École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

EPFL has long been involved in bold technological initiatives. In the field of sports, it has given scientific advice on several major projects including Alinghi (America’s Cup), Hydros (world speed sailing record) and Rivages (Vendée Globe).


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university, with students, professors and staff from over 120 countries.


EPFL has both Swiss and international dimensions and focuses on three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. It teaches engineering, physics and chemistry, as well as life sciences and architecture.


In order to bring about change in our society, EPFL works together with an extensive network of universities, secondary schools and colleges, as well as partners from the business, economic and political worlds and the general public.

Sport technology

Twenty five labs have conducted other sports-related projects and have expertise in areas as varied as:

  • physiological measurements and personal quantification
  • sports equipment
  • movement positioning and measurement
  • data analysis
  • the spectator experience

The labs involved in such projects work as an extension of the design teams, converting EPFL’s research findings into practical applications. Numerous startups have been created as a result of these partnerships.


Technology - personal analytics - sports equipment - movement - position - data analysis - big data - spectator experience - Broadcasting