Hey, I am André
I am a (part-time) postdoc studying developer productivity and work-life at the University of Zurich, where I’ve earned my PhD degree in 2019. In addition, I am the head of quality management and regulatory affairs at Balzano Informatik AG, where we are working on a cutting-edge software as a medical device which supports radiologists in detecting and diagnosing pathologies from MRI scans of the lumbar spine, knee, etc. using deep learning technologies. Finally, I am experimenting on creating smarter energy solutions for photovoltaic systems as a data scientist at MIT Coaching.
Previously, I’ve co-founded and served as the CTO of Okomo, a Switzerland-based SaaS startup which empowers companies to have meaningful personal interactions with their customers and prospects on online channels. During my PhD, I’ve interned with Microsoft Research (Redmond, US) twice and visited the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) as a visiting researcher. In the same time, I’ve built a tool, PersonalAnalytics, which increases developers’ awareness about work and productivity and helps them to come up with productive behavior changes. In collaboration with ABB, we’ve built the FlowLight, a traffic-light like system that successfully reduces interruptions at the workplace that happen at inopportune moments.
Finally, before my PhD, I’ve worked at MIT Cloud Innovation for ~9.5 years, focusing on mobile apps, such as TouchMountain (Augmented Reality app to recognize peaks worldwide) and Picturex (a secure and private B2C and B2B photo exchange service), and served the Board of Directors for ~2.5 years.
In my free time, I love to be outdoors (hiking, skiing), and trying out or cooking food (burgers, sushi) 😊