July 20–September 2, 2015

HolscherChristoph Hölscher is a psychologist by training and Professor of Cognitive Science at ETH Zürich since 2013, with an emphasis on Applied Cognitive Science. He was previously Assistant Professor at the Cognitive Science Center of the University of Freiburg, Germany. There he was a principal investigator on projects in the SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition, Europe’s largest research center on spatial cognition integrating psychology, cognitive science, computer science, linguistics and GIS. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Freiburg, serves as honorary senior research fellow at UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, and as visiting Professor at Northumbria University Newcastle. The ETH Cognitive Science group is investigating basic and applied questions of complex cognition, i.e., understanding how humans tackle complex tasks in real-world task environments. Such complex tasks range from interaction with computer system to finding one’s way around a large building or urban environment. The group is reaching out to engineers, architects and designers, emphasizing a human-centered perspective on technology and environmental design.

Hölscher held an office at the Center for Spatial Studies until September 2, 2015. While here, he worked on joint wayfinding studies with colleagues in Geography and Psychology, including Virtual Reality and real-world navigation as well as the usage of digital navigation aids.