Nicolas Henchoz

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), EPFL+ECAL Lab

Other Affiliation(s):

  • S+T+ARTS


  • Lausanne, Switzerland, Swiss Confederation


  • SIGGRAPH 2023

    I am the founding director of the EPFL+ECAL Lab, the Design Research Center of the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. With a career spanning engineering, research, art direction, science reporting, and management, I launched the center 15 years ago in collaboration with the leading art school ECAL (Art and Design University, Lausanne). The EPFL+ECAL Lab brings a unique vision of innovation blending cultural creativity with scientific practices, real-life implantation, and human observation to foster disruptive concepts leading to sustainable adoption. My research outcomes have led to multiple academic contributions at ISMAR, HFES, CHI, SIGGRAPH, DRS, and Leonardo amongst others. My projects have also received several awards including the International Design Festival Berlin, Best app of the year (Splash award), Design Prize Switzerland, and Best User experience (Best of the Web). I am a visiting professor at the Politecnico di Milano and member of the Global Alliance for Media Innovation. I have curated more than 30 exhibitions in institutions like the American Institutes of Architecture (New York), the Royal College of Art (London), the Musée des Arts décoratifs (Paris), and Harvard University. I have been decorated Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French minister for culture and communication.

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