Wirz, Martin

Martin Wirz

ETH Zürich
Martin Wirz
Institut f. Elektronik
ETZ H 97
Gloriastrasse 35
8092 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 632 58 29

Martin Wirz studied Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at ETH Zurich. He focused on Ubiquitous Computing and Mobile Communication. In 2008, he finalized his studies with his Master’s thesis „Mobile Social Networking for Enhanced Group Communication“ conducted at Swisscom Strategy & Innovation.

In January 2009, he started his PhD in the Wearable Group at the Electronics Laboratory.

Research Interests

I am involved in the FP7 SOCIONICAL project with the title Complex Socio-Technical System in Ambient Intelligence. My main research focus lies on understanding how mobile technology can be used for crowd management in urban settings for emergency response & crisis management.


I am the project leader of the CoenoSense ( platform. The CoenoSense platform allows to aquire, process and visualize context, activity and location information from potentially hundres of mobile devices simultaneously. The platform can be used for real-time human behavior studies, large-scale urban space monitoring and helps to gain novel insight into social dynamics. CoenoSense has already been used during several city-wide mass gatherings for real-time crowd management. The Video below illustratively shows how CoenoSense could work and may help for crowd management.

Visualization of crowd dynamics during city-wide mass gatherings

We have been using CoenoSense to collect GPS location updates from mobile phones of hundreds of visitors of mass-gatherings. This information was used to obtain a crowd density estimation which was visualized and made available in real-time to event organizers and security personnel.

A report about earlier work and my vision can be found in the ETH Life article Das Handy als Lebensretter.

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Supervisor for the Digitaltechnik course taught by Prof. Tröster.
If you have any question concerning this course, you can write my an e-mail or visit me in my office.


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