Innovations from Switzerland for Switzerland

Place: WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Flüelastr. 11, 7260 Davos Dorf
Time: Thursday, 24 January 2019, 11.1512.30 noon, followed by a buffet lunch

Exclusive exhibition and guided tour: Scientists from the institutions of the ETH Domain present a total of 6 selected projects. The guided tour in small groups is led by a member of the directorate of the respective institution (languages: German and French).

Programme

As of 10.45 Arrival of the guests

11.15 Welcome
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and ETH Board President Fritz Schiesser

11.30–12.30 Guided tour through the exhibition

ETH Zurich: The Cubli cube can move by itself
Guided by Prof. Dr Joël Mesot, scientists: Carlo Sferrazza and Matthias Hofer

EPFL: Fly Jacket: How to control drones with your body and provide more effective disaster relief
Guided by Prof. Dr Martin Vetterli, scientists: Carine Rognon and Jenifer Miehlbradt

PSI: ESICUBE: How to store electricity
Guided by Dr Thierry Strässle, scientist: Marcel Hofer

WSL: Protection against natural hazards thanks to computer simulations
Guided by Prof. Dr Koni Steffen, scientists: Dr. Andrin Caviezel and Marc Christen

Empa: Wood in a different way – innovative applications for a renewable Swiss raw material
Guided by Prof. Dr Gian-Luca Bona, scientist: Dr. Tanja Zimmermann

Eawag: Underwater microscope – automatic imaging of planktonic microbes in their natural environment
Guided by Prof. Dr Janet Hering, scientist: Dr. Francesco Pomati

12.30 Closing remarks by Dr Jürg Schweizer, Head of SLF

12.40–14.00 Buffet lunch

Artificial intelligence: Switzerland as a global player in cutting-edge technology

Place: Pavillon of ETH Zurich, Davos ice hockey arena, Talstrasse 41, 7270 Davos Platz
Time: Thursday, 24 January 2019, 18.30–19.30 p.m., followed by apéritif dînatoire
Topic: Artificial Intelligence is the technology of the future. The European states see themselves challenged by the USA and China (language: English).

Programme

As of 18.00 Arrival of the guests

18.30 Welcoming address by Prof. Dr Joël Mesot, ETH Zurich President

18.35 Prof. Dr Martina Hirayama, SERI State Secretary

18.40 Prof. Dr Gisbert Schneider, ETH Zurich: “AI in Drug Design”

18.50 Prof. Dr Marcel Salathé, EPFL: “Crowdsourcing & Artificial Intelligence”

19.00 Panel discussion on possibilities and limits of Artificial Intelligence with

  • Dr Marianne Janik, CEO Microsoft Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr Martin Vetterli, EPFL President
  • Dr Olivier Bousquet, Head of Google AI Research in Europe

19.30 Farewell address by Fritz Schiesser, ETH Board President

19.40 Apéritif dînatoire

Moderation Patrizia Laeri, SRF