Felix Kienast has been Adjunct Professor for Landscape Ecology at the Department of Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich since March 2007. He holds a PhD in Geography from University of Zurich. In the 1980s he pioneered Landscape modeling research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. Since 1988 he has been conducting research at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL on (a) GIS-assisted landscape models designed for simulating potential future landscape development and associated landscape services; (b) the interactions between humans and landscapes and (c) multidisciplinary landscape monitoring. Felix Kienast is actively involved in several e-learning activities. Felix Kienast relies on an extended international network of scientific connections due to the activities as President of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) (2011-2015). He served in several Editorial Boards (Landscape Ecology, Environmental Management, GAIA, Geographica Helvetica). His publication record consists of more than 140 papers and communications in the field of Landscape Ecology. He is editor of the Springer Landscape Series Book No. 8 entitled “A Changing World – Challenges for Landscape Research”.
Gregor Martius holds a Master Degree in Environmental Science and in Software Engineering. He has specialized in the design and development of innovative educational projects. For this MOOC on Landscape Ecology he has contributed to the course design, the multimedia production and the overall project coordination.
I am a professor for landscape ecology with a design background, specializing in landscape conservation strategies, applying landscape ecological theory, scenario modeling, and geospatial analyses. I am director of professional graduate programs for the Nelson Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a strongly international focus. I am President-elect of the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology , and co-editor of the Springer Landscape Series. In scholarship practice, I design and evaluate conservation strategies for nature and people using robust geospatial analyses, tools, scenario modeling, and citizen science. This expertise stems from my education in forest and cultural ecology, landscape ecology, and landscape architecture. I have an established career beginning in forest management, applied landscape ecology, and landscape architecture with the US Forest Service, followed by over 20 years of academic teaching and research.
Dr. Sima Fakheran is Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. She is Vice President of International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE). She did an outstanding job in setting up the Iranian regional chapter of IALE and for promoting the science of landscape ecology in Iran. She is also President of IALE-Iran since 2012. Her research interests include: Landscape Pattern Change and its Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecological Impacts of Road Networks, Corridor Design, and Conservation Planning. She did her PhD at Universality of Zurich, Switzerland. Graduating from two different continents in different languages, environments and cultures; consulting many students, founding and working in several professional organizations; sitting on the board of directors for IALE-Iran, department of environmental sciences at Isfahan University of Technology, Director of Swiss desk as Leading house for developing academic cooperation between Iran and Switzerland; and many other environmental activities provided her with a unique set of skills to listen, understand, solution, plan, develope and deliver. She is passionate about helping organizations to foster development and innovations through international networking, communication and learning.
Loïc Pellissier has been Assistant Professor (with Tenure Track) of Landscape Ecology at the Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems at ETH Zurich and at WSL since July 2015. Loïc Pellissier studied at the University of Lausanne and completed his PhD in 2012. He then led a postdoctoral research project at the Arctic Research Center (Roskilde), which is affiliated to Aarhus University in Denmark. From 2013 to 2015 he was research group leader at the University of Fribourg. Loïc’s research is focused on understanding and modelling past and future landscape dynamic and its link to biodiversity. His research provides fundamental knowledge in ecology and evolution of landscape biodiversity patterns and uses this knowledge to improve sustainable management of natural resources.
Harini Nagendra is a Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. She is an ecologist with over 25 years of experience working in the global south. Her main focus of interest is to understand when and why humans act as positive agents of ecology and conservation in some instances, and negative agents in others. Towards this, she has worked in a variety of contexts in forests and cities of South Asia and globally. Her research is interdisciplinary, and relies on a number of methods including satellite remote sensing and GIS, field studies of biodiversity, archival research, institutional analysis, and community interviews. Prof. Nagendra has conducted research and taught at multiple institutions, and received numerous research awards including a 2017 Clarivate award for interdisciplinary research in India, a 2013 Elinor Ostrom Senior Scholar, and a 2006 Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. Apart from over 150 scientific publications, she writes widely and communicates her research with the public through Indian newspapers, magazines and science blogs, and engages with international research, including being on the Steering Committee of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society and a Lead Author on the 5th IPCC Report - Working Group III as a Lead Author. Her recent book “Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future” (Oxford University Press India, 2016) examines the transformation of human-nature interactions in Bangalore from the 6th century CE to the present, addressing the implications of such change for the urban sustainability of fast-growing cities in the global South.
Josef Senn is a researcher at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf, and a Lecturer at ETH Zurich at the Department of Environmental Systems Sciences. His main research interests are in in the fields of plant-herbivore interactions, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology. He is closely collaborating with the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran, where he is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Natural Resources. Since 2007 he is a member of the federal scientific advisory board for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITES.
I`m Shekoufeh Nematollahi, PhD student of Environmental Sciences and Land Use Planning at Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Iran. In my PhD thesis I assess the ecological impacts of road networks on natural habitats based ecosystem services modeling. In this MOOC I contribute to a case study on the ecological impacts of road networks. I will teach how to assess the impacts of roads on wildlife habitat using advanced landscape indices. With this knowledge mitigation and conservation measures can be planned on a scientific basis.
Hi, I am Selina and I am currently finishing my master studies of spatial planning at ETH Zurich. Before this I studied environmental sciences in my bachelors and that’s where I first learned about landscape ecology. Landscapes are still an important part of my studies but I focused more on the planning than the ecological point of view. For this course I mostly helped with some case studies and reviewing the content to make sure we can provide a high quality course for you. Together with the other course team members I tried to create varying exercises that I hope you will enjoy doing while learning quite a bit about landscapes.
My name is Thomas Edwards, and I am a Research Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a Professor in the Quinney College of Natural Resources, Utah State University. As a professor at Utah State University, I teach courses on research design and analysis. Professionally, I serve as the Secretary-General for the International Association for Landscape Ecology. I have also been an associate editor for several different professional journals. My research involves bioregional conservation planning, and the development of analytical methods for assessing and monitoring biological diversity at large landscape scales.
Roland Siegwart is a Professor of Autonomous Systems at ETH Zurich. After studying mechanics and mechatronics he was engaged in starting up a spin-off company, spent ten years as professor for autonomous microsystems at EPFL Lausanne and he held visiting positions at Stanford University and NASA Ames. Roland is a member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, IEEE Fellow and officer of the International Federation of Robotics Research (IFRR). He has coordinated four large European projects and is the co-founder of half a dozen spin-off companies. Roland Siegwart has been general chair of several conferences in robotics including IROS 2002, AIM 2007, FSR 2007, ISRR 2009. His interests are in the creation and control of intelligent robots operating in complex and highly dynamic environments. Prominent examples are personal and service robots, inspection devices, autonomous micro-aircraft and walking robots.
Margarita Chli is an Assistant Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and head of the Vision for Robotics Lab (www.v4rl.ethz.ch). Originally coming from Greece and Cyprus, she received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Information and Computing Engineering from Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2006, she moved to Imperial College London, UK, where she completed her PhD in applying Information Theory for efficient Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM), under the guidance of Prof. Andrew Davison. In 2010, she joined the Autonomous Systems Lab of ETH Zurich as a Postdoctoral Researcher and later on, as a Lab Deputy Director. In 2013, she moved to the University of Edinburgh, UK to accept the prestigious Chancellor's Fellowship, before returning to ETH Zurich in 2015 to accept a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professorship, while continuing to hold an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests focus on developing vision-based perception for robots, especially on low-computation platforms, such as small aerial vehicles.
Marco Hutter is assistant professor for Robotic Systems at ETH Zurich since 2015 and Branco Weiss Fellow since 2014. Before this, he was deputy director and group leader in the field of legged robotics at the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich. After studying mechanical engineering, he conducted his doctoral degree in robotics at ETH with focus on design, actuation, and control of dynamic legged robotic systems. Beside his commitment within the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication since October 2015 Hutter is part of the NCCR robotics and coordinator of several research projects, industrial collaborations, and international competitions (e.g. ARGOS challenge) that target the application of high-mobile autonomous vehicles in challenging environments such as for search and rescue, industrial inspection, or construction operation. His research interests lie in the development of novel machines and actuation concepts together with the underlying control, planning, and optimization algorithms for locomotion and manipulation.
Davide Scaramuzza is a Professor of Robotics at the University of Zurich and founder and director of the Robotics and Perception Group (http://rpg.ifi.uzh.ch). He received his PhD in Robotics and Computer Vision from ETH Zurich. He was a postdoc at both ETH Zurich and the University of Pennsylvania. From 2009 to 2012, he led the European project “SFLY”, which focused on vision-based autonomous navigation of micro helicopters in GPS-denied environments. For his research, he was awarded the Robotdalen Scientific Award (2009) and the European Young Researcher Award (2012), sponsored by the IEEE and the European Commission. He is co-author of the 2nd edition of the book Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots (MIT Press). He is also author of the first open-source Omnidirectional Camera Calibration Toolbox for MATLAB, currently used at NASA, Bosch, and Daimler. His research interests are field and service robotics, intelligent vehicles, and computer vision. Specifically, he investigates the use of cameras as the main sensors for robot navigation, mapping, exploration, reasoning, and interpretation. His interests encompass both ground and flying vehicles.
Martin Rufli is a Research Scientist at IBM Research Zurich. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree in robotics, all from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2006, 2008, and 2012, respectively. From September 2012 to August 2013 he was a postdoctoral research fellow and has been a lecturer since February 2011 at the Autonomous Systems Lab, ETH Zurich. His current research interests include the design of novel algorithms for robotic navigation with the aim to bring robots out of factory lines and into our everyday lives. The main focus in this regard concerns system-based online methods and algorithms that model robot–robot interaction.
After studies of Physics in Tübingen and at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (Master 1989), Wulfram Gerstner spent a year as a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley. He received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Technical University Munich in 1993 with a thesis on associative memory in networks of spiking neurons. After short postdoctoral stays at Brandeis University and the TU Munich, he joined the EPFL in 1996 as Assistant Professor. Promoted to Associate Professor in 2001, he is since 2006 a full professor with double appointment in Computer Science and Life Sciences. Wulfram Gerstner has been invited speaker at numerous international conferences and workshops. He has served on the editorial board of the 'Journal of Computational Neuroscience', and 'Science', as well as other journals. He conducts research in computational neuroscience with special emphasis on models of spiking neurons, spike-timing dependent plasticity, and reward-based learning in spiking neurons.
Rolf Gruetter is Professor at EPFL Head of the Laboratory for functional and metabolic imaging and Director of the Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM) since 2004. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics and Biophysics, respectively at the ETH Zurich, following a PostDoc at Yale University he became in 1994 Faculty at the Center for MR Research at the University of Minnesota.
Colin Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Automatic Control Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He was a Senior Researcher at the Automatic Control Lab at ETH Zurich until 2011 and obtained a PhD in 2005 from the University of Cambridge for his work on polyhedral computational methods for constrained control. Prior to that, he was at the University of British Columbia in Canada, where he took a BASc and MASc in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. Colin has worked in a variety of industrial roles, ranging from commercial building control to the development of custom optimization tools focusing on retail human resource scheduling. His current research interests are in the theory and computation of predictive control and optimization, and their application to green energy generation, distribution and management.
Christophe Salzmann is a Senior Research Associate in the Automatic Control Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He received his MS degree in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Florida in 1999 and his PhD degree from the EPFL in 2005. His research interests include massive open online laboratories in collaboration with massive open online courses, intelligent & collaborative systems, web-based interaction systems, distributed web technologies, and real-time interaction over the Internet. Christophe and his colleagues developed and operates one of the largest Remote Laboratory in the world, available 24/7. Part of the work developed in this context is formalized in the IEEE 1876 Standard for Networked Smart Learning Objects for Online Laboratories.
Christian Koechli est chargé de cours à l’EPFL et ingénieur de développement chez Micro-Beam SA. Il a obtenu un diplôme d’ingénieur électricien (1995) et un doctorat en sciences techniques (1999) à l’EPFL.
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Jean-Philippe Ansermet est, depuis 1992, professeur de physique à la Faculté des Sciences de Base de l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Il enseigne au 1er cycle la mécanique et la thermodynamique. Il offre régulièrement un cours de dynamique des spins dans le cadre de l'École doctorale. Ses activités de recherche portent sur l'étude de matériaux magnétiques nanostructurés, la spintronique et la résonance magnétique nucléaire.
Marco Picasso est Professeur dans l'Institut MATHICSE de l'EPFL. Son domaine de recherche est la simulation numérique des équations aux dérivees partielles. Ses contributions vont de l'étude de la convergence de schémas numériques à la simulation numérique de phénomènes physiques complexes.