Prof. Dr. Christoph Hölscher

Principal Investigator

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Friedrichstr. 50, R.03003
79098 Freiburg

+49 (0)761 203-4937


About me

Christoph is a psychologist by training, and since 2013 Professor for Cognitive Science at ETH Zurich. He worked at the Cognitive Science Center of the University of Freiburg, Germany as an assistant & associate level professor from 2003-2013. He is a principal investigator on two projects on architecture and human behavior in the SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition, R6-SpaceGuide and I6-NavTalk. Christoph is an honorary senior research fellow at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture, and a visiting professor at UC Santa Barbara. The overarching applied goal of Christoph’s research is to enable evidence-based design to address building usability requirements and improve our understanding of human spatial cognition.


Wayfinding in Built Environments
Spatial Cognition & Usability Research for Architectural Design
Human Computer Interaction
User Modeling & Personalisation
Information Retrieval & Web Search Behavior

Research Projects

SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition R6-SpaceGuide and I6-NavTalk;
SFB/TR8 Spatial Cognition strategic project SignTrack (Wayfinding, Signage & Agent Modeling in an Airport Scenario)
Industry collaboration project with Frankfurt Airport (FRAPORT) on Eyetracking and Signage
Google Research Award “Wayfinding Cognition & Mobile Maps for Indoor Settings”

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