Dr Matthias Berger



Matthias Berger is with the Future Cities Laboratory at the Singapore-ETH Centre since September 2011, where he first worked as a postdoctoral researcher under Prof Gerhard Schmitt’s team and developed the project concept of ‘Cooler Calmer Singapore’. In July 2013 he took the duties of a project coordinator for the Simulation Platform module and became senior researcher.
After the Future Cities Laboratory’s first phase ended in August 2015, Matthias took a sabbatical and re-joined first Prof Schmitt’s chair in Zurich from March to August 2016, than FCL2 in September. Currently he is leading the ‘Cooler Calmer Singapore Impact Project’ and kick-starts the upcoming ‘Cooling Singapore’ initiative, which is a joint endeavour between the Singapore-ETH Centre and other CREATE entities (SMART CENSAM and TUM CREATE) and NUS.

Matthias received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) in 2006. He joined the High Voltage Laboratory of ETH Zurich (2006 – 2011) where his PhD was dedicated to modelling and optimisation of multiple energy carrier systems and integration of distributed energy resources. Matthias has studied history and philosophy of knowledge (2008 – 2011) at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences of ETH Zurich.
His practical experiences include working as a project coordinator for Seed Sustainability (2007 – 2008) as well as R&D at EADS Space Transportation in Bremen and EADS Astrium in Friedrichshafen (both Germany, 2005 – 2006).

His research focus is simulation and visualisation of energy-related issues of urban environments. How anthropogenic heat and noise is interacting with urban form and design is one of the major questions driving him.