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The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) or the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne is a public research university located in Lausanne, Switzerland.
EPFL is the sister institution of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The university originated from the École special de Lausanne, a school that became the technical department of the public Académie de Lausanne in 1869.
The institution has three primary missions: education, research, and innovation. It specializes in natural science and engineering. EPFL runs the nuclear reactor Crocus, the Tokamak fusion reactor, the Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, and the P3 bio-hazard facilities in connection with research and teaching activities.