The Future of Education

Edition 14

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Thorsten Lomker

Institution: Zayed University Dubai

Address: Academic City

Postal Code: PO 19282

Country: United Arab Emirates

Dr. Lomker is an architect and computer scientist with a keen interest in the meaningful integration of digital processes into the design disciplines. He started his academic career at the Bauhaus-University, where his research dealt with the optimization of designs through the use of numerical methods adopted from Operations Research. He has been a contributor to many national and international research projects and continuously acts as a reviewer for major international conferences, publishers, government bodies and universities that emphasize on the integration of computational design techniques. Dr. Lomker holds an MArch from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hildesheim, Germany, an M.Sc. from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Scotland, and a Ph.D. from Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany.
Dr. Lomker is a Full Professor and Director of the Research Center for Digital Fabrication at the College at Zayed University, UAE, where he teaches in a variety of different programs and researches methods that can further aid and inform the digital design process. He is the initiator of the CACE Fab Lab and the Principal Investigator of the Research Cluster "21st Century Fabrication and Robotics".

In 2017 Zayed University was among five UAE Institutions to receive a €100.000.000 software grant, seeking to advance digital skills in the country to support its economic growth. Following an open call for submissions of compelling ideas that illustrated how universities would use Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, the Ministry of Education selected Dr. Lomker’s proposal to receive the prestigious grant.

Areas of expertise: Architecture, Computational Design, Digital Fabrication, Robotics, Optimization Methods

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