Hey, I am André
I am a senior researcher studying Knowledge Worker productivity and wellbeing at the HASEL group of the University of Zurich, where I’ve earned my PhD degree in 2019. I am interested in not only better understanding how knowledge workers organize their work lives and what impacts their (perceived) productivity, but also in developing innovative approaches to help foster productivity and happiness at work.
I am currently also working on an innovation data science project at MIT Coaching, where we’re working on creating smarter energy solutions for photovoltaic systems.
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.
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.
After my PhD, 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. Afterwards, I was the Head of Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs at ScanDiags, a Swiss AI-startup that is 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.
In my free time, I love to be outdoors (hiking, skiing), and trying out or cooking food (burgers, sushi) 😊
08/2019 – today Senior Researcher (University of Zurich)
08/2018 – today Data Scientist & AI Incubator (MIT Coaching)
08/2020 – 07/2022 Head of Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs (ScanDiags AG, formerly: Balzano Informatik AG)
06/2019 – 07/2022 Senior Researcher (part-time, University of Zurich)
11/2018 – 07/2020 Co-Founder, CTO, Board Member (Okomo)
01/2014 – 12/2018 Co-Founder, Head of Product (Picturex)
03/2009 – 07/2018 Software Engineer, Board Member, Customer Success (MIT-GROUP)
Previously: Microsoft Research, University of Zurich, University of British Columbia, ScanDiags