PhD School Business Informatics 2022

The PhD School on Business Informatics is a joint project initiated by Prof. Hans-Georg Fill and Prof. Edy Portmann of the Department of Informatics and funded by the rectorate of the University of Fribourg. The goal of the PhD school is to give an introduction into scientific research, the methods used in business informatics and computer science, insights into concrete research activities, and for PhD students to receive feedback on their research projects. This is complemented with talks from experts in neigbouring fields and from industry.

The PhD School is open for all PhD students in business informatics and computer science of University of Fribourg as well as external PhD students upon registration. External PhD students need to submit a recommendation letter from their supervisor upon registration.

Date: September 12-14, 2022

Location: University of Fribourg, PER 21 E130

Registration: Online Form

Deadline for Registration: August 1, 2022

Fees: 300 CHF, students of UniFR sponsored by rectorate

Number of participants: Max. 20 (preference given to UniFR PhD students)


On the first day,  introductions into scientific research, research methods, paper writing and the management of open science and open data as well as ethics in research are given.

Day 1 Topic Lecturer(s)
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Prof. Hans-Georg FILL, Prof. Edy PORTMANN
9:15 - 12:00 Introduction to Scientific Research, Research Methods, Working with Literature, Paper Writing Prof. Philippe CUDRÉ-MAUROUX, Prof. Hans-Georg FILL
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30 Open Science, Open Data and Ethics in Research  Thomas HENKEL
15:45 - 16:30 Big Data Integration Prof. Philippe CUDRÉ-MAUROUX


On the second day, professors from the Department of Informatics at the University of Fribourg as well as guest lecturers will present insights into their current research activities and methods. At the end of the day, a joint dinner will be organized to which all participating PhD students and professors will be invited.

Day 2 Topic Lecturer(s)
9:00 - 9:45 Location-routing problems and their application to waste collection Dr. Meritxell Pacheco Paneque
10:00 - 10:45 Metamodeling - A Semiotic View Prof. Hans-Georg FILL
11:00 - 11:45 Human-centered AI Prof. Denis LALANNE, Dr. Simon Ruffieux
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 14:45 Computers and Interactive Proofs Prof. Ulrich ULTES-NITSCHE
15:00 - 15:45 Computational Ethics Prof. Edy PORTMANN
16:00 - 16:45 Federated Learning, Knowledge Transfer, and Knowledge Distillation:  At the Junction of Green Machine Learning and Granular Modeling (Abstract) Guest Speaker: Prof. Witold Pedrycz, University of Alberta, Canada
18:00 - 21:00 Joint Dinner  


On the third day, the participating PhD students will briefly present the current state of their PhD and receive feedback from the participating professors. Finally, there is also an industry talk showing the perspectives of a PhD in industry.

Day 3 Topic Lecturer(s)
9:00 - 12:00 PhD Student Presentations and Feedback Session Charuta Pande, Kilian Sprenkamp, Fabian Muff, Benedikt Reitemeyer, Marius Gal
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch  
14:00 - 15:30 Industry Talk Hilti Dr. Johannes Reichert, CIO Hilti AG
16:00-18:00 PhD Student Presentations and Feedback Session Marco Pesce, Alisa Lorenz, Simon Curty, Narek Andreasyan
18:00 - 18:30 Final Session and Recap All