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When mechanics make cells talk
In early 2024, Charles Baroud, professor and researcher at the Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX*), was awarded an ERC Advanced Grants for his Melcart project. Acronym for Mechanical Characterization and Stimulation of Microtissues, this research project aims to develop technologies and knowledge around mechanobiology, with a view to numerous applications in engineering, pharmacology and health. Focus.
Online platforms: users under influence
The Cambridge Analytica scandal has shown that targeting technologies on online platforms (Google, Facebook, Tik Tok...) go beyond the simple sale of objects or services to invest in the realm of information. The work of Oana Goga, a researcher at École Polytechnique's Computer science laboratory (LIX), studies the impact of these technologies on privacy, security and the manipulation of public opinion. They have fuelled reflection on the European Union's Digital Services Act and are being continued today as part of an ERC Starting Grants fellowship.
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MERGE: biology through A+B
How does a bacterial line behave in the face of a cocktail of antibiotics, cancer cells in the face of chemotherapy, or the Guyanese forest in the face of climate change? At the Center for Applied Mathematics (CMAP), the MERGE team works at the interface between biology and mathematics. It contributes to the emergence of new questions and tools in the latter field, while shedding light on the problems faced by biologists.
SInfoNiA: modeling information, modeling the intangible
Financial crises, currency attacks, social stability... our world's economic activity is particularly sensitive to information and the way it circulates. Led by Olivier Gossner, Research Director at the Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) and winner of an ERC Advanced Grant from the European Union in 2024, the SInfoNiA project analyzes how the dissemination of information impacts collective choices.
Three École Polytechnique researchers win ERC Advanced Grants
Every year, the European Research Council supports ground-breaking research and scientific excellence. In 2024, Charles Baroud, from École Polytechnique’s Hydrodynamics Laboratory (LadHyX), Olivier Gossner, from the Centre for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) and Joris van der Hoeven from École Polytechnique’s Computer Laboratory each receive an ERC fellowship in the Advanced Grants category.