Jérôme KÄMPF


Google Scholar: Jérôme Henri Kämpf
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4248-6788
SCOPUS Author ID: 57195592607
Publications list from 09.2020 with DOI
Publications list at Idiap

Reviewer for: Solar Energy, Applied Energy, Buildings Simulation, Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Building and Environment, Sustainable Cities and Societies
Scientific committee member: BS, BSO, CISBAT, CLIMA, eurosun, FICUP, udmv, SBE, DACH+ Energy Informatics

Currently co-supervising the PhD thesis of: Roberto Boghetti (EPFL), Ivan Poon (NUS)
Co-supervised the PhD thesis of: Josep Bunyesc (2013), Diane Perez (2014), Chantal Basurto Dávila (2014), Silvia Coccolo (2017), and Yujie Wu (2019)
Jury member of the PhD thesis of: Gianpiero Caruso (2012), Thibaut Vermeulen (2014), Antonio Figueiredo (2016), Raphael Nahon (2017), Sara Torabi (2018) and Martin Mosteiro Romero (2020)

Software development

Developed the Urban Energy Simulator CitySim and its Graphical User Interface CitySim Pro
Developed the Graphical User Interface Geronimo for RADIANCE

Short Biography

Jerome trained in physics at the University of Lausanne, University of Kent at Canterbury and Imperial College London. He completed his training with a computer science and a postgraduate degree in teacher education, before doing his PhD at EPFL on the modelling and optimisation of urban energy fluxes. Jerome led for six years a research group at EPFL first in Sustainable Urban Development and then in Urban Systems Simulation, further developing the urban energy simulator CitySim that he initiated during his PhD. From 2016 to 2019, he served as professor of Building Energy Efficiency at the HES-SO in Fribourg. Since the end of 2018, Jerome heads the Energy Informatics group at the Idiap Research Institute. He is the author of 100+ publications in the fields of Urban Physics and Daylighting, serves as expert for the Austrian Research Fund, the French Research Fund, and reviewer for leading peer-reviewed journals in his field, and likewise scientific committee member for international conferences. Last but not least, Jerome is the founder of kaemco LLC, a company distributing the developed tools to practitioners.

From a more personal perspective, back in high school, I was fond of three subjects: Physics, Computer Science and English. I believe I had the best Physics teacher ever, so I decided to study Physical Sciences to teach like him. I had the opportunity to do an ERASMUS during my studies, which I chose to be in England. I enjoyed so much my experience abroad that I did my Master thesis' work in Physics in London. Back to Switzerland, I decided to study the second subject I like most: Computer Science. And finally, did a postgraduate in Education to share my passions. I started teaching in a middle school, and was seeing my life straight leading to retirement. I decided to give it some ups and downs beforehand and did a PhD, ended up doing a post-doc, being group leader, creating a company, being professor and senior research scientist.


PhD, On the Modelling and Optimisation of Urban Energy Fluxes, Prof. Dr Jean-Louis Scartezzini, Prof. Dr Darren Robinson, LESO-PB, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 2009
Master, Teacher Education in Physics and Computer Science, Haute Ecole Pédagogique Lausanne, 2005
Master, Computer Science, University of Lausanne, 2003
Master, Physics, University of Lausanne, 2001
Bachelor, Physics, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, 1999

Past and actual Research Projects at Idiap

European Union (EU)

EnerMaps (2020-now): Open Source Tools to Share, Compare, and Reuse Low-Carbon Energy Data

Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE)

IVECT (2020-now): Impact of greening on the energy balance and thermal comfort of buildings and districts
LUCIDELES (2020-now): Leveraging User-Centric Intelligent Daylight and Electric Lighting for Energy Saving
Eguzki (2020-now): A simulation tool for District Heating Networks based on Artificial Intelligence to quickly assess and predict the performance of looped networks

Swiss Federal Office of Environment (FOEN)

ICU (2019-2021): Urban Heat Islands in the City of Fribourg: identification, anticipation, adaptation and valorization stategies


INNO-SIMPLYHOME (2019-2020): Improving indoor environment, energy consumption and comfort in existing buildings: integrated systems and smart solutions to promote the indoor air quality
INNO-MOBILET (2020-2021): Smart Battery Network


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