© Brüderli, Zürich
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Prof. Lorenz Hilty

University of Zurich

Biography (as at 2022)

Lorenz Hilty is Professor of Informatics and Sustainability at University of Zurich. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Hamburg in 1991. Later stations of his work included the Research Institute for Applied Knowledge Processing, University of Ulm, and the University of St Gallen. He has been a guest professor at the Institute for Social Ecology, Vienna, and affiliated professor at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Stockholm, Center for Sustainable Communications (CESC). From 2004 to 2010, he was leading the Technology and Society Lab of Empa, the Swiss Federal Materials Science Institute. He initiated the international „ICT for Sustainability“ (ICT4S) conference series in 2013. Lorenz Hilty is a member of the Steering Committee of the Foundation for Technology Assessment (TA-SWISS) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, of the University Council of the University of Constance, and of the „High-level advisory group on digitalisation and sustainability“ of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Focus areas

  • the footprint and handprint of the digital transformation
  • Sustainability aspects of the digital sharing economy
  • Sustainability criteria for software products
  • Computer modelling and simulation for sustainability research and serious games