learn

The machines that surround us in everyday life are not only becoming more intelligent, they’re also turning into gifted learners. To prepare the next generation of computer scientists for the challenges presented by this rapidly developing research area, ETH Zurich has joined forces with the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems. Read more 

18.06.2014 | News

A sharper image of the earth’s structure

Today, thanks to earthquakes, we know fairly accurately how the solid earth is constructed. Geophysicist Andreas Fichtner is now taking things a step further: he gains new insights into our planet’s interior from seemingly useless data. Read more 

13.06.2014 | Globe magazine

Automating experience

Nowadays, evaluating large amounts of data enables us to examine issues for which there were still no viable theories until only recently. Two ETH computer science-professors, Joachim M. Buhmann and Donald Kossmann, explain how this will change society. Read more 

13.06.2014 | News

Spotting patterns in the sea of data

Nowadays, handling vast amounts of data is no longer solely a job for computer scientists. The latest issue of Globe, the magazine of ETH Zurich, reveals how scientists from all kinds of disciplines unveil hidden connections in the sea of data. Read more 

23.04.2014 | News

Male-biased Tweeting

Today women take an active part in public life. Without a doubt, they also converse with other women. In fact, they even talk to each other about other things besides men. As banal as it sounds, this is far from being the norm in Hollywood movies. The same goes for Twitter, as a new study shows. Read more 

21.03.2014 | News

Europe's most powerfull supercomputer cleared for users

Since the end of last year, Switzerland has boasted the most powerful supercomputer in Europe: “Piz Daint”. As of today, it is officially cleared for research. For the approval, “early science” has already been conducted successfully on “Piz Daint” over the last few weeks. Read more 

17.03.2014 | News | 1 Comment

Quantum computing machine under scrutiny

A new and innovative computing machine is currently attracting a great deal of attention in specialist circles. A team under the leadership of Matthias Troyer, a professor at ETH Zurich, has now confirmed that the machine uses quantum effects. However, it is not any faster than a traditional computer. Read more 

14.03.2014 | News

Pearl-fishing in the sea of data

Data is treasure: new worlds open up to organisations that understand how to scoop useful information out of unstructured data. At the President of ETH Zurich’s "Lokaltermin", researchers and business representatives revealed how data could serve a broad public in future. Read more 

24.02.2014 | News | 1 Comment

The fingerprint of music making

To date, little data on how man and musical instrument work together has been available. Researchers at ETH are now investigating this interplay using sensors. The measurement data collected could help make practice more effective and interesting, and help to avoid typical problems suffered by musicians such as pain due to poor posture. Read more 

18.02.2014 | News

Virtual room in the cellar

ETH-Zurich researcher Thomas Nescher has developed a system that enables real, free walking in virtual environments. This means that plans for buildings or production lines can – quite literally – be put through their paces in advance. Read more 

28.01.2014 | News

The app of the day, keeps the sunburn away

The young ETH spin-off Bitsplitters introduces a system that measures UV exposure using a sensor and a smartphone app. Read more 

07.01.2014 | News

Eye-catching electronics

Researchers at ETH are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before. They can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This opens up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent sensors that are literally easy on the eye. Read more 

02.12.2013 | News

Tit for tat

Voluntary user ratings are extremely important for online auctioneers. Researchers at ETH examined why this system works so well. In the process, they were also able to show that it pays off for online retailers to watch out for their reputation. Read more 

22.11.2013 | News

Gordon Bell Prize for bubble simulation

For its simulations of imploding cloud cavitation bubbles, a team of scientists was awarded the prestigious Gordon Bell Prize for high-performance computing. Read more 

19.11.2013 | News

Quantum leap in superconductor simulation

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed an algorithm that simulates high-temperature superconductivity much faster. Read more 

13.11.2013 | News

‘Electronic bloodstream’ for 3D computer chips

Using a circuit of electrochemically active fluids, scientists are working to develop a method that simultaneously provides electricity and cooling in innovative three-dimensional computer chips. This method was inspired by the structure of the human brain. Read more 

06.11.2013 | News | 1 Comment

“Not even the tip of the iceberg”

President of the Swiss Confederation, Ueli Maurer, is currently testing a crypto phone. ETH News talked to his namesake, ETH professor and cryptography expert Ueli Maurer, about secure IT, the NSA and the threat of a cyberwar. Read more 

11.09.2013 | News

Supercomputer boosted with graphic processors

With “Piz Daint” the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) is putting a new supercomputer system in operation that will provide the necessary compute performance and consume less power. Read more 

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