Dr. Stefan Müller Arisona is a Principal Investigator at ETH Zurich's Future Cities Laboratory, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Computer Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His main interests are at the intersections of science, art and technology, and his research focuses on interactive and generative design tools, on computer-assisted techniques for architectural and urban modelling and simulation, and on real-time multimedia systems.
He received an MSc in Computer Science from Uppsala University (Sweden, 1997) and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich (Switzerland, 1998). In 2001, he joined the University of Zurich's Multimedia Lab (2000) as a research assistant, was visiting researcher at IRCAM Centre Pompidou (France, 2003), and completed his PhD thesis at the University of Zurich in 2004. From 2005 to 2007, Stefan was a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at ETH Zurich's Computer Systems Institute. From 2007 to 2008, Stefan was a post-doctoral research fellow sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Media Arts & Technology Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and at the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Since 2008, he is a senior research fellow at the Chair of Information Architecture of ETH Zurich, where he leads the urban simulation team. Since 2011, he is member of the Future Cities Laboratory steering committee. Since 1994, Stefan has obtained extensive industry experience. From 1994 - 1998 he worked as a part-time senior engineer at Quix Computerware AG, porting operating systems to new hardware platforms and writing hardware device drivers for enterprise storage systems. From 1998 - 2000, he was a Unix System engineer and consultant at Atraxis AG, Swissair's IT operator. In 2008 he joined the ETH Zurich spin-off company Procedural Inc. as a software architect and contributed to the CityEngine, one of the most advanced generative modelling tools for urban environments. Procedural has received numerous international awards, such as Red Herring Top 100, and was acquired by ESRI in 2011.
Stefan is a co-founder of the Corebounce Association (Zurich, 2001), and since 2005, he has been the scientific director of ETH Zurich's Digital Art Weeks, an annual symposium and festival that explores new movements in digital art. He is a co-founder and a fellow of the Institute for the Converging Arts and Sciences (ICAS, University of Greenwich, 2009). As an artist, DJ, and VJ, he has performed internationally and his artworks have appeared worldwide at renowned venues such as Cabaret Voltaire (Switzerland, 2007) or the Ars Electronica Center (Austria, 2006 - 2008 and 2009 - 2010).