New President

Jürg Gutknecht

Jürg Gutknecht's professional career in Computing started in 1968 in industry with a position in the real-time system programming group at Swissair. From 1970 and while being employed by IBM as a working student, Jürg Gutknecht studied Mathematics at the ETH Zurich, from which he graduated in 1977 with a PhD in Mathematics. Gutknecht joined Niklaus Wirth's Lilith/ Modula personal computing research team in 1981 and, in 1985, after a sabbatical stay at the Xerox-PARC Research Laboratory in California, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the ETH. Then, together with Wirth, he developed Modula-2 system software and created the Oberon programming language and system, followed by several evolutions with a focus on component-based software design and concurrency. Jürg Gutknecht's research interests are in the area of programming languages, compilers and runtime platforms, with an emphasis on lean systems. He is currently involved in projects aiming at holistic systems design, including application-aware chip design based on programmable hardware technology. Prof. Gutknecht is the head of the Native Systems research group at the Computer Science department of ETH Zürich. He was Studies Delegate from 1991 until 1994 and head of department from 2006 until 2010.

Past President

Bernhard Hämmerli

Prof. Bernhard Hämmerli ist Geschäftsführer von Acris GmbH und Professor für Informationssicherheit und Datennetzwerke an der HTA Luzern.

Er ist Herausgeber des Europäischen Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Newsletter (ECN) und der  Zeitschrift DIGMA (Security und Privacy).
Seine Interessen sind in Kommunikation, Informationssicherheit und kritischen Informationsinfrastrukturen. Im Ausbildungbereich hat er das Executive Master Program "Information Security" der HSW Luzern aufgebaut und ist am Aufbau des Master of Advanced Studies "Networking Manager".

Ausserdem ist er im Research Challenge Definition Prozess der EU Forschungsfonds eingebunden.

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Sonja Hof

Dr. Sonja Hof studierte und promovierte in Informatik und ist für die Basler Versicherungen tätig. Ihr Schwerpunkt liegt dabei im agilen Management. Bei ihrer langjährigen internationalen Tätigkeit eignete sie sich Spezialwissen in den Bereichen Mobile Computing und Digital Rights Management an. Erfolgreiche Tätigkeiten als Projektleiter, Produktentwickler, Security Consultant, Scrum Master, Dozentin, Beirat und Firmeninhaberin weisen sie als kompetente IT-Fachfrau aus.

Frau Hof ist Mitglied in verschiedenen Frauenfachgruppierungen, SCS, IEEE, ECDL-SI, sie ist im Vorstand der ISSS und des AVB und sie vertritt die SI im Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS).


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Priska Altorfer

Priska Altorfer works for over 10 years in the fields of information security, process optimization, international trading marketing. One of her major scopes is the analysis, development and realisation of operational Risk Management and IT-Governance in information systems as well as the implementation of CIAM (Compliant Identity Access Management) Solutions.
She has extended experience as an international commodity trader. In here international assignment she learned next to various languages (F/E/SP/P/Arab/Mandarin) the culture and working mentalities of these countries.
Priska Altorfer is managing partner of wikima4 in Zug and Associate Partner at imp-consulting, Zürich Airport

Eidg. Dipl. Verkaufsleiterin

Activities abroad
Project coach for the organisation and development of the
• Inter-company processes between the sister company in Alexandria, Egypt and the Swiss based head quarter focusing on logistic and FI/CO (working place Alexandria, Egypt)
• Junior project coach for purchasing and observation of the Argentinean cotton crop with major scope on purchasing/international sales and logistics (located in Sao Paulo, Brazil)

- Lecturer at the HWV Lucerne (CH) in the Certified in advanced Studies for Enterprise Resource Planning Systems (CAS-ERP) for Compliance
- Certified AcceleratedSAP consultant
- Certified ITIL Foundation
- Formation in the use of the business-management tool ARIS of IDS Scheer AG
- International raw cotton trader
- International mineral oil trader
Core competences
- Security Reviews/Audits of SAP Systems
- Intercultural Communication set up in IT environment
- Implementation of CIAM (Compliant Identity Access Management) Systems
- Internal Audit preparation for external Audit events
- Implementation of Identity Management Systems (SAP)
- Development and implementation of secure SAP authorisation concepts including role analyse creation and implementation.
- Development of security risk management concept for SAP landscape
- Coaching of ERP-realisation and optimization in the areas of marketing and sales as well of the total customer relationship management
- Moderation for Workshops for solution finding processes
- Assessments for the evaluation of the optimizing potential for marketing/sales/CRM tools especially digital processes
- Evaluation of IT-Governance especially for SAP System

- Swiss German (mother tongue)
- German (fluent)
- French (fluent)
- English (fluent9
- Spanish (good)
- Portuguese (good)
- Arabic (basic knowledge)
- Mandarin (basic knowledge)
- The challenge of customer support: CRM-Systems are tools to support the tasks MQ Management and Quality 02/2002
- wikima4 study, Security of SAP systems, Co-publisher, April 2004
- Governance, Risk and Compliance in SAP-Systems, February 2007
- Successful Information-Mix –Illusion or necessity? November 2007

- Member of the board of SI
- Member of the board of donna Informatica of SI
- Head of Swiss ICT-Mentoring program
- Head of IT-Governance Interest Group AK2 of the SwissICT
- Responsible for new members at DSAG (German speaking user group)
- Member of the task force Return on Security Investment (ROSI) of the isss
- Round Table Chances and risks in SAP systems
- Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
- BPW Zug (Business Professional Women)

Marc Brandis

Marc Brandis is the founder and owner of Marc Brandis Strategic Consulting, a management consulting company focussing on strategic IT topics.
Mr. Brandis has more than eighteen years of experience consulting enterprises on strategic issues. He has focussed on the banking industry, which he advised on topics such as strategy, business/IT alignment, IT strategy, IT architecture, IT inno-vation management, outsourcing and offshoring, governance, organisation, change management, and post-merger management.
Before founding his own consulting company, Mr. Brandis worked for eight years at McKinsey & Company in Zurich and Milan in various roles. He has had sub-stantial international exposure, having worked in many countries besides Switzer-land and Italy, including the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Singapore. He has also led multi-national teams as part of his projects.
Prior to his consulting career, Mr. Brandis performed research with the IBM T.J. Watson Research Laboratory in Yorktown Heights, New York, with Hewlett Pack-ard in Santa Clara, California, and with ETH Zurich, focussing on topics such as software development methodologies, objectoriented systems, operating systems, and computer architecture.
Marc Brandis holds a Master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing. ETH) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science, both from ETH Zurich. He teaches at ETH Zurich with a lecture “Case studies from practice” for computer scientists. He has also been the founding president of “Informatik Alumni ETH”, the alumni organisation of the computer scientists from ETH Zurich.

Thomas Gross

Thomas R. Gross is a Professor of Computer Science at ETH Zurich. He is the head of the Computer Systems Institute and the co-PI of the "Datacenter Observatory", a joint EPFL-ETH Zurich project to support system-level research and teaching. He was, from 1999 - 2004, the deputy director of the NCCR on "Mobile Information and Communication Systems", a research center funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Thomas Gross joined Carnegie Mellon University in 1984 after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. In 2000, he became a Full Professor at ETH Zurich. He is interested in tools, techniques, and abstractions for software construction and has worked on many aspects of the design and implementation of software and computer systems.  His current work concentrates on low-cost networks (in collaboration with Disney Research, Zurich), compilers, and programming parallel systems. He has had the good luck of working with many talented students who taught him a lot about  systems.

Dominik Gruntz

Dominik Gruntz ist Dozent für Informatik an der Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz in Brugg-Windisch. Seine Interessen sind Software Design und Programmiersprachen. Neben seiner Lehrtätigkeit an der FHNW ist er auch an der ETHZ als Lehrbeauftragter tätig, und an der FHNW hat er den Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) aufgebaut.

In seinen Projekten ist er hauptsächlich auf dem Gebiet Mobile Computing tätig.

Dominik Gruntz ist am Handelsgericht Aargau als Handelsrichter für das Fachgebiet Informatik tätig.

Er ist Mitglied der Fachgruppen CHOOSE der Schweizer Informatik Gesellschaft SI und im Vorstand ist er für das Ressort Nachwuchsförderung zuständig.

Kai Hormann

Kai Hormann is an associate professor for computer graphics at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) in Lugano. His research interests are focussed on the mathematical foundations of geometry processing algorithms as well as their applications in computer graphics and related fields. Dr. Hormann received his PhD from the University of Erlangen in 2002 and spent two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Multi-Res Modeling Group at Caltech, Pasadena and the CNR Institute of Information Science and Technologies in Pisa, before joining Clausthal University as an assistant professor in 2004. During the winter term 2007/2008 he was a visiting associate professor at Freie Universität Berlin, and became a member of the Faculty of Informatics in Lugano in 2009.

Oscar Nierstrasz

Oscar Nierstrasz is co-author of over 200 publications and co-author of the books Object-Oriented Reengineering Patterns and Pharo by Example.

The Software Composition Group carries out research in diverse aspects of how to make systems more flexible with respect to changing requirements. Current research is focussed on (i) programming languages and mechanisms to support software evolution, and (ii) tools and environments to support the reverse- and re-engineering of complex software systems.

Prof. Nierstrasz has been active in the international object-oriented research community. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Object Technology, he has served as the Programme Chair of ECOOP ‘93, ESEC/FSE ‘99 and MoDELS ‘06. He has served several times as president and vice-president of CHOOSE, the subgroup on object-oriented systems and environments of the Swiss Informatics Society. He is current a member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and he is a member of the board of SIRA, the Swiss Informatics Research Association.

Raymond Morel
Julian Randall

Professional experience
2006-present: National Contact Point for ICT & Energy: Euresearch, Bern, CH - Officially recognised representative of the European Commission in Switzerland for Framework Programme ICT & Energy research funding
? Advising and supporting clients on European opportunities
? Partnering with facilitators e.g. organisation of international events
? Participating in international projects
2005-2006: Consultant: self-employed, Uster, CH - Coordination and lead author of European funding application
2004-2005: Senior Research Fellow: Wearable Computing Lab., ETHZ, CH
1999-2003: Doctoral Researcher: Lab. production microtechnique, EPFL, CH
1998-1999: Business Consultant: University of Neuchâtel, CH
1994-1997: Supplier Quality Engineer: Silicon Graphics Manuf., CH
1993-1994: ISO 9000 Quality Engineer: Silicon Graphics Manufacturing, CH
1992-1993: Graduate Engineer: British Steel, GB
1990-1991: Packaging Engineer: SEB SA (TEFAL ROWENTA Group), F

1999-2000 NEFF Postgraduate Scholarship, Zürich
1991 Philip Warren Memorial Prize, Cardiff, GB
1990 (European) Comett Support Scheme grant via Gateway, B
1990 Department of Production Engineering Prize, Cardiff, GB
1988 UWIST Undergraduate Scholarship, Cardiff, GB

Beat Trachsler

1986 – 1992: Kantonsschule Glattal, Maturität Typus B
WS 1992 – WS 1997: ETH Zürich, Studiengang Mathematik, Kernfach Informatik
April 1997: Diplom für Mathematik, ETH Zürich
September 1999: Praktikum an der KZO Wetzikon bei Prof. H. Klemenz
April 2003: Didaktischer Ausweis für das Höhere Lehramt, ETH Zürich
Dezember 2010: Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Informatik an Gymnasien

Tätigkeiten neben dem Studium
WS 1997: Hilfsassistent beim Departement für Informatik, ETH Zürich

April 1997 – Feb. 1999: Assistent am Institut für Theoretische Informatik, ETH Zürich
- Betreuung der Übungen zu diversen Vorlesungen, darunter "Information und Kommunikation" (Prof. Dr. U. Maurer)
- Mitarbeit bei der Durchführung von Diplomprüfungen
- Betreuung eines mehrtägigen Industriekurses
- Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an einem SNF-Projekt: Technischer Bericht Nr. 298 des Departements für Informatik
März 1999 – Sept. 2005: Informatikkoordinator der Professur für Natur- und Landschaftsschutz, ETH Zürich
April 1999 – März 2001: Dozent für Mathematik an der Fachhochschule Zürich, Bereich Wirtschaft und Verwaltung
- Mitarbeit bei der Planung und Durchführung von Diplom- und Aufnahmeprüfungen
April 2000 – Juli 2003: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der EMPA St. Gallen, Abteilung Medientechnik
- Koordinator des Übungsbetriebs zur Vorlesung "Bild, Farbe, Reproduktion" des Studiengangs Informatik an der ETH
- Klaus Simon und Beat Trachsler: “A Random Walk Approach for Light Scattering in Material”. DRW’03: Discrete Random Walks, Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science Proceedings, AC (2003)
Aug. 1999 – heute: Mittelschullehrer für Mathematik an der KZO Wetzikon
- Betreuung von Unterrichtspraktika der Universität Zürich
- Projektleitung beim Einrichten des Robotiklabors der KZO in den Räumen der Belimo AG in Hinwil, externe Partner: Technologiepark Wetzikon und Belimo AG im FS 2009
- Fachvorstand Mathematik: Leitung des Fachkreises Mathematik der KZO Wetzikon
- Subkommission ZIM: Mitarbeit bei der Subkommission ZIM der Informatikkommission, welche sich mit zukünftigen Informatikmitteln und insbesondere mit den Laptopklassen befasst.

Stefan Wolf

Employments and Professional Experience
2011- : Associate Professor, Faculty of Informatics, Universita della Svizzera Italiana (USI), Lugano, Switzerland.
2005-2011: Assistant professor (SNF-Forderungsprofessor, de nite-term) at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, Computer Science Department (D-INFK), ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in Logic, Discrete Mathematics, Information Security, and Quantum Information Science. Supervision of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students.
2001-2005: Assistant professor (professeur adjoint) at the Departement d'Informatique et Recherche Operationnelle, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada. Teaching of courses in Algorithmics, Cryptography, and Theoretical Computer Science at the undergraduate and graduate level. Supervision of graduate students.
2000-2001: Assistant professor at the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. Teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in Mathematics and Cryptography. Supervision of graduate students.
1995-2000: Teaching and research assistant at the Computer Science Department of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Teaching assistant for graduate and undergraduate courses in Cryptography, Theoretical Computer Science, and Mathematics. Supervision of diploma theses and Semester projects.
1991-1995: Teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in Analysis, Algebra, and Probability Theory at the Mathematics Department of ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
1990-1995: Full-time and part-time positions as a teacher for Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science at Kantonsschule Rychenberg, Winterthur, Switzerland. 

François Wollner
Silvia Zimmermann

Silvia is founder, CEO and lead experience designer at During her career Silvia has researched, designed and evaluated various experiences on various devices in different domains. As many in the field Silvia was working as a researcher, usability tester, interaction designer, requirements engineer, usability engineer and experience designer.

From 2009 to 2011 Silvia was the President of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) and since 2006 she was an active part of the international Leadership team at UPA.

Silvia founded back in 2003 the Swiss UPA – the local Swiss Chapter of the UPA – and continued to stay locally engaged in various positions on the Swiss UPA board until 2010. Silvia is also active in the ACM SIGCHI community, where she was a Student Design Competition Judge in 2007/2008. Since many years Silvia teaches usability, user centered design and interaction design at the University of Applied Sciences in Brugg/Windisch, Aargau, Switzerland.

Silvia speaks at various events throughout the year. She travels the world since she is 18 and feels home in Asia as much as she does in Europe, America or the Middle East.

Her friends say that Silvia is an extremely visionary, inspiring and generous person who is fun to be with. She likes to share, designs for the good and enables success.

Silvia can be contacted at:

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