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 was 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.
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.
Arthur Clay is integral member of the SI eOffice and responsible for the SI Publications, SI Events, SIG and Membership Management. As a project and event manager, he has produced and implemented events focusing on creatively connecting art, science, and technology within diverse cultural contexts in many parts of the world. As founder and artistic director of the ETH Digital Art Weeks his activities included developing and platforming projects that pioneer new technologies with institutes such as EPFL, ETH Zurich, University of the Arts Zurich, Xian Academy of the Arts, NTU and NUS of Singapore, Jiaotong University Shanghai, University of Victoria BC, Sogang University, Seoul National University, Singapore Polytechnic, Politecnico di Milano, and for various private and government agencies and institutions including Biocon Labs, SAST, A2Star, and more. He directs the IT & Culture special interest group at SI and is Managing the SI Digital Magazine. Arthur brings his knowledge of event and project management as well as his in depth knowledge of electronic marketing and collaborative administration and marketing to SI.
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