SPEAKERS

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Professor Gerhard Schmitt
Lead Principle Investigator,

Director Singapore ETH-centre, 
Cooling Singapore

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global.

Professor Gerhard Schmitt is the Lead Principal Investigator of the 'Cooling Singapore' project, Principal Investigator at the 'Big Data-Informed Urban Design Governance' project & Principal Investigator of the 'Digital Underground' project.

His work focuses on the definition and design of Information Architecture (iA) as the next level of Computer Aided Architecture Design (CAAD). The creation of a simulation, visualisation and interaction platform for the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) is at the centre of his research, which focuses on the development of intelligent design support systems using artificial intelligence methods. 

From 1998 - 2008, he served as Vice President for Planning and Logistics and Member of the Board of ETH Zurich. He directed the development of ETH's strategy and planning in cooperation with the 16 scientific departments and the central administration. In 2000, he initiated the development of a third and virtual campus, named ETH World, with an international master plan competition. 

In 2003, Prof Schmitt initiated the concept for Science City, ETH's new campus in Zurich, a revolutionary interchange between ETH Zurich and the public. In 2007, he initiated the transition of ETH Science City towards a zero carbon emission campus. Prof Schmitt's efforts in developing and transforming ETH Science City earned him the European Culture of Science Award in 2010.

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Professor Peter Edwards
Principal Investigator

Cooling Singapore

Peter Edwards is principal investigator of the 'Cooling Singapore' project and 'Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes' project at the Future Cities Laboratory at the Singapore-ETH Centre. He is also adjunct professor in the Asian School of the Environment at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Between 2013 and 2017, he served as the director of the Singapore-ETH Centre.
 
Since 1993, he has been professor of Plant Ecology at ETH Zurich, where he also served as chairman of the Department of Environmental Systems Science. He was founder and first executive secretary of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, a professional organisation for environmental practitioners. In Singapore, he leads his research teams to find means to maximise ecosystem benefits in urban environments and ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect in the tropics, in order to make cities more resilient and liveable.
 
Peter Edwards has always had a strong interest in the application of science and technology for better policy. At ETH Zurich, he was faculty coordinator and member of the executive board of the Alliance for Global Sustainability, a research partnership between leading universities. In 2016, while in Singapore, he initiated the Science, Technology and Policy workshop, in partnership with the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology and the National University of Singapore.