WHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

A 2017 ETH Board national Data Science initiative resulted in the creation of a unique joint venture between EPFL and ETH Zurich: the Swiss Data Science Center. The Center’s mission is to accelerate the use of data science and machine learning techniques within academic disciplines of the ETH Domain, the Swiss academic community at large, and the industrial sector. A multi-disciplinary team of senior data scientists and experts in domains such as personalized health and medicine, earth and environmental science, social science and digital humanities, as well as economics enables collaboration on both academic and industrial projects. This unique positioning, at the crossroad of academic excellence and fast-paced business environments agility is key in making the complex data science journey simple.

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An Jacobs, Executive Assistant
An holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, French and History teaching. She worked in several HR roles (recruitment and development) for Manpower Belgium. After having moved to Switzerland in 2008, Read More
An Jacobs, Executive Assistant


An holds a Bachelor’s degree in English, French and History teaching.
She worked in several HR roles (recruitment and development) for Manpower Belgium. After having moved to Switzerland in 2008, An has worked in a Private Wealth Management Division of a well-known American bank.
An joined the Swiss Data Center in August 2017 as an Executive Assistant.

Anastasia Pentina, Sr. Data Scientist
Anastasia got her PhD in Machine Learning from IST Austria and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. Prior to joining SDSC, she worked at IST Austria Read More
Anastasia Pentina, Sr. Data Scientist

Anastasia got her PhD in Machine Learning from IST Austria and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia. Prior to joining SDSC, she worked at IST Austria as a postdoc in Computer Vision and Machine Learning group, focusing on knowledge transfer methods in machine learning.

Andreas Bleuler, Sr. Computer Scientist
Andreas received his PhD in Computational Astrophysics from University of Zurich in 2014. His PhD research was focused on studying the star formation process in the milky way through large-scale Read More
Andreas Bleuler, Sr. Computer Scientist

Andreas received his PhD in Computational Astrophysics from University of Zurich in 2014. His PhD research was focused on studying the star formation process in the milky way through large-scale computer simulations. The PhD was followed by a postdoc period at University of Zurich, during which Andreas explored and implemented new ways to optimize parallel simulation code for astrophysics and cosmology. After co-founding a startup for which he developed a recommender system as a cloud-hosted microservice, Andreas joined the SDSC in September 2017.
Andreas holds the diploma of a high school teacher in Physics. But even more than teaching physics he enjoys teaching other people how to ski.
Cindy Ravey, Executive Assistant
Cindy is a seasoned Executive Assistant at Senior Management level with over 15 years in the field. She gained experience in demanding sectors such as Private Banking and Industry. Before Read More
Cindy Ravey, Executive Assistant

Cindy is a seasoned Executive Assistant at Senior Management level with over 15 years in the field. She gained experience in demanding sectors such as Private Banking and Industry. Before joining EPFL in 2008, she had the opportunity to work for the CFO and his team of Directors at the European headquarters of a US-based multinational company. She also spent a couple of years as HR and Communications coordinator in the same enterprise.
She has been working at EPFL for almost 10 years, previously as the assistant of a Professor’s Laboratory doing research in polymer chemistry.
Since April 2018, she is one of the SDSC Executive Assistants.

Dorina Thanou, Sr. Data Scientist
Dorina is a Senior Data Scientist at the Swiss Data Science Centre since December 2016. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Signal Processing Laboratory (LTS4) of Read More
Dorina Thanou, Sr. Data Scientist

Dorina is a Senior Data Scientist at the Swiss Data Science Centre since December 2016. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Signal Processing Laboratory (LTS4) of EPFL, Switzerland. She got her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Communication Systems and Electrical Engineering respectively, both from EPFL, and her Diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. In summer 2014, she was a research intern with Microsoft Research, Redmond, USA, working on the compression of 3D point clouds. Her research interests include graph-based signal processing for data representation and analysis, as well as machine learning, with a particular focus on the design of interpretable models for personalized medicine.

Eniko Szekely, Sr. Data Scientist
Eniko joined SDSC as a senior data scientist in September 2017. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, working on machine Read More
Eniko Szekely, Sr. Data Scientist


Eniko joined SDSC as a senior data scientist in September 2017. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, working on machine learning for dynamical systems and climate science. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2011), her MSc from Telecom Bretagne, France (2006) and her BSc from the University of Timisoara, Romania (2005). Broadly she is interested in machine learning for nonlinear phenomena and high-dimensional data, and more recently she has been working on using machine learning approaches to advance our understanding of the climate.

Eric Bouillet, Chief Product Officer
Eric received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY in June 1999. Eric Bouillet has been working at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY Read More
Eric Bouillet, Chief Product Officer

Eric received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY in June 1999. Eric Bouillet has been working at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Hawthorne, NY since June 2004, and at the IBM Smarter City Technical Centre, Dublin from October 2010 to August 2016. While at IBM he has been working on scalable data stream analytics applied to a number of fields, including finances, law-enforcement, telecommunications, environmental monitoring, intelligent transport systems, and aircraft reliability control systems. Before joining IBM Research, Eric Bouillet was at Tellium, Oceanport, NJ where he was part of the research team who invented and designed the first commercial optical mesh restoration network (deployed nationwide and documented in their book Path Routing in Mesh Optical Networks), and at Lucent Technologies’ Mathematical Science Center in the department of Mathematics of Networks and System Research department where he worked on the design optimization and sizing of circuit and packet switched networks.

Fernando Perez-Cruz, Chief Data Scientist
Fernando received a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. He has been a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and a Machine Learning Research Read More
Fernando Perez-Cruz, Chief Data Scientist

Fernando received a PhD. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Madrid. He has been a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs and a Machine Learning Research Scientist at Amazon. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University under a Marie Curie Fellowship and an associate professor at University Carlos III in Madrid. He has also held positions at the Gatsby Unit (London), Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (Tuebingen), BioWulf Technologies (New York).

 

Floriane Jacquemet, Head of Communication
Floriane is a Lausanne University graduate. Given her venerable age, digitalization was not a buzz word when she was a student, and she therefore completed a Certificate in Digital Strategy Read More
Floriane Jacquemet, Head of Communication

Floriane is a Lausanne University graduate. Given her venerable age, digitalization was not a buzz word when she was a student, and she therefore completed a Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management at the University of Toronto in 2015. After moving back to Switzerland, she joined EPFL in 2016 as head of communication for a central service. Prior to this, she held global marketing communications roles at major industrial corporations for close to 15 years. Since April 2017 she is officially a Swiss Data Science Center employee.

Fotis Georgatos, Sr. Systems Engineer
Fotis has joined SDSC as Sr. Systems Engineer. Before SDSC’s Engineering team, Fotis has been delivering HPC platforms and large scale services across several countries, with varying technical complexity. Even Read More
Fotis Georgatos, Sr. Systems Engineer

Fotis has joined SDSC as Sr. Systems Engineer.
Before SDSC’s Engineering team, Fotis has been delivering HPC platforms and large scale services across several countries, with varying technical complexity.
Even with multiple projects, ranging from global ISPs TCP/IP delay measurements, several clusters for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider physics experiment, developing in EasyBuild while automating HPC software builds and contracted for professional documentation thereof, up to delivering in 2015 and running the system that has led globally for processing most human DNA for clinical use ever, 100K Genome Project, Fotis always found the time and enthusiam for training hundreds of scientists and systems administrators to fulfill their mission.
Finally, Fotis is an active promoter of Open Source Software and open standards and has been spearheading several impactful HPC/OSS hackathons.

Gabrielle Gantos, Data Scientist
Gabrielle received her MSc in The Foundations of Data Science from Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. She previously worked Read More
Gabrielle Gantos, Data Scientist

Gabrielle received her MSc in The Foundations of Data Science from Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and a BA in Economics from Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. She previously worked for over half a decade performing data and risk analysis in the energy industry. Gabrielle directed her experiences and education towards data science in order to apply her skills and interests in a variety of domains. Gabrielle enjoys hiking and skiing, new foods and cooking, and is training for her first marathon.

Imen Choura, Financial Manager
Imen holds a Master of Management & Financial Analysis from Lorraine University in France and a Master of Accounting from Sfax University in Tunisia. Before joining the SDSC, Imen worked Read More
Imen Choura, Financial Manager

Imen holds a Master of Management & Financial Analysis from Lorraine University in France and a Master of Accounting from Sfax University in Tunisia. Before joining the SDSC, Imen worked as a financial controller for two Software companies in France as well as for an Oil & Gas company in Monaco. She is responsible for the SDSC budget process, the financial reporting and the cost accounting, as well as the audit process.

Izabela Moise, Sr. Data Scientist
Izabela holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Rennes 1, France and the National French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatics (INRIA), France. Before joining Read More
Izabela Moise, Sr. Data Scientist

Izabela holds a PhD degree in Computer Science from University of Rennes 1, France and the National French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatics (INRIA), France. Before joining the SDSC, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Computational Social Science at ETH Zurich and a lecturer for the “Data Science in Techno-Socio-Economic Systems” course at ETH Zurich. Her main research focus is on big data analytics, tools and platforms, machine learning and data mining, large scale network analysis, in the particular setting of social data mining.

Jiří Kunčar, Sr. Computer Scientist
Jiří is a Sr Software Engineer with a master degree in Computer Science from Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, and a M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Mälardalen University, Västerås, Read More
Jiří Kunčar, Sr. Computer Scientist

Jiří is a Sr Software Engineer with a master degree in Computer Science from Charles
University, Prague, Czech Republic, and a M.Sc. degree in Software Engineering from Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden. He has been a staff member at CERN — European Organisation for Nuclear Research, Switzerland for five years. Before joining the SDSC, Jiří was a core member of Invenio development team working on a framework that covers all aspects of digital library management or document repository on the web. During his work at RedHat and in his free time he has contributed to many open-source packages. He is active as a maintainer of several Python packages and contributor to libraries around Flask framework.

Johann Thiebaut, Sr. Computer Scientist
Johann holds a Master’s Degree from École Polytechnique, Saclay and joined the Swiss Data Science Center in early 2017. Before joining the team Johann-Michael has worked at IBM Research in Read More
Johann Thiebaut, Sr. Computer Scientist

Johann holds a Master’s Degree from École Polytechnique, Saclay and joined the Swiss Data Science Center in early 2017. Before joining the team Johann-Michael has worked at IBM Research in Dublin where he covered a variety of topics such as Big Data Analytics and Predictive Maintenance. He is now focusing on development and deployment of the Renku platform along with projects involving industry partners.

Julien Eberle, Sr. Computer Scientist
Julien joined the Swiss Data Science Center in January 2017, after he got his PhD degree, as well as his Master degree with an Excellence Fellowship, from EPFL’s school of Read More
Julien Eberle, Sr. Computer Scientist


Julien joined the Swiss Data Science Center in January 2017, after he got his PhD degree, as well as his Master degree with an Excellence Fellowship, from EPFL’s school of Computer and Communication Sciences. In parallel, he is one of the co-founder of Arcanite Solutions, a growing consulting company, with some former PhD fellows and friends. During his PhD he had the chance to work at the Nokia Research Center, located on EPFL’s campus, on context awareness in mobile devices. He also spent half a year at Nestlé/Nespresso designing and setting up the infrastructure for centrally managing the development of mobile applications for all Nestlé’s subsidiary brands.

Luis Salamanca, Sr. Data Scientist
Luis is originally from Spain, where he completed his bachelor studies on Electrical engineering, and my Ms.C. on signal theory and communications, both at the University of Seville. During his Read More
Luis Salamanca, Sr. Data Scientist

Luis is originally from Spain, where he completed his bachelor studies on Electrical engineering, and my Ms.C. on signal theory and communications, both at the University of Seville. During his Ph.D. he started focusing on machine learning methods, more specifically message passing techniques for channel coding, and Bayesian methods for channel equalisation. He carried it out between the University of Seville and the University Carlos III in Madrid, also spending some time at the EPFL, Switzerland, and Bell Labs, USA, where he worked on advanced techniques for optical channel coding. When he completed his Ph.D. in 2013, he moved to the Luxembourg Center on Systems Biomedicine, where he switched his interest to neuroscience, neuroimaging, life sciences, etc., and the application of machine learning techniques to these fields. During his 4 and a half years there as a Postdoc, he worked on many different problems as data scientist, encompassing topics such as microscopy image analysis, neuroimaging, single cell gene expression analysis, etc. He joined the SDSC in April 2018.

Mathias Humbert, Sr. Data Scientist
Mathias received his Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from EPFL in 2015. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability Read More
Mathias Humbert, Sr. Data Scientist

Mathias received his Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from EPFL in 2015. He then spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Center for IT-Security, Privacy, and Accountability (CISPA) at Saarland University, Germany, where he worked on genomic privacy and privacy in social networks. His current research interests lie at the intersection of privacy and machine learning, with a special application focus on biomedical data.  He is currently the lead scientist for the SDSC of the PHRT project “DPPH: Data Protection in Personalized Health”. He is also co-principal investigator of a project funded by the Leenaards Foundation on evaluating and preventing privacy risks in biomedical databases.

Maysam Haghdan, PhD Student
Maysam is a PhD student in the institute for machine learning at ETHZ since January 2018 and privileged to be under supervision of Dr. Fernando Perez-Cruz and Dr. Andreas Krause Read More
Maysam Haghdan, PhD Student

Maysam is a PhD student in the institute for machine learning at ETHZ since January 2018 and privileged to be under supervision of Dr. Fernando Perez-Cruz and Dr. Andreas Krause at SDSC. He is interested in working on advances in generative machine learning and their applications. Previously Maysam received his MSc in computer science from University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. During his master, as a research assistant, he worked on applying Machine Learning algorithms on physiological data and social network. Also, he received his BSc in computer engineering from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. Maysam enjoys hiking and reading books.

Michele Volpi, Sr. Data Scientist
Michele received the Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013. He was then a visiting postdoc in the CALVIN group, Institute of Perception, Action and Read More
Michele Volpi, Sr. Data Scientist

Michele received the Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2013. He was then a visiting postdoc in the CALVIN group, Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2014-2016). He then joined the Multimodal Remote Sensing and the Geocomputation groups at the Geography department of the University of Zurich, Switzerland (2016-2017).

His main research activities were at the interface of computer vision, machine and deep learning for the extraction of information from aerial photos, satellite optical images and geospatial data in general.

Nathanaël Perraudin, Sr. Data Scientist
After finishing his Master in electrical engineering at the Ecole Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Nathanaël worked as a researcher in the Acoustic Research Institute (ARI) in Vienna. In 2013, he Read More
Nathanaël Perraudin, Sr. Data Scientist

After finishing his Master in electrical engineering at the Ecole Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Nathanaël worked as a researcher in the Acoustic Research Institute (ARI) in Vienna. In 2013, he returned to EPFL for a PhD, where he specialized himself in different fields of data science: signal processing, machine learning, graph theory and optimization. Furthermore, he created two open source libraries for optimization (UNLocBoX) and graph signal processing (GSPBOX). Since 2017, Nathanaël Perraudin is a Research Data Scientist at the Swiss Data Science Center in the ETH Zurich. He focuses on different aspects of deep learning in the area of generative models (VAE and GAN), recursive architectures and convolutional neural network for irregular domains. Outside office hours, he is passionate by tango dancing, tandem bike touring, skiing and rock climbing.

Olivier Verscheure, Executive Director
Olivier received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), in June 1999. In July 1999 Olivier joined the IBM T. J. Watson Read More
Olivier Verscheure, Executive Director

Olivier received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), in June 1999. In July 1999 Olivier joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, NY as a member of the research staff, and managed the Exploratory Stream Analytics research group from 2007 to 2010. In July 2010 Olivier transferred to the IBM Research lab in Ireland, where he played major consulting role to the Lab Director in the formation of the new lab. He led a technical (analytics research and software engineering) and management team of about 40 people. Since May 2016 Olivier is the Executive Director of the newly created Swiss Data Science Center.

Radhakrishna Achanta, Sr. Data Scientist
Radhakrishna has a PhD in Computer Science from EPFL Switzerland, an MSc in Computer Science from NUS Singapore, and a BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from JEC India. During his Read More
Radhakrishna Achanta, Sr. Data Scientist

Radhakrishna has a PhD in Computer Science from EPFL Switzerland, an MSc in Computer Science from NUS Singapore, and a BEng degree in Electrical Engineering from JEC India. During his 16 years of working experience, he has worked in the industry and academia, and has founded three start-ups. He has published over 20 refereed papers, which have received over 9000 citations. He is a co-inventor in 4 patents. He has served as a reviewer for several conferences and journals of repute and as area chair for ECCV 2016. His main interests are Computer Vision, Image Processing, and Machine Learning.

Rok Roskar, Chief System Scientist & Head of Engineering
Rok obtained a B.A. in Physics from Washington University in St.Louis in 2003. After obtaining his PhD in theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Washington in 2010, Rok spent several years Read More
Rok Roskar, Chief System Scientist & Head of Engineering

Rok obtained a B.A. in Physics from Washington University in St.Louis in 2003. After obtaining his PhD in theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Washington in 2010, Rok spent several years as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Computational Science, University of Zürich. Seeking new challenges, he moved to the ETH Scientific IT Services group, where he helped researchers across different ETH domains solve their (big) data analysis problems. He specialized in optimizing and scaling up data analysis tasks by mapping them to high-performance computing resources. Since July 2017 he has been at the Swiss Data Science Center developing Renku, the Center’s data science platform

Sandra Savchenko-de Jong, Sr. Computer Scientist
Sandra has studied astrophysics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) and obtained her PhD from the Observatoire de Paris (France). Afterwards she worked as a Scala developer at one of Read More
Sandra Savchenko-de Jong, Sr. Computer Scientist

Sandra has studied astrophysics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (the Netherlands) and obtained her PhD from the Observatoire de Paris (France). Afterwards she worked as a Scala developer at one of the largest banks in the Netherlands. At SDSC (Lausanne) she contributes to the RENKU platform as a software engineer, and she is involved in several on-going data science projects, including a project on food safety with a large industrial group.

Sandro Saitta, Chief Industry Advisor
Sandro is a Data Science passionate. He has 10 years of experience applying Data Science in industries such as Finance, Telco, Chemicals, Online Travel and Retail. He is currently Chief Read More
Sandro Saitta, Chief Industry Advisor

Sandro is a Data Science passionate. He has 10 years of experience applying Data Science in industries such as Finance, Telco, Chemicals, Online Travel and Retail. He is currently Chief Industry Advisor at the Swiss Data Science Center. Sandro holds a PhD in Computer Science from EPFL and founded the Swiss Association for Analytics to promote Data Science in Switzerland.

Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Sr. Computer Scientist
Chandrasekhar studied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1997) and art and computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. 2003). He has worked as a Read More
Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Sr. Computer Scientist

Chandrasekhar studied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1997) and art and computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara (M.A. 2003). He has worked as a software developer and consultant for companies, research institutions, and NGOs in the US, Germany, and Switzerland. Since 2009, he has been at ETH Zürich supporting projects by developing software solutions for data management, analysis, and visualization. He has been with the Swiss Data Science Center since 2017.

Sofiane Sarni, Program Manager
Sofiane is the Program Manager at the Swiss Data Science Center. He is also a senior member of the research staff. Sofiane received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from Read More
Sofiane Sarni, Program Manager

Sofiane is the Program Manager at the Swiss Data Science Center. He is also a senior member of the research staff. Sofiane received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL), in May 2006
He has previously occupied positions at the border between management and science and led many projects applied to domains as varied as medicine, finance, environmental sciences, and scientific computing. His expertise and research interests include: stream processing, large scale data management, scientific and data visualization, and cloud computing.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Andreas Krause

Academic co-Director

Edouard Bugnion

Academic co-Director

Olivier Verscheure

Executive Director