As urbanization accelerates, digital and AI innovations hold immense potential for city transformation, but alongside inherent risks.
Join us to explore the digital and AI revolution shaping our cities, uncover the pros and cons, discuss ethical considerations, and unlock the potential of a sustainable urban future.
This event co-hosted by the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich
Aurel von RichthofenAssociate, Integrated Cities Planning at Arup Germany
Dr. Aurel von Richthofen leads the Integrated Cities Planning team at Arup in Berlin.
The architect and urban planner focuses on data-driven digital methods to tackle complex urban topics at the intersection of sustainability and digital solutions.
Before joining Arup, Aurel was a senior researcher at the Future Cities Laboratory at ETH Zurich in Singapore. He researched on foundational technologies for digital twins and smart cities, as well as sustainable urbanisation using artificial intelligence.
Aurel von Richthofen studied architecture at ETH Zurich and Princeton University and earned his doctorate at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He is a member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects and worked in the USA, Oman and Singapore.
Hongyang WangPhD Candidtate at ETH Zürich
Una is a multifaceted young professional, embodying various roles in her career. She is a dedicated researcher, leading the project no1s1 at ETH as a PhD candidate. Her research explores topics such as decentralized autonomous buildings, economy agency of autonomous buildings, decentralized physical infrastructure, digital twin, IoT and regenerative built environments. Leveraging her background in architecture, she thrives as a builder and maker. She brings ideas to life through cyber-physical integrated prototypes and products. Her work is currently exhibited at Basel, Electric Art Museum (HeK). The love of community runs in her veins. She is a facilitator for multiple DAO communities and cross-culture, multidisciplinary associations. She is a board member at DAOSuisse and SCAA. She believes in open communication and the value of hard conversations. She has been a speaker and guest lecturer on many occasions, such as at ETH Pavillion and CV labs during the World Economy Forum.
Jumbi EdulbehramDirector of Global Business Development, Smart Cities and Spaces at NVIDIA
Jumbi Edulbehram oversees global business development for Smart Cities and Spaces at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for driving the adoption of AI solutions for spatial intelligence. Throughout his career, Jumbi has been on the forefront of technological advancements for enhancing safety and operational efficiency in our cities and large public spaces such as airports, seaports and stadiums. At NVIDIA he works with a large ecosystem of partners that provide a broad range of applications for instrumenting smarter cities and spaces. Jumbi is passionate about helping cities address efficiency, equity and sustainability by capitalizing on transformational AI technologies.
Kuba SzczesniakCo-Founder of Scandens
Kuba Szczesniak is a co-founder of Scandens, a growing ETH spin-off that specializes in software solutions for planning and implementing building decarbonization projects at scale. He holds a degree in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich and has an extensive background in research, having held positions in Switzerland, UK, USA, and Singapore, with a primary focus on the integration of renewable energies and large-scale building retrofitting. Prior to founding Scandens, he conducted a research stay at MIT, where he specialized in urban building energy modelling.
Ning WangResearch Group Leader at the Digital Society Initiative (DSI), University of Zurich
Ning is an ethicist and a political scientist based at University of Zurich since 2017. She holds a PhD degree in Biomedical Ethics and Law from University of Zurich, and two Master’s degrees in Applied Ethics and Political Science obtained in Sweden, Norway, and the Netherlands.
Ning has broad research interests in the ethics assessment and responsible governance of emerging and future technologies, such as robotics, autonomous systems, and generative AI. Through empirical studies of these transformative technologies of both enabling and disruptive nature, I aim to address the ethical, social, legal, and regulatory challenges new and complex technologies pose to society, explore responsive analytical approaches in the understanding and evaluation of them, and propose practical governance tools for the design, development, and use of them.
In between her academic endeavours, Ning led projects on ethics policy development for international organisations across government, industry, and NGOs. As a strong advocate of bottom-up forces for social change, I am dedicated to bridging the gap between science and society, with active engagement in influential non-academic institutions such as the World Economic Forum and the IEEE.
Thomas Schroepfer, ModeratorProfessor and Director, Singapore University of Technology and Design and Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory Global
Dr. Thomas Schroepfer is Full Professor and Founding Programme Director and Associate Head of Pillar of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He also serves as the Co-Director of the Singapore-ETH Centre Future Cities Laboratory Global. His work focuses on the intricate relationship between design and technology in urban design and architecture, with emphasis on environmental sustainability.
His work has been showcased at prominent international venues, including the Venice Biennale and the World Architecture Festival. His achievements have earned him prestigious accolades, including multiple The Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies Awards, the President’s Design Award (Singapore’s highest honour accorded to designers and designs across all disciplines), and the Asia Education Leadership Award.
20th Anniversary of Swissnex in San Francisco
This event is part of Metropolis: Sustainable Futures Under Construction, Swissnex in San Francisco’s anniversary programming this Fall.
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This event is co-hosted by the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich, in collaboration with kühne wicki Future Stuff.
This event is supported by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, Empa, Future Cities Laboratory at ETH Zurich, Future City Alliance, Innovation Booster Swiss Smart City, the University of Zurich, the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and the Zurich Knowledge Center for Sustainable Development.