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Falling Walls Winners Session: Engineering and Technology

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LIVE: The 10 winners in the category Engineering and Technology present their breakthrough work

Over the past months, over 900 nominees from 111 countries have made the journey to become the Science Breakthrough of the Year in their respective category. In this session, the TOP 10 WINNERS in the category Engineering and Technology present their breakthrough work and its profound impact on science and society.

A must-see for all curious minds who strive to know about top breakthroughs in the practical application of science and mathematics to every-day life (e.g. artificial intelligence, information technology, mechanical engineering).

 

We are delighted to announce the ten winners in the category Engineering and Technology:

 

STEFAN BRENDELBERGER – GERMAN AEROSPACE CENTER (DLR)

Breaking The Wall To Solar Kerosene

Stefan Brendelberger’s technology converts concentrated solar energy water and CO2 into renewable kerosene, to replace fossil fuels in the aviation sector.

YI CUI – STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND SLAC NATIONAL ACCELERATOR LABORATORY

Breaking The Wall Of Efficient Batteries

Yi Cui has pioneered nanotechnology-based materials design to enable novel breakthrough materials which have ten times higher charge storage capacity than the current technology, a key element to clean energy strategies.

ALESSIO FIGALLI – ETH ZÜRICH

Breaking The Wall Of Transport

Alessio Figalli devises creative new tools and techniques to solve mathematical questions. He has used optimal transport theory to mathematically understand a great range of systems in nature, the atmosphere and machine learning. 

CHRISTIAN KOOS – KARLSRUHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (KIT)

Breaking The Wall Towards Ultra-Broadband Signal Processing

Christian Koos tackles the problem of limited bandwidth by combining electronics with photonic circuits and with optical frequency combs as ultra-precise clocks.

TEODORO LAINO – IBM RESEARCH EUROPE – ZURICH

Breaking The Wall Of Chemistry

Teodoro Laino leads a pioneering project integrating AI, Cloud and Automation to accelerate a new way of doing chemistry that is more digital and without the need for chemists to be in the lab.

YI CHUN LU – THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

Breaking The Wall Of Safe Energy Storage

Yi Chun Lu explores safe alternatives to batteries used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics, which are both flammable and toxic.

SIMONE SCHÜRLE – ETH ZÜRICH

Breaking The Wall Of Inefficient Drug Delivery

Simone Schürle develops diagnostic and therapeutic systems at the nano-and microscale with the aim to tackle a range of challenging problems in health care, including a recent breakthrough using micro-magnets to improve targeted drug delivery.

METIN SITTI – MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

Breaking The Wall To Wireless Medical Robots Inside Our Body

Metin Sitti has created wireless, soft, miniature mobile robots, inspired by soft-bodied tiny animals that can navigate and function safely inside the human body.

KAREN SCRIVENER – EPFL – ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE

Breaking The Wall Of Housing People While Minimising Climate Change

Karen Scrivener has come up with a solution that reduces CO2 emissions in cement production, to ensure that housing and infrastructure are safe and affordable as well as more sustainable.

FRANK STEFAN TAUTZ – FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JÜLICH

Breaking The Wall Of Building With Molecules

Frank Stefan Tautz has achieved a breakthrough in nanofabrication through the first-ever combination of AI and nanotechnology, whereby an autonomous artificial intelligence learns to grip and move molecules.

 

 

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