Swiss Digital Summit 2020 (SDS)

Online Event Information

Date:  Thursday, 08. October 2020
Time: 09.45 – 16:00

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Block I

09:45 – 10:00:  “Welcoming Speech”
Reinhard Riedl, President Swiss Informatics Society

10:00 – 10:45:  Research Today I
“Machine Learning – a Paradigm Shift in Human Thought!?”
Joachim Buhmann, Professor of Computer Science, ETH Zurich,

11:00 – 12:00;  IT Arena I
“Business Informatics Today”
Moderation by Edy Portmann, University of Fribourg, Human-IST Institute
Participants: Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle, University of St. Gallen; Prof. Dr. Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany; Prof. Dr. Irina Rychkova, University Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France; Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Fill,  of the University

Block II

13:00 – 13:45 : Research Today II
“The PEGS Approach: a Standard plan for Requirements engineering”
Betrand Meyer, Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT)

14:00 – 15:00 IT Arena II
Digital Competency for Switzerland
Moderation by Daniel Stoller-Schai Dr. oec. HSG, ist ein versierter Digital Collaboration & Learning Experte
Participants: Gaby Billig, Head of Product Management and Marketing at Klubschule Zürich; Danièle Castle,  Senior Director Education & Talent,  digitalswitzerland; Christian Hunziker, swissICT & 3L; Simon Moser, Federation of Swiss IT Experts

Block III

15:15 – 16:00 : Research Today III
“Cybersecurity: Attacks and Defense Options”
Haya Shulman, Director Cybersecurity and Analytics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT in Darmstadt & Scientific Leader of the Fraunhofer Project Center for Cybersecurity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel



“Machine Learning – a Paradigm Shift in Human Thought!?”
Joachim Buhmann, Professor of Computer Science, ETH Zurich,

Data are everywhere these days and they amount to an unimaginablecomplexity. MRF imagery digital biopsies Omics data in personalizedmedicine the microwave background radiation of the universe socialnetwork traces the finacial flow around the globe etc.digitalization has enables us humans to perceive facets of reality inan unprecedented complexity. Modern computing machinery and i.e. highperformance algorithmics enables us to build model that are toocomplex to be memorized or even understood but we can control suchmodels and process their predictions. An automated scientific methodwith algorithms in experimental design analysis and theory buildingarises on the methodological horizon and it will transform empiricalsciences with many heterogeneous degrees of freedom from descriptiveenterprises to predictive inferences. The foremost challenge willconfront us with validating these algorithms especially determiningtheir statistical correctness. This machine learning disruption willalso transform computer science in a fundamental way.

“Business Informatics Today”
Edy Portmann, University of Fribourg, Human-IST Institute, Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle, University of St. Gallen; Prof. Dr. Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany; Prof. Dr. Irina Rychkova, University Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France; Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Fill,  of University Fribourg

In this panel, we will discuss topics in and around Business Informatics with international experts and experts from Switzerland, brushing on the current challenges and opportunities for research and teaching in business informatics. Prof. Dr. Edy Portmann (University of Fribourg) will introduce subject of the panel, those who are participating and speak about his role in SI as co-chair along with Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Fill (University of Fribourg) of the special interest group at SI for business informatics; The panel will move forward with a series of presentations:  Prof. Dr. Hubert Österle (University of St. Gallen), Current Challenges in Design-oriented Research in Business Informatics; Prof. Dr. Stefan Strecker (University of Hagen, Germany), Variety and Plurality – A View on Business Informatics; Prof. Dr. Irina Rychkova (University Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France), Insights from the MIAGE master programs in France for Business Informatics; Prof. Dr. Hans-Georg Fill will close the presentations with “Requirements for Business Informatics Curricula”. For those interested in furthering the discussion by getting involved, we welcome all to join as members in the newly established Special Interest Group Business Informatics of the Swiss Informatics Society.

“The PEGS Approach: a Standard plan for Requirements engineering”
Betrand Meyer, Schaffhausen Institute of Technology (SIT)

Bad software requirements can jeopardize projects., but requirements as commonly practiced remain a weak link in software engineering. What passes for requirements in industry usually consists of a few use cases or user stories, which fail to capture many essential aspects of systems. There is a considerable literature on requirements, including some excellent textbooks, but their lessons are rarely heeded; many projects, in particular, fail to take into account the Jackson-Zave distinction between system and environment. The standard IEEE plan for requirements dates back to 1998 and does not meet the demands of today’s ambitious developments. I will present ongoing work intended to help industry produce more useful requirements. It includes precise definitions of requirements concepts and a standard plan for requirements specifications. The plan contains four books covering the four “PEGS” of requirements engineering: Project, Environment, Goals and System. The talk does not attempt to introduce radical new concepts but rather builds on existing knowledge to define a solid basis for requirements engineering and provide projects with precise and helpful guidelines.

“Digital Competency for Switzerland”
Daniel Stoller-Schai Dr. oec. HSG, Gaby Billig, Head of Product Management and Marketing at Klubschule Zürich; Danièle Castle,  Senior Director Education & Talent,  digitalswitzerland; Christian Hunziker, swissICT & 3L; Simon Moser, Federation of Swiss

In this panel, we discuss the question of which digital competencies we need and how we can develop them in companies and educational institutions. Digital Competencies are key qualifications for the competitiveness of employees and companies and pervade all educational disciplines, all industries and all disciplines in general. The understanding of what digital competencies are and what they comprise, and where Switzerland is positioned in international comparison, is still in its initial stages and is the subject of qualification programmes in educational institutions and companies.
In our panel we will discuss existing approaches and initiatives, such as a first proposal for a Competence Framework of the Special Interest Group (SIG) “Digital Competency”, the Swiss IT Professional Certificate (3L, LifeLongLearning), the initiatives of digitalswitzerland, the course offerings of the Klubschule Migros etc.



SDS Speakers

Joachim M. Buhmann is a Professor for Computer Science at ETHZurich. He studied physics at TU-Munich and performed research at USCand LLNL in California. Until 2003 he was a Professor for AppliedComputer Science at the University of Bonn. His teaching and researchincludes Machine Learning in theory and applications e.g. in the lifesciences. He is a member of the Swiss Academy of Science (SATW) aFellow of the IAPR and he serves as a research council member of theSwiss National Science Foundation.

Bertrand Meyer is provost and professor of software engineering at the newly created Schaffhausen Institute of Technology, which recently introduced its master program in computer science and software engineering. He is also founder and CTO of Eiffel Software. He previously was professor of software engineering at ETH Zurich. His contributions, in particular his books, have spanned several areas of software engineering including programming languages (with the design of Eiffel and the concept of Design by Contract), software verification, software methodology (his latest book is Agile! The Good, the Hype and the Ugly, Springer), computer science education and concurrent programming.


SDS Panel Participants


Edy Portmann, University of Fribourg, Human-IST Institute, Switzerland
Edy Portmann is Swiss Post Professor of Informatics at the Human-IST Institute of the University of Fribourg. His transdisciplinary research focuses on soft and cognitive computing and its application to cities. After an apprenticeship as an electrician, 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.
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Hubert Österle, University of St. Gallen, Institute of Information Management, Switzerland
Professor of business and information systems engineering at the University of St. Gallen (1980 – 2014). Research fields: Business Engineering, Data Quality, Independent Living, Life Engineering. Longtime Editor-in-Chief of Electronic Markets. The International Journal on Networked Business. Honorary doctorate from the Wroclaw University of Economics. Founder of successful companies: IMG AG, BEI-SG AG, Amiona AG, CDQ AG. For details see:

Stefan Strecker, University of Hagen, Germany
Bio: Professor, FernUniversität in Hagen (University of Hagen, Germany) (2011-today)
Head of the Enterprise Modelling Research Group and of the Chair of Information Systems Development
Research areas: Conceptual Modeling, Enterprise Modeling, Enterprise Architecture Management
Former Chairman of the TC Business Informatics of the German Informatics Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI) (2016-2019) Former Editor-in-Chief (2015-2019) of Enterprise Modelling and Information Systems Architectures – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling (EMISAJ) Host of Perspektiven | Wirtschaftsinformatik-Podcast –

Irina Rychkova, University Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, France
Bio: Irina Rychkova is Associate Professor at University Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and researcher at Centre de Recherche en Informatique of Paris 1. Her teaching and research interests include model-driven engineering, business process modeling, model analysis and verification, enterprise and system architecture. She holds a PhD from EPFL Lausanne, an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Physics from MIPT, Russia. Currently Irina is a director of two Master MIAGE programs in Sorbonne.

Hans-Georg Fill, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Professor for Digitalization and Information Systems at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He holds a PhD and a habilitation in business informatics from the University of Vienna, Austria. His research interests include Digitalization, Metamodeling, Distributed Ledger Technologies and Visualization. He is a board member of Enterprise Modeling and Information Systems Architectures – International Journal of Conceptual Modeling and Business and Information Systems Engineering. He is a host of the Knowledge Blockchains Approach :


Dr. Daniel Stoller-Schai is an experienced Digital Collaboration & Learning expert. He graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in Education, Computer Science and Psychology and worked in the field of adult education and educational research. At the University of St. Gallen, he was involved in setting up the Learning Center and earned his PhD on the subject of “E-Collaboration”.As manager for digital learning and work technologies, he has implemented customer projects at Phonak, UBS, CREALOGIX and numerous other companies and start-ups and gained experience with the global use of Internet-based learning and work projects. In February 2019 he founded the company “Collaboration Design GmbH” (, which focuses on the design, implementation and support of collaborative learning and work processes in companies, organisations and educational institutions. Daniel Stoller-Schai is also a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Education, at the Institute for Communication and Leadership IKF ( Co-Head Certificate of Advanced Studies [CAS] Arbeit 4.0: Digital Collaboration & New Work) and Head Advisory Board of the LEARNING INNOVATION Conference (

Gaby Billing is the Head of Product Management at Klubschule Migros Zürich.  In her role she is responsible for the product portfolio and therefore closely monitors the needs of consumers and businesses in regards to digital competencies. Gaby Billing is chairperson of the Zürcher Konferenz für Weiterbildung (ZKW), an organisation focusing on the interest of adult educational institutions and working closely together with governmental institutions. At this stage, basic competences (German and IT literacy as well as mathematics) are a focus on the political agenda.

Danièle Castle, Senior Director Education&Talent at digitalswitzerland, has a B2B communications background and is also an adult trainer. She shares knowledge on executive education courses, mentors startups and is passionate about lifelong learning. digitalswitzerland as a team is working hard to bridge the digital divide in the Swiss population.

Christian Hunziker has been working in the Swiss ICT industry for over 25 years and has taken various perspectives on the industry through his experience with providers and users and in the channel. As a former software developer, data warehouse expert as well as marketing and sales manager and, most recently, managing director, he is very familiar with the topics of the industry .He is CEO of swissICT, member of the Steering board of the Digital Economy Award, and Board member at 3L Informatik & inpeek.

Dr. Simon Moser, born 1964 in Berne, is an independent IT consultant. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Berne. Since 2016 he is a member of the board of the SI and promotes the continuing professional development initiatives. Read more about Simon under