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Marius Aeberli is the Head of Education at EPFL+ECAL Lab. Interaction Designer by training, he co-created Novertur, a B2B matchmaking platform to help firms to make international business development. In addition, he worked as a strategic design consultant for Siemens and Nagra. In CHIC, Marius advises teams about experience design and product’s strategy.
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  • Marius Aeberli

  • Head of Education at EPFL+ECAL Lab
Marc is a scientific collaborator in the College of Humanities at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and lecturer at the University of Lausanne, where he teaches BA and MA course in the field of Asian studies with an orientation on technology and innovation. Trained as an economist, then in Chinese studies, his research looks at innovation in emerging markets both from a macro perspective (e.g., implications on the global innovation landscape) and a micro perspective (business model innovation in emerging markets). In addition his research looks at specific aspects of China’s innovation landscape (e.g., shanzhai, makerspaces, etc.). He also explores applied pedagogy and, in particular, experiential learning (e.g., summer camp for HEC students in an emerging market). Marc obtained his PhD on China’s telecommunication reforms from the London School of Economics. He holds a Master Degree in International Management (HEC, 1997) and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Lausanne (1993) with a Minor in Information Systems. He studied Chinese Language and Economics for two years at Fudan University, Shanghai (1993-1995) and one semester at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada (1996).
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  • Marc Laperrouza

  • Co-founder, Academic Coordinator
Raffael is a fresh Electronics Engineering graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and was one of the first participants of CHIC in 2015. His expertise ranges from PCB design to firmware development and some flavours of design thinking and systems engineering. He co-founded Octanis, a non-profit association based at EPFL providing an interdisciplinary work environment while developing new ways to make rapid prototyping tools accessible to everyone. Together with Octanis, he helped building from scratch a 3D-printed, solar-powered rover which was sent to Antarctica in Winter 2016. His Master thesis was carried out at Stanford University, in which he designed the analog front end for an airborne ultrasound imaging system.
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  • Raffael Tschui

  • Project Engineer


Damien Buchs is a Scientific Project Assistant at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He holds a Master Degree in Information System from the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC) at the University of Lausanne and a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the School of Engineering and Management Vaud (HEIG-VD). Trained as an economist with management and business development orientation, he has specialized in the fields of Information Technology with a strong interest in Information Architecture, Business Models, and Design Thinking. Passionate about those areas, he designs and develops applications for public and private companies. In parallel, his Master thesis looks at a psychological factor for fostering innovation, learning behaviors, and team performance where innovation projects are complex, uncertain, and interdisciplinary.
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  • Damien Buchs

  • Full Stack Developer
Dr. Cédric Duchêne is an electrical engineer currently working as senior project engineer at the EPFL+ECAL Lab where is project leader on the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab archive experiments. He is lecturer at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne where he teaches BA and MA courses on practical electronics. He has build-up the experimental platform Electronic Maker Lab, to teach and learn electronics at the EPFL/Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.
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  • Cédric Duchêne

  • Head of Electronics & Systems Engineering at EPFL+ECAL Lab

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Berenice is a third year Bachelor at Ecal in the Interaction Design section. She discovered this section through the open doors of the school , it was a true discovery. She always loved the interaction with others and it is a playful and fun way for her to interact with objects, subjects and people.
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  • Bérénice de Castéja

  • Media Interaction Designer
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  • Pablo Garcia

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher
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  • Jacques Lanares

  • Professor
I graduated from EPFL with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences. In parallel of my studies, I had the chance to work for several startups. I love the spirit emerging from those places filled of creativity and skills. To me, CHIC is a great opportunity to work on a practical project in team where each member brings his own field of expertise. I must admit that I am really eager to see where this adventure will lead us!
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  • Jonathan Link

  • Software Engineer
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  • Pascal Marmier

  • Co-founder
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  • Alexandre Wayenberg

  • Co-founder, Serial Entrepreneur

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