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.