françois morel

François Morel
Princeton University

François Morel is the Albert G. Blanke Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University. He received a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Grenoble, France, and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology. He was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1973 to 1994. The research in his laboratory focuses on the interactions between chemistry and microorganisms in aquatic systems. He presently serves as Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. Morel is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the Geochemical Society. He has received awards from the American Chemical Society, the Geochemical Society, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Eni Foundation. He is also a distinguished alumnus of the California Institute of Technology.

Title of this edition's climate change related opening lecture:
Ocean acidification and marine phytoplankton

gerhard schmitt

Gerhard Schmitt
ETH Zurich and Singapore

Gerhard Schmitt is Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zurich, Lead PI of the ETH Future Cities Responsive Cities Scenario, Founding Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore, and ETH Zurich Senior Vice President for ETH Global. Gerhard Schmitt holds a Dipl.-Ing. and a Dr.-Ing. degree of the Technical University of Munich, TUM, and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on urban metabolism with the associated emissions, Smart Cities and linking Big Data with urban design, urban models, simulation and visualization. He and his team developed and taught the first Massive Open Online Courses on Future Cities, Liveable Cities and Smart Cities with over 50’000 students from 165 countries.

Title of lecture:
Big Data, Responsive Cities, and the Citizen: Switzerland – Singapore

dirk mueller

Dirk Müller
RWTH Aachen


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dirk Müller started his scientific career after finishing his studies of mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University and the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. After completing his doctorate, he worked at the Robert Bosch GmbH in the central research department and at Behr GmbH as process manager for simulation. In 2003 he became a university professor at the TU Berlin, and until 2007 he was head of the Hermann Rietschel Institute. In 2007 he has been assigned as director for the new Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate (EBC) at the E.ON Energy Research Center. In addition to his research and teaching activities Dirk Müller served as Chief Technology Officer of the TROX GmbH from 2011 to 2015. Since 2016, he is responsible for the accompanying research "Energy in Buildings and Districts" for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and he took up the position of the managing director of the Heinz Trox Wissenschaftschafts gGmbH.

Title of lecture:
Building energy use and occupant behavior between predictions and crude facts

j. mardaljevic

John Mardaljevic
University of Loughborough

John Mardaljevic (PhD, FSLL) is Professor of Building Daylight Modelling at the School of Civil & Building Engineering, Loughborough University. Mardaljevic pioneered what is now known as Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM). Founded on rigorous validation work, CBDM is now the basis for research and, increasingly, industry practice worldwide. Mardaljevic's practice-based research and consultancy includes major projects such as the New York Times Building and The Hermitage (St. Petersburg). He currently serves as the 'UK Principal Expert on Daylight' for the European Committee for Standardisation CEN / TC 169 WG11, and on a number of International Commission on Illumination (CIE) technical committees. In 2012 Mardaljevic was presented the annual UK lighting award by the Society for Light and Lighting (SLL). He is Associate Director for Daylighting CIE Division 3 and CIE-UK Representative also for Division 3.

Title of lecture:
Daylight Modelling, Metrics & Measurement: Putting Research into Practice

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