Currently running programs

Creation of two Funded Professorships in Informatics Education

At its meeting, May 22, 2018 the foundation board decided to fund two professorships in informatics education. One specifically for the French speaking part of Switzerland, the other for all of Switzerland. Details can be found on the German or French version of this webpage.

Cyber-Human Systems

The following projects have been selected for funding through the Cyber-Human Systems program:

Scientists, InstitutionProject name
Prof. Dr. Sabine Süsstrunk, EPFLSeamless Augmented Vision Equipment (S.A.V.E.)
Prof. Dr. Volkan Cevher, EPFLLearning-based dimensionality reduction
Prof. Dr. Aude Billard, EPFLDesigning, Teaching and Controlling a 3rd and a 4th Arm

Prof. Dr. José del R. Millán

Hybrid brain-machine interfaces for natural neuroprosthetic control
Prof. Shea, Herbert, EPFLSoft Flexible Haptic Displays for AR/VR and Wearable Computing
Prof. Dr. Elena Mugellini, HEIA-FRAd Vitam – Adaptive Driver-Vehicle InTerAction to Make future driving safer
Prof. Dr. Heiko Schuldt, Uni BaselStreamTeam: from Individual Sensing to Collaborative Action Analysis
Prof. Dr. Tobias Nef, Uni BernA Cyber-Human System to Optimize Medication in Parkinson Patients
Prof. Dr. Laura Pozzi, USIMyPreHealth: Predicting Episodic Disorders with Health Companions


Computing plays an ever increasing role in all aspects of our life. As a consequence, society and information technology continuously interact and influence each other in a complex process. In this context, cyber-human system research investigates the increasingly coupled relationship between humans and computing with the broad goal of advancing human capabilities. Novel models, methods, theories and technological innovations in information technology are developed to increase our understanding of this new class of computing systems and to exploit their large economical and societal potential.
Research in cyber-human systems addresses specifically all aspects close to the interface between humans and information technology. It is concerned with novel computing platforms such as wearable, textile-integrated and mobile devices or even person-embedded sensors and computers. The research also explores systems that interact with users through multiple modalities such as new interaction techniques, computer displays and even brain-machine interfaces. Algorithmic aspects in cyber-human systems concentrate on local data processing in smart devices at the network edge rather than sending all data to the cloud for processing. Finally, research also addresses the consequences of such an augmented life and society where an intelligent infrastructure could influence and impact all aspects of our lives.

Goals of the Research Program

The Hasler Cyber-Human Systems program will support research projects that provide foundations to explore the enormous potential of advanced relationships between humans and computing. Projects are supposed to seriously engage in the application of the new models and methods in scenarios that appear to be relevant in the digital society of tomorrow. In addition, projects should respect the interdisciplinary character of cyber-human research by involving the necessary expertise.
Particular research subjects include but are not restricted to
  • Interfaces between digital and human world
    • biological interfaces, sensors and actuators, 3D vision and haptic interfaces
    • energy efficient sensing, actuating, communication and computation
  • Computing
    • edge computing
    • signal processing, sensor data analysis, sensor fusion
    • text and media analysis, machine learning at the edge
  • Analysis of economic and societal consequences, social interactions and networks
Advances in information and communication technology as well as in computer science should be in the center of all research projects in the Hasler Cyber-Human Systems research program.