The SI Board is the executive body of the Swiss Informatics Society. It executes the decisions of the SI General Assembly and is responsible for both the daily business of SI and its strategic directions. The SI Board consists of 8-16 members and is led by the president.
The SI Board represents SI and its members in society, politics, and to other organizations, both public and private ones.
Francis Baud started his studies in Computer Science in 1983 at the University of Geneva (Faculty of Sciences). After achieving his Master, he starts to work as project manager on software development for finance on futures and equities. Since 1989, he has worked as independent consultant for international organizations, multinational companies and private banking, mainly for project management and IT organization. In 1997, he founded NT Consulting Ltd to achieve important projects for software development in telecommunication and ERP systems. When starting his work of consultant in 1989, he has joined ASSPA association, which became SISR in 1991. Member of committee since the beginning, he has been president from 1997 to 2004, and then vice-president for several years. At the SISR’s General Assembly in 2018, he was elected as its new president. Francis is interested in the certification and recognition of IT diplomas, bringing together IT professionals, and growing the network of Swiss IT professionals with SI / SISR. “IT is today one of the most important technical tools in the world, but unfortunately too young to be well organize and regulated. Links between our government and IT specialists must be establish to conduct law and regulation in a safe way.” In parallel, he continues to manage his company and projects for several customers. “We always need to be in contact with customers to keep reality of the market in mind. One of the most important part of our work is to understand the needs of users and translate them in technology, not doing technology for technology.”
Nora is an Agile Transformation coach and global IT Program Manager. Her deep understanding of the leading agile frameworks, strong soft skills and expertise in financial industries enabled her to successfully deliver mission-critical global initiatives, spanning Asia, Europe, and the US.
She is known for her pragmatic approach: align quickly at the strategic level and move on to prove the value of the work done by slicing big goals into smaller ones and reaching them with iterative and incremental deliveries. Starting with eXtreme Programming in the year 2000 and progressing to the large-scale agile frameworks, as programs became more complex, Nora has accumulated 20+ years of professional experience.
Nora has degrees in mathematics and computer science from leading Swiss & Canadian universities. Her soft skills and global outlook complement her strong analytical skills and technical savvy.
Simon Moser started his studies in Computer Science in 1983, which was the first year that the subject was offered as a major at the University of Berne where he did his Ph.D. under Prof. Oscar Nierstrasz. Since 1984, he has also worked part-time in the industry as a developer (mostly C++/SQL) and later as a project manager. A Swiss Research Foundation grant allowed him to continue his research on software complexity and quality metrics at Swinburne University in Melbourne (Australia) with Prof. Brian Henderson-Sellers. Since 1990, he is a full-time IT project consultant, project manager and business analyst working in Swiss industry. In 2010, he founded SolutionBoxX Ltd. together with partners. In continuation of Simon’s research work, specific services of this company are metrics-based IT project cost estimation and controlling. He has been a member of the SI since 1988 and is also a SISR Section member. His interest lies in strengthening the professionalism of the discipline in practice.
After receiving her MSc in Computer Science in 1994 in Geneva, Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo did her PhD in Software Engineering at EPFL. She has worked at CERN and at several universities in Europe (Luxembourg, UK, France). In 2010, she was appointed as full professor in Geneva. Since 2019, she has been developing the Digital Innovation Hub at the University of Geneva, which aims to reach out to private, public, and international organisations. She is now a Full Professor at the University of Geneva and the Director of Centre Universitaire d’Informatique (CUI). Her fields of interest are adaptive services, ecosystems of services, agent-based collective intelligence and complex systems. She is convinced that it is beneficial to strengthen the links between academia and the professional world and will use her expertise to develop and enrich the various activities of SI.
Ulrike Glavitsch received her Dipl. Informatik-Ing. degree in 1988 from ETH Zurich and her master’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, USA, in 1990. She was software developer and team leader in industry for several years before she returned to academia. She worked as scientific collaborator at ETH Zurich from 2002 – 2010 and at Empa Dübendorf from 2010 – 2017. Her research interests include information retrieval, speech recognition and speaker detection. She is co-author of the software SpeechIndexer for language documentation and speech-to-text alignment. In 2018, Ulrike Glavitsch founded the company Glavitsch Eggler Software and is its technical director. She maintains the language learning platform www.readylingua.com that is based on authentic recordings synchronized with the texts and is driven by SpeechIndexer.
Martin Glinz is a full professor emeritus at the University of Zurich (UZH). From 1993 until 2017, he was a professor of Informatics at UZH’s Department of Informatics. From 2007-2016, he also was the department head. His interests include requirements and software engineering – in particular modeling, validation, quality, and evolution.
He received a Dr. rer. nat. in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen University in 1983. Before joining the University of Zurich, he worked in industry for ten years where he was active in software and requirements engineering research, development, training, and consulting.
He is on editorial boards and program committees of major journals and conferences in software and requirements engineering and served as general chair, program chair, steering committee chair and organizer for the top international conferences in his field. He is a member of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB), where he chairs the IREB Council. In Switzerland, he is on the board of the Swiss Informatics Society (SI) and past president of the Swiss Informatics Research Association (SIRA).
Raymond Morel is an acting member of SATW (the Swiss Academy of engineering sciences) and SATW Scientific Advisory Board (WBR). He is Chairman of the SATW e-Switzerland platform (ICT Commission), a Swiss representative and consultant at the IFIP TC3 (Technical committee 3 on ICT and Education), an IFIP delegate to WSIS (2003 and 2005) and WSIS. Forum since 2006 (World Summit of the Information Society), executive committee of SISR, SIRA, SKIB (Schweizerischen Koordinationskonferenz ICT und Bildung), SSAB (Schweizerische Stiftung für audiovisuelle Bildungsangebote), cooperative of research Social-IN3. Consultant for IITE and UNESCO.
Raymond Morel represents the SI at the IFIP General Assembly, IP3, IFIP ILC (IFIP International Liaison Committee) and SIC (Swiss IFIP Committee)
Kurt Munter started as junior programmer in 1987, became a software project manager and was also involved in technical support up until 2000. In parallel, he completed his study at HFT-SO, and received a CAS on University Didactics and E-Learning at BFH. After several mandates in the computer industry, he started a position at hftm as lecturer in 2008 and later also became the CIO. He is now Head of the Computer Studies Department, CIO and member of the Executive Board of the Höhere Fachschule für Technik Mittelland (hftm). His focus is on software development and methodology, e-learning, and IT infrastructure. He is interested in helping SI develop and support the spread of digital skills in Switzerland.
Edy Portmann is Swiss Post Professor of Informatics at the Human-IST Institute of the University of Fribourg and member of the board of the Swiss Informatics Society. His transdisciplinary research focuses on soft and cognitive computing and its application to cities. After an apprenticeship as electronics technician, he studied business informatics and got a doctorate in fuzzy systems. Among others, he worked for Swisscom, PwC and EY. In addition, he was also a researcher at the universities of Singapore, Berkeley and Bern.
René Schumann studied computer science at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. He obtained his PhD in 2010 at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Afterwards, he continued his research with a scholarship at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. He joined HES-SO VS in 2011, where he first worked as a Post-Doc and since 2012 as a Professor in the institute of business information systems. In 2013 he founded the Smart Infrastructure Laboratory. In his interdisciplinary research he orients himself in the application of methods from Artificial Intelligence in the Energy and Mobility Sector. He received research grants from the Swiss National Science Foundation, Innosuisse and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy in recent years. He is coordinator of the National Research Imitative “Joint Activity Mobility (The Evolution of Mobility – A Socio-Economic Analysis). In 2011 he moved to Switzerland, joined SI and since 2019 he has been acting as the deputy manager of SGAICO, SI’s Special Interest Group for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (SGAICO).
Thomas Stricker did his doctoral work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, where he participated in large (D)ARPA systems building projects including the design and construction of the iWarp parallel computer. In 1996 he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich as an Assistant Professor, leading a research group to investigate cluster computing and its integration into computational grids. As a researcher he worked for IBM in Yorktown Heights and the Intel Supercomputer Systems Division in Oregon. In 2004 he moved on to Google helping the rapidly growing company to establish the first European Engineering Center in Zurich. He is a member of the ACM SIGARCH and SIGUCCS and the IEEE Computer Society.
Iris Zeyda is a senior consultant at Isolutions AG. After finishing her Veterinary Medicine studies and working in this field for some years, Iris felt drawn to IT despite her proximity to medicine and achieved this as the central contact person and ICT coordinator for the IT systems of the veterinary administration of the state of Baden Württemberg. She later worked as a project manager and in requirements analysis for an IT system used throughout Germany for veterinary and food monitoring. In an international healthcare company, she led a team of requirements and business analysts to develop requirements for a LIM system.
Since 2018, Iris Zeyda has been working as a consultant, supporting customers with her expertise in her focus areas business analysis, requirements engineering and project management. Her focus is on Business Analysis, Information Architectures, Requirements Engineering, Conceptual Modelling, Risk Analysis, Stakeholder Management, Agile Methods, and Conflict Management.