Subject: Mapping Associative Urban Processes to a suitable Software Methodology
Summary: With respect to the context of digital urbanism we are interested in the operationalization of machine learning. The character of the positions is shaped by research in the intersection of urbanism, architecture, programming and machine learning. Our particular interests focus the possibilities to map urban qualities, aka “soft factors,” to the world of digital treatment, interaction, decision-making or intervention. The research question addresses the mapping of urban qualities in the digital world and will involve computational semantics on the basis of distributed computing
Description: This project forms a sub-theme under the Simulation Platform Stream of the Future Cities Project, a joint venture of the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETHZ, and the National University Singapore.
The Chair for CAAD within the Institute for Technology in Architecture ITA at the Faculty of Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ (http://www.caad.arch.ethz.ch) has an opening for four PhD candidates interested in transdisciplinary research in the field of urbanism, comprising primarily technical research work in the form of programming, though possibly including theoretical and/or empirical work based on the principles known from humanities as well.
Part of our research is focusing on the operationa¬lization of associativity in the context of urbanism and city-design. Highly-developed derivatives of the Self-Organizing Map, as introduced by Kohonen and others, and evolutionary computational procedures serve as the main operational conceptual foundation. With respect to the context of urbanism we are interested in the operationalization of various concepts by means of the creation of domain-specific data adapters, in particular for textual and project data (ref-nr. SP07), images (ref-nr. SP08), topological data about urban flows (ref-nr. SP09) or various data formats collected by crowd-sourcing or in „Web of Things“ approaches (ref-nr. SP10), and concerning scales from buildings to urban landscapes. The work on these objectives will be embedded into an already existing software architecture.
Requirements: Candidates should hold a degree in architecture, mathematics, or computer science, possibly with a reference to social sciences or urbanism, or a related field. Some experience in programming (Java, C++, or Pascal) is required as well as sufficient skills in English language, both spoken and written.
Work/Location: As a PhD student you will join a vibrant research community in Singapore, working in one of the best equipped laboratories for research in urbanism, while you also will join the Zurich-based group for several months. You will get a temporary, full-time position of three years. The position will start on 1.4.2011 or flexibly thereafter. The language of instruction is English.
Applying: To apply, please email a CV, including a copy of study records, a list of publications as well as email addresses of at least three references, and a brief description of research interests and motivation to:
Klaus Wassermann, Senior Research Assistant
ETH Zurich, Faculty of Architecture
Chair for CAAD – Institute for Technology in Architecture ITA,
Schafmattstr. 32, HPZ Floor F
wassermann (at) arch (dot) ethz (dot) ch