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Electronics and Photonics

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Integrated Systems Laboratory

The research and education area of the Integrated Systems Laboratory (IIS) is microelectronics, optoelectronics and nanotechnologies in general as an interdisciplinary field between electrical engineering and physics. The scientific work includes analysis, design and test of integrated circuits, theory, numerical modeling and physical characterization of semiconductor technologies and devices, and furthermore analysis and simulations of bio-electromagnetic systems.

Prof. Luca Benini, digital circuits and systems
Prof. Qiuting Huang, analogue and mixed-signal design
Prof. Mathieu Luisier, computer-based modelling of nanostructures
Prof. Vanessa Wood, nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
Adj. Prof. Hubert Kaeslin, microelectronics design centre
Adj. Prof. Niels Kuster, bioelectromagnetics and EMC
Adj. Prof. Andreas Schenk, nanodevice physics

Electronics Laboratory

Research projects cover the fields of:

  • Wearable Computing
  • Smart Textile
  • Mobile and user-centered healthcare
  • High Speed Electronics
  • Communication Photonics

Prof. Gerhard Tröster, digital systems
Adj. Prof. Anton Gunzinger, supercomputing systems

Millimeter-Wave Electronics Laboratory

The Millimeter-Wave Electronics group, headed by Prof. C. Bolognesi, is an independent laboratory of the Electrical Engineering Department D-ITET. It was formerly affiliated with IEF (Institut für Feldtheorie und Höchstfrequenztechnik), with which it still shares part of the infrastructure.

The research activities of MWE members focus on III-V compound semiconductor devices and processes from modern sub-terahertz applications to all-electronic terahertz sources.

Prof. Colombo Bolognesi, high-speed electronics

Institute of Electromagnetic Fields

The research activities of IEF members are very diverse and interdisciplinary and range from computational methods in electromagnetics and optics down to the nanometer scale, from antenna design to front-end development in RF and fiber optics, from bio-electromagnetics and sensors to industrial microwaves, and from III-V compound semiconductor devices and processes for modern sub-terahertz applications to all-electronic terahertz sources.

Prof. Jürg Leuthold, photonics and communication
Adj. Prof. Christian Hafner, computational electromagnetics

Photonics Laboratory

We study and explore the interaction of light with nanostructured materials. We are particularly interested in controlling and enhancing the light-matter interaction with suitably engineered nanostructures, such as optical antennas or resonators. The manipulation of optical fields at the nanometer scale is important for enhancing the performance and efficiency of photodetectors, light emitting devices and optical sensors.

Prof. Lukas Novotny, photonics

Photonics Laboratory, Empa

Empa is an interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development within the ETH Domain. Empa’s research and development activities are oriented to meeting the requirements of industry and the needs of our society, and link together applications-oriented research and the practical implementation of new ideas, science and industry, and science and society.

Prof. Gian-Luca Bona, photonics
Adj. Prof. Ayodhya N. Tiwari, thin films and photovoltaics

Information and Communication

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Communication Technology Laboratory

The Communication Technology Laboratory (Institut für Kommunikationstechnik) is active in the areas of communication systems, information theory, and signal processing.

Prof. Helmut Bölcskei, communication theory
Prof. Armin Wittneben, wireless communications

Automatic Control Laboratory

The mission of the laboratory is to do research and teaching in the field of control engineering.

Prof. John Lygeros, control and computation
Prof. Florian Dörfler, complex systems control
Prof. Maryam Kamgarpour, control systems
Adj. Prof. Roy Smith, control systems and automation

Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory

The laboratory integrates the following research sections:

  • Computer Engineering
    Our research and teaching activities concentrate on design, engineering methodologies, and tools for networked embedded systems and software.
  • Communication Systems
    The Communication Systems Group (CSG) conducts research on modeling, design, and implementation of communication systems.
  • Distributed Computing
    The research interests are a variety of algorithmic and systems aspects in computer science and information technology, currently in particular physical algorithms, wireless networks, multi-core systems, mobile systems, and social networking.

Prof. Lothar Thiele, computer engineering
Prof. Laurent Vanbever, networked systems
Prof. Roger Wattenhofer, distributed computing

Signal and Information Processing Laboratory

The ISI focusses on research and education in the following areas:

  • Information theory, error correcting codes, and their application in communication systems
  • Model based detection/estimation in communications and other application areas
  • Signal processing with analog circuits

Prof. Amos Lapidoth, information theory
Prof. Hans-Andrea Loeliger, His group is active in all three areas

Computer Vision Laboratory

The Computer Vision Laboratory, ETH Zurich, works on the computer-based interpretation of 2D and 3D image data sets from conventional and non-conventional image sources.

The lab performs research in the fields of Medical Image Analysis and Visualization, Object Recognition, Gesture Analysis, Tracking, and Scene Understanding and Modeling.

Prof. Orçun Göksel, medical applications
Prof. Luc Van Gool, visual communications
Prof. Ender Konukoglu, biomedical image computing


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Power Systems and High Voltage Laboratories

The scientific field of the Power Systems Laboratory comprises analysis and design of electric and integrated energy systems including their planning, design and operation.

The research focus of the High Voltage Laboratory is the area of technologies for a furture sustainable electric energy supply, in particular electric energy transmission.

Prof. Christian Franck, high voltage engineering
Prof. Gabriela Hug, electric power systems

Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems

The research at the Laboratory for High Power Electronic Systems (HPE) focusses on high power converter systems including operation at medium voltages required for example in future energy distribution for renewable energy sources or in traction applications. A further research focus is on solid state pulse modulator systems for medical applications or accelerators (PSI, CERN).

Prof. Jürgen Biela, high power electronics systems

Power Electronic Systems Laboratory

The research at the Power Electronic Systems Laboratory (PES) addresses challenges that have a fundamental or generic nature. The focus is on ultra-high switching frequency and highly compact PWM converter systems where the considerations are on a system-oriented basis and proposed concepts should allow a translation into future innovative industrial products. Converter topologies, modulation schemes, control, and EMI are seen as coupled issues rather than treated in a sequential manner. Circuit-oriented simulation and finite-element-based analysis of the electromagnetic and thermal behavior are integrated into the research and design process.

Prof. Johann W. Kolar, power electronic systems

Advanced Power Semiconductor Laboratory

Prof. Ulrike Grossner, power semiconductors

Biomedical Engineering and Neuroinformatics

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Institute of Neuroinformatics

The Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) was established at the University and ETH Zurich at the end of 1995. The mission of the Institute is to discover the key principles by which brains work and to implement these in artificial systems that interact intelligently with the real world.


Prof. Benjamin F. Grewe, systems and circuits neuroinformatics
Prof. Richard Hahnloser, systems neuroscience
Prof. Kevan A.C. Martin, system neurophysiology
Adj. Prof. Tobias Delbrück, neuromorphic event-based sensory processing

Institute for Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary area that combines the expertise of natural sciences and engineering with medicine and biology so as to achieve progresses in healthcare and research. It involves the application of engineering, science and technology to problems arising in medicine and biology. Interacting with medicine and biology, all intersections of engineering and natural sciences (electrical, mechanical, material engineering, informatics, physics, chemistry etc) represent potential areas of biomedical engineering.

Prof. Sebastian Kozerke, biomedical imaging
Prof. Klaas Prüssmann, bioimaging
Prof. Markus Rudin, molecular imaging and functional pharmacology
Prof. János Vörös, biosensors and bioelectronics
Prof. Marco Stampanoni, X-ray imaging and microscopy
Prof. Klaas Enno Stephan, translational neuromodeling
Prof. Mehmet Fatih Yanik, neurotechnology

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