Entrepreneurship in Mathematics and Computational Science

Tuesday May 9th, more than 60 EPFL students from various departments came to hear about the work of three invited EPFL/ETHZ spin-offs .

Inpher CEO Dr. Jordan Brandt and Chief Scientist Dr. Nicolas Gama began the round of presentations talking about Inpher, and their efforts to create technology for computation on encrypted data. Akselos core technology developer Dr. Jonas Ballani talked about their work towards creating a digital twin of large structures, and finally Dr. Martin Jaggi, co-founder of SpinningBytes, gave a presentation on how his company creates custom-made machine learning and data analytics software.

Connections were made and wine enjoyed at our Apero! Thanks to SIAM for funding and support, we hope to see you all again next year!

Entrepreneurship in Mathematics and Computational Science

Tuesday May 9th, 15:15 in CM2, the EPFL Chapter of SIAM is organizing a workshop on Entrepreneurship in Mathematics and Computational Science

We’ve invited several EPFL/ETHZ start-ups to come and talk about the companies that they’re building and the work that they do. After a round of presentations, we’re serving an apéro where you will have the opportunity to talk with company representatives.

The program:

15:15 – 15:20: Welcome words from SIAM
15:20 – 17:00: Company presentations:
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      • SpinningBytes – Provides smart machine learning and data analytics software. Dr. Martin Jaggi, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder
      • Akselos –  Merges deep-physics simulation technology with big-data analytics. Dr. Jonas Ballani, Core Technology Developer
      • Inpher.io – Developing next-generation technology for computation on encrypted data. Dr. Jordan Brandt, CEO, and Dr. Nicolas Gama, Chief Scientist.
17:00 – 18:00: Apéro in MA B3 465 the hall outside CM2
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See you on the 9th!
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General Assembly

Update: The assembly will be held on Thursday the 2nd of February in room MA C2 543.

Update: The assembly has been postponed due to sickness among the chapter officers. A new date  for the General Assembly will be posted soon.

We are delighted to announce that that our chapter has now been acknowledged as an official student run association of EPFL with all the privileges that entails.

The first general assembly will be held on Tuesday the 24th of January at 17:00 in room MA C2 543. The chapter statues will be voted for, and signed by chapter officers.

All students of EPFL are cordially invited to join the assembly, have some cookies, propose activities or even better, volunteer for the Chapter!

SIAM Graduate Research Day 2016 @ EPFL

Friday July 1st, 20 something students from the master and doctorate programs came to participate in the first such SIAM event at EPFL. The speakers presented exciting work of theirs on applications of mathematics and computational science to problems in Neuroscience, Tumor Growth modelling, and Stochastic Particle Transport among many other topics. After the talks, the chapter and friends enjoyed the sunny weather and spectacular views on the MA building 3rd floor terrace with apéro and wine from Négoce.

Thank’s to SMA and SIAM for their support and funding, and congratulations to Sungyeon Hong and Giacomo Garegnani for winning the best talk prizes.

Enjoy the summer, we will be back next semester with more SIAM@EPFL !

 

SIAM Graduate Research Day 2016 @ EPFL

The first SIAM Graduate Research Day at EPFL will take place July 1st 15:00 in CM2 MA A3 30. 6 master students working with different applications of mathematics and computational science will each give a 20 minute talk presenting their recent work. After the presentations, we welcome all participants to an apéro with catering from Gina’s served at the MA building 3rd floor terrace. If you wish to participate, sign up here as a member of the chapter, and then fill in your name in this doodle.

  • 15:00 – 15:20. Sungyeon Hong, Persistent Homology and its application to Neuroscience
  • 15:20 – 15:40. Giacomo Garegnani, Uncertain Darcy’s problem and the Stochastic Particle Transport
  • 15:40 – 16:00. Joana Catarina Machado, Modeling and Predicting users’ privacy Decisions in Mobile Devices
  • 16:00 – 16:20. Léo Aurélio Diserens, Inverse Problems in Tumor Growth Modelling
  • 16:20 – 16:40. Lie He, WENO Reconstruction for 2D Euler Equation and Its GPU Implementation
  • 16:40 – 17:00. Francesco Mazzurco, Accelerating Mirror Methods for large-scale Eigenvalue Optimization Problems

See you at the SIAM Graduate Research Day 2016 @ EPFL!

Graduate Research Day of the EPFL Chapter of SIAM

Do you feel like you don’t get enough practice in presenting your work? Are you a bit scared of your final thesis presentation? Or maybe you just want to show your superb research and presentation skills in front of your friends and professors?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions (or even if not), then the Graduate Research Day of the EPFL Chapter of SIAM is just for you!

What is it then? An opportunity to practice your presentation skills before your thesis defense, to get feedback on your work, and to enjoy a relaxing end-of-semester afternoon with friends.

Who can participate? Participation is open to all EPFL Master students, who did a project which broadly falls into the topics of Applied Mathematics, Computational Science and/or their applications. We particularly encourage students to present work done during their semester or Thesis projects. By signing up, you will automatically become a member of the Chapter (which is free).

When will it happen? On June 22nd July 1st 2016, 3-6 pm.

What will it look like? 

  • 3-5pm : Presentations in groups of at most 8, according to your topic.
  • 5pm – 5:30 pm : Prize ceremony in CM4 CM2.
  • 5:30pm – … : Apéro following the ceremony.

How long should the presentation be? Each student will be allowed roughly 15-20 minutes to present an overview of their project to fellow students, this with 3-5 minutes of questions included. Final format will be announced in due time.

Will there be food? Of course! And some prizes as well!

How do I sign up? Fill in the form here.

What is the deadline for application? The registration form will be open until June 17th  2016. 

Who is sponsoring the event? The event is organized by the executive committee of the EPFL Chapter of SIAM, and funded by the EPFL Section de Mathématiques and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

SIAM Conference on Uncertainty Quantification

The 2016 SIAM conference on Uncertainty Quantification will take place April 5th to 8th at the SwissTech Convention Center at EPFL. The conference is sponsored by the SIAM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification and co-sponsored by EPFL and MATHICSE.

Committee Officers and members of the EPFL Chapter of SIAM will be present, and we look forward to what hopefully will be many exciting talks and discussions on uncertainty quantification during the plenum and parallel sessions of the conference.

See you at SIAM UQ16!

 

1st Workshop of the EPFL Chapter of SIAM

The inauguration workshop took place in room CM 1221 and began with a short presentation on the Chapter and planed future activities by Chapter President Allan Nielsen. Paris based start-up company :SNIPS was represented by Dr. Joseph Dereau and their VP of Data-Science Olivier Corradi, they gave an exciting talk on how they are using novel AI techniques to make technology disappear. The end-of-the-day talk was given by Kandou Bus CEO Prof. Amin Shokrollahi on the research that lead to the formation of Kandou Bus, and his experiences with entrepreneurship along the way. The workshop was well attended with more than 40 graduate students and faculty showing up to participate. After the main event, talk and discussions continued with wine and appetizers at L’Epicure.

Big thanks to SIAM and the SMA for their support and funding that made the workshop possible!

Winter School on Calculus of Variations in Physics and Material Science in Würzburg, Germany

A Winter School on Calculus of Variations in Physics and Material Science will happen in Würzburg, Germany next February, and some interesting speakers will take part; in particular, Irene Fonseca is the 2014 SIAM President at Uni Würzburg.

The participants may also apply for financial support from the organising university.

More details and registration can be found here. The deadline for application is November 15!