Board Members

Chair: Asst. Prof. Dr. Milica Vujovic, TU Wien

Milica Vujovic is assistant professor at TU Wien. Her main interest is in architecture, data-informed design, and using, processing, analyzing and visualizing data with the aim of extracting new knowledge that can support architectural design. After obtaining master degrees in architecture and mechanical engineering, a PhD degree was obtained in the computer science field, focusing on multimodal data analysis of smart learning spaces. Previous work was done mostly in the educational spaces design and public spaces design, where sensing technology and computational techniques were used. The main focus of current research is evidence-based decision support in architectural design. Milica Vujovic is participating in teaching and research activities at TU Wien.

Co-chair: Prof. Dr. Michael Ulrich Hensel, TU Wien

Michael Ulrich Hensel is a German architect, researcher and writer.[1] His primary areas of interest and inquiry include performance-oriented architecture, embedded architectures - architecture and environment integration, and advanced data-driven design.[2] His work is located in the intersection between architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, micro-climatology and ecology.

SIG Board Members

Arno Schlueter is Professor of Architecture and Building Systems at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) at ETH Zurich, and Principal Investigator at the SEC Future Cities Lab (FCL) in Singapore. In his research and teaching, he and his interdisciplinary team focus on the computational modeling, development and integration of energy and building systems for low carbon buildings and cities, their interactions with design and the human user. He holds a degree (Dipl.Ing.) in architecture from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, a postgraduate degree in computer aided design and a PhD in building systems from ETH Zurich. He currently is Director of Studies of the Master of Integrated Building Systems (MIBS) and member of the Executive Board of the ETH Energy Science Center.

Mutlu Cukurova is an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the UCL Knowledge Lab, University College London. His research investigates the potential of analytics and artificial intelligence solutions to support human learning with a particular focus on the ability to learn “how to learn” and solve problems collaboratively. He aims to address the pressing social-educational challenge of preparing people for a future that will require a great deal more than routine cognitive skills. Mutlu, as an internationally recognised expert, published over 90 articles in top-tier journals (i.e Computers and Education, BJET, IJETHE) and conferences in his field (i.e AIED, LAK, CHI) with 61 Scopus indexed articles in AI in Education providing significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the field. In addition, he is in UNESCO’s international expert group on AI in Education, was the programme co-chair of the International conference of AI in Education in 2020 and the international conference of computer-supported education in 2022, is one of the Editors of the British Journal of Educational Technology and an associate editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. He has an emerging track record of grants as a PI of large-scale projects funded by EPSRC, ESRC and the EU Commission.

Mathilde Marengo is an Australian – French – Italian PhD Architect whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its implications on the future of our planet. Within today’s critical environmental, social and economic framework, she investigates the responsibility of designers in answering these challenges through circular and metabolic design. She is Head of Studies, MaCT Co-director, Faculty and PhD Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. Mathilde develops her research at IAAC’s Advanced Architecture Group (AAG), an interdisciplinary research group investigating emerging technologies of information, interaction and manufacturing for the design and transformation of the cities, buildings and public spaces. Within this context, she investigates, designs and experiments with innovative educational formats based on holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design approaches, oriented towards materialization, within the AAG agenda of redefining the paradigm of design education in the Information and Experience Age. Her investigation is also actuated through her role in several National and EU funded research projects, among these URBiNAT, InnoChain ETN, Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism, BUILD Solutions, Active Public Space, Creative Food Cycles, and more. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Cédric Pruski is senior researcher at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. His research interests are Artificial Intelligence and knowledge representation and reasoning. He received an “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from university Paris-Saclay and a PhD in computer science from both university of Paris-Sud and university of Luxembourg. He is the co-author of more than 70 scientific articles and co-supervised 4 doctoral candidates. He successfully coordinated national and international research projects that have generated many publications in major conferences, patents, peer-reviewed journals of the field Artificial Intelligence and knowledge representation as well as 2 PhD defenses.

Frank Neffke has been the team leader of the Science of Cities group at the Complexity Science Hub since July 2021. Before joining CSH, Frank was the research director of the Growth Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School, USA. Frank’s research focuses on economic transformation and growth. He has written on a variety of topics, such as structural transformation and new growth paths in regional economies, economic complexity, division of labor and teams, the consequences of job displacement and the future of work.

Djordje Stojanovic is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning. He holds a PhD from the University of Belgrade, a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and a Master of Architecture degree from the Architectural Association. He has been RIBA3, and ARB registered architect in the UK since 2001. His work is strongly informed by the experience gained from employment with Zaha Hadid Architects, Ron Arad Associates, ARUP and AKT in London, and mediates between design education, research and practice. He was an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Belgrade, where he taught Design Studios and Research Seminars focusing on the correlation between creative design strategies and emerging design technologies, including digital fabrication and mechatronics. The past Design Studio agendas that he has developed include topics of food production in cities, reconstruction of social housing estates, creation of flexible co-working environments, and development of interior public spaces through public-private partnership models. His research interests include the interaction between architectural design and computation, sensate environments and adaptive buildings. He is interested in advancing the design of public spaces, civic buildings, and housing, and his research output includes creative work and the construction of prototypical models. His architectural practice is published as 4of7 Architecture. He received awards in open international competitions for the design of collective housing projects in Tromsø, Norway (Europan 7); at Stonebridge, West London (Europan 8); and at Bow, East London (the Architecture Foundation).

Bojan Tepavčević is an architect with multi-disciplinary interests ranging from Computer graphics to computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. He is a professor and head of the master’s program “Digital Techniques, Design and Production in Architecture and Urbanism” at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Department of Architecture and Urbanism. He has lectured at the UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand as a visiting professor and held several lectures, courses and workshops internationally. He was a conference chair of the 39th eCAADe international conference in 2021 and a member of many scientific committees. He is the author of many scientific papers in the field of computational design, digital fabrication and advanced modelling strategies in architecture guest editor in scientific journals (Nexus Network Journal, IJAC) Currently, as a part of the research team lead by Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation Department (Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad), Bojan is working on Metacobots, a project funded by Epic MegaGrants. The project aims to train and validate human-to-robot interaction within synthetic environments empowered by runtime simulations.

Defne Sunguroğlu Hensel is an architect and partner in OCEAN Architecture | Environment. She is also the coordinating manager and member of the steering committee of LamoLab Research Centre. She has extensive experience in architecture, urbanization and Environment; green construction; data-driven computational design; information modelling and knowledge-based decision support systems. Her practice work is located at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and ecology. She has previously taught at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and Technical University Munich, and was until 2021university lecturer and researcher at Vienna University of Technology in the Special Research Area of Advanced Computational Design in the context of the Centre for Geometry and Computational Design. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at Technical University Munich in the context of the 2020 FET Open project ECOLOPES where she leads work package 4 on data acquisition and information modelling.

Mirko Raković received his M.Sc. in electrical engineering and computer sciences and his Ph.D. in robotics from the University of Novi Sad. He is an Associate Professor of robotics and mechatronics at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences. He and his group at UNS are currently pursuing research in biped locomotion, human-robot interaction, prioritization framework in the presence of multiple contacts, robotics as assistive technology in CP treatment and application of robotics in architecture. Mirko Raković is a member of the IEEE RAS and IEEE CIS societies, and he serves as a reviewer for several international journals and conferences in the area of robotics and AI systems. Up to now, he has published more than 50 papers in international and national journals and conferences and is involved in several national, bilateral and multilateral international research projects. During his professional career, he worked as a research associate at NTU Singapore and Technikum Vienna and as a visiting professor at SRH Heidelberg. He has been invited to give talks/lectures in robotic and AI schools in Europe, such as the Italian Institute of Technology, Dept. of Advanced Robotics, in March 2016, the University of Heidelberg, IWR Robotics Lab, in February 2016, and University of Lisbon, IST/ISR, in September 2016.