Data for the benefit of the patient: Speakers
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SI Evening Talk: Data for the Benefit of the Patient

Tuesday November 29, 2022 17:30-20:00isolutions AG, The Circle 38, 8058 Zurich (Airport) The use of patient data is a controversial topic. The main question is: Why is it so complicated to leverage patient data in order to improve care pathways? Dr. Elke Mittendorf, Data Governance Manager, University Hospital Zurich“How can […]

Informatik-Biber Aufgabe ohne Computer
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Discovering the Basics of Computing with the Informatics Beaver Competition

In 2021, over 36,000 schoolchildren from 479 schools throughout Switzerland participated the Informatics Beaver competition. For the past 12 years, a team of computer scientists and teachers from all over Switzerland has been organizing an online competition that puts the basics of computer science into a story for children and […]

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SI Evening Talks 2022

The SI organises two Evening Talks and invites knowledgeable contributors to discuss hot topics and other timely issues related to IT. It is all about interesting debates, networking and a delicious Apéro to close the evening! SI Evening Talk on the New Swiss Federal Data Protection Act (nFDPA): Application and […]

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The Curious Case of Software Documentation

Many programmers share the viewpoint “code is documentation enough” and do not invest time and effort into documenting their code. However, absent software documentation often is a sign of cognitive biases and poor management practices, rather than source code clarity. In turn, such attitude leads to an increase of cognitive […]

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New SI Board Members Elected

On its general assembly of May 12, 2022, the Swiss Informatics Society SI has elected/re-elected its board and president for a two-year term (2022-2024).   Francis Baud has been re-elected as president of SI. Nora Sleumer and Iris Zeyda have been elected as new SI Board members. The board members […]

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SI General Assembly 2022

On May 12, 2022, SI has held its annual general assembly.     The main topics were: –  The election/re-election of the president and the SI Board, –  The legally required topics (such as the annual reports by the president and the treasurer, discharge of the board and approving the […]

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Helmut & Heide Balzert Award

Helmut and Heide Balzert have endowed an award for outstanding contributions to the teaching of Informatics. The award is sponsored by the German Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI), in cooperation with the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and the Swiss Informatics Society (SI). The goal of the award is to promote and […]

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SITC 2022 Held Successfully

    The SITC 2022 on the topic of IT Education in Switzerland was held successfully on March 10, 2022 in the Aula Magna of the University of Fribourg. The Swiss IT Congress (SITC) is a yearly symposium organized by the Swiss Informatics Society SI for its members. The goal of […]

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The Trust Shifts

Everyone seems to agree that digital transformation has a trust problem, but few try to look behind the curtain: What is the nature of the problem? Trust is one of those concepts that can endlessly be discussed without any conclusions or impact. Like freedom. The analysis of language practice tells […]

A stage for women in IT
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A Stage for Women in IT

  In the scope of the initiative www.it-feuer.ch the Swiss Informatics Society (SI) publishes portraits of women in IT from June to December 2021. SI has been looking for female role models and found many women who have made their way into IT even if IT is still a men’s […]

Marianne Gutknecht
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SI Feuer – Marianne Gutknecht

. Marianne Gutknecht Senior Business Engineer und Leiterin SVV Auswertestelle Bedag Jahrgang: 1960 2 Kinder Werdegang: Banklehre, Fernstudium Neues Gymnasium Zürich (EDV-Analytikerin), Managementschule BPHI Bern, Ausbildung Junior System Analyst Prime, spezifische Weiterbildungen Datenbanken (u.A. Lehrveranstaltungen relationale DB, C.A. Zehnder/ETH), Prime Computer Boston (OS), objektorientierte Programmierung uvm. Wie sind Sie in […]

Sofija Hotomski
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IT Fire – Sofija Hotomski

.   Sofija Hotomski Senior Requirements Engineer Born: 1987 1 child „Do not go into IT just to fix the strange statistic. Nothing is wrong with you if you are not excited about IT. But if you are interested in learning about IT and someday working in the IT sector, […]

Lisa Gaedke Merzhäuser
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IT Feuer – Lisa Gaedke-Merzhäuser

.   Lisa Gaedke-Merzhäuser Doktorandin an der Fakultät für Informatik, Università della Svizzera italiana Alter: 28 „Ich glaube, dass eine Gesellschaft nur wirklich gleichberechtigt sein kann, wenn sie gleichermaßen von allen mitgestaltet wird.“ Werdegang: Studium der Mathematik (Bachelor + Master)   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war […]

Pallavi Kanchna Vinay Gopal
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IT Fire – Pallavi Kanchana Vinay Gopal

.   Pallavi Kanchana Vinay Gopal ICT Architect Born: 1984 2 children „Don’t ever sit in your comfort zone and lock yourself away from challenges because you think you are not good enough. Instead, in every phase of life, try, fail and learn. Then automatically one point you will learn […]

Jolanda Kaufmann
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IT Feuer – Jolanda Kaufmann

.   Jolanda Kaufmann Produktmanagerin SAP-Themen Alter: 57 keine Kinder „Die Informatik ist immer in Bewegung, laufend neue Herausforderungen – es bleibt spannend und ist herausfordernd – und viele attraktive Themen warten auf Dich!“ Werdegang: Kaufmannische Grundausbildung, dann in IT (Aufbau IT, PCs, Netzwerk, Datenbanken), dann Projektleiterin mit Einführung SAP-FI/HR, […]

Dörte Ulrich
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IT Feuer – Dörte Ulrich

.   Dörte Ulrich Scrum Master (Scrum ist ein Vorgehensmodell des Projekt- und Produktmanagements, insbesondere zur agilen Softwareentwicklung, Quelle: Wikipedia) Alter: 52 keine Kinder „Arbeiten in der IT ist vielfältig, kreativ und spannend — und sicher nicht nur eine Männerdomäne.“ Werdegang: Studium Saatgutwirtschaft, Landwirtschaftliche Betriebswirtschaft, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und CAS Leadership, […]

Nevana Lazarevic
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IT Fire – Nevena Lazarevic

.   Nevena Lazarevic Data Scientist Born: 1987 1 child „Audaces fortuna iuvat  — Fortune helps the brave.“ Education/career: Bachelor in Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Belgrade, Serbia; Master in Informatics at University Paris-Est Marne la Vallée. France; PhD in Computer Science at University of Bern, Switzerland. Teaching […]

Corina Winkler
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IT Feuer – Corina Winkler

.   Corina Winkler Verantwortliche IT & Digitalisierung, cedac AG Alter: 49 keine Kinder „IT ist ein lebenslanges Tummelfeld für engagierte & kreative Köpfe. Das Schöne an IT ist, dass man sich kontinuierlich weiterentwickeln und Neues entdecken kann und man als Schnittstelle zu den Fachbereichen am Puls des Geschehens ist.“ […]

Haya Shulman
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Video Journal: SWISS DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020 – Part 5

The Swiss Digital Summit was created with the goal of informing the public of trends and new achievements in IT. Researchers from all over the world present their research in a language to be understood by the public in general, while keeping the scientific depth at the highest academic level. […]

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SITC 2022

    The SITC 2022 on the topic of IT Education in Switzerland will be held on March 10, 2022 in the Aula Magna of the University of Fribourg. The Swiss IT Congress (SITC), formerly known as the Swiss Digital Summit (SDS), is a yearly symposium organized by the Swiss […]

Nataliia Stulova
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IT Fire – Nataliia Stulova

.   Nataliia Stulova Senior Researcher, Software Composition Group, University of Bern Born: 1991 One godson and two cats “The question to ask yourself is not if you can do it, the question is how you do it.” Education/career: Fully academic career, with BSc in Systems Analysis (Ukraine) followed by […]

Angelika Bieri Bürki
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IT Feuer – Angelika Bieri Bürki

.   Angelika Bieri Bürki Product Owner Change- and Releasemanagement Alter: 57 keine Kinder “Informatik ist nicht nur für Nerds, sondern bietet eine breite Palette spannender Tätigkeiten.” Werdegang: ursprünglich Berufslehre in der Gastronomie, im Alter von 20 Jahren Wechsel in die Informatik als Quereinsteigerin: Datatypistin, System- und Network Operatrice, diplomierte […]

Priska Altorfer
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IT Feuer – Priska Altorfer

.   Priska Altorfer Geschäftsführerin und Unternehmerin Alter: 54 5 Kinder   Werdegang: Beginn als Import/Export Angestellte am Flughafen Zürich. Wechsel in den internationalen Rohstoffhandel. Positionen als Händlerin in unterschiedlichen Bereichen (Mineralöl, Stahl und Rohbaumwolle) und Aufenthalte in verschiedenen Ländern wie USA/Brasillien/Ägypten/Taiwan. Wechsel in die Informatik und Gründung des eigenen […]

Monika Stengl
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IT Feuer – Monika Stengl

.   Monika Stengl Expert Data, Analytics & AI Engineer Jahrgang: 1960 2 Kinder „Wenn du neugierig bist, probier’s und lass dich überraschen, denn IT ist so viel mehr als Programmieren, und es macht richtig Spass. Es ist wichtig, dass wir Frauen die IT mitprägen.“ Werdegang: MSc Biochemistry ETHZ, Software […]

Mélodie Pellet
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IT tout feu tout flamme – Mélodie Pellet

.   Mélodie Pellet Développeuse d’applications Âge: 25 Pas d’enfants »Pas besoin d’avoir de connaissance préalable pour aller en filière informatique.« Carrière: Je crée et améliore des applications web au sein d’une équipe.   Comment êtes-vous arrivée dans la branche informatique? Quelle a été votre première expérience avec l’informatique? Lorsque […]

Martina Amacker
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IT Feuer – Martina Amacker

.   Martina Amacker Data Warehouse Engineer Alter: 38 2 Kinder „In der IT verbergen sich viele Aspekte: Sozialkompetenz, Pädagogik, sprachliches Talent, Kreativität, Technik, Mathematik, etc. Wer gern etwas Neues lernt und wissbegierig ist, fühlt sich hier wohl.“ Werdegang: Studium VWL und Statistik, IT Quereinsteigerin   Wie sind Sie in […]

Annett Laube
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IT Feuer – Annett Laube-Rosenpflanzer

.   Annett Laube-Rosenpflanzer Professorin & Leiterin des Instituts of Data Applications and Security der BFH Kinder: ja „Überlasst die Technik nicht den Jungs!“ Werdegang: Studium der Informatik an der TU Dresden, dann verschiedenen Positionen in Entwicklung, Beratung und Forschung in Deutschland, Kanada, Frankreich und der Schweiz   Wie sind […]

Susanne Wenger
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IT Feuer – Susanne Wenger

.   Susanne Wenger IT Consultant bei CSI Consulting AG Jahrgang: 1979 „Sei unvoreingenommen und neugierig.“ Werdegang: Math.-Nat. Gymnasium Neufeld, Informatik-Studium Universität Bern, MBA Open University   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit IT?   Wann wie und warum haben Sie dann Feuer […]

Nadine Jaun
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IT Feuer – Nadine Jaun

.   Nadine Jaun Senior Projektmanagerin Alter: 44 Keine Kinder   Werdegang: Gelernte Technische Zeichnerin, via Bürofach und Handelsdiplom als Software Entwicklerin in die Informatik eingestiegen.   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit IT?   Wann wie und warum haben Sie dann Feuer […]

Daniel Stoller Schai
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Video Journal: SWISS DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020 – Part 4

The Swiss Digital Summit was created with the goal of informing the public of trends and new achievements in IT. Researchers from all over the world present their research in a language to be understood by the public in general, while keeping the scientific depth at the highest academic level. […]

Bertrand Meyer
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Video Journal: SWISS DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020 – Part 3

The Swiss Digital Summit was created with the goal of informing the public of trends and new achievements in IT. Researchers from all over the world present their research in a language to be understood by the public in general, while keeping the scientific depth at the highest academic level. […]

Andreia Faria Carvalho
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La fiamma IT – Andreia Faria Carvalho

.   Andreia Faria Carvalho Software Engineer Éta: 26 Figli: no «Inseguire i propri obiettivi». Esperienza professionale: Durante i miei studi, ho avuto modo di svolgere qualche stage come sviluppatrice, in Svizzera e all’estero. Appena concluso con gli studi, ho iniziato la mia esperienza come ingegnere di software, lavoro che […]

Andrea Egli
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IT Feuer – Andrea Egli

.   Andrea Egli Testmanagerin Jahrgang: 1988 Keine Kinder „Egal welchen Weg ihr wählt, mit genügend Neugier und Ausdauer könnt ihr alles werden, was ihr wollt.“ Werdegang: BSc Biotechnologie ZFH, MAS Informatik ZFH   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit IT? Wann wie […]

Irene Susanna Bucher
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IT Feuer – Irene Susanna Bucher

.   Irene Susanna Bucher Testautomation Engineer/Quality Engineer Alter: 53 „Just do it!“ Werdegang: Master in Informatik, Software Developer, Projektleiterin, Produktverantwortliche, SPOC für einen Kanton für bestimmte Informatikbereiche, Aufbau Qualitätssicherung, Testmanagerin, Quality Engineer und Testautomation Engineer   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit […]

Katarzyna Wac
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IT Fire – Katarzyna Wac

.   Katarzyna Wac Full Professor of Computer Science Born: 1978 No children “There is nothing you can do wrong. Just follow your passion. The rest will arrange itself.” Education/career: MSc BSc in CS (2003, Poland), MSc in Telematics (2004, the Netherlands), PhD in Information Systems (2009, Switzerland), Since 2010 […]

Milica Markovic
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IT Feuer – Milica Markovic

.   Milica Markovic Software-Ingenierin Jahrgang: 1984 keine Kinder „Die IT Welt ist bunt und hat viel zu bieten – sei mutig und tauche ein!“ Werdegang: Einem Studium in Molekularbiologie und Promotion in Neurobiologie folgte ein Nachdiplomstudium (MAS) in Informatik an der ZHAW.   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche […]

Regula Meier
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IT Feuer – Regula Meier

.   Regula Meier Senior Solution Engineer Jahrgang: 1969 „IT ist nicht nur für Jungs oder Nerds, und Sozialkompetenz ist auch in der IT wichtig!“ Werdegang: BV (analog KV jedoch beim Kanton), Trainee-Ausbildungsprogramm bei der Bedag, Projektleiterin mit eidg. FA, CAS Enterprise Application Development Java EE, Diverse Weiterbildungen: Hermes Advanced, […]

Myriam Fischer
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IT Feuer – Myriam Fischer

.   Myriam Fischer Software Engineer III Jahrgang: 1978 2 Kinder „Alles ist lernbar in der Informatik!“ Werdegang: WMB (Wirtschaftsmittelschule der Stadt Bern) (3 Jahre), Kaufmännische Berufsmatura Bern (1 Jahr) anschliessendes KV Praktikum (1 Jahr), Informatik Ing. FH Vertiefungsrichtung Wirtschaftsinformatik an der HTI Biel (4 Jahre – inkl. 1 Jahr […]

Somala Imhof
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IT Feuer – Somala Imhof

.   Somala Imhof Professional Identity Access Management (IAM) Engineer Alter: 41 2 Kinder „Welchen Beruf ihr euch aussucht, lasst euch nicht entmutigen.“ Werdegang: Wirtschaftsinformatik Universität Zürich, 12 Jahre Berufserfahrung inkl. 5 Jahre Spezialisierung im Bereich Identity Access Management   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre […]

Fiona Duffy
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IT Feuer – Fiona Duffy

.   Fiona Duffy Network Engineer Alter: 45 1 Kind „Folge deiner Leidenschaft und hab Spass.“ Werdegang: Hochbauzeichnerlehre, 1997 Quereinstieg in die Informatik, seither kontinuierlich   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit IT? Wann wie und warum haben Sie dann Feuer gefangen? Vergleichsweise […]

Swiss IT Congress 2021 moved to March 10, 2022
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SITC 2021

The Swiss IT Congress (SITC), formerly known as the Swiss Digital Summit (SDS), is a yearly symposium organized by the Swiss Informatics Society SI. The goal of the SITC is to inform about trends and recent achievements in Informatics research. It aims at presenting topics with scientific depth in a […]

Edy Portmann
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Video Journal: SWISS DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020 – Part 2

The Swiss Digital Summit was created with the goal of informing the public of trends and new achievements in IT. Researchers from all over the world present their research in a language to be understood by the public in general, while keeping the scientific depth at the highest academic level. […]

Joachim Buhmann
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Video Journal: SWISS DIGITAL SUMMIT 2020 – Part 1

The Swiss Digital Summit was created with the goal of informing the public of trends and new achievements in IT. Researchers from all over the world present their research in a language to be understood by the public in general, while keeping the scientific depth at the highest academic level. […]

Ueli Maurer
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Video Journal: SWISS CYBER SECURITY DAYS – SCSD 2021 – Part 3

Here is Part 3 of our trilogy with the following speakers of the SCSD 2021 : Miriam Rickli, Miram Rickli GmbH, Moderator, as from 0:10 Thomas Liechti, mount10, as from 0:48 Wandrille Kraft, DFIR Manager, Lexfo, Résponse à incident, as from 04:33 Jonas Schneiter, Moderator à la Française, as from […]

Swiss Cybersecurity Technology Startup Map
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Video Journal: SWISS CYBER SECURITY DAYS – SCSD 2021 – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of our trilogy with the following speakers of the SCSD 2021 : Doris Fiala, Nationalrätin und Präsidentin SCSD, as from 0:11 Jonas Schneiter, Moderator à la Française, as from 0:56 André Duvillard, National Security Network, as from 1:05 Brett Williams, US Airforce General, ret., CyberPeace Institute, […]

Swiss Cyber Security Days 2021
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Video Journal: SWISS CYBER SECURITY DAYS – SCSD 2021

The SCSDs were one of the most important meetings regarding Cyber Security in Switzerland in 2021. Here, leading personalities from business, education, transport, health, energy, space and the military world met in virtual space. Although mostly three presentations took place at the same time, you can see here an attempt […]

Sharol Süess-O’Reggio
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IT Fire – Sharol Süess-O’Reggio

.   Sharol Süess-O’Reggio Product Owner Born: 1961 Children: yes “You are in charge of designing your life. Your circumstances are your raw materials. They will to an extent impact the path you take. Some of them can be controlled or influenced. Others are like gravity – they are a […]

Carolin Baumgartner
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IT Feuer – Carolin Baumgartner

.   Carolin Baumgartner Sicherheitsbeauftragte der Steuerverwaltung des Kantons Bern, Dozentin UniFr Jahrgang: 1981 Ein Kind „Einfach machen 😊.“ Werdegang: Gymnasium in Berlin · Informatikstudium Uni Bern · Dr. in Informatik Uni Fribourg   Wie sind Sie in die IT-Branche gekommen? Welches war Ihre erste Begegnung mit IT?   Wann, […]

Monica Landoni
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IT Fire – Monica Landoni

.   Monica Landoni Senior Researcher at Università della Svizzera Italiana Born: 1964 Children: Two girls “Choose what makes you excited and challenges you. You can make the difference!” Education/Career: Bachelor in Informatics from University of Milan · PhD in Computing and Information Sciences from Strathclyde University, UK How did […]

Ulrike Glavitsch
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IT Feuer – Ulrike Glavitsch

.   Ulrike Glavitsch CTO in eigener Startup-Firma Alter: 58 Keine Kinder „Die IT ist vielfältig, interdisziplinär und bietet viele Berufsmöglichkeiten.“ Werdegang: Dipl. Inf.-Ing. ETH · Master of Science, Stanford Unversity, USA · Seit mehr als 30 Jahren in der Software-Entwicklung und der angewandten Forschung tätig.   Wie sind Sie […]

Nathalie Aeby
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IT Feuer – Nathalie Aeby

.   Nathalie Aeby ICT System-Ingenieurin Alter: 21 Keine Kinder „Informatik ist so ein grosser Bereich, da ist für jede und jeden etwas dabei.“ Werdegang: 2016-2020 Lehre als Informatikerin Fachrichtung Systemtechnik beim BIT, ab 2020 berufsbegleitend Bachelor of Science in Informatik, ab 2020 ICT System-Ingenieurin beim BIT.   Wie sind […]

Nora Sailer
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IT-Feuer – Nora Sailer

.   Nora Sailer Firmeninhaberin, Softwareentwicklerin Alter: 53 Keine Kinder „Stelle dir vor, wie du dich in Zukunft fühlst, wenn du am Morgen aufstehst und dir den Arbeitstag vorstellst. Fühlt es sich zäh an? Lass die Finger davon, denn du wirst vermutlich viele Jahre mit diesem zähen Gefühl verbringen müssen. […]

Katja Schibler
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IT Feuer – Katja Schibler

.   Katja Schibler Beruf: IT Projektleiterin Alter: 49 Kinder: Zwei Mädchen „Informatik ist mehr als 0 und 1, es ist die Grundlage für trendige Produkte und Dienstleistungen im heutigen Alltag, in welchen du deine Ideen einfliessen lassen kannst. Dabei ist die Zusammenarbeit und die Kommunikation in einem Team von […]

Claudia Stucki
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IT Feuer – Claudia Stucki

.   Claudia Stucki IT Systemspezialistin an der ETH Zürich Alter: 38 Keine Kinder „Die spannendsten Sehenswürdigkeiten befinden sich meist nicht neben dem Bahnhof. Orientiert euch und geht auch in eine Richtung, die nicht jeder auf seinem Stadtplan angezeigt bekommt.“ Werdegang: Lehre als Informatikerin bei der Swisscom Rapperswil, Brainstore Biel, […]

Barbara Weber
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IT Feuer – Barbara Weber

.   Barbara Weber Professorin und Dekanin an der Universität St. Gallen Alter: 44 „Informatik ist extrem vielseitig, stiftet grossen Nutzen und macht wahnsinnig viel Spass.“ Werdegang: Barbara Weber hat an der Universität Innsbruck promoviert und als erste Frau dort in Informatik habilitiert. Sie war zunächst in Innsbruck Assistenzprofessorin und […]

Arianna Blasi
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IT Fire – Arianna Blasi

.   Arianna Blasi Research Assistant at Università della Svizzera Italiana Born: 1993 “May your curiosity be stronger than your fears. I believe no human being is fearless, and no life choice is easy. But passion and grit can lead your way through it all.” How did you get into […]

Andrea Kennel
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IT Feuer – Andrea Kennel

.   Andrea Kennel Unternehmerin und Dozentin Alter: 57 Kinder: Ein Sohn „Informatik ist kommunikativ, kreativ und hilft die Zukunft zu gestalten. Hilf mit und engagiere Dich in einem der vielen Informatikbereiche.“ Werdegang: Studium und Dissertation in Informatik an der ETH, viele Jahre Beraterin im Bereich Datenbanken, seit 2005 mit […]

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Save the date: SDS 2021

UPDATE: This event has been moved to November 4, 2021 under a new name: Swiss IT Congress. The Swiss Digital Summit (SDS) is a yearly symposium organized by the Swiss Informatics Society SI. The goal of the SDS is to inform about trends and recent achievements in Informatics research. It aims […]

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The Art of the Blockchain

The acronym NTF stands for non-fungible token is one that is crossing boundaries in the digital world. An NTF is a unit of data stored on a blockchain so that it certifies as unique and non-interchangeable digital asset. Although, NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio […]

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Become a Member of SI

https://swissinformatics.org/membership/registration Networking As an SI member, you are part of a respected and active network of computer scientists and  IT professionals. As a member of SI you are able to join  one or more of the SI Special Interest Groups (SIG). Events Members receive invitations to SI’s Swiss Digital Summit Members receive invitations events organised by SI […]

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How to Deploy Big Data and AI in Business

Quick wins, substantial wins, and big wins in big data and AI deployment follow different patterns of identification and implementation. Knowing these patterns makes it easier to perform a proper expectation management. Quick wins Quick wins with big data and/or AI re not as quick as people expect. Usually it […]

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Abstracting Digital Documents to Think about Cultural Preservation

The textual scholar and literary critic Jerome McGann begins his most recent book with the following: “Here is surely a truth now universally acknowledged: that the whole of our cultural inheritance has to be recurated and reedited in digital forms and institutional structures.”[1] McGann emphasizes the enormous consequences of this […]

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SI participates in the IT Fire Initiative

The SI Board has decided on 31 March 2021 to participate in the IT-Fire initiative (IT-Feuer / IT tout feu tout flamme / La fiamma IT). IT-Fire aims to motivate girls to pursue a career in IT. Various organisations such as companies, universities and associations will organize events or prepare […]

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Facial Recognition: Statement of the SI Expert Group “Informatics & Society”

As the SI’s specialist group “Informatics and Society“, we recommend banning facial recognition with the potential for mass surveillance in public spaces. Not only because of the known and in many places described shortcomings of the technology (discrimination, false recognition), but especially because of the inhibiting effects on democratic processes […]

Malte Helmert
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Malte Helmert of SGAICO recognised as AAAI Fellow

Each year, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) recognizes a small number of fellows for their unusual distinction in the profession and for their sustained contributions to the field for a decade or more. On behalf of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the […]

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Dangerous mathematics?

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our society. They automate human thought and decision processes with the help of mathematical formulas. But how rational are these data-based decisions? And how do we distinguish useful from dangerous algorithms? The topic of “artificial intelligence” divides society. Some see it as a great opportunity, others […]

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Record participation in the Swiss IT Biber Competition

Launched in Lithuania in 2003 by Prof. Valentina Dagienė of Vilnius University, the BEBRAS competition aims to get children and young people excited about computer science and promote computational thinking. Worldwide, nearly 3 million students from 54 countries participated in the competition in 2019. From the pool of tasks designed […]

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Fresh successes at the First Lego League

The two Chur teams “i-Girls” and “Fluffy” qualify for the final of the best teams from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at the regional championship of the First Lego League. The “i-Girls” and “Fluffy”, both teams sponsored by a cooperation of ETH Zurich and PH Graubünden, prevailed at the Chur regional […]

Swiss Digital Finance Conference
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The Swiss Digital Finance Conference!

Since 2016, the Swiss Informatics Society has been co-organizing the Swiss Digital Finance Conference at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) as part of a partnership. Prof. Dr. Georges Grivas from the HSLU is responsible for the management of the conference. He is lecturer and head of […]

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Digital sovereignty for a secure future in the cyber age

Digital sovereignty is increasingly recognized as a success factor in the cyber-dominated age. The pandemic makes us very aware of the opportunities and, at the same time, the extreme dependence on IT technologies. As a spokesperson for the GI Economic Advisory Board, I hold discussions with IT experts from business, […]

Privacy Security Winter
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Safety. Relevant. Software. Secure Coding. CyberSecurity-Resilienz

The digitization of processes in all industries and in administration is progressing with great momentum. New opportunities, new processes, new dependencies, new risks are constantly emerging. Old things are becoming obsolete and the dynamic “state of the art” is becoming increasingly relevant and challenging. This has led and continues to […]

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Two Key Learnings from the Health Crisis

Covid-19 is strongly entangled with digital transformation, both in positive and negative ways. On the one hand, Covid-19 has boosted online formats in business, healthcare, education and even in government. On the other hand, Covid-19 has highlighted the missing capabilities in inter- and intra-organization information management. Both ICT application areas […]

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Voeux de fin d’année! Frohe Feiertage! Season’s Greetings!

Dear members, dear colleagues, At the end of the year, I was keen to look back on the highlights of the Swiss IT landscape. The first global event was the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. If this virus has unfortunately had negative effects on the population in terms of health, it has also […]

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Documenting and Preserving Heritage Creatively

News Digital Heritage SIG In 2018, the Digital Heritage SIG organised an exhibition with the Zurich artist Peter Grenacher focusing on his research with the Ishango Bone, which was presented in the ETH Zurich and seen by several hundreds visitors. In the same vane, the Digital Heritage SIG in collaboration […]

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Worlddidac Award 2020: Interview with Regula Lacher and Jacqueline Staub

For a short time now, the subject of computer science has been integrated into everyday school life. Teaching the informatics way of thinking as the task of this new school subject is the goal of the ETH Zurich Training and Advisory Center, ABZ. The focus of the lessons is on […]

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GI-Dissertationspreis 2020: Neuer Algorithmus für “Problem des Handlungsreisenden”

Für seine herausragende Doktorarbeit zum mathematischen Problem des Handlungsreisenden erhält Jakub Tarnawski den Dissertationspreis der Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) Berlin, 30. September 2020 – Dr. Jakub Tarnawski erhält den mit 5.000 Euro dotierten GI-Dissertationspreis, eine gemeinsame Auszeichnung der Schweizer Informatik Gesellschaft (SI), der Österreichischen Computergesellschaft (OCG) und der Gesellschaft […]

Privacy Security Herbst
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Corona- und Digitalisierungs-Challenge als das «Neue Normale»

Die Planung und Umsetzung der Transformation / Digitalisierung sollte ein vom Management gesteuerter und vom mittleren Management aktiv unterstützter Prozess sein. Das bzw. der diesbezügliche Reifegrad der Digitalisierung der Organisationen wurde speziell in den letzten Monaten ersichtlich und auch noch kommender Zeit weiterhin stark (heraus)gefordert in technologischer und organisatorischer Hinsicht. […]

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GongPong.SAT: Developing Realtime Android Apps

The application underlying this case study is at the core of an award-winning concept of a distributed multi-player performance called Music for Gongs and Satellites. In short, the vision aims at turning commercially available mobile phones into devices for coordinating a group of performers who are acting as a distributed mass. […]

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Editorial for the autumn issue 2020

Dear SI members, Dear SIDM readers, The spotlight of this issue of Swiss Digital Magazine features two articles on hot topics, albeit seemingly independent of each other. The first of the two spotlight articles explores the question of why computer science should become an obligatory subject in compulsory schooling, i.e. […]

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NEUROGRAPHY

Somehow you recognize faces. And somehow old masters. But somehow it’s also a bit scary. The images are part of Mario Klingemann’s video work 79530 Selfportraits, in which the artist trained a neural network exclusively with portraits of old masters. The artificial intelligence, which “sees” with the help of a […]

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A Look into the Future

This article covers present issues around the ICT professions. Paradigms of the past are compared to those emerging at present and the road forward is described as one that involves letting go of former and well supported beliefs and embracing new while at the same time unsure developments in both […]

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SI In Review: A Report

The Swiss Informatics Society (SI) faced several challenges in the past year. Some of them were mastered very successfully; while others remain a burden to the future. All though the Covid-19 crisis and the certification business provided SI with real challenges, there was significant growth in other areas of operation […]

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Swiss Digital Summit 2020

About the Swiss Digital Summit 2020 The Swiss Informatics association SI promotes information technology, “in Switzerland in research and in practice. With a membership of almost 2000 individuals and collectives the SI is the largest association for IT professionalism in Switzerland. Topics relevant to society such as Green IT and […]

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SI General Assembly 2020

Due to the present restraints on the number of persons that are permitted to assemble is limited, and due to the possibility that this number could change in the near future, this year’s General Assembly will take place as a contactless and as presence event. In this way, SI members […]

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Cloud Software als Innovationstreiber in ICK-Unternehmen

The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is one of the largest industries in Switzerland. The driving force behind this sustained growth is the digital transformation. It is constantly creating new trends that can be used to further optimize and expand business. The rule here is that whoever implements the […]

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Interview in Computerworld: Gemeinsam nach oben!

Fortbildung, Quereinstieg, Lebenslanges Lernen Wie behebt man den Fachkräftemangel? Fachleute aus den Bereichen IT, HR und Bildung wissen es: durch Weiterbildung des Teams und die Rekrutierung von Quereinsteigern. Aber wie motiviert man Mitarbeitende, sich auf dem Laufenden zu halten, wenn sie ohnehin benötigt werden? Eine mögliche Lösung könnte die Initiative […]

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SwissCovid App – viele Stärken, einige Schwächen

Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hat zehn Kriterien zur Beurteilung von Contact Tracing Apps vorgelegt. Sechs dieser Kriterien werden von der SwissCovid App erfüllt, vier werden teilweise erfüllt. Die Grafik fasst die Bewertung anhand der CCC-Kriterien zusammen. Sie zeigt, dass sich die Entwickler der App erfolgreich Mühe gegeben haben, die […]

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Homo Informaticus or Informatics as Integral to Human Culture Since Ever

Why to teach computer science (informatics) as a mandatory subject in schools? Why is it not sufficient to limit computer science education to specialists developing the information technology? The short answers are: The computer scientist way of thinking is a natural part of human way of thinking, and it has […]

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More Classic Problems

The History Of Lateral Thinking Historically, the term „Lateral Thinking“ was first used in 1967 by Edward de Bono. According to Wikipedia, de Bono was using the anecdote where King Solomon resolves a dispute over the parentage of a child by calling for the child to be cut in half, […]

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Video Journal: Digital Arts & Computer Science

Während einer Veranstaltung der SI im Jahr 2019 hatte der Präsident der Multimedia Fachgruppe, Fredy Schwyter, die Gelegenheit wahrgenommen, mit einer Reihe von Teilnehmern zu sprechen. In diesem Interview hören wir Anna Kälin und Julia Schicker.  

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WebConferencing: Einfach loslegen bis systemisch angehen

1 Einleitung «Einen Artikel über WebConferencing? Braucht es das? Einloggen, Mikrofon und Kamera freischalten und loslegen! Völlig einfach. Da braucht es doch keine Anleitung und schon gar keinen eigenen Artikel in einem Fachmagazin.» Stimmt, wenn man einfach mal loslegen will, dann reichen die drei Schritte. Wenn man eine neue Lern- […]

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Blogroll: Digital Collaboration

Digital collaboration implies the simultaneous work of 2 or more people at different locations and on a common task. For this purpose there are an increasing number of creative and exciting tools and technologies available. However, digital collaboration also takes place between one person and various intelligent systems and assistants: […]

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BlogRoll: Digital Learning

About Digital learning is on the threshold of a new level. Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, an acute need for digital learning formats for the global upskilling challenge as well as better bandwidths and innovative new didactic ideas are the foundations for a new learning culture in companies, organizations and educational […]

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Every Crisis is a Chance

Dear Members We hope this letter finds you and your family well and  SI would also like to assure all of our members that SI has taken measures so that the association continues with its duties towards its members and is continuing its work for the IT community in Switzerland in […]

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Swiss IFIP Committee Seeks Applications

The Swiss IFIP Committee seeks applications for Swiss representatives in the following IFIP Technical Committees: – TC 8  (Information Systems) – TC 9  (ICT and Society) – TC 10 (Computer Systems Technology) Please find details about IFIP, its Technical Committees and the open positions below. If you are interested, please […]

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Rückgrat und Steigbügel des Homeoffice und Digitalisierung

Resiliente und sichere Hybrid-Cloud: Rückgrat und Steigbügel des Homeoffice und Digitalisierung – speziell auch in Corona-Phase An Diskussionen, in den Medien oder in Digitalisierungs-Projekten wird viel von «Cloud» gesprochen, von App- und Daten-Clouds, auf die alle von überall aus, immer verfügbar und möglichst sicher Zugriff haben. Aber niemand fragt nach […]

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The birth of the new Business Informatics Division

Professor Dr. Edy Portmann and his research team are in the process of establishing a new special interest group in the field of computer science. Parallel to this, a new special interest group “Business Informatics” is also to be created. In an interview with Fredy Schwyter, he answers questions about […]