Pool of Expertise - Professors from 8 Departments of the ETH Zurich
The ETH Risk Center’s activities are based upon an interdisciplinary approach where a cluster of specialists from contrasting research areas pool their knowledge and experience to develop innovative solutions.
PROF. DR. ANTOINE BOMMIER
Chair of Integrative Risk Management and Economics (D-MTEC)
Founding Member - Former Member of the Steering Committee (2011 - 2013)
Antoine Bommier works on the economic analysis of interdependent risks and risks with long-term consequences. This involves the development of methods to analyze the cost of such risks and to initiate innovative strategies to mitigate them and develop efficient insurance schemes.
PROF. DR. LARS-ERIK CEDERMAN
Chair of International Conflict Research (D-GESS)
Founding Member - Vice-Chairman of the Steering Committee (2012 - mid-2016)
Lars-Erik Cederman’s main interests include computational and spatial modeling of macrohistorical processes featuring conflict, including nationalism, state-formation, integration and disintegration processes, and democratization.
PROF. DR. PAUL EMBRECHTS
Professor of Mathematics (D-MATH)
Founding Member - Member of the Steering Committee (2011 - )
Paul Embrechts studies concepts, techniques and tools of Quantitative Risk Management, applied mainly (but not solely) to the financial industry (insurance and banking). The modeling of extreme events, both in size and interdependence, is a key aspect of the mathematical research carried out at RiskLab.
PROF. DR. HANS GERSBACH
Chair of Macroeconomics: Innovation and Policy (D-MTEC)
Founding Member - 2nd Chairman of the Steering Committee (2013 - 2015)
Hans Gersbach analyzes new designs for the financial architecture and for fiscal and monetary policy-making, to deal with systemic risks. For this purpose, he embeds models of banking, systemic risk, and politics into new macroeconomic models, to examine their possible consequences.
PROF. DR. HANS RUDOLF HEINIMANN
Chair of Land Use Engineering (D-USYS)
Founding Member - First Chairman of the Steering Committee (2011 - 2013)
Hans Rudolf Heinimann’s research interest is the design and continuous improvement of land use systems, including natural hazard disruptions. His recent work emphasizes spatially explicit optimization of land use activities, socio-technical interactions within complex infrastructure systems, and system optimization for resilience.
PROF. DR. HANS JÜRGEN HERRMANN
Chair of Computational Physics (D-BAUG)
Founding Member - Former Member of the Steering Committee (2011 - 2014)
Hans Jürgen Herrmann’s research areas include community structures, the spreading of epidemics or rumors, and the coupling of functional networks such as communication and infrastructure. There, he investigates the dynamics of mutual damage and vulnerability to malicious attacks and random failure.
PROF. DR. MARTIN LARSSON
Professor of Mathematics (D-MATH)
Member since 2016
Martin Larsson's research lies in probability theory and its applications in finance. He is interested in multi-factor arbitrage free models for high-dimensional objects such as the term structure of interest rates as well as forward and futures curves in energy finance. A key focus is analytical and computational tractability, which is crucial for risk analysis.
PROF. DR. WANDA MIMRA
Chair of Risk and Insurance Economics (D-MTEC)
Member since 2012 (Member of the Steering Committee 2016 - )
Wanda Mimra’s research analyzes strategic interaction in markets with risk and asymmetric information with applications in insurance, health, and industrial organization.
PROF. DR. GIOVANNI SANSAVINI
Chair of Reliability and Risk Engineering (D-MAVT)
Member since 2013
Giovanni Sansavini analyzes reliability and risk issues in large-scale interdependent technical networks. He develops hybrid modeling and simulation approaches to quantify reliability and risk indicators and to engineer the safe planning and operations of such critical infrastructures.
PROF. DR. FRANK SCHWEITZER
Chair of Systems Design (D-MTEC)
Frank Schweitzer focuses in part on the emergence of systemic risk resulting from the collective interaction of economic or social agents. His work applies formal concepts to economic and financial networks, as well as to business companies, social organizations, and online communities in cyberspace.
PROF. DR. DIDIER SORNETTE
Chair of Entrepreneurial Risks (D-MTEC)
Didier Sornette researches on the prediction of crises and extreme events in complex systems. Applications include the ex-ante diagnosis of financial bubbles and crashes, earthquake physics and geophysics, the failure of engineered structures, successes in social networks, etc.
PROF. DR. BOZIDAR STOJADINOVIC
Chair of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (D-BAUG)
Member since 2013 - 3rd Chairman of the Steering Committee (2015 - )
Bozidar Stojadinovic works on engineering the seismic risk of inhabited communities. This involves the development of probabilistic performance-based seismic design and evaluation methods applicable to individual structures as well as to interconnected sets of structures and infrastructure.
PROF. DR. BRUNO SUDRET
Chair of Risk, Safety and Uncertainty Quantification (D-BAUG)
Member since 2014
Bruno Sudret works on probabilistic methods for uncertainty quantification in complex engineering and natural systems. He develops advanced algorithms at the boundary between statistics and machine learning to assess the reliability and the optimal robust design of such systems.
PROF. DR. ULRICH ALOIS WEIDMANN
Chair of Traffic Planning and Transport Systems (D-BAUG)
Member since 2015
Ulrich Alois Weidmann works on the mobility demand that is efficient, safe and environmentally friendly. Especially public transportation systems are expected to play a vital role in this. Consequently, its design and operation are challenging tasks.
PROF. DR. STEFAN WIEMER
Chair of Seismology and Director, Swiss Seismological Service (D-ERDW)
Member since 2016
Stefan Wiemer is professor of seismology and heads the Swiss Seismological Service (SED). The SED at ETH Zurich is the federal agency responsible for monitoring earthquakes and assessing the seismic hazard of Switzerland.