During this year’s General Assembly of the Swiss Informatics Society, the Business Department of the Bern University of Applied Sciences held a mini Symposium focusing on the theme of Digital Transformation, Although compact in size, the conference  approached the subject of digital transformation in our society today by having two keynote speakers who  presented both sides of the coin – the change of business and society and the progress in ICT engineering. In the form of an open discussion and  not as a panel discussion per se, the invited speakers  joined acknowledged professionals from SI during the reception  to discuss any and all relevant issues  informally with SI Members including board members, SI Special Interest Groups leaders, and all others  attending.

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Place: Bern City Hall, Rathauspl. 2, 3011 Bern
Time: 15:30 – 18:30
Cost: Admission free

Das Programm:

15.30 – 16.00 Reception with Coffee
16.00 – 16.10 Reinhard Riedl (SI): The societal engagement of Swiss Informatics Society
16.10 – 16.45 Dirk Helbing (ETHZ): The role of values in digital transformation (working title)
16.45 – 17.20 Stephan Haller (BFH):Connecting Cities, Technologies and Citizens – the Swiss-European-Japanese project CPaaS.io

Ab 17.30 SI-GV (open to the public, but with voting by members with Identifikation only. )
18:30 Apéro riche

20:00 Ende


Participating Speakers


Reinhard Riedl

Prof. Reinhard Riedl
Reinhard Riedl holds a Master of Science in Engineering and a PhD in Pure Mathematics. He has carried out research in computer science, business informatics, and legal informatics and he has participated in miscellaneous research and innovation projects in various disciplines and domains, such as economics, healthcare, and ethongraphy. After visiting professorships at the University of Rostock (“High Performance Computing”) and the University of Zurich (“Communication and Distributed Systems”) he was appointed research professor for “E-Government” and director of research at the business school of Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH). Now he is chief science officer there and head of the transdisciplinary BFH-Center for Digital Society. His current research focuses on design and governance of data platforms, patterns in digital transformation, and digital geopolitics. Furthermore, he created “Zurich’s Cynical Theatre Guide”, he is now editor of www.societybyte.swiss, he is co-founder of www.all-acad.com and of www.egovernment-symposium.ch, he is member of the steering boards of www.ta-swiss.ch, www.nfp75.ch, www.praevenire.at, and scoop4c.eu, and he is president of www.ignm-bern.ch.

Dirk Helbing

Prof. Dirk Helbing
Dirk Helbing is Full Professor of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich and affiliate professor at ETH’s Computer Science Department and the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft, where he is coordinating the PhD school “Engineering Social Technologies” for a Responsible Digital Future. He is also External Faculty of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna. Before, he was Full Professor of Sociology at ETH Zurich and Managing Director of the Institute for Transport & Economics at Dresden University of Technology. Helbing is also an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina” and of the World Academy of Arts and Science. In 2014, he received an honorary PhD at TU Delft. He is a member of the Swiss Federal Committee on the Future of Data Processing and Data Security and of committees on the “Digital Society” and on “Digitization and Democracy” of the German Academies of Science..

Stefan Haller

Prof. Stephan Haller
Stephan Haller is a professor at the Institute for Public Sector Transformation at the University of Applied Sciences Berne (BFH) and teaches e-business, enterprise architecture and project management. His research interests are in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Open Data and Smart City. Stephan has more than 20 years of experience in international research and development in the software industry and worked for SAP for several years (1997-2012) and other companies in Switzerland, Japan and Germany. Since 2004, he has acquired and led several EU funded research projects in IoT and Future Internet. It also acted as an evaluator of project proposals as well as reviewers of ongoing research projects commissioned by the European Commission under FP7 and Horizon 2020.


Participating Institutes
The Mini Symposium “Digitization, values and international cooperation” takes place in cooperation with the BFH Center Digital Society and the Swiss and Consulting Cluster Bern