École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was founded in 1969. In its four decades of existence, it has established itself among the world's best institutions. In 2009, EPFL was ranked first in Europe and 15th worldwide in the Shanghai ranking of engineering, technology and computer science. The past ten years, in particular, have been a period of remarkable growth and development, attracting students and scientists from around the world. Recently, the Times Higher Education Supplement rated EPFL among the world's most international campuses, where 7000 students, of more than 110 different nationalities, and 3000 staff come together to study and work. Scientific research at EPFL benefits from excellent technological infrastructure. The Center for Biomedical Imaging, for example, has state-of-the-art equipment; the Center for Plasma Physics has a Tokamak reactor for studying the fusion of hydrogen atoms. And with BlueGene/L supercomputer, scientists have access to one of the most powerful number crunching machines on the planet. EPFL distinguishes itself not only by the quality of its research and teaching, but also by its productive and forward-looking technology transfer and industrial partnership activities. Each year, an average of 10 start-ups is created from research in EPFL labs. Established companies, including Nokia, Alcan, Logitech and Nestle, have set up research centers on campus.
The School of Computer and Communication Sciences is one of the main European centers for education and research in the field of Information Technology. The Data-Intensive Applications and Systems (DIAS) laboratory led by professor Anastasia Ailamaki consists of 3 senior researchers, 1 scientific collaborator, 11 PhD students and 3 Master’s students. The group conducts research that lies in the broad area of database systems and applications. The main projects of the lab aim at (a) inventing innovative technology to strengthen the interaction between the database software and the underlying hardware and I/O devices, and (b) supporting scientific applications through automating physical database design for scientific very large datasets, as well as inventing access methods for specialized data structures and models.
The DIAS lab work is regularly features in top computing conferences worldwide, such as ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, ASPLOS, ISCA, IEEE ICDE and EDBT. Recent honors by its members include the ACM SIGMOD 2011 Best Demo Award, ICDE 2006 Best Demo Award, USENIX FAST 2005 Best Paper Award, ICDE 2004 Best Paper Award. The laboratory also has ongoing collaborations with Intel, ORACLE and other leading companies, and is participating in several Swiss-funded and EU-funded projects such as the BIGFOOT and the Human Brain Project.