The aim of this biennial conference is to bring together specialists in fluctuation and noise phenomena from different fields in science, engineering and business, including material, electronic and optoelectronic devices, sensors, systems and nanostructures, analog and digital circuits and systems, complex systems, biological and biophysical systems, social and financial systems, reliability, to address both fundamental and applied issues.

The International Conference on Noise and Fluctuations (ICNF) is a biennial event running since 1968. The recent past 10 conferences in this series were organized in Hong Kong (1999), Gainesville (2001), Prague (2003), Salamanca (2005), Tokyo (2007), Pisa (2009), Toronto (2011), Montpellier (2013), Xi’An (2015) and Vilnius (2017).


The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) was founded in 1853 and became a national school in 1969. It is considered to be among the world’s most prestigious universities of technology. The Institute of Microengineering (IMT) of EPFL is the biggest Swiss academic institute, with 28 laboratories and more than 520 members. It is located on two campuses in Lausanne and Neuchâtel. Its interdisciplinarity and its ability to develop devices and micro-components and to integrate them into functional microsystems makes it particularly attractive for partners in fields as diverse as health, security, communications, space or time measurement.

Microcity, inaugurated in May 2014, is the new building of the IMT in Neuchâtel. It also houses the entrepreneurs of the Neode Science Park. Right next to the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), Microcity is part of the EPFL’s strategy to bring research activities closer to industrial interests at all stage of the innovation process. Three of the eleven EPFL chairs of Microcity are funded by precision and high-end watchmaker industries.


Neuchâtel is located on the northwestern shore of the Lake of Neuchâtel (lac de Neuchâtel in French and Neuenburgersee in German) in West Switzerland. On the side of the Jura Mountains, the environment is characterized by remote, windswept settlements and deep, rugged valleys. Neuchâtel is also in the heartland of the celebrated Swiss watchmaking industry.