Rudolf Marcel Fuchslin

Professor of Applied Complex Systems at Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Research Themes

Modeling of complex systems, Mathematical engineering, Evolutionary methods, Biomimetic Systems, Modeling of socio-technical systems, Applied statistical physics, Robotics, Applied Morphological Computing (prosthetics, living technology, systems medicine), Topics at the interface between physics, biology, sociology, and computer science.

Short Bio

Ruedi Füchslin studied theoretical physics at ETH in Zürich, where he graduated with a thesis on incompressible quantum systems at the chair of Prof. Jürg Fröhlich. He then went to the University of Zurich, where he wrote his Ph.D. thesis in the newly established group for computer-assisted physics of Prof. Peter Fritz Meier in the field of superconductivity. During this time, he had the opportunity to act together with Meier as a consultant for the Institute for Forensic Medicine. This experience fostered his interest in biological and medical problems. He had the luck to become a postdoc in Prof. John McCaskill’s group for Biomolecular Information Processing where he investigated molecular ecologies, evolutionary processes and dynamical processes in cells. In 2007, he got the opportunity to spend half a year at the ECLT, where he studied the scaling behavior of dissipative particle dynamics. He then returned to the University of Zurich, where he got a position in Prof. Rolf Pfeifer's Artificial Intelligence Lab. Presently, he holds a position as a professor of applied complex systems science and is heading the group for Applied Complex System Science at the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Physics at the School of Engineering at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). He is a member of the board of ZHAW's Datalab and a co-founder of ZHAW's Digital Health Lab. Also, he is co-director of the European Centre for Living Technology in Venice, Italy. Besides research, he is interested in questions relating to the interplay between natural sciences and the humanities.