Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, ETH Zurich
Chen Zhong is a PhD candidate at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. She holds a master degree of Engineering in GIS from LIESMARS and a bachelor degree in spatial information and digital technology at Wuhan University, China. Her research interests are spatial analysis, spatial data mining, spatiotemporal visualization, and impact assessment for land use and transportation planning. Her PhD study is mainly about detecting changing mobility patterns, activity patterns, and urban spatial structures from smart card data.
Professor, Cognitive Science, ETH Zurich
Christoph Hölscher is Professor of Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich since 2013; previously assistant and extra-curricular professor at University of Freiburg, Germany, Center for Cognitive Science. Doctorate (2000) and Habilitation (2009) in Psychology at University of Freiburg. Project manager in IT industry from 2000-2003 (User-adaptive systems, usability). Visiting positions: University College London, honorary senior research fellow Bartlett School of Architecture / Space Syntax group (since 2007). Visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara, departments of Geography and Psychology (2011 & 2012). Visiting researcher and project manager at University of Freiburg / SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition (2013-2014).
Professor, Computational Social Science, ETH Zurich
Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and affiliate of the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich. He earned a PhD in physics and was Managing Director of the Institute of Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He is internationally known for his work on pedestrian crowds, vehicle traffic, and agent-based models of social systems. Furthermore, he coordinates the FuturICT Initiative (http://www.futurict.eu), which focuses on the understanding of techno-socio-economic systems, using smart data. His work is documented in hundreds of scientific articles, keynote lectures and media reports worldwide. Helbing is an elected member of the prestigious German Academy of Sciences "Leopoldina" and worked for the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems. He is also co-founder of the Physics of Socio-Economic Systems Division of the German Physical Society and of ETH Zurich’s Risk Center. In 2013, he became a board member of the Global Brain Institute in Brussels. Within the ERC Advanced Investigator Grant "Momentum" he works on social simulations based on cognitive agents. His recent publication in Nature discusses globally networked risks and how to respond. In a further publication in Science, he furthermore contributed to the discovery of the hidden laws of global epidemic spread. On January 10, 2014, he received a honorary PhD from Delft University of Technology, where he is now heading the PhD program "Engineering Social Technologies for a Responsible Digital Future".
Associate Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Bige Tunçer is an associate professor at Singapore University of Technology and Design. She leads the Informed Design Group, which focuses on data collection, information and knowledge modeling and visualization, for informed architectural and urban design. She has led and participated in various research projects in design computation. She currently leads a large multi-disciplinary project, investigating multi-modal data collection on user and usage information of public spaces in residential new towns, and develops a design system for the adaptive redesign of such spaces. She has taught many design computation and studio courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Currently she teaches Capstone, where all engineering and architecture students form groups to work on industry defined and funded design projects and develop prototypes.
Lead, Urban Complexity Project, ETH Future Cities Lab
Markus Schläpfer is currently leading the Urban Complexity project at the ETH Future Cities Lab in Singapore. After receiving his PhD from ETH Zurich in Mechanical Engineering, he conducted postdoctoral fellowships at MIT's Senseable City Lab and at the Santa Fe Institute, USA. His main research goals are the derivation of predictive quantitative models for the spatial organization of cities and its interplay with the optimal layout of urban infrastructure networks such as the energy supply system. To that end, Markus Schläpfer grounds his research on the increasing availability of large-scale data on human activities such as those automatically collected from mobile phone networks. He applies and further develops tools from network theory and complexity science to gain a comprehensive view of the dynamics of various cities worldwide.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chair of Information Architecture, ETH Zurich
Matthias Standfest is an architect with main interests directed towards understanding the geometric impact on architecture performance models using machine learning methods. As a researcher at ETH Zurich with Dr. Gerhard Schmitt and as a guest at FCL Singapore with Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, he has balanced method development for mesh based deep learning techniques with the application of these tools to predict urban simulation results in real time. His future research plans are aimed at extending these methods in order to use data streams of anthropocentric urban sensing setups to correlate human biofeedback with architectural design patterns. His aim is to establish a data driven workflow for predicting the holistic effects of formal architectural and urban design decisions in various scales.
Professor for Economics, ETH Zurich
Renate Schubert is a professor for economics at the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology in Zürich (ETHZ). She is author of numerous articles and books o n decision-making under risk and uncertainty, on energy and environmental issues, on developing countries’ problems as well as on gender issues. By means of experiments and other empirical methods she tries to explain seemingly non-rational behavior and to lay the grounds for ways to improve welfare. Renate Schubert had been head of the Centre for Economic Research at ETHZ. In July 2007 she founded the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED) which she headed until 2014. She has been member and chair of National Research Councils as well as Government and University Advisory Boards in several countries. She is a principal investigator in the FRS part of the Singapore- ETH Center.
Professor of galaxy and black hole astrophysics, ETH Zurich
Kevin Schawinski (born 1981) is Professor of galaxy and black hole astrophysics at ETH Zurich and the co-founder of the Galaxy Zoo online citizen science project, which has engaged over half a million people in scientific research. His research focuses on the impact of the energy released by black hole growth on the formation and evolution of galaxies and discovering the ultimate origin of supermassive black holes in the Universe. After completing his D.Phil in three years at Oxford University, for which he won the Royal Astronomical Society's thesis prize, he moved to Yale University and won a NASA Einstein Fellowship. He has now returned to Switzerland as an SNF professor. He a passionate supporter of public involvement in scientific research.
Scientific Directory of the ETH Future Cities Laboratory,
Stephen Cairns completed his undergraduate degree in anthropology and classical studies at the University of Otago. He trained in architecture at the University of Auckland, and practiced as an architect in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific, designing the competition-winning entry for the Headquarters for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea. He subsequently undertook doctoral studies at the University of Melbourne writing a thesis on the colonial architecture in Java, with an emphasis on aesthetics and the politics of representation. On completion of his PhD he was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Melbourne. He took up a Senior Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh, and was appointed Professor of Architecture and Urbanism there in 2009. He served as Head of Department of Architecture, and Director of the newly founded Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is currently based in Singapore where he is Scientific Director of the Future Cities Laboratory.
Director, Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC), National University of Singapore
Dr. Lai Choo Malone-Lee is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. She is a researcher on urban issues, with specific interest in urban sustainability, particularly on its nexus with development, economic growth and city culture. She lectures and writes on issues of city densification, livability and wellbeing and their links to sustainability. Together with her research team in CSAC, she has been investigating planning strategies for sustainable growth, particularly for cities in developing countries in Asia, which are complex and challenging but which also present tremendous opportunities for growth and development. She believes that regenerative processes and ecological resource management are fundamental for our cities’ future. Before academia, Dr. Malone-Lee worked with the Singapore government in several areas, including strategic planning and heritage conservation. With a strong background on urban public policy and governance, she contributes to policy debates on critical urban issues through several government committees and think tanks. Regionally, she is a consultant with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). She serves as a Board Member of Singapore’s National Parks Board.
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich
Kees Christiaanse is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the ETH Zürich. He studied architecture and urban planning at the TU Delft. From 1980 until 1989 he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, becoming a partner in 1983. In 1989 Kees Christiaanse founded his own office Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners in Rotterdam, KCAP since 2002, which expanded to Shanghai and Zurich. From 1996 until 2003 he taught architecture and urban planning at TU Berlin (DE). Since 2003 he is professor at the ETH in Zurich (CH). In 2009 Kees Christiaanse was curator of the International Architec-ture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) entitled “Open City. Designing Coexistence”. From 2011 to 2015, Kees Christiaanse is Programme Leader of the Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore and Principal Investigator as well as Module Leader for Module IV ‘Urban Design Strategies and Re¬sources’. Next to his work as an architect, Kees focuses on urban assignments in complex situations and guiding urban processes. He is a consultant to several airports and expert in the development of university campuses and in the revitalisation of former industrial, railway and harbour areas.
Ina Homeier is an architect and has been working for the urban planning department of the City of Vienna since 1994. She was also responsible for land use and district planning (21st district) for several years. From 1998 to 2001 she worked at the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission, where she was responsible for urban planning issues and research projects in the Key Action „The City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage“. In the autumn of 2001, she returned to the Viennese Municipal Department for Urban Development and Planning, where she focused on EU research projects. Later she moved to Portugal for several years, where she was acting partner in a Portuguese company. Since summer 2011, she has again been working for the Urban Planning department where she is Head of the Smart City unit and coordinates the smart city activities of the City of Vienna with regard to strategy and content. Several national and EU-funded projects have been implemented and Smart City applications have been supported under her watch. Since early 2013, she supervised the drawing-up pf the Smart City Wien Framework strategy that was adopted by the Viennese City Council in June 2014. At the moment she is working on the implementation of the first monitoring of the Smart City Wien Framework Strategy. For many years, she has been nominated by the European Commission and national funding bodies as evaluator for project applications and for mid-term and final assessments of research projects.
Director of the Singapore-ETH Center, ETH Zurich
Peter Edwards is director of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability. An ecologist by training, he obtained his Ph.D. degree from Cambridge University for a study on nutrient cycling in tropical rain forest. In 1993 he was appointed professor of plant ecology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, where he also served as dean of the Department of Environmental Systems Science. Peter a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy and management. He was a member of the executive board of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a research partnership between several leading universities. He continues his own research into the environmental benefits of urban greenery.
Professor of Urban Studies, ETH Zurich
Professor Jacobs’ received her undergraduate and Masters’ training in Human Geography from the University of Adelaide, Australia. She completed her PhD at University College London. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, Professor Jacobs taught at University College London from 1989 to 1991, The University of Melbourne from 1992 to 2002, The University of Edinburgh from 2002 to 2010, and the National University Singapore in 2011. She was a founding member of Melbourne’s Institute of Postcolonial Studies, and served a term as its Director. Professor Jacobs has supervised more than 15 PhD students, and has been on the editorial team of various journals, including the Geographical Research, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Scottish Geographical Journal, Cultural Studies Review, Social and Cultural Geographies, Transactions IBG (NS), Gender, Place and Culture, Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Antipode. Sharing the same name as urban scholar Jane Jacobs, who authored the book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Professor Jacobs has become an expert in professional disambiguation.
Professor of Building Physics, ETH Zurich
Since June 2008, Jan Carmeliet is full professor at the Chair of Building Physics at ETH Zürich and head of the Laboratory of Multiscale studies in Building Physics of EMPA, Dübendorf (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), Switzerland. Jan Carmeliet, graduated from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Engineering Architecture and earned his PhD in Civil Engineering at K.U.Leuven in 1992. He has been Assistant (1998), Associate (2001) and Full professor (2004) at K.U.Leuven and part-time Professor at T.U.Eindhoven (2001-2008). He was in 2007 on sabbatical leave at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and at Los Alamos Governmental Laboratories. His research resulted until now in 191 scientific journal papers. His research interests concern multiscale behaviour of porous and granular materials, heat-air-moisture flow in the urban environment and energy systems at building and urban scale. Research is based on advanced computational modelling (atomistic, discrete element, lattice Boltzmann, CFD, FEM) and advanced experimental techniques (X-ray and Neutron Tomography,…) and time-resolved imaging in wind and water tunnels (PIV, …). He is member of the research commission of ETH Zürich, of the Board of Energy Science Centre ETH Zürich, of the scientific commission of the CCEM (Centre of Competence Energy and Mobility), expert of the Commission of Technology and Innovation Switzerland (CTI/engineering), graduate program director ‘master integrated building systems’ at ETHZ and Coordinator of the SCCER-efficiency (Swiss Centre of Competence of Energy Research).
Associate Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore
Matthias Roth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the National University of Singapore. He holds a PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada). His research examines how land-use changes affect local climates with a particular focus on the climate of cities. He has held past academic appointments in Canada and Japan and was a Visiting Professor/Researcher at ETH and EPFL (Switzerland), ASU (USA) and Monash University (Australia). He is Past President of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Climatology. He is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Geography and Deputy Director of the NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies programme.
Postdoctoral Fellow, ETH Future Cities Laboratory
Dr. Alex Erath is currently a senior researcher at the NRF funded Future Cities Laboratory. As research module coordinator (Deputy PI), he manages the research module on Mobility and Transportation Planning and lead in this role the implementation and further development of the large-scale, agent-based transport demand model MATSim Singapore. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) where he studied the vulnerability of transport infrastructure. His main research interests are multi-agent, activity-based transport demand modeling, the interaction between transport infrastructure and the built environment as well as travel behaviour modeling. In this domain, he was involved various studies with a focus on stated preference surveys and led a project on long-term fuel price elasticity that featured stated adaptation face-to-face interviews.
Senior Researcher, ETH Future Cities Laboratory
Dr. Matthias Berger is Senior Researcher and Module Coordinator of the Simulation Platform Module IX at the Future Cities Laboratory in the Singapore-ETH Centre, working in Singapore since 2011. The research focus is simulation and visualization of energy-related issues of urban environments. Dr. Berger received the Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in 2006. He joined the High Voltage Laboratory of ETH Zurich (2006 - 2011) where his PhD was dedicated to modeling and optimization of multiple energy carrier systems. His practical experiences include working as a project coordinator for Seed Sustainability (2007 - 2008) as well as R&D at EADS Space Transportation and EADS Astrium (2005 - 2006).
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, ETH Zurich
Dr. Ulrike Wissen Hayek is Senior Scientist and Lecturer at the Chair Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland) since 2012. She holds a PhD from the ETH Zurich, a diploma in Landscape Architecture and Planning from the Technical University of Munich (Germany), and she is a trained landscaper. Her key research focuses on the assessment and management of landscape change, GIS-based 3D landscape visualization, and transdisciplinary planning studies. Recently she managed the project “Sustainable Urban Patterns (SUPat)” funded by the Swiss National Research Program 65 “New Urban Quality” that resulted in a collaborative platform and tools suitable to foster a better understanding of the interconnected dynamics of the urban landscape systems.
Bertrand, formerly from ETH Zurich, is a professor at Politecnico di Milano and Innopolis University, and Chief Architect at Eiffel Software. He is an authority in software engineering, programming languages and object-oriented programming. He is particularly known for his books, which have exerted a profound influence on the evolution of programming, and for his introduction of the concepts of Design by Contract.
Nadia Polikarpova earned her PhD at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) in April 2014. Her research interests lie in the area of software correctness, at the intersection of formal methods and software engineering. In particular, her research has contributed to auto-active verification, behavioral interface specifications, automated testing, dynamic invariant inference, and user interface for verification. Nadia received an undergraduate and master's degree in applied mathematics and informatics at SPb SU ITMO (St. Petersburg, Russia) in 2008.
Nadia has received a Best Paper Award at FM'11, a Bronze Medal at the VSComp 2012 verification competition, and an ACM SIGSOFT Recognition of Services Award for the contribution as a Deputy General Chair of ESEC/FSE'13.
Marco Piccioni is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Software Engineering, ETH Zurich. After having received a Ph.D. from ETH for his work on API usability, persistence, and object-oriented class schema evolution, his research interests are now focused on online education, and MOOCs in particular. Previously he worked for Sistemi Informativi S.p.A. (an IBM company) for ten years as a technical trainer and software developer. He has a Laurea degree in Mathematics from Università La Sapienza, Roma, and a Master degree in Economics from Università L. Bocconi, Milano.
Carlo A. Furia is a senior researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computer Science of ETH Zurich. In his research he develops models, techniques, methods, and tools to support the analysis, rigorous development, and verification of software and systems. He has taught various courses on software engineering, programming languages, and verification at ETH Zurich. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the Politecnico di Milano.
Lorenz Hurni has been Associate Professor of Cartography at the Institute of Cartography and Geoinformation of ETH Zurich since November 1996 (Full Professor since October 2003). He is managing editor-in-chief of the "Atlas of Switzerland", the Swiss national atlas. He was born in 1963 in Biel-Bienne/BE and studied geodesy at ETH Zurich. As assistant at the Institute of Cartography, he implemented a digital cartographic information system for teaching and research purposes. In connection with his doctoral thesis, he developed methods allowing the entirely digital production of topographic and geologic maps and derived 3D visualisations. Thereby, he developed the first programme for automatic generation of cartographic cliff drawings. In 1994 he took up a position at the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) in Wabern. As project leader for computer-assisted cartography, he worked mainly on the implementation of an interactive graphics system for the digital processing of national maps, which replaced the former analogous map production. The emphasis of Hurni's research lies in cartographic data models and tools for the production of printed and multimedia maps. Another focus of research covers interactive, multidimensional multimedia map representations. The new possibilities are being explored in international, interdisciplinary projects and being imparted to a broad audience in lectures and courses for students and practitioners. Under his lead, the prizewinning multimedia "Atlas of Switzerland", commissioned by the Federal Council, as well as the "Swiss World Atlas", the official Swiss school atlas, commissioned by the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK), are being developed. Lorenz Hurni is a member of numerous national and international scientific and professional commissions and of the "Leopoldina - German Academy of Sciences".