Lorenz Hilty

Lorenz Hilty, Prof. Dr.

Professor

Head of Group

Phone: +41 44 635 67 24

Address: Binzmühlestrasse 14, 8050 Zurich

Room number: IfI BIN 2.A.14

hilty@ifi.uzh.ch

Lorenz Hilty is Professor at the Department of Informatics at UZH and heads the Informatics and Sustainability Research Group ISR, which is shared between IFI at UZH and TSL at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Lorenz Hilty also serves as the Sustainability Delegate of UZH.

Research

How can the digital transformation be harnessed for sustainable development? Keywords: ICT for Sustainability, Green ICT, Complex Systems Modelling and Simulation, Computational Methods and Tools for Sustainability Research

Research projects of the ISR group
Publications by Lorenz Hilty in ZORA

Teaching

In German:

  • Informatik, Ethik und Gesellschaft, UZH
  • Einführung in die Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit, Teil Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien, UZH
  • Wirtschaftsinformatik I, UZH (with Gerhard Schwabe)
  • Auf dem Weg zu einer Kreislaufwirtschaft (with Patrick Wäger and others), HSG

In English:

  • Digitalization and Sustainable Development, UZH
  • ICT and Sustainability (virtual guest lectures at KTH)
  • CAS Big Data and Machine Learning: Ethical and Legal Aspects, UZH (with Florent Thouvenin)

Teaching page of the ISR group 

Appointments and Memberships

 Local/National:

  • Sustainability Delegate of the Executive Board of UZH Sustainability at UZH
  • Steering Committee of "Klimaplattform der Wirtschaft Zürich" Klimaplattform
  • Steering Committee of the Foundation for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Advisory Board of the Swiss Green Economy Symposium SGES
  • Expert in Ethics for the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences SATW

Abroad/nternational:

  • University Council of the University of Constance
  • High-Level Advisory Group on Digitalisation and Sustainability of the German Minister for the Environment BMU
  • Expert Committee on Environmental Informatics of  GI
  • Editorial Board of Telematics & Informatics T&I

Former Activities

Employment:

  • Head of the Technology and Society Lab at Empa 2004-2010 TSL
  • Head of the research program "Sustainability in the Information Society" at Empa, funded by the ETH board 2000-2004
  • Professor of Information Systems, FHNW
  • Researcher at FAW, Div. of Environmental Information Systems, University of Ulm
  • Researcher at Institute for Economy and the Environment (IWÖ), University of St. Gallen HSG
  • Researcher at Department of Informatics, University of Hamburg

Other:

  • Co-organizer of the first Summer School ICT for Sustainability at Lorentz Center (with Steve Easterbrook, Mattias Höjer, Patricia Lago, Birgit Penzenstadler)
  • Co-organizer of the Seminar Modeling for Sustainability at Schloss Dagstuhl (with Gordon Blair, Betty F. C. Cheng, Richard F. Paige)
  • Co-teacher of the Seminar on Dirty Products at European Forum Alpbach (with Laura Raynolds)
  • Affiliated Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm KTH
  • Initiator of the conference series ICT4S (started in 2013) ICT4S 
  • Chair of the Environmental Informatics Expert Committee of GI
  • Chair of the Jury of the Environmental Informatics Students' Prize of GI
  • Guest Professor of New Media and Sustainability at Institute of Social Ecology, Vienna SEC
  • Habilitation on "Umweltbezogene Informationsverarbeitung" at University of Hamburg Habilitation thesis  (PDF, 10174 KB) 
  • Co-founder of the University of Hamburg spin-off “Institut für Umweltinformatik” which has been providing software for environmental management since 1993 until today ifu

Personal Committment to Climate Protection

  • No air travel since March 2017, member of No Fly Climate Sci. For details on the impact of academic business travel see UZH's factsheet on Business Travel
  • No car. For details on different modes of commuting see UZH's factsheet on Commuter Traffic
  • Flexitarian (usually no meat/fish), which saves about 0.5 tons of emissions p/a
    (CO2 equivalent). For details see UZH's factsheet on Food (PDF, 488 KB)